PMEF Scholarships

Penn Manor Education Foundation offers nearly 50 different scholarships to graduating Penn Manor High School seniors every winter before graduation, with total annual awards in excess of $50,000. The application period runs from January 1 until March 19, 2018.

A committee of PMEF board members reviews the applications and awards scholarships to students based on financial need, academic achievement, community involvement, intended field of study of study or vocation, character traits, and other factors. Scholarship descriptions are listed below.

Applications can be accessed through the district’s Moodle system. The link is here. Please look for “Penn Manor Education Foundation scholarships” in the upper left menu. Some of the scholarships listed below do not involve an application and will be selected by high school staff.

Businesses and community members interested in establishing a scholarship to honor an individual or assist students on a particular career/vocational track can learn more by contacting the PMEF executive director at pmef2@pennmanor.net or 717-872-9500, ext. 2332.

SUMMARIES

Abram W. Sangrey Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 award for student planning career in the ministry or missions or a closely related field such as social work or counseling; academic success and contribution to community through his/her church. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe what you think you have to offer to the future as a minister, missionary, social worker or counselor.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Brereton Manor Scholarship
$500 award for student pursuing a career in health care related field, preferably nursing;  priority given to student seeking Licensed Practical Nurse certification; special consideration for applicants who have volunteered at or worked for Brereton Manor; maintained 3.25 GPA Essay: Describe your experience volunteering or working in the health care field.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Betty Doan Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for student who is interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and has had to overcome some significant challenges in their life.     Essay: Share how personal challenges you experienced influenced your desire to continue beyond high school. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Beverly Longenecker Scholarship
$500 award for a student who intends to enter the workforce requiring a specific skill to foster independence after high school.   The student is currently supported by staff of transitional classes at Penn Manor High School.  Interview/Essay: 1) What qualities do you have that will lead to your success in your career choice? 2) How will this scholarship help you achieve your career goal? You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Christine A. Weidinger Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for female planning to major in the field of Family and Consumer Science or a related field (food service, food preparation or textile related crafts). Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe the projects and/or activities that you have completed during your FCS classes which are of significant value to you.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Christopher Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Up to $4,000 ($1,000 per year) for a creative thinker who approaches life with a smile and holds close a strong love for freedom; must have maintained 2.5 GPA. Essay: (500 word minimum)  Explain what it means to defend freedom; applicants encouraged to get first-hand accounts from veterans and to do related research.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Dennis R. Herr Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for student demonstrating academic success and strong work ethic. Financial need is a consideration. Student will be planning to attend a trade or tech school. A four-year program is not a requirement.   Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe your career goals and how a trade/tech school education will help prepare you for successes. In addition submit a copy of your transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Donald Pollock Scholarship
$1,000/year for four years (total $4,000) for student pursuing a career in math-oriented field, preference given to business/accounting major or those seeking a teaching career in math; strong academic success and community contribution; financial need is considered. Essay: Share any special circumstances that might limit your parents’ ability to help you further your education in a math related field. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Dorothy Dart Milliman Scholarship
$1,000 award for student planning to pursue a career in nursing or closely related health care field; demonstrates academic success, contribution to community and financial need. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe any special circumstances that might limit your parents’ ability to help further your education in the health care field.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Dr. Jan Mindish Scholarship
$500 award for student demonstrating academic success, service to school and community, and ability to successfully manage time between co-curricular activities and academic work; financial need to be considered. Essay: Share how you successfully balanced your time and efforts between co-curricular activities and your academic work.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Jere R. Hoin Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 award (funded by Eschbach Bus Service) for student pursuing a career in elementary education; demonstrated strong academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. Essay: Detail your high school experiences and how they have shaped your desire to pursue a degree in elementary education. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Jerry Darrenkamp Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for student majoring in business or related field; preference will be given to students who have been employed at the Darrenkamp’s Family Market; demonstrates academic excellence and significant service to community. Essay: Have you worked at Darrenkamp’s Family Market? Describe how you have grown personally through significant service to the community.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Jack and Joanne Herr Scholarship
$500 award — preference will be given to students who have been employed at John Herr’s Village Market; demonstrates academic excellence and genuine commitment to the Millersville community; suitable for those attending a tech/trade school, two- or four-year college; financial need is considered. Essay: Have you worked at John Herr’s Village Market? How has your involvement in the Millersville/Penn Manor community helped in defining your future goals?  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Joan Pollock Scholarship
$1,000/year for four years (total $4,000) award for student who intends to major in Nursing or a related field.  Must be planning to attend a 4 year college, Associates degree or other Certification program. The student should have a strong academic history and be able to demonstrate a commitment to community service.  Essay: As you pursue a career in nursing or other related field, what challenges do you anticipate and what makes you still want to pursue this goal?  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

John R. Milliman Scholarship
$1,000 award for student planning to pursue a career in engineering or math-related field; demonstrates academic success, contribution to community and financial need. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe how your math education has led you to choose a career in a math-related field.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Karen Shenk Scholarship
$500 award for student pursuing a career in the Health/Human Services.  The student must be interested in pursuing a career in the field in a 4 year college or a 2 year Associates degree.  The individual possess a genuine commitment to community service and must be able to show a strong academic history.  Essay: Share how your commitment to community influenced your desire to pursue a career in health and human services.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Kevin B. Smith Memorial Award
$500 award for student who completed a CTC program or pursuing a trade career; consideration for student with a demonstrated love for the outdoors (hunting and fishing) and an interest in sports. Essay: (500 word minimum)  Describe your interest in sports and/or your love of the outdoors.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Lloyd & Ann Boyd Scholarship
$1,000 award for student demonstrating academic success and service to school and community; financial need is a consideration. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe your career goals and how a technical school education will help prepare you for successes.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Luella Mellinger Scholarship
$500 award for student demonstrating academic merit and intends to further education with the goal of a teaching career. Essay:  (500 word minimum) Describe your senior project and what you have learned through completing it.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Mario-Angelo Russo Memorial Scholarship
$600 award for student pursuing a career in music or media production or a related field; financial need is considered. Essay: Detail your reasons for selecting the field of music or media production; emphasis on your passion for this study and your intentions for using your studies to make a significant impact on others.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Mark Dano Scholarship
$500 award for a student who intends to major in Engineering or a related field.  Must be planning to attend a 4 year college outside of Pennsylvania.  The student should have a strong academic history and involvement in extracurricular activities. Essay: Share how you successfully balanced your time and efforts between co-curricular activities and your academic work. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Michelle Blazic Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for a student who overcame a familial struggle/adversity, such as long-term illness or loss of a parent, incarceration of a parent, or removal from parental custody while still maintaining academic excellence and desire to further post-secondary education. Essay: Explain familial/parental adversity you have experienced  and how you persevered. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Millersville Business Association Scholarship
$1,000 award for student attending Millersville University with an interest in business or related field; demonstrates academic success, contribution to community and financial need. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe what led to your future plans in the a business related field.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Mrs. Abner Houseknecht Memorial Scholarship
$2,500 award for female student demonstrates academic achievement and financial need. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe your personal family circumstances that create a strong financial need for furthering your education. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Norma Lois Herr Memorial Scholarship
$500 award  for a student who intends to major in Nursing or a related field.  Must be planning to attend a two- or four-year college or other certification program.  The student should have a strong academic history and be able to demonstrate a commitment to community service.  Essay: Share your desire to pursue a career in nursing. Is there a particular population or setting you wish to serve? If so, please share why. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Olga P. Harvie Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 award for student dedicated to the Penn Manor Theater Program who is interested in pursuing a career in theater performance, theater technology or a related field; financial need is considered. Essay: Share your Penn Manor theater experiences and their importance in your high school career; stress how these experiences have influenced your career goals.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Patricia A. Texter Scholarship
$500 award for student pursuing a health care related field, preferably nursing; priority given to student seeking Registered Nurse certification; demonstrated academic success, commitment to community service and financial need.  Essay: Share why you have chosen a career path in the health care field.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Penn Manor Class of 2017 Scholarship
$1000 award for graduating senior interested in pursuing post-secondary education. Demonstration of academic success, PM leadership in school-sponsored organizations, & genuine commitment to school and community, financial need is strongly considered. Essay: How as Penn Manor helped you to develop leadership skills? Explain how you have used your leadership skills during high school to make a positive impact on the Penn Manor High School community.  How do you plan to continue to develop and grow as leader after high school? You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Penn Manor Education Foundation Scholarship
$500 award for student demonstrate academic success, community spirit and contributions, and participation in school activities Essay: Describe something that you have always wanted to do and the reason you have not done it.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Rachel E. Miller Memorial Scholarship
$2,000 award for student demonstrating a high level of achievement in both academics and athletics. Essay: (500 word minimum) Discuss your successes and future goals plus demonstrate work ethic, belief in team before self, perseverance through adversity, loyalty and spirit.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Shellenberger-Hosler Scholarship
$500 award for student pursuing career in Library Science or closely related field such as Education or Communications. Essay: Describe what interests you about library science or related field and the reasons you would pursue it as a career.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

