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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.

Student Emergency GAP Fund

The Student Emergency GAP Fund provides up to $500 in emergency financial assistance to students encountering unforseen personal circumstances that may prevent them from continuing their education at CCAC. Students are encouraged to apply for this funding by completing the application and submitting it through their campus Dean of Student Development. Office.

GAP Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the CCAC Student Emergency GAP Fund, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current CCAC student learner having completed a minimum of 6 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed the College's financial aid application process*
  • Be a degree or certificate seeking student
  • Be in good behavioral and financial standing with the College

 *International students are ineligible for state and federal financial aid, so they are not required to complete this process

The CCAC Educational Foundation is proud to offer this means of assisting students to continue to achieve their academic dreams when an emergency occurs by helping to bridge the gap between tuition and total educational expenses.

COVID19 Laptop Fund

The COVID19 Laptop Fund is administered by the CCAC Educational Foundation. It provides a personal laptop and connectivity measures (if needed) to students who are currently pursuing their CCAC education remotely in either a partial or full manner.

How to Apply:
Students in need of this technology should contact their campus Dean of Student Development to apply. They will be asked to complete an application outlining the circumstances prompting the application. Upon review of the student's application, the dean will determine whether or not the student meets the requirements for the technology. Upon approval, the student will receive the laptop from the Dean of Student Development.

To be eligible for a laptop through the COVID19 Laptop Fund, an applicant must:

  • be a current CCAC student learner enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits;
  • be registered in a minimum of 9 credits for the spring 2021 semester;
  • have completed the college’s financial aid application process;
  • be degree or certificate seeking; and
  • be in good behavioral and financial standing with the college.

COVID19 Laptop Fund Application

CCAC Educational Foundation Scholarships

Applications for the spring 2021 semester have closed. Scholarships will reopen in late spring 2021 for the fall 2021 semester.  

When applying, the following information is required:

  • An active email address that you regularly check
  • A valid CCAC Student ID number
  • Your current CCAC GPA
  • The number of credits you have completed at CCAC
  • Your primary CCAC campus
  • Your major/degree program
  • The degree you are seeking (AA, AS, AAS, CERT, DIPL)
Please also include answers to the following essay questions:
Note: AwardSpring permits copying and pasting from programs such as Microsoft Word.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. From a financial standpoint, what impact would a scholarship have on your education? How would you use a scholarship from the CCAC Educational Foundation?
  4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What are your future goals and what is your plan for achieving them?
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Please check back frequently for updates concerning scholarship deadlines for the fall 2021 semester.

Good luck!

Meshanko Memorial Scholarship for Art Students

In 2013, the CCAC Educational Foundation received a $1 million gift from late alumna, Lydia Meshanko, to provide scholarships for art students. Ms. Meshanko graduated from CCAC with a Paralegal certificate in 1984, at age 64, and earned an associate degree in Art in 1998, at age 78. She continued to attend CCAC, amassing a total of 184 credits with an overall GPA of 3.84. An avid learner, Ms. Meshanko embodied CCAC's commitment to life-long learning, and her generous gift will benefit generations of students to come. The CCAC Educational Foundation will award scholarships to art students for the Fall 2020 semester. The scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, books and supplies for art classes.
Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.
Apply online by following this link: Meshanko Memorial Scholarship Online Application
Or email to request a physical application mailed to you.
  • Must be currently registered (full- or part-time) at CCAC in one of the following Art degree or certificate programs: Art, Digital Graphic Design, Graphic Communications or Industrial Design & Art
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed at least 12 credits at CCAC
  • Must be returning to CCAC for the Fall semester

High School to Career Scholarship

This scholarship provides up to $10,000/student over 5 semesters in scholarship funding to allow recent graduates from Penn Hills, Plum, Gateway, Woodland Hills, Highlands, Riverview, Wilkinsburg, McKeesport, 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.