Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning Interest-Free Student Loans Application

The online application for interest-free student loans at Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning is now open! Students can apply at until April 30th for the 2024-25 academic year. Please note, prior to applying, students will need to complete the FAFSA and then submit the FSS (FAFSA Submission Summary) as a requirement of the loan application. 

Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning’s mission is to provide financial resources to Lancaster County residents in support of their post-secondary educational goals. They have provided more than $19,000,000 in interest-free loans since 1961! 

Dual Enrollment 24-25 Interest Meeting Sign up

Penn Manor students who qualify have the opportunity to enroll in college courses while they are high school students through our Dual Enrollment program. College courses may only be taken after a student has exhausted all related course offerings at PMHS and require administrative approval.

Students are required to meet all deadlines, submit all paperwork, and gain all permissions prior to a Penn Manor course being dropped and replaced with a Dual Enrollment class.

Students interested in learning about the Dual Enrollment process should attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 26th during Flex in the LGI Room A. Sign up on this google form

There are reimbursement scholarships available from the Penn Manor Education Foundation to help with partial cost of Dual Enrollment courses. Many educational institutions offer a discounted tuition rate for HS students.
Families and studies can find out more about these colleges and policies at:

Dual Enrollment Partners:

Penn Manor currently has partnerships with Millersville University, Harrisburg Area Community College, PA College of Health Sciences (now St. Josephs in Lancaster), Messiah College, Elizabethtown , PA College of Art and Design, Lancaster Bible College and the Lancaster County CTC. Penn Manor has recently expanded the partnerships for dual enrollment with several additional colleges: Messiah College, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and the Lancaster County CTC. .

Rock Lititz “Experience LIVE” Conference

Are you a Junior or Senior interested in live event productions? Do you have a passion for concerts, festivals, production, lighting, audio, STEM topics and the idea of a non-traditional work path? 

Rock Lititz is currently accepting applications for its upcoming “Experience LIVE” Conference on April 25th from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. This will be a fun and immersive event which will allow high school students to experience what careers backstage in the live entertainment industry really look like, network with production professionals, and learn about the wide range of career opportunities. 

Students who are interested in attending “Experience LIVE” will need to apply directly to Rock Lititz here. Rock Lititz fully handles the application and acceptance process. The application deadline is March 8th. If students are accepted to the program, they will be notified by Rock Lititz by March 18th. After being accepted, students will need to fill out additional paperwork with the Counseling Office, and transportation and a chaperone will be provided by the high school. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Moss in the Career Center. 

STEM Summer Program at Millersville University

The College of Science and Technology at Millersville University is pleased to announce the 36th annual Summer Science Training Program (SSTP) for students with an interest in STEM.  Two distinct five-day sessions of science, math, and technology workshops will be taught consecutively, with each session consisting of 10 stimulating topics under the STEM umbrella.  This program is open to students entering 8th through 12th grade in the fall of 2024.

The program includes two five-day sessions held during the weeks of June 24-June 28, 2024 (Session 1 for grades 8-9) and July 8-July 12, 2024 (Session 2 for grades 10-12).  During each session, students will be engaged in exciting hands-on activities during three-hour workshops from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants will use fully equipped labs and classroom facilities in Millersville University’s Science and Technology Complex. SSTP participants will benefit from the extensive experience of the Millersville University mathematics, science, and technology faculty and staff who serve as instructors for all workshops. Students can register for a session based on their grade as of fall 2024. 

Additional program and registration information can be found on the SSTP website. The cost of this year’s program is $250 per Session, which covers instructional costs and supplies.  Due to limited lab space and equipment, early registration is encouraged to ensure participation.

Registration opens March 1, 2024. The registration deadlines are June 20, 2024 for Session 1 and July 5, 2024 for Session 2, OR when each session reaches 24 participants (whichever comes first). This is an engaging and enriching program to add to your summer schedule!

Pre-College Summer Programs

One of the great things about being in high school are all the different opportunities available to help you prepare for your future. Many colleges and universities offer pre-college programs over the summer to help high school students gain knowledge, explore career options, and possibly earn college credits. Check out the exciting programs below and make sure to check back to the “Summer Opportunities” page for updates! 

Bucknell University

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE) is a residential, hands-on learning experience giving students a chance to be exposed to college-level work and explore the value of a liberal arts perspective in making challenging decisions to improve today’s world.

Dates: June 23-28, 2024

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply

Application can be found here:

Financial Aid is available

Application deadline: March 16, 2024

Cornell University

Cornell University Precollege Studies is currently accepting applications for summer online classes for high school students. Immerse yourself in rigorous online courses taught by top Cornell faculty and earn 3 to 8 credits. 

