PHEAA Sept Webinars: Planning & Scholarships – for all grade levels

September PHEAA webinars are here to assist with planning!

Financial Aid Timeline – Know What To Do When     Sept 9, Thursday, 6:30 pm;  Sept 16, Thursday, Noon;  Sept 23, Thursday, 6:30 pm;  Sept 28, Tuesday, Noon 

THIS IS A PUBLIC EVENT-NOT PENN MANOR SPONSORED. PENN MANOR FINANCIAL AID NIGHT IS SEPTEMBER 20th at 6:00pm in the Manor Middle School Auditorium/Cafeteria. Financial Aid Night

Follow financial aid experts Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Program as they guide you along the exciting (and sometimes bumpy) road to an affordable higher education.  The journey will begin before high school and end in the land of education loan repayment – or maybe even education loan forgiveness.  One thing is for certain:  it’s never too early to start preparing for a successful higher education experience.  This one-hour presentation will provide the starting points – and web resources – for effective research before, during, and after your student makes postsecondary decisions. Knowing what to expect and to plan for it is the key.  Failing to plan, is planning to fail!

Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance   Sept 14 Tuesday Noon;  Sept 21 Tuesday 6:30 pm;  Sept 30 Thursday Noon

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 Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray from PHEAA’s PAForward Program for an hour of detailed information on this topic.

Register at:

Scholarship Opportunity

EPAITDM $1000 Scholarship is a great opportunity for students who are planning to attend college for a career in technology or programming. For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Penn Manor Counseling department scholarship moodle page.

PACAC College Fair at Millersville University

If you would like to visit and meet with representatives from colleges and technical schools, we have an awesome opportunity for you! Millersville University is hosting a regional college fair with over 150 schools. This event is FREE for Penn Manor students. We will meet at 9:00am in the Cafeteria.

Information on: Colleges, trade schools, military, career options, financial aid, and scholarships

When: March 16th, 2017

Where: On Campus at Millersville University

Students have two options:

  • Go to the fair only from 9:20- 10:30
  • Stay and take a tour of Millersville University’s campus from 10:30- 11:30 – you will need a packed lunch

Even if you have ZERO interest in MU it would be great to take a tour so that you learn what to ask on a tour, and what to look for when taking a tour.

Register here:

Review which schools/organizations are attending here: Lancaster Regional College Fair Organizations


(Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness 

A new way to find SUCCESS after high school!
Are you interested in learning about the true path to career readiness? If so, on Wednesday February 15, at 6:30pm, there is a FREE event designed to help students gain a competitive advantage in the new economy. This event will be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

In this FREE presentation, “(Re)Defining the Goal: The True Path to Career Readiness in the 21st Century,” national career strategist Dr. Kevin Fleming offers clear steps that will give you a competitive advantage. Technical skills are the new currency. Do you have a plan to acquire them without breaking the bank? Get on the path to success in the new economy!
⇒ The event is FREE and open to the public.
⇒ Parents and students in Grades 7-11 are encouraged to attend. All ages are welcome.
⇒ Come for a chance to win 1 of 3 Full Tuition Scholarships to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology!

Thaddeus Stevens will also be drawing names for 3 full tuition scholarships. Winners of either the Tuition Scholarship must be in attendance at the event to redeem the prize!

NEW! HACC and Lancaster CTC Adult Programs will also be giving away scholarships!!!

Register here:

See the website below for more information on the event:


Gettysburg College STEM Scholars Program

Gettysburg College STEM Scholars Program has an exciting scholarship opportunity. With help from a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, they are offering a STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields such as Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. There will be a STEM Scholars Information Session held during their Senior Open House on January 30.

STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans, and have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with other STEM Scholars.
  • Enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty.
  • Participate in bi-monthly luncheons with STEM faculty and a variety of learning activities on and off campus.
  • Take advantage of various STEM offerings, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College’s Science House, and internship opportunities with industrial partners.

The deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is January 15, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by January 15.

Visit the website, which also has a link to the application. As mentioned above, Gettysburg College will be holding a special STEM Scholar focused session during their January Open House. Interested STEM Scholar-eligible students should sign up here.


Attention Seniors: ‘Tis the season for scholarships! Scholarships are being added to the Penn Manor Moodle Page on a daily basis. Scholarships are free money and are available for students planning to attend technical school, 2 year school or a 4 year program. Please make sure to check out the Moodle site soon and check back on a regular basis. For any more information please make an appointment to meet with your counselor.


Senior Financial Aid Information

Seniors, beginning January 1st you can start to complete your FAFSA form for freshman year of college. View this video provided the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA):

Completing the FAFSA for 2016-2017

The student needs to get a FSA ID PIN and a parent gets a FSA ID PIN. Once you receive your tax information for 2015, fill out the FAFSA application yourself or attend FAFSA Completion Night.

Check out this How to Apply for Your FSA ID sheet. Seniors will also get more information about this at the Senior Meeting on December 22nd during homeroom and February 2nd.  Bring this Pin to FAFSA Completion Night Feb. 17th. Sign-up for the 5pm or 7pm session: Google Form

ACE Mentor Program-Accepting Applications


The program is open to 9th through 12th grade students, who are interested in learning more about a career in the building industry. Promising students from the program can receive scholarships for college through the ACE program.  View the 2015-2016 ACE Informational Flyer for more information and sign up at Registrations due Wednesday, September 30th.