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Lancaster County Community Foundation Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Scholarship programs were established at the Lancaster County Community Foundation through the generosity of local community members to assist residents of Lancaster County who plan to continue their education at a college or vocational school.

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants will complete one application for consideration for all the scholarship funds under the Lancaster County Foundation Scholarship Program.
Scholarship funds included in the Lancaster County Foundation Scholarship Program Application:

  • Tina Bresnahan College Scholarship Fund
  • Jack and Ginny Lykins Scholarship Fund
  • Joseph and Claudine Hess Scholarship Fund
  • George W. McKibbin Scholarship Fund
  • Charles W. Schoff Scholarship Fund
  • McKonly & Asbury Scholarship Fund for Future Public Accounting Leaders
  • Shaping Tomorrow Scholarship Fund
  • Albert S. Rosman Scholarship Fund
  • Nathan Schaeffer Scholarship Fund
  • James R. Buescher Scholarship Fund
  • Jason M. Truitt Memorial Scholarship Fund

Applicants applying to the Lancaster County Community Scholarship Programs will use one common application to apply to the funds below. Applicants must meet the following criteria and the criteria of one or more of the scholarships listed:

  • Be a high school senior at any Lancaster County High School OR a current undergraduate who graduated from a Lancaster County High School, OR be a current resident of Lancaster County (except for the McKonly & Asbury Scholarship, applicants can graduate from any United States high school OR be residents from anywhere outside of Lancaster County, so long as they are enrolled in any of the designated colleges).
  • Plan to enroll in full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year (exceptions as noted below).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale of equivalent (exceptions as noted below).

Jack and Ginny Lykins Scholarship: One (1) $3,000 scholarship

  • Interest in STEM or Healthcare curricula.
  • The applicant can attend either a two- or four-year program.
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

Joseph and Claudine Hess Scholarship: Three (3) $2,000 scholarships

  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

George W. McKibbin Scholarship Fund: One (1) $2,000 scholarship

  • Student must identify as African American.
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

Charles W. Schoff Scholarship Fund: Three (3) $1,000 scholarships

  • Student must be planning on studying geology, medicine (health-related), agriculture, mechanical engineering, or mechanical drafting.
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

The Lykins, Hess, McKibbin, and Schoff scholarships are renewable up to three times or until the student earns a bachelor’s degree whichever comes first. The students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Tina Bresnahan College Scholarship: One (1), one-time full in state tuition and fees scholarship up to $19,000

  • Student must attend Millersville University, Harrisburg Area Community College-Lancaster Campus, or Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
  • The Tina Bresnahan College Scholarship is intended to provide last dollar assistance for the student. The recipient will be required to provide their college financial aid award letter. Based on the school’s cost of attendance, Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and other financial aid (gift aid only) listed on the award letter, Scholarship America will determine the appropriate award amount for the initial year. For more information on this award, please go to: Tina Bresnahan College Scholarship Fund.
  • Must provide a copy of the parents most recent 1040 tax return.
  • Students must be current high school students at a Lancaster County High School planning to attend any of the designated colleges

McKonly & Asbury Scholarship Fund for Future Public Accounting Leaders: Five (5), one-time $10,000 scholarships

  • Students that are rising junior, seniors, or 5th year college students.
  • Be enrolled at Messiah University, Penn State – Harrisburg, Shippensburg University, Millersville University, or Commonwealth University – Bloomsburg.
  • Majoring in accounting or equivalent that have a desire for a career in public accounting.
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • There is one award available for each university.
  • Students are NOT required to have graduated from a Lancaster County High School or be residents of Lancaster County.

Shaping Tomorrow Scholarship Fund: Eight (8), one-time $2,500 scholarships.

  • Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Community Foundation! For the past 100 years, the Community Foundation has supported the county in small and large ways to help it become such a wonderful place to live, work, and play in our neighborhoods, the beautiful countryside, and within our bustling cities. We know that Lancaster County is only great when all of us thrive. To celebrate 100 years of history, we want to catalyze the future of students that will move Lancaster County forward for the next 100! We want to support education that focuses on 4 broad categories: Creative Expression, Well-Being and Vibrancy, Our Planet, and Next Generation.
  • There will be two (2) awards per category.
  • Student must explain how their course of study fits into Creative Expression, Well-Being and Vibrancy, Our Planet, or Next Generation.
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

Albert S. Rosman Scholarship Fund: One (1), one-time $1,500 scholarship

  • Student must be a current Conestoga Valley High School senior.

Nathan Schaeffer Scholarship Fund: One (1), one-time $750 scholarship

  • Student must attend Millersville University.
  • Majoring or minoring in Education.
  • Students can be either full- or part-time and an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

James R. Buescher Scholarship Fund: One (1), one-time $500 scholarship

  • Student must be pursuing Creative Writing, Journalism, Marketing, Mass Communication, or Media Studies.
  • Student’s participation in creative writing-related school and community activities will be considered.
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.

Jason M. Truitt Memorial Scholarship Fund: One (1), one-time $400 scholarship

  • Must be or have been a Big or Little (with Big Brothers/Big Sisters).
  • Students must have attended high school in Lancaster County.


Distribution amount and number of awards for each fund is determined annually by The Lancaster County Community Foundation. Funds that have monies available to issue scholarships will be listed each year.


All applicants will be notified in late March.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Lancaster County Community Foundation. Payment is made in mid-August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of The Lancaster County Community Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • If applying for the Tina Bresnahan Scholarship you will need to supply a copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 on which the applicant was claimed as a dependent for tax purposes to verify the information submitted on your application.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

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