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More than $1 million in cash, scholarships, trips are awarded each year. Those awards fall into several different categories.
Awards are distributed based on the number of entries in each category. Multiple second, third and fourth place awards may be awarded. Only one first place will be awarded in each category.
$300 – First Place
$150 – Second Place
$75 – Third Place
$25 – Fourth Place
$150 – First Place
$75 – Second Place
$35 – Third Place
$20 – Honorable Mention
$75 – First Place
$50 – Second Place
$30 – Third Place
$15 – Fourth Place
Note: Teams will split the award money equally among team members.
Each student researcher entering an exhibit may apply for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Senior division student researchers will be chosen from the applicants and will win an all-expenses paid trip to compete at Intel ISEF.
Category Award winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) are nominated to advance to Broadcom MASTERS competition, a program of Society for Science and the Public.
These are awarded at Covestro PRSEF because of its affiliation with ISEF. These sponsors may include Intel, Ricoh and many other organizations.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students with five or more years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.
Eleventh and twelfth grade students with three or four years and tenth grade students with four or five years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.
Eighth and ninth grade students with three or four years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.
Senior Division Covestro PRSEF participants (9th-12th grade) are eligible to be judged and receive scholarships from participating colleges and universities. More than 50 scholarships are expected to be awarded. The following schools are expected to award scholarships in 2019.
Allegheny College will award up to four Trustee Scholarships with a minimum annual amount of $18,000 per recipient. The recipients must meet the academic scholarship qualifications designated by the Office of Admissions and enroll at Allegheny College following high school graduation. Preference for scholarship consideration will be given to students who embody the philosophy of the College and wish to explore their diverse interests after high school. Allegheny College is a national liberal arts college where 2,100 students with unusual combinations of interests, skills and talents excel.
Carlow University will offer one Whalen Scholarship valued at $5,000 non-renewable. Eligible student must meet academic criteria for admission and enroll at Carlow full-time upon graduation from high school in one of the following majors: biology, chemistry or mathematics including concentrations in human biology, perfusion technology, interest in Environmental Science and Management. Also included is our pre-health profession partnership programs in Biology/BS to MS in Biotechnology, Biology/BS to Pre-pharmacy, Chemistry/BS to Pre-pharmacy, Early Acceptance programs to LECOM, Cytotechnology and Behavioral Neuroscience. The scholarship can be combined with other merit and/or need based aid not to exceed direct cost.
Carnegie Mellon University will potentially award up to two Pre-College Program commuter scholarships. The program runs from June 30– August 11, 2018 and a scholarship recipient has the option of selecting either 1 or 2 courses as a commuter student. The scholarship value is $7,882 for 2 courses or $4,982 for 1 course. The scholarships will be utilized for the Advanced Placement/Early Admission Program, which is a challenging credit-bearing program in which students take two actual Carnegie Mellon classes for full credit during the summer. The credit can be used at Carnegie Mellon or may be transferred to other universities for advanced placement.
Chatham University will award up to four (4) scholarships each valued at $2,000 for undergraduate study. Each recipient must be admitted to and enroll at Chatham the fall semester following high school graduation. Scholarships are renewable annually for a period of four years or 120 credits provided the recipient maintains at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and remains enrolled on a full time basis at Chatham.
Clarion University will award four STEM scholarships of $4,000 - $8,000 over the course of four years, to science fair participants who choose to major in computer sciences, information systems, sciences or mathematics at Clarion University. Students must have at least a 3.25 cumulative high school GPA and 1110 SAT (critical reading + math) or 24 ACT composite to be eligible for the scholarship.
Duquesne University will award two scholarships valued at $10,000 each to outstanding high school juniors. All scholarships are renewable annually with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Recipients of the awards must meet academic requirements designated by the Office of Admissions, and must enroll in Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences the semester following their high school graduation. Students receiving these scholarships may not receive any other Duquesne academic scholarships. In addition, Duquesne University will offer four CCHS (College Credit in High School) awards. Two of these awards will be designated for courses up to three credits each and two will be designated for participation in the Duquesne University Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Gannon University will award two Science Fair Scholarships each valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years) to outstanding high school juniors. This academic scholarship is renewable each year with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and continued full time enrollment. Recipients of this award must meet academic requirements designated by the Office of Admissions and enroll at Gannon University as a full time student the semester following their high school graduation.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will award scholarships to outstanding high school juniors or seniors. Recipients must meet the academic requirements for admission, and enroll full-time in IUP as a Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geoscience, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology major. A scholarship will be valued at approximately $30,000 (24 credits per year for four consecutive years.) To qualify for this scholarship the recipient must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5, enroll full-time, and maintain a 3.25 grade point average in one of the above listed majors.
Juniata College is awