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Our Financial Aid team created this guide to provide students with information on a variety of scholarships that are offered on a local or state basis. The following options can help you identify scholarships that are available by county, by employer, and by program.

Additional scholarship opportunities are available to currently enrolled students. Questions about tuition, fees, and scholarships can be directed to the Financial Aid Office at South Hills School of Business & Technology:

NOTE: The Office of Financial Aid at South Hills School of Business & Technology does not endorse or recommend any particular scholarship service or private scholarship websites. We encourage you to be cautious concerning scholarship search organizations which charge a fee.

Scholarship Opportunities

South Hills School of Business & Technology Scholarship

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South Hills School of Business & Technology Scholarship

SHSBT will offer a maximum of eight new scholarships each school year.

There are five scholarships awarded at State College, two at Altoona, and one at Lewistown. The scholarship is valued at 25 percent of the cost of tuition. It is given to those students who demonstrate economic hardship and would benefit from this scholarship. Scholarships are granted without regard to race, color, creed, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or national origin.

A student meeting the following qualifications for the scholarship must submit a letter of application to the Scholarship Committee for review. The application deadline is December 20. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within thirty (30) days of the application deadline.

Qualifications for the SHSBT Scholarship are as follows:

  1. At the time of application, students must be enrolled full-time in a diploma or degree program of study.
  2. Students must have completed a minimum of one full term of study at the time of application.
  3. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average in each term.
  4. The student’s financial records must prove financial need which is determined by the Scholarship Committee.
  5. Students must have completed a FAFSA in a timely fashion and submitted forms for any applicable state and federal grants.
  6. Submit a formally typed letter of application (1-2 pages) that indicates the applicant’s name, program and year of study, educational and career goals. The applicant should state how receiving the school scholarship would benefit him/her in his/her pursuit of the stated goals. Other information pertinent for review by the committee is additionally welcome in the application letter.

The scholarship is valued at 25 percent of tuition. If the balance of tuition due after applying grants, agency sponsorship, and/or other scholarships is less than 25 percent of the total tuition, the SHSBT scholarship will be limited to that amount.

The scholarship will be credited retroactively to the first term of the school year in which the scholarship is granted. It will be credited to the recipient’s account on a term-by-term basis through graduation when eligibility is maintained. The school scholarship will be permanently forfeited when eligibility is lost. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information on this scholarship.

Rudy & Annamae Labor Scholarship

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Rudy J. & Annamae Labor Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Applicants must be high school graduates, with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent, who have been accepted into a full-time degree program at South Hills School of Business & Technology. (See next section below for more details.)

This fund provides scholarships annually for newly enrolling students who will be attending South Hills School of Business & Technology. There will be 10 scholarships available for students enrolled to begin classes in Fall. Each scholarship will total $7,000 to be applied toward the cost of tuition and books. Award money will be distributed evenly over six terms. Scholarship recipients will be determined by a scholarship committee. This fund is held through the Centre Foundation.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide deserving candidates the means and encouragement to accomplish career goals through a post-secondary education at South Hills School of Business & Technology.

Eligibility Criteria

  • High School Graduate* (GED students do not qualify)
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or equivalent
  • Must not have already earned an Associate Degree or higher
  • Acceptance into a full-time specialized associate degree program at South Hills School of Business & Technology**
  • Completed Rudy J. & Annamae Labor Scholarship application
  • Completed FAFSA ( demonstrating financial need (the accuracy of the FAFSA will be determined prior to the award of the scholarship)
  • Completed application for any applicable state and federal grants

* For seniors graduating in June, please submit your transcript to-date from your high school. South Hills retains the right to revoke a scholarship if an applicant's GPA drops below the scholarship requirement during the final semester of high school.

** Previous and current South Hills students are not eligible to apply under the current scholarship guidelines.

How To Apply for the Rudy J. & Annamae Labor Scholarship

  1. Apply to South Hills. Click here to begin the process.
  2. Upon acceptance into a full-time specialized associate degree program at South Hills, click here to complete the Rudy J.& Annamae Labor Scholarship application.

The scholarship award will be distributed evenly and credited to the recipient's account over six terms if eligibility is maintained. To remain eligible the student must maintain full-time enrollment status and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average each term.

If a scholarship recipient's GPA drops below 3.0 and/or enrollment status changes to less than full-time, it is up to the discretion of the scholarship committee to determine whether the balance of the scholarship will be reinstated to the recipient. (A leave of absence cannot exceed one term unless it is due to military service or a documented medical condition.) The scholarship recipient must submit a letter of explanation to the scholarship committee to request reinstatement of the balance of the scholarship.

If the scholarship results in an over-award above the cost of tuition and books, the school will make the appropriate adjustment and unused funds will be returned to the scholarship fund.

Scholarships are granted without regard to race, color, creed, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or national origin.

Centre County First Responders Scholarship

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Centre County First Responders Scholarship

Centre County is offering scholarships to encourage new emergency responder volunteers in Centre County. These scholarships can be used at specific schools, including for any degree program offered by South Hills School of Business & Technology. Successful applicants will be eligible for scholarships of up to $2,500 per academic year.

To be eligible for the Centre County Emergency Responder Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Reside in Centre County
  2. Volunteer for a recognized Centre County based, volunteer emergency responder company, i.e. Fire Company, Fire Police, EMS, etc., for at least three months before the next academic year begins.
  3. A new emergency responder volunteer shall be defined as anyone 17 or older who has not served as a volunteer or paid member of a volunteer emergency responder company in Centre County for the prior two calendar years. Volunteers who served as junior volunteers or under 18 volunteers will be eligible if they become an active adult volunteer. New County residents who had served as a volunteer in a different County would be considered a new emergency responder volunteer.
  4. Scholarship recipients are expected to remain on active duty through the end of the academic year of the scholarship.
  5. Due to the special circumstances of EMS services, anyone who is a new applicant to an EMS Company, whether for a paid, non-management position or any volunteer position, will be considered as a volunteer.
  6. Applicants must be accepted into a post-secondary program at either Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) or South Hills School of Business & Technology.

Centre County is partnering with Centre Foundation to implement the new scholarship. Centre Foundation will manage the scholarship application and scholarship award process and will pay scholarships directly to the school an awardee will be attending. The Centre County Training Center Advisory Board Committee and the County Commissioners will act as the review committee for the scholarship.

To apply, go to Register as an applicant and then search for the Centre County Emergency Responder Scholarship to apply. For more information please contact Centre Foundation at 814-237-6229.

Yellow Ribbon Program

South Hills School of Business & Technology is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please go to our Education Benefits for Veterans page for more details.

Association of State Corrections Administrators (ASCA)
  • Applicants must be high school seniors entering college and the child of a current, retired, or deceased employee who was a full-time employee of a corrections agency that is a member of ASCA.
  • More information available online:
PA Cooperative Education Association (PCEA) Scholarship
PA Kiwanis Foundation
  • Key Club Scholarships: High school seniors who are members of Key Club
  • Kiwanian Dependent Child Scholarship: Dependent high school seniors who demonstrate strong leadership abilities, service to others, academic excellence, and high moral character.
  • More information available online:
Primary Health Networks Scholarship (for students in Healthcare programs only)
  • For any student enrolled in the healthcare field who is passionate about their specified healthcare career. Volunteerism and passion are very important.
  • More information available online:
PA State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) Scholarship
  • Applicants must be high school seniors or in the National Guard who are members of PSECU.
  • More information available online:
Road to Safety Scholarship
  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors and need to submit a creative project that highlights the dangers of drunk and/or distracted driving.
  • More information available online:
Financial Aid Opportunities for Those with a Disability or In Need of Rehabilitative Services
Private Business Scholarships
Scholarships for Blair County Residents
Scholarships for Centre County Residents
  • Centre County Community Foundation: Offers grants and scholarships to Centre County students and other nearby school districts for both high school students and returning adults.
Scholarships for Mifflin County Residents
  • Dr. Sean Burke – Private Donor Scholarship: For graduating high school seniors from the surrounding Lewistown area.
  • Mifflin County Democratic Women’s Club Scholarship: For females who reside in Mifflin County, have completed high school, and are enrolled in an accredited program.
  • Work Ethic Scholarship Program: For those who demonstrate strong work ethic and who are willing to learn a skill that is in-demand.
  • Arby’s in Milroy: Looking for self-motivated and energetic individuals to be team members and shift managers who will receive tuition reimbursement up to $6,000.
  • Lewistown Kiwanis Club Scholarship: For Mifflin County High School seniors who are current members and in good standing of the Key Club
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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.