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.
The CCAC Educational Foundation utilizes an online scholarship website for its private scholarships, which are awarded for the fall and spring semesters. Scholarship applications through the STARS website will open on Monday, June 16 for the fall semester. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14.
The CCAC Educational Foundation recently upgraded its STARS Online Scholarship Application website. While the application process remains the same, the site structure and appearance have changed. One of the newest features is the ability to view all scholarships or search for specific scholarships before logging in or registering.
How to Apply
Before registering for STARS, there are several pieces of information that are required:
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, as well as a step-by-step User's Guide for students.
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 due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 11.