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Lancaster County Community Foundation Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2023 3:00 pm CT

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 to The Lancaster County Community Foundation Scholarship Program must:

  • Be residents of Lancaster County or be current seniors or graduates of a Lancaster County high school who plan to enroll, or who are already enrolled, in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on 4.0 grading scale.

Award Amounts

Awards may be used for educational expenses for one year of full-time study. (Maximum of one (1) scholarship per year, per student.)

JOSEPH AND CLAUDINE HESS SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Five (5) $2,000 scholarships will be designated for students from any school in Lancaster County.

GEORGE W. MCKIBBIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND: One (1) $2,000 scholarship will be designated for African American students from any school in Lancaster County.

Hess and McKibbin awards are renewable up to three times on the basis of continuing to meet the program requirements (including financial need) and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in full-time course of study.

JAMES R. BUESCHER SCHOLARSHIP FUND: One (1), one-time $500 scholarship will be designated for a student pursuing Creative Writing, Journalism, Marketing, Mass Communication, and Media Studies. Students’ participation in creative writing related school and community activities will be considered.

ALBERT S. ROSMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND:  One (1), one-time $1,500 scholarship will be designated for a current Conestoga Valley High School senior.

JASON M. TRUITT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Three (3), one-time $400 scholarship will be designated to any current, graduating high school senior or recent graduate who is or was a Big or Little (with Big Brother Big Sister) who is or will pursue post-secondary education at an accredited college, university or trade school. Students must be involved with BBBS of Lancaster County.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Honors
  • 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. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

The Lancaster County Community Foundation participates in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s (PHEAA) Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program. Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive a match by PHEAA on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $2,500.


Applicants will be notified in late March. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Lancaster County Community Foundation. Payments are made in one installment in mid-August. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school, for the student.

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.

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.

The Lancaster County Community Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!