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Peirce College Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Peirce Student Scholarships

Peirce offers need-based and non-need-based college scholarships and grants to help students fund their educations.

Peirce College Scholarships, Grants and Awards

One way Peirce makes higher education accessible and attainable is by helping our students fund their degrees through scholarships. Please review the scholarship opportunities below carefully. This page will be updated every year when Peirce begins taking applications for these college scholarships and grants for the coming academic year. The student scholarships listed are available to Peirce College undergraduate students only (except for the Cederstrom Scholarship, which is also available to graduate students) and are used for tuition and/or fees only, unless otherwise stated.

Please review the scholarship opportunities below carefully.  Many (but not all) of these college scholarships and grants can be applied for using the Peirce College Common Scholarship Application form.   Some also require an essay and/or recommendation letters.  

Please note: If you are receiving other outside aid and/or Peirce College funds that cover tuition your scholarship may be reduced or eliminated.

Helpful Scholarship Application Hints:

Scholarship essays should use this formatting unless specified otherwise:

  • Double spaced

  • Times New Roman font

  • 12-point font

  • One-inch top, bottom and side margins

Letters of recommendation should follow these guidelines:

  • Recommendations should be from academic and/or business professionals, unless otherwise specified.

  • The writer of a letter of recommendation should include his/her name, employer and phone number in the recommendation.

The Albert G. Cederstrom & Emilie L. Cederstrom Memorial Fund in Human Resource Management

Created by Albert G. Cederstrom, Jr. ’43 to honor his parents, Albert G. Cederstrom and Emilie L. Cederstrom, the purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to Peirce College students who are currently enrolled in the Human Resource Management Program. Monies may be allocated to students in pursuit of professional certifications, general expenses such as books, fees, etc. or to those entering Peirce College’s Organizational Leadership and Management Graduate Program. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate or graduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website.

Students awarded the scholarship are required to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship.* Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded.

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

Deadline: July 15

Alumni Association Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to new undergraduate students entering Peirce College and students who have completed a minimum of 24 credits.

Award:

  • Annual award of up to $2,000 for new students

  • Annual award of up to $8,000 for current students

All students (including past recipients) must reapply each year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Submit a completed application by july 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations and essay to scholarships@peirce.edu. Your application is not complete until all information is received.

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer addressing the following questions:

    • What are your impressions of the candidate's character and maturity?

    • How do you regard him/her as a person compared to contemporaries?

    • What are the student's strengths or weaknesses?

  • Complete a typed Scholarship Essay responding to the following topic:

    • Imagine it is the day after you receive your Peirce degree: what reflections do you have to offer about how your Peirce experience has changed you and, in turn, how have you helped change Peirce?

Deadline: July 15

Students awarded the scholarship are required* to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship. Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded.

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

The Angelo E. DiAntonio Accounting Award

The purpose of this award is to provide scholarship support to students majoring in accounting who have completed 60 credit hours or more toward their degree and have demonstrated good citizenship.

Award: Annual award of up to $500

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Submit a completed application by july 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations and essay to scholarships@peirce.edu

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation evidencing good citizenship from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer

  • Complete a one-page typed Scholarship Essay responding to the following topic:

    • What are your educational goals and how will a degree in accounting help you to achieve them?

Students awarded the scholarship are required* to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship. Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded.

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

Deadline: July 15 

Annual Mayor's City of Philadelphia Scholarships

Peirce College awards two scholarships for full tuition and fees each year to City of Philadelphia employees or residents.

Award: The recipient of the scholarship will receive full tuition and fees for up to ten (10) classes per academic year, for a total of 40 three-credit courses plus the required one-credit orientation class.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Submit a completed application

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher*

*These student scholarships will be awarded unconditionally for the first year of study. Thereafter, each scholarship is renewable for each subsequent year of studies if the recipient remains in good standing. "Good standing" is defined as maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Student scholarship will become null and void if the recipient exits the College for a full calendar year. These student scholarships are renewable until completion of a bachelor's degree up to a maximum of six years.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Interview Day: June 20, 2016

For more information, please contact the Peirce Admissions Office at 888.467.3472, ext. 9000.

