2023 Road to Safety Scholarship Contest

Each year, many young lives are drastically changed or cut short by risky behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. Motor vehicle crashes involving teenagers are especially heartbreaking, because most of these teen tragedies are fully preventable. Metzger Wickersham law firm is now accepting entries for the tenth annual 2023 Road to Safety Scholarship Contest, which encourages young drivers to get involved in spreading the message to keep our roads safe.

Pennsylvania college-bound high school seniors may submit a creative project about the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving for their chance to win college scholarship money. First, second and third place winners will be selected by our panel of judges and will receive $1,000$750 and $500 scholarships, respectively.

Is the healthcare field of interest to you, or do you intend to enter the healthcare field after high school?

The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, located right here in Lancaster is the area’s only college dedicated solely to health sciences, offering over two dozen academic programs to 1,800+ students. The PA College of Health Sciences has a lot to offer, from certificates to doctoral degrees, innovative simulation labs, hands-on learning, and incredible financial aid packages.

If you want to learn more about the PA College of Health Sciences and the opportunities they have to offer, the admissions team from the PA College of Health Sciences will be presenting here at Penn Manor on Friday, March 3rd during Friday Flex. This presentation will be followed by an on-campus tour for those who want to learn more about the college.



Real Talk is a virtual college exploration initiative designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. Real Talk events were created to provide Black students and their families with the tools they need to feel confident about planning for life after high school. This two-night event will give them an opportunity to compare colleges, hear advice on standing out during the admissions process, learn about special scholarships that can make college more affordable, and get top questions answered directly from the experts.
Night 1 on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, features:
•Dillard University•Fayetteville State University•Florida A&M University•Morgan State University•Tuskegee University
Night 2 on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, features:
•Bethune-Cookman University•Claflin University•Morehouse College•Norfolk State University•Tennessee State University•Texas Southern University

Apply for an interest-free loan from Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning

Seniors! Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning online loan application period is OPEN! The deadline is 4/28/23 to apply for our interest-free student loans for the 2023-24 school year. Since 1961, LDHL has provided more than 14,000 loans totaling more than $19 million! We can help students achieve their educational dreams. Apply online at  https://lancdollars.org/ 

Messiah College Announces Open House

Attending an Open House is a great way to discover if Messiah is the right fit for you!

Explore the academic programs you’re interested in, get a feel for our campus culture, meet our students and faculty, take a campus tour, and learn more about what it means to be part of the Messiah family. Interested in extending your stay? Consider an overnight experience before the event.


Upcoming Financial Aid Webinars

Advanced Planning for Financing Higher Education   

2/21/23 Tuesday 6:30pm

The thought of Higher Education costs can be overwhelming, however planning and identifying what you can do to help lessen those costs is an important step.  It’s never too early or too late to start understanding what those costs are and what is available to help maintain, plan and help you make affordable decisions.  Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of PHEAA’s PA Forward Program in a one hour webinar to begin that process and become prepared.

Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance  

2/9/23 Thursday Noon;  2/23/23 Thursday 6:30pm

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for Scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing.  This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying.  It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started.  We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions.  Join PHEAA for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

Register here

Scholarship Application for Seniors at CTC. Apply now!

It’s that time of year for our Penn Manor seniors who are enrolled in full day CTC to apply for the many scholarship opportunities available through Penn Manor Education Foundation.  Any CTC student planning to continue a career in the trades can apply. Scholarships can be used for trade school costs, apprenticeships, certifications, or tools. Good luck seniors.

  • Deadline to apply is March 17th.  
  • Students can print unofficial transcripts using Sapphire.  (Students can log into their Sapphire account, click REPORTS, TRANSCRIPTS, and print.) 
  • Students who do not have a resume can use Xello to create one, or any resume builder they prefer.

Juniors: Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award/Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Society’s Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award for Pennsylvania public school juniors is currently accepting submissions. The scholarship offers a first-place prize of $6,000, a second-place prize of $4,000, and a third-place prize of $2,000. The deadline for submission is Friday, February 24th, 2023.   Please e-mail scholaraward@pasociety.com or call 215-233-2650 with any questions. https://www.pasociety.com/scholarship

Spring SAT Info for Current Juniors

Each spring the School Counseling Department recommends that Junior’s take the SAT and ACT if students are considering attending a two or four year college or university after high school.  If students are still undecided, that is absolutely fine, it’s recommended that students take the tests to help in their decision making process.

This spring, Penn Manor is offering four different opportunities to take the SAT.  We will offer two Saturday SAT tests on March 11th or June 3rd.  In order to register for these tests you will go onto the College Board website, register and pay through the website to secure your seat.

In addition, we are offering a new pilot program, two opportunities to take the SAT during a school day on March 22nd or April 25th.  For each of these test dates there will be a limited number of seats and students will be able to sign up by submitting payment directly to the School Counseling office.  The opportunity to register will be coming soon!

For any of these opportunities, if you qualify for free or reduced lunch, students are eligible to take the SAT for free with a fee waiver.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the school counselor assigned to your student. https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat

Your one stop shop! Here is a list of helpful financial aid links and their descriptions.

Board of Governors Scholarship for PASSHE SchoolsProvides the 2020-21 scholarship cut-offs for a scholarship specific to PASSHE schools.
CSS ProfileFinancial aid application required by some schools but not all.
CSS Profile explanation slidesOverview of CSS Profile.
CSS Profile list of institutionsList of schools that require CSS.
FAFSA login creationMust be done before starting FAFSA.
FAFSA websiteGather all documents before you start.
FAFSA completion guide (simple and in-depth)“How-to” guides
Financial aid guide for studentsGets you started with financial aid
Financial aid guide for undocumented studentsBest overview out there – and if you find one better, let us know!
Financial aid resources for counselorsPHEAA’s page with counselor resources
Financial aid resources for studentsPHEAA’s page with student resources
Foster care: Chafee GrantChafee is a national program for people who have been in foster care, and this is the PA website
Foster care: free tuition in PAPA has a new program offering free tuition for people who have been in foster care
How much aid is given by each collegeLists the percent of need met by 450+ colleges, plus the average aid package
PA State Grant instructionsStep-by-step guide for applying to PA’s state grant
State grant websites for DE, MD, NJ, and PALinks to each state’s websites
Scholarship guide from Malvern PrepCompilation of PA and national scholarship sites
Scholarship guide from Girard CollegeCompilation of Philly-area, identity-based, highly selective, lower selectivity, and national sites
TheDream.USScholarship resources for undocumented and DACAmented students who came to the US before November 2016