SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications for the 2024 ACCL Post-Secondary Scholarship, William R. Schall Memorial Scholarship, and McAllister Scholarship are open.  The application deadline is April 15, 2024.  Information about each scholarship is available by scrolling below.

If you are interested in making a donation to our General Scholarship Fund, please visit our Donations page.

02/05/2024 Update:  It has come to our attention that the U.S. Department of Education has renamed the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to Student Aid Index (SAI), which is an eligibility index number that your college's or career school's financial aid office uses to determine how much federal student aid you would receive if you attended the school. It has also come to our attention that students who are completing the FASFA are experiencing delays in receiving their Student Aid Index (SAI).  The ACCL requires the SAI/EFC with applications for the ACCL Post-Secondary Scholarship and William R. Schall Memorial Scholarship.  The ACCL encourages students to submit these scholarship applications after they have received their final SAI/EFC.  In the event that the SAI is not available by the application deadline of April 15, 2024, please contact the Armstrong Center for Community Learning by calling 724-543-2599 ext. 221.

2024 ACCL Post-Secondary Scholarship

The Armstrong Center for Community Learning (ACCL) awards scholarships to students who are/will be enrolled in any accredited post-secondary institution.  Priority will be given to first-generation college students (looking back to the applicants parents and grandparents).  To be eligible for the ACCL Post-Secondary Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be or will be enrolled (Fall 2024) in an accredited post-secondary institution;
  • Must live in the County of Armstrong;
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

For 2024, the ACCL will award up to $6,400 from the ACCL Post-Secondary Scholarship Fund.  High school seniors, post-secondary students and adults beginning their post-secondary education may apply.

The application deadline is April 15, 2024.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2024 ACCL POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.

2024 William R. Schall Memorial Scholarship (new this year!)

The William R. Schall Memorial Scholarship was established by the Armstrong Center for Community Learning (ACCL) in memory of the late William R. Schall for the purpose of providing scholarships for post-secondary education leading to a degree in the environmental and agricultural industries.  Mr. Schall's family initially established the fund to support the ongoing programming and operations at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek.  With Mr. Schall's family's approval, the ACCL has begun offering this scholarship in 2024.  To be eligible for the William R. Schall Memorial Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be or will be enrolled (Fall 2024) in an accredited post-secondary education program.  This can include trade schools, community colleges and four-year universities;
  • Must be pursuing a career in an environmental or agricultural field.  This could include: Biology, Ecology, Geology, Agriculture, Forestry, Environmental Education, or other Environmental and Agricultural fields of study;
  • Must live in the County of Armstrong or be a graduate from a high school in Armstrong County;
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

For 2024, the ACCL will award up to $2,500 from the William R. Schall Memorial Scholarship. High school seniors, postsecondary students and adults beginning their postsecondary education may apply.

The application deadline is April 15, 2024.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2024 WILLIAM R. SCHALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.

2024 Ralph and Mary Lou McAllister Scholarship

The McAllister Scholarship Trust Fund was established by the late Mary Lou McAllister for the purpose of providing scholarships for college education leading to a Bachelor's Degree for students living in Ford City Borough or at a residence with a Ford City Post Office address.  Mrs. McAllister was an active citizen of Ford City and was interested in the welfare of her community.  Mr. and Mrs. McAllister had no children.

Mrs. McAllister designated the Armstrong Center for Community Learning (ACCL) to manage and award scholarships from the Ralph and Mary Lou McAllister Scholarship Trust Fund.  Since 2004, the ACCL has awarded 91 McAllister scholarships totaling more than $236,000 to Ford City residents pursuing a bachelor's degree.

For 2024, the ACCL will award up to $20,000 from the McAllister Scholarship Trust Fund. High school seniors, postsecondary students and adults beginning their postsecondary education may apply.

To be eligible for the McAllister Scholarship, applicants:

  • Must be planning to pursue or are currently pursuing a four-year college education leading toward a Bachelor's Degree;
  • Must be Ford City resident, meaning the applicant's primary residence has a 16226 zip code.

The application deadline is April 15, 2024.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2024 RALPH AND MARY LOU MCALLISTER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.

For additional information about these scholarships, please contact the Armstrong Center for Community Learning by calling 724-543-2599 ext. 221 or email [email protected].

Scholarship applications are also available at the:

Armstrong Center for Community Learning
NexTier Adult Learning Center
104 Armstrong Street, Suite A
Ford City, PA  16226

A scholarship recipient who fails to enroll in an approved institution in the first term of the academic year for which the award was granted shall forfeit the award which will be returned to the treasurer/scholarship fund to be awarded to the next year’s class or in case of extenuating circumstances shall be reviewed by the committee.

Armstrong Center for Community Learning

Armstrong Center for Community Learning