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The program is currently closed. Please check back in January for updated program information.

 

O'Brien-VRBA Scholarship Trust
Application status: Closed

Presently Scholarship applications are being accepted from rising Juniors or students with a Junior or higher status including students pursuing graduate degrees.

PNC Bank, N.A. as Trustee of the O’Brien- Vrba Scholarship Trust has established a scholarship program to assist rural Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan high school graduates who plan to continue their education in college.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Eligibility
Applicants to the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust Program must:

  • Currently live or have resided in an approved rural country during high school. Eligible County List
    Note: Applicants who attended high school in DeKalb, IL shall be considered to have fulfilled the rural residency requirement.
  • Be current junior or senior postsecondary undergraduate or graduate level students, who plans to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Be actively involved in school activities and community service.
  •  Have a family Adjusted Gross Income of $100,000 or less.
  • Approve the release of applicant contact information and all supporting documents to PNC Bank, N.A. as Trustee of the O’Brien- Vrba Scholarship Trust Program.

All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants of the Catholic Faith will be given additional consideration.

Award
If selected, recipients will receive a minimum award of $3,000. Awards may be renewed for up to one additional year or until a degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by PNC Bank, N.A. as Trustee of the O’Brien- Vrba Scholarship Trust Program.

Awards are for undergraduate or graduate study.

Selection of Recipients
Selection criteria include consideration of financial need, academic achievement, and community service, two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher, advisor or clergy on the applicant’s performance and character and one from a community service supervisor addressing the applicant’s service and leadership in the activity. Applicants of Catholic faith and those who attend a Catholic institution affiliated with the Newman Foundation will be prioritized.

Scholarship America will select up to 100 finalists and PNC Bank, N.A. as Trustee of the O’Brien- Vrba Scholarship Trust Program will select recipients and determine award amounts.

Notification
Applicants will be notified in June. 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 PNC Bank, N.A. as Trustee of the O’Brien- Vrba Scholarship Trust. Payment is made in one installment on August 1. 

All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants of the Catholic Faith will be given additional consideration.

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

  1. Official complete transcript of grades from all colleges which you have attended and/or are currently attending. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  2. If you will be changing schools, please provide a copy of your acceptance letter to the school you will be attending.
  3. Copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS 1040 form(s) used for the Financial Information Page. If a student is being claimed as a dependent on another person’s IRS 1040 tax return, that student must submit the first two pages of that particular tax return with the application. Please black out any sensitive data including Social Security Numbers prior to uploading.
  4. A letter from a teacher, advisor, or member of the clergy attesting to your performance and character. Letter must be on letterhead and include the signature and title of the reference.
  5. A letter from a person responsible for coordinating community service attesting to your involvement. Additional weight is given for leadership roles. If the community activity included a leadership role, have the reference indicate so in the letter. Community service activities do not include school clubs unless specific community service was performed. Letter must be on letterhead and include the signature and title of the reference.

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

PNC Bank, N.A. as Trustee of the O'Brien-VRBA Scholarship Trust has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!