Peirce College Scholarships, Grants & Awards | Student Scholarships

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. Many of these college scholarships and grants can be applied for using the Peirce College Common Scholarship Application form. The student scholarships listed are available to Peirce College undergraduate students only and are used for tuition and/or fees only, unless otherwise stated.

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:

  • Two to three pages in length

  • 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: 

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: August 5th

Alumni Association Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to new undergraduate students entering Peirce College and second-year 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 2014-2015 school year

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • 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: August 5th

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 2014-2015 school year

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • 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: August 5th 

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 completed application

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

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher*

  • Submit Application

*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, 2015

Interview Day: June 22, 2015

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 2014-2015 school year

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • 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: August 5th

Arthur J. Lendo Endowed Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Submit completed application

  • 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: August 5th

The scholarship award winner will be announced by the end of July 2014.

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. 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

Peirce College will begin accepting new Edna M. Thompson Scholarship Fund applications in July 2015. For more information, please contact Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts at rjtoliver@peirce.edu.

International Student Scholarship

International students are not eligible to receive state or federal aid. Peirce College has created a scholarship to help international students experiencing financial hardship. Eligible students must be attending classes at our Philadelphia campus.

Award:

  • $2,000 per year ($1,000 in fall and $1,000 in spring)

  • Two international students each fall session

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Submit completed application

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5

  • Full-time status for one semester (16-week session)

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (one recommendation must be from a Peirce College faculty or staff member)

  • A personal essay describing academic goals and a financial plan for scholarship money

  • Active member of the Walker Center for Academic Excellence, which includes attendance in cultural events and workshops

  • Attendance at all international student meetings

This is not a continual scholarship; therefore, students need to apply for this scholarship each year.

Upon receipt of scholarship, student will be required to attend a financial counseling session to insure scholarship funds are used most efficiently.

For more information contact the Advising Department at 888.467.3472, x9177.

The Merrell Business Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to students enrolled in the Business Administration program at Peirce College.

Award: Annual award of up to $5,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student

  • Have selected courses for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • Complete a 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Maintain a GPA of a 3.0 or higher

  • Demonstrate financial need


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.

Provide two (2) letters of recommendation from a faculty member, community leader, and/or employer.

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

Deadline: August 5th

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

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • Have selected courses for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • 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: August 5th

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 web form, 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

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • File a 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid prior to submitting scholarship application.

  • Have selected courses for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Existing students must be in good standing academically

  • 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: August 5th

Peirce College New Student Scholarship

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

Deadline: August 5th 

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 titled "My career aspirations and reasons for pursuing a degree at Peirce College" addressing the following questions:

      • Why Peirce?

      • Why are you interested in pursuing your degree?

      • What area of concentration do you want to pursue?

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

    • Please include information about prior academic success, work or internship experience, and/or community service as appropriate. See Scholarship Essay format above.

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • High school and/or college transcripts

  • Completed Peirce Application

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014
Interview Day: November 21, 2014

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

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


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: August 5th

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 2014-2015 school year

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • 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: August 5th 

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 $7,500

Eligibility Criteria:

  • File a 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid prior to submitting scholarship application

  • Submit a completed application to Student Financial Services

  • 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.

  • 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: August 5