Arcadia Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to a full-time second-year student enrolled in a two-year degree program.

Award: Annual award of up to $750

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations and essay to scholarships@peirce.edu

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer addressing the following questions:

    • What are your impressions of the candidate's character and maturity?

    • How do you regard him/her as a person compared to contemporaries?

    • What are the student's strengths or weaknesses?

Students awarded the scholarship are required to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship.* Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded.

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

Deadline: July 15

Arthur J. Lendo Endowed Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Submit completed application directly to the Admissions Office.

  • Completed at least sixty (60) credit hours at Peirce College or at another accredited institution

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Submit a Scholarship Essay titled "How I have used technology innovatively in a workplace or community setting."

    • See Scholarship Essay formatting above

  • Provide two Letters of Recommendation evidencing good citizenship

Deadline: July 15

The scholarship award winner will be announced by the end of July 2016.

For more information, please contact the Peirce Admissions Office at 888.467.3472, ext. 9000.

Associate Degree Scholarship Program

Award: This is a renewable award and funds will be dispersed on a term-by-term basis. Award is up to $3000 per academic year provided a student’s tuition is not being covered by other financial means.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student, enrolled on at least half-time basis

  • Submit completed application

  • Graduate from a community college with an associate degree and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, evidenced by an official transcript with a graduation date indicated

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher*

*This scholarship is awarded unconditionally for the first academic year of enrollment. Thereafter, the scholarship is renewable for each subsequent year of study if the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship will become null and void if the recipient exits the College for a full calendar year.

Contact your Admissions Counselor for further details.

Edna M. Thompson '32 Scholarship Fund - Emergency Award

Through a generous bequest from Edna M. Thompson ’32, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide emergency financial support to alleviate some of the financial burdens many worthy and needy students face as they work to achieve a college education.

This scholarship will provide assistance to students who:

  • Have exhausted all of their sources of financial aid

  • Are confronted with an unforeseen personal crisis that has caused them to become unable to meet their financial obligation (such as death of an immediate family member, a natural disaster, pending eviction, burglary, fire)

Award: Peirce College will fund up to $1,000 each to up to 12 students per year who are seeking emergency financial support and who fall within one of the categories indicated above. Funds can only be used to support students' continuous enrollment at Peirce. All students applying for this scholarship must meet the following general eligibility criteria and can only apply once per academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5

  • Be registered for classes during the session they are requesting financial assistance

  • Submit a personal essay of 200 words or more explaining your need for this scholarship funding

Peirce College will begin accepting new Edna M. Thompson Scholarship Fund applications in July 2016. Please note that available funding is limited. For more information, please contact Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts at rjtoliver@peirce.edu.

The Mildred Brown-O'Bannon Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Lt. Col. Frank O'Bannon to honor his wife, Mildred Brown-O'Bannon, class of 1938.

Award: Annual award of up to $500.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations to scholarships@peirce.edu

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer addressing the following questions:

    • What are your impressions of the candidate's character and maturity?

    • How do you regard him/her as a person compared to contemporaries?

    • What are the student's strengths or weaknesses?

Deadline: July 15

National Guard Grant

Award: Full tuition and fees for a Peirce College degree

The recipient of the scholarship will receive full tuition and fees for up to ten (10) classes per academic year, for a total of 40 three-credit courses plus the required 1-credit orientation class.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher*

  • Must be an active member in good standing of the National Guard or spouse of an active Guard Member from one of the following states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland or Virginia.

  • Spouses of Active National Guard Members must include National Guard Member information.

  • The application must be signed by the applicant and the National Guard spouse if applicable and the Education Service Officer. Download your application form here.

At least one of the five student scholarships will always be awarded to a Pennsylvania Guard Member or spouse. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. 

  • Submit Scholarship Essay titled “My Career Aspirations and Reasons for Pursuing a Degree at Peirce College,” addressing the following questions:

    • Why Peirce College?

    • Why are you interested in pursuing your degree?

    • How do you believe a degree will help you succeed in your career?

    • See Scholarship Essay format above.