The Sherilyn Schock Memorial Scholarship
$500 for a student who attended Letort Elementary and is interested in pursuing post-secondary education. Demonstration of academic success, genuine commitment to school and community, financial need considered. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe the impact Mrs. Schock or a Letort staff member had on your future plans. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

The Starrett Robert Metzler Memorial Scholarship
$500 for an enthusiastic graduating senior interested in pursuing post-secondary education. Demonstration of academic success, PM pride, and genuine commitment to school and community; financial need considered. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe why you feel you are deserving of this scholarship, including examples of how you embody the “Team Before Self” concept, on and off the playing field. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Stella Caldwell Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for student demonstrating commitment to community service. Essay: (500 word minimum) Share why you think community service is important in a student’s personal growth.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Student Services Award
$1,000 voucher ($500/semester for 2 semesters) for student attending Millersville University; demonstration of academic success, service to school and community, financial need. Essay: (500 word minimum) Describe how you have grown as a person through your meaningful service to school and community.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

The Donald and Susan Martin Family “Pay It Forward” Scholarship
Up to $1,200 award ($300/year of college or technical school). Requires recipient to agree to make a tax-deductible donation of $25/year for 10 years; maintain 3.0 GPA and participation in school/community activities. Essay: Describe how you feel your collective high school and community experiences have prepared you for life after high school and beyond.  You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Steve Graby Scholarship
$500 award for student who is interested in pursuing a career in psychology or area of mental health services.  Demonstration of academic success, genuine commitment to Aevidum and/or school and community outreach, financial need considered. Essay: Share your passion for the psychology/mental health field and any contributing factors influencing your decision to pursue this field after high school. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and educational resume.

Wade Groff Memorial Scholarship
$500 award for student pursuing a career at a trade or tech institution.  Demonstration community service. Essay: Explain why you believe a trade or tech school will allow for career growth in a field you enjoy. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume.

Warfel Family Scholarship
$1,000 award for student who is interested in pursuing a career in special education.  Demonstration of academic success, genuine commitment to school and community, financial need considered. Essay: (500 word minimum) Share what or whom influenced you to pursue a career in special education. You will need to submit your PMHS transcript (which can be obtained from Sapphire Student Pack Back), letter of recommendation and resume. 

The following awards and scholarships are funded through PMEF but are not selected through the application process.

Captain Ed Davis Memorial Award
Two $500 scholarships established by the family of Captain Davis, an American hero. Given to students with exceptional academic records who demonstrate leadership and appreciation of freedom. Winners selected by high school staff.

Geist Family Citizenship Award
An annual award of $500 given to a model citizen who is a positive influence and always shows empathy for others. Winner selected by high school principal.

Kim Wells Scholarship
$500 each to a male and female who have excelled in math and will pursue a career in a mathematics or science related field. Winners selected by math department.

Rintz Family Foundation Principal’s Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships given to three seniors honoring character and dedication to the Penn Manor School District. Winners selected by high school principal.

William H. Duncan Memorial Scholarship
$500 scholarship established by William and Alma Duncan in honor of their son that is given to students who have distinguished themselves in instrumental music. Winners selected by high school staff.

The following awards and scholarships are funded through PMEF, but are not selected through the application process and are awarded at the Sports Awards Ceremony.

Donald Wade Woodward Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship given by his family in memory of Donald, who served his country and loved football. Awarded to an athlete who displays passion, courage and leadership. Selected by football coaching staff.

Hans H. Haverstick Memorial Scholarship
$500 scholarship to honor the memory of an outstanding student and soccer player. Given to the soccer player who best exhibits the qualities of scholarship, athleticism, and sportsmanship. Selected by soccer coaching staff.

Marsha Frerichs Scholarship
In memory of Coach Frerichs, $500 scholarships to male and female golfers who display the qualities of team first and sportsmanship. Selected by golf coach.

Molly Curtis Memorial Scholarship
$500 scholarship honors the young life of Molly and is supported by the Curtis Family and the Penn Manor Youth Baseball & Softball Assoc. Awarded for devotion and enthusiasm to Penn Manor youth and varsity softball. Selected by softball coaching staff.

The following awards and scholarships are funded through PMEF, but are not selected through the application process and are awarded at the graduation ceremony.

Dr. D.L. Biemesderfer Award
$500 award goes the the Class Valedictorian.

Mary Klemmer Award
$500 award goes to the Class Salutatorian