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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pa. House Scholarship Applications Available

State Rep. Rich Grucela, D-Northampton, has aked me to tell you that applications for the 2010-11 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship are now available.

"It's approaching that time of year when high school seniors are searching for every scholarship opportunity out there," Grucela, a former teacher and member of the House Education Committee, said. "This is a good program that is open to most good students, so please share this information to anyone you think may be interested."

The scholarship is open to all college-bound high school seniors who plan to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school on a full-time basis. To qualify, students must have a 3.0 grade-point average, display leadership qualities and a commitment to their community, and exhibit financial need. They also will be scored and reviewed based on a personal essay. The topic of this year’s essay is William Penn’s role in creating the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its representative government. Better that than bonusgate, eh?

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2010.

Two scholarships are awarded each year equal in value to the cost of one semester's tuition at a State System of Higher Education university, approximately $2,500, but scholarship recipients may attend any Pennsylvania public or private post-secondary institution. The scholarship may be renewed each year for four years.

Students also may be eligible to receive matching funds from SAGE Scholars Inc. and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s PATH Program. Recipients’ names will automatically be submitted to PHEAA, and a matching award may be given based on remaining financial need.

The House Scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donations; no taxes or other public funds are used.

Grucela's constituent service offices are located at 239 S. Broad St. in Nazareth, 610-614-1312 or 1-888-222-2143; and 5 Mt. Bethel Plaza in Mt. Bethel, 570-897-0401 or 1-877-461-9336. You can also apply online.

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