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SFTS Pennsylvania Scholarship

Dear Stand For The Silent Pennsylvania State Scholarship Applicant,

Instructions and Rules

Please read all the information below before completing the scholarship form. If you are a graduating high school senior in the 2023-2024 school year, have plans to attend or are currently attending a college or an educational institution in the United States, and residing in the state of Pennsylvania, you will be able to complete the scholarship form. If you will not be a graduating high school senior in the 2023-2024 school year, with plans to attend or are attending a college or educational institution in the United States, or you are not a resident of the state of Pennsylvania, you will not be able to complete the Pennsylvania scholarship form. Please try again when you meet the application requirements or check our website for other states where you are eligible to apply for a Stand For The Silent (heretofore referred to as SFTS) State Scholarship. 

If you are under the age of 18, your parent(s) or guardian(s) must agree to you applying. A checkbox will be in section 4, Disclaimers and Signatures, on the application for them to check yes or no. If it is checked no, you will not be able to complete the application. There will also be a media release checkbox. A description of how we might use your information will be shown with a checkbox for yes or no. An answer will be required to complete the application. 

We suggest you have personal information, educational information, and graduation dates available as you work on your scholarship submission. If you are attending a high school and have an email provided by the school, we may not be able to contact you via that email, as most school emails are protected from outside sources for security reasons. We ask that you use a personal email. If you do not have a personal email, ask your parents if you may use theirs or allow you to set up one for scholarship purposes. You will also be required to submit two references, (no relatives). Please have their names, phone numbers, emails, and position titles ready. It is appropriate to inform your references that you will be using them in your scholarship submission. We do contact references if you are a finalist for one of our scholarships. By submitting your application, you agree to all SFTS State Scholarship Official rules and the decisions of SFTS are final and binding.

There will be one Interview Question. Your answer will have a 250-word maximum limit. Your form will not be saved for you to return to complete. Please gather your information and be ready to complete the form in one sitting. 

The current SFTS State Scholarship application period is open from March 1st through the 31st. SFTS will be accepting completed applications and interview questions no later than 10:00 p.m. EST, March 31, 2024. If we receive 50 applications before March 31, 2024, the application site will be closed, and no more completed Applications and Interview Questions will be accepted. An announcement will be posted on the SFTS State Scholarship Webpage if the submission is closed early due to reaching the designated number of applicants. 

Once all applications and interview questions have been received and verified, which could take up to two weeks, the questions and answers will be sent to the scoring committee. The committee works diligently to score the questions in a timely fashion. If there are no unforeseen complications, it may take two to three weeks to return their scores. If you are selected as a finalist, and there is a tie, you may be contacted for a final interview by our selection committee. Once all winners have been selected and references have been interviewed, on or about May 13, 2024, the winners will be contacted by the staff of SFTS via email. 

All recipients of the Pennsylvania State Scholarships must be a current resident of Pennsylvania: (1) a high school senior who will be graduating and is, or will be enrolled, in a college or university in the United States (2) an undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university who is pursuing studies or conducting research to meet the requirements for an academic or professional degree in the United States; or (3) a student – whether full-time or part time – at an educational institution that provides an educational program acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s or higher degree, or offers a training program to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation, such as a vocational or technical school and is authorized under federal or state law to provide such a program and is accredited by a national recognized accreditation agency in the United States. All scholarship awards must be used for tuition and related expenses at an educational institution. No funds will be paid directly to the scholarship winner. The name and contact information of the educational institution must be provided. Former recipients of SFTS State Scholarships are not eligible to participate in the State Scholarships again. No SFTS officers, directors, contractors, employees, or their relatives may receive this scholarship.

The Application which includes education information and references, and an Interview Question must be fully completed for consideration to receive a scholarship. Applications and Interview Questions received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

All decisions made by the scholarship selection committee are final.

Please contact us if you have any questions at: sftsscholarship@standforthesilent.org

Please click here for Official Rules: https://standforthesilent.org/state-scholarship-rules/