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. 

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's 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 2014 semester. The scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, books and supplies for art classes.


  • 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 2014 semester

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Please send applications, along with a copy of your unofficial transcripts, to:

The Meshanko Memorial Scholarship Fund
CCAC Educational Foundation
808 Ridge Ave, Byers Hall 102
Pittsburgh, PA  15212 


CCAC's scholarship process has changed. Students can now apply for scholarships online, rather than submitting paper applications as they have in the past. The Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS) enables students to apply for multiple scholarships online in just minutes, with one application.   

apply_for_scholarships---CCAC2Scholarship applications for the 2014 fall semester will be available in early June.

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 or race/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?

Complete detailed instructions for using the STARS system can be found by downloading the STARS User Guide. 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.

After reading the User Guide and gathering the required information, including completing the required essay questions, click the "Apply Online Now" link to apply for scholarships through STARS.  

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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 not being accepted at this time. Please check back in the fall for future application postings. 

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