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CCAC Educational Foundation Scholarships

student typing on laptopScholarships At A Glance:

  • The CCAC Educational Foundation awards over $200,000 in scholarships to more than 300 students annually.

  • In addition to general scholarships, which are open to all currently enrolled students, many scholarships exist for specific academic disciplines such as Skilled Trades, Health Sciences, and Nursing just to name a few.

  • CCAC students can apply for the majority of scholarships offered by the CCAC Educational Foundation by using the online scholarship portal.

Are you a CCAC student who is looking for scholarship funding?

  • Fall 2021 scholarship applications will be accepted via  the AwardSpring online portal from July 16, 2021 to August 28, 2021.

When applying, please be prepared to provide the following information:
  • 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;

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  • Your primary CCAC campus;
  • Your major/degree program;
  • The degree you are seeking (AA, AS, AAS, CERT, DIPL);
  • Answers to the following essay questions:
    • Please talk 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 thus far? 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? What are your future goals and what is your plan for achieving them?

*Note: AwardSpring permits copying and pasting from programs such as Microsoft Word.

*Current CCAC students should monitor their CCAC email, CCAC social media, and the myCCAC Student Portal for announcements about scholarship opportunities and deadlines.

Additional Funding Opportunities

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, Allegheny Valley 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. Eligible students can apply by completing the application and submitting the required documents to the CCAC Educational Foundation by the application deadline of 4:30 pm on Monday, June 21, 2021.


  • Be a graduate of Penn Hills High School, Plum High School, Gateway High School, Woodland Hills High School, Highlands, Riverview, McKeesport, Propel, Allegheny Valley or East Allegheny High Schools, or Imani and Cheswick Christian Academies with a minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • Be a 2018 or later high school graduate and enroll at CCAC within three years of graduation;
  • Have applied and/or registered for the fall 2021 semester at CCAC;
  • Be working toward an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in one of the following programs: Applied Service and Trade Technologies; Electrical Construction Technology; Business Careers in Accounting; Computer and Information Technology; Engineering & Science Technologies; or Health Careers;
  • Take a minimum of 12 credits per semester;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 once enrolled at CCAC;
  • Complete a FAFSA form;

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Meshanko Memorial Scholarship for Art Students

Founded through the bequest of CCAC alumna Ms. Lydia Meshanko, the Meshanko Memorial Scholarship supports students majoring in Art, Digital Graphic Design, Graphic Communications, or Industrial Design & Art with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 31, 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
    • 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 2021 semester;

Other occasional and third-party scholarship opportunities may not be listed on this page.
For additional scholarship inquiries, or other questions about CCAC scholarships, contact: