The photo above shows members of the Class of 2017 who earned over $8.37 million in college scholarships.

It is recommended that students bring all scholarship required forms, letters, envelopes, and postage together, and ready to mail, to the guidance office at least a week to two weeks before the due date of the scholarship.  Please remember to request all transcripts and letters of recommendation at least two weeks in advance of mailing date.  All official transcripts must be mailed from York Catholic and cannot be given to students to mail with a scholarship application. Thank you for abiding by these scholarship guidelines.

Important!: Please be sure to check the posting of available scholarships in the Career Room and on this web page.

Scholarships with deadlines

Fall Essay Contests 
Students can boost their resumes or earn scholarship money. Essay contests are a great way to prove your writing chops—and you can write on a wide range of subjects, calling from personal experience.  While finding the right contests for your particular interest and age range can be a bit tricky, we’ve got you covered. Click on the link for a list of essay contests you can enter right now.

Fireside Catholic Publishing
Recognizing Catholic High School seniors who are “putting their faith into action” on a daily basis, five winners will receive $1000.00 cash for writing a 750 word essay on how their religious education is influencing their lives.  TOPIC – How is your Religious Education Influencing your Life?  Application forms available in the career room.
Deadline:  December 4, 2017

The Garden Club of York
$1000.00 offered to students who pursue college courses in the following subjects: Biology (excluding pre-med), Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Control City Planning, Land Management and /or allied subjects, Wildlife Sciences, Environmental Control Rural/Urban Planning.  Applicants must be residents of York; include transcript and recommendation letters.  Application forms available in the career room.
Deadline:  February 15, 2018

Dudley & Sylvia Kramer Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship awarded to a York County resident currently engaged in an educational pursuit with a goal of working with persons with intellectual disabilities. Must show a need for tuition assistance.  Application form available in the career room.
Deadline:  March 2, 2018

Ongoing Scholarships

Penn State York
Penn State York has made a listing of general scholarships available to all students on their website at
Any money awarded for the scholarships for the most part can be used at any college that the student chooses.

York College’s American Constitution Freedom Scholarships
York College is offering 2 full tuition scholarships!  This scholarship will be awarded to two students who demonstrate understanding of the rights and liberties delineated in the U.S. Constitution and how these principles relate to the concept of free enterprise.  For full details go to

The Knights of Columbus Scholarships
The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council has up to fifty scholarships available to students entering a Catholic College or University in the United States.  An applicant must be entering freshman year of an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree at a Catholic college or Catholic university in the United States.  A member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus, the son or daughter of such a member or deceased member, or a member in good standing of the Columbian Squires. (Not limited to Fourth Degree members.)  Apply online at

Wimmer Scholarship
Seniors who are applying to St. Vincent’s College and possess a 3.25 or higher GPA should see their guidance counselor about this scholarship opportunity.  The winner of the 2012-2013 Wimmer Scholarship was a York Catholic High School senior, earning full tuition, room, and board.

Saint Francis University Franciscan Scholarship
Applicants must apply and be accepted to Saint Francis University.  This scholarship is awarded to all graduates of Catholic high schools, is worth $2,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study and is awarded in addition to any other merit or need based awards a student may receive.

Law and Justice Careers Undergraduate Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student of color, planning to pursue a law-related career.  The candidate must plan to attend a post-secondary institution of higher learning, academic achievement, financial need, and potential for making a contribution or society and legal profession.  A personal essay and official transcript are required.  Applications are available in the Career Room.

Marine Option Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship Program
The purpose of this four-year scholarship program is to educate and train highly qualified young men and women for careers as commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps.  The student must be admitted to an approved NROTC college or university, 17 years of age and be physically qualified by Marine Corps standards.  More information available in the Career Room.

Imagine America Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship provides $1,000 towards tuition at a post-secondary career school such as Yorktowne Business Institute, York Technical Institute and many more.  Applicants must graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or above and enroll in a participating career school.  Applicants may also be requested to demonstrate commitment to community service and/or financial need.  For application information visit

Berridge Programs Scholarships
This summer theatre and film program is again offering two $1,000 merit scholarships as well as a financial need scholarship (up to 60% of tuition).  All high school students are eligible to apply.  Visit for program and scholarship details and applications.
Deadline: NOW (scholarships are awarded as applications are received)

John D. Bare Scholarship Fund
Aid is available to graduating seniors heading to a college, university or two-year electronics school through the John D. Bare Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Interested seniors can obtain an application by submitting a request to M&T Bank, Trustee of the John D, Bare Memorial Scholarship Fund, 13 Baltimore St., Hanover, PA 17331.


  • York County Scholarship Guide
  • – a great scholarship search site for all students with a variety of types of scholarships.
  • – Access the Scholarship Search under Pay for College Section. Another general place to check for possible additional scholarships.
  • – This website is a resource that may be useful in finding various grants and/or scholarships.
  • – Free College Scholarship Search
  • – a comprehensive and free scholarship resource.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
There are 3 ways to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • You may apply online after October 1 at
  • You can create your financial aid ID at
  • You may call 1-800-433-3243 to request an application.