Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

CCAC Educational Foundation Scholarships

Established in 1979, the CCAC Educational Foundation grew out of the understanding that the Community College of Allegheny County would need additional resources in order to provide comprehensive training programs, to ensure continued accessibility and to maintain its reputation of academic excellence in higher education. Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships. The scholarships and endowments express the community’s commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals.


The CCAC Educational Foundation utilizes an online scholarship website for its private scholarships, which are awarded for the fall and spring semesters. Scholarship applications through the STARS website will open on Monday, June 16 for the fall semester. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14. 

The CCAC Educational Foundation recently upgraded its STARS Online Scholarship Application website. While the application process remains the same, the site structure and appearance have changed. One of the newest features is the ability to view all scholarships or search for specific scholarships before logging in or registering.

How to Apply
Before registering for STARS, there are several pieces of information that are required: 

  • An active email address that you regularly check
  • A valid CCAC Student ID
  • Number of credits completed at CCAC
  • Campus you are registered through
  • Major/degree program
  • Degree (AA, AS, AAS, CERT, DIPL)
  • Answers to the following essay questions:
    • Please tell the Scholarship Committee about yourself and why you are attending CCAC. Please do not identify your name, age, race or ethnicity in your essay.
    • How have you been financing your education? Please list all financial aid: grants, outside scholarships (i.e. Pittsburgh Promise, Job Corps, etc), CCAC Scholarships, federal work-study positions, jobs or other aid you have received while attending CCAC.
    • From a financial standpoint, what impact would a scholarship have on your education? How would you use a scholarship from the CCAC Educational Foundation?
    • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

The Foundation recommends that students read all instructions before applying for scholarships, and recommends that students complete the required essays before logging in to apply for scholarships. Please visit CCAC's Tutoring Services for assistance with answering the required essay questions. A list of frequently asked questions for STARS is also available, as well as a step-by-step User's Guide for students.



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High School to Career Scholarship

Applications for the High School to Career Scholarship, which provides funding to allow recent graduates from Penn Hills, Plum, Gateway, Woodland Hills, Highlands, Riverview, Wilkinsburg or East Allegheny High Schools and Imani or Cheswick Christian Academies to pursue a two-year Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science and then enter the workforce in their chosen field, are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11.  


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