  • Submit Application

The scholarship will be awarded unconditionally for the first year of study. Thereafter, the scholarship is renewable for each subsequent year of studies if the recipient remains in good standing. "Good standing" means maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher and remaining an active member/spouse of the National Guard.

The scholarship will become null and void if the recipient exits the College for a full calendar year.

For more information, please complete our National Guard webform or contact the Peirce Admissions Office at 888.467.3472, ext. 9000.

Peirce College Board of Trustees Scholarship

The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for new and existing students who demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • File a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid prior to submitting scholarship application.

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Existing students must be in good standing academically

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations to scholarships@peirce.edu

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer addressing the following questions:

    • What are your impressions of the candidate's character and maturity?

    • How do you regard him/her as a person compared to contemporaries?

    • What are the student's strengths or weaknesses?

Students awarded the scholarship are required to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship.* Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded.

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

Deadline: July 15

Peirce College New Student Scholarship

The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for first-time applicants to Peirce College.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • First-time applicant to Peirce College

  • Select courses for 2016-2017

  • Submit a one-page essay responding to the following question: What does scholastic excellence mean to you? How will you achieve scholastic excellence in the upcoming academic year?

Deadline: July 15

President's Scholarship Competition

New applicants to Peirce College or applicants that have fewer than 15 Peirce College credits who are seeking their bachelor's degree can compete for this scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded unconditionally for the first academic year of enrollment. Thereafter, the scholarship is renewable for each subsequent year of studies if the recipient maintains a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Further details of the scholarship awards will be provided in a financial aid award letter. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students only.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Submit a Scholarship Review Package in their selected degree program consisting of the following:

    • An essay describing your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study and your future goals

    • Two letters of recommendation

    • High school and/or college transcripts

    • Completed Peirce application

    • Completed scholarship application

Submission Deadline: November 7, 2016
Interview Day: December 5, 2016

For more information, please contact the Heather DeRitis at 888.467.3472, ext. 9124 or hmderitis@peirce.edu.

The Raymond E. Hollenbach '16 and Robert R. Hollenbach ’48 Scholarship Fund

Created by Robert R. Hollenbach ’48 in agreement with the Hollenbach Family Foundation of the Chester County Community Foundation, this scholarship will provide financial support to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.

Eligibility Criteria:

Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Complete a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher.

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website.

Students awarded the scholarship are required to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship.* Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded.

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

Deadline: July 15

The Willie Clifton '84 Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Will Clifton, a 1984 graduate of Peirce College and president of the Black Student Union. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to an African-American student who has successfully completed 24 or more credits and is enrolled in a two year degree program.

Award: Annual award of up to $500

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2016-2017 school year

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations to scholarships@peirce.edu

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer addressing the following questions:

    • What are your impressions of the candidate's character and maturity?

    • How do you regard him/her as a person compared to contemporaries?

    • What are the student's strengths or weaknesses?

Deadline: July 15

The W.W. Smith Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to full-time undergraduate students in a degree-granting course of study, in good academic standing and whose financial needs cannot be met by other aid programs.

Award: Annual award of up to $7,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • File a 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid prior to submitting scholarship application

  • Must be a second-year, full-time (at least 12 credits/semester) undergraduate student at Peirce College

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Have financial need not met by other aid programs

  • Have a permanent home residency in the Delaware Valley Region: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties or in the city of Camden, NJ.

Submit a completed application by July 15, 2016 to the Scholarship Application website. Send the following recomendations and essay to scholarships@peirce.edu

  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader and/or employer addressing the following questions:

    • What are your impressions of the candidate's character and maturity?

    • How do you regard him/her as a person compared to contemporaries?

    • What are the student's strengths?

  • Submit a one (1) page typed scholarship essay responding to the following topic:

    • What challenges do you face in pursuit of an education at Peirce College?

    • How will you use this education for the betterment of yourself and the enrichment of others?

Students awarded the scholarship are required to write a thank-you letter to the donor within three weeks of receiving the scholarship.* Additional information about this will be communicated to the student once the scholarship has been awarded. Students awarded the scholarship must maintain the required GPA and full-time enrollment status.*

*Failure to do so may result in the loss of the scholarship.

Deadline: July 15