Dates: Courses offered between June 3 – August 6, 2024

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply

Application can be found here:

Limited financial aid available

DeSales University

Below is information on two different unique and exciting programs offered by DeSales University.

DeSales University Summer Video Institute & Advanced Summer Institute

Dates: June 17-22, 2024 and July 8-13, 2024

Who: Ages 13 and up

Application can be found here:

Application deadline: June 2024 (see website for more details) 

Summer Theatre Institute at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Dates: July 22-August 3, 2024

Who: Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors & rising college freshmen 

Application can be found here:

Limited scholarships are available. Scholarship deadline is April 20, 2024

Messiah University 

Messiah University offers a number of programs over the summer for high school students. Check out the websites below for more information!

Cyber Camp: June 10-13, 2024 (apply online by May 13th)

Exploring Careers in Healthcare: June 10-12, 2024 (apply online by June 2nd) 

Psychology Camp: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 1st)

Young Filmmakers’ Workshop: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 1st)

Young Writers Workshop: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 1st; apply by April 1st for  discounted rate)

Young Peacemakers Academy: June 23-28, 2024 (apply online by June 3rd)

University of Delaware

University of Delaware is offering “Edge,” a three-week, credit-bearing college experience for accomplished and highly motivated high school students 

Dates: July 7-27, 2024

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors are welcome to apply

Application can be found here:

Limited financial aid available

Application deadline: May 1, 2024

West Point “Summer Leaders Experience” Opportunity

The United States Military Academy at West Point is offering two “Summer Leaders Experience” (SLE) sessions on June 1-7 and June 8-14, 2024. Current high school juniors may apply now, and the priority application deadline is March 15, 2024. The SLE is a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with West Point Cadets, complete academic workshops, participate in military days, and more.

A Facebook Live event covering SLE will be held on February 15th at 6 pm and is available here or on the Facebook page “West Point Admissions.” Major Mark Owens (Southeast Regional Commander, USMA ’13) and Cadet Raquel Zitta (USMA ’25) will co-host this event and discuss SLE and how to apply. Students can ask them live questions if they attend!

A flyer with more detailed information can be found here.

Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development Volunteer Opportunities

The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development is offering numerous volunteer opportunities for students interested in serving others in a fun and meaningful way. Evening, weekend, and after school opportunities are available throughout the spring and summer and can be counted towards community service hours. A flyer with detailed information can be found here. If interested, please contact Jenn Vasko at or 717-393-0425, ext. 106.

Career Event for Internet Marketing Industry

If you are a Senior and interested in learning more about a career in Internet Marketing, Web Design & Development, or Social Media Management, you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity! WebFX, voted one of PA’s Best Places to Work, will be hosting a “WebFX-U Day” on Tuesday, March 12th from 1-3:30 pm to give students an inside look at their leading digital marketing agency. 

Students will have the chance to learn from professionals in the field, attend breakout sessions, participate in a Q&A session with their President, network with the hiring team, and more. This event is for students seriously interested in pursuing a career in these fields. While the registration form states it is for college students, high school Seniors are welcome to apply (please write “Penn Manor High School” on the form under the “College/University” option). Students will need to apply individually and provide their own transportation. The registration form is available here, and the deadline to apply is March 8th at 12 pm. 

FAFSA Completion Night

FAFSA deadlines are coming up soon! Are you a Senior and need help completing your FAFSA? We are here to support you through the process! 

The Counseling Department is offering a free evening workshop on Tuesday, February 27th at 6 pm in the LGI room (located above the cafeteria) for you and your parents or guardians. A representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be available to help you complete your FAFSA and answer any questions you may have. 

If you would like to attend, please email Mrs. Long at by February 25th by 4 pm to secure a spot. You will need to create your FSA ID at four days prior to the event. Please also bring your student laptop to the event. We hope to see you there!

PACAC College Fair Field Trip

The Counseling Department is planning a field trip to the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Lancaster Regional College Fair on Tuesday, March 12th from 9 – 10:30 am. The Fair will take place at Thaddeus Stevens College and is open to Juniors and undecided Seniors. 

This is a great opportunity to meet with college admissions representatives and learn about applying to college. Students will register for a barcode through Strive Scan which will allow them to show their barcode to colleges they are interested in. Colleges will send them more information about their schools, and the day after the fair, students will receive a report with information about each college with whom they scanned.  There is no cost to attend the Fair and space is limited. Field trip permission slips are available in the Counseling Office and due by February 23rd.