The PACAC Scholarships are each a one-year non-renewable scholarship for high school seniors graduating from PACAC member high schools. This scholarship is intended to support a student's goal of continuing his or her education.

Multiple scholarships were awarded in May 2020.  The top recipient received the $1,500 Scholarship in memory of one of our PACAC founding fathers, Benjamin James.  The other three recipients received a $1,000 Scholarship.

High school seniors will be selected based on:

  • Academic performance in a college prep curriculum
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of the first semester of senior year

The scholarship application will include:

  • PACAC Scholarship Application (completed by the student)
    • Essay - Describe how receiving this scholarship would affect your future, focusing on how your education and finances would be impacted. (500 word maximum)  
    • The deadline to apply was January 15, 2021
  • PACAC Counselor Form (completed by the high school counselor)
    • The deadline was February 1, 2021
  • Transcript (Part of Counselor Form)

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Does my school need PACAC Institutional Membership?  Institutional Membership is great, but only individual Membership is needed.  At least one member of the secondary school counseling office, or community-based organization, must be a current PACAC member.  Independent Educational Consultants who hold PACAC membership may also submit recommendations and in support of their students
  • May more than one student from a high school apply?  Yes.  There is no limit to how many students from one school may apply.
  • Must students pay to apply?  No.  Students should never need to pay to apply for a scholarship.
  • Are students outside of Pennsylvania permitted to apply?  Because the mission of our organization is to support students of our state, preference will be given to students who reside in Pennsylvania.
  • Are standardized test scores required for consideration?  No, standardized test scores are not required to be considered for the PACAC Scholarship.  And, as of fall 2020, the PACAC Scholarship consideration process will be test-blind, meaning that even if a student has test scores, they will not be reviewed or included in the assessment of a student's application.  The application form will not include a space to list test scores, and should scores be listed on a student's transcript, they will not be considered by the reading committee.   
  • How can I advertise this wonderful opportunity?  PACAC Flyer & PACAC Poster
  • Whom do I contact if I have questions? Loren Gordon or Erin Latimer at [email protected]

2016 Scholarship Recipients
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Acklynn Byamugisha – Harrisburg Academy; Wormleysburg, PA
Alyssa Famalette – MMI Preparatory School; Freeland, PA
Ericka Gibson – Serra Catholic High School; McKeesport, PA
Rebekah Thompson – Bethel Park Senior HS; Bethel Park, PA  (Benjamin James Memorial Scholarship)

2017 Scholarship Recipients - Watch Video!
Misael Vera – Chambersburg Area Senior High School; Chambersburg, PA
Christopher McDonnell – St. Joseph’s Preparatory School; Philadelphia, PA
Michelle Chau – Wyomissing Area High School; Reading, PA
Briana Barnum – Plymouth Whitemarsh High School; Plymouth Meeting, PA
Natalia Hajlasz – Allderdice High School; Pittsburgh, PA
Anthony DiAndrea - La Salle College High School; Glenside, PA  (Benjamin James Memorial Scholarship)

2018 Scholarship Recipients - Watch Video!
Anthony Talarigo – Bald Eagle Area High School; Bellefonte, PA
Victoria Lopez – Phoenixville Area High School; Phoenixville, PA
Yacina Williams – Cristo Rey; Philadelphia, PA
Shalya Powell – East Stroudsburg HS South; East Stroudsburg, PA (Benjamin James Memorial Scholarship)

2019 Scholarship Recipients
Keith Graves – KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy; Philadelphia, PA
Miguel Hernandez – Reading Area High School; Reading, PA
Katie Nguyen – Forest City Regional High School; Forest City, PA
Danielle Garrity – Plymouth Whitemarsh High School; Plymouth Meeting, PA (Benjamin James Memorial Scholarship)

2020 Scholarship Recipients
Jada David – Academy of Notre Dame de Namur; Villanova, PA
Katelin Jorge – Cheltenham High School; Wyncote, PA
Nia Smith – Oakland Catholic High School; Pittsburgh, PA (Benjamin James Memorial Scholarship)


Updated: 11/16/2020