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.
Applicants to the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship Trust Program must:
All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants of the Catholic Faith will be given additional consideration.
Number of awards and award amount will be determined by O’Brien- Vrba Scholarship Trust. 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.
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.
Also, as part of your application, you must assign two recommenders who will be able to upload letters of recommendation on your behalf:
Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.