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Powerful Tech and Trade Scholarship
Deadline to apply: April 3, 2023 3:00 pm CT

Based upon the Zip Code you entered, you may be eligible for the Powerful Tech and Trade Scholarship. View all eligibility criteria below.

As PPL works to advance a more sustainable energy future for all customers, we believe it’s important that the people fueling that innovation, driving change, creating new customer programs and building tomorrow’s energy infrastructure reflect the diversity of those we serve.

In support of that vision, PPL Foundation’s Powerful Tech and Trade Scholarship is focused on attracting more women and the underserved to careers in which they’ve historically been underrepresented and in which we believe they can play an important role in shaping our shared energy future.

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 Powerful Tech and Trade Scholarship must meet all the following criteria:

  • Reside within one of the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL Electric Utilities
  • OR reside within one of the 5 Rhode Island counties served by Rhode Island Energy.
  • Self-identify as a member of at least one of the following underrepresented groups:
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Female (any race or ethnicity)
  • Be a high school senior, graduate, current undergraduate or non-traditional student
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year college or vocational, technical/trade school within the PPL Power Scholars Network of schools for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Plan to pursue a certificate, diploma, or degree in: Engineering, Industrial, Computer Science, Natural Resources Technologies, Electrical, Electronics, Project Management, Building Construction, or other related trade

Previous recipients of this program or any other PPL Programs are not eligible to apply.

Employees and children of employees of PPL Corporation and its subsidiary companies are not eligible to apply.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award. Up to (10) ten awards will be granted. Awards are one-time only. Past recipients may not reapply.

Awards are for undergraduate study only (including vocational-technical/trade certificates and diplomas).

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 career and educational goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of PPL Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of PPL Foundation. Payment is made in August.

Financial Literacy Support

Award recipients will be given access for a year to WhichWay, a financial literacy tool with interactive financial education modules containing tools and tips that include the following topics:

  • Understanding Basics of Budgeting
  • Achieving Goals
  • Creating and Maintaining a Budget
  • Paying for College
  • Understanding Credit
  • Obtaining Credit
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Managing Credit Cards
  • Managing Student Loans While in School
  • Managing Debt
  • Repaying Student Loans

Participation in Scholarship America’s financial literacy tool, WhichWay is offered to scholarship recipients. Recipients will be invited to register online to participate in financial education activities to help guide a student to financial stability and success.

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 a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 6, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

PPL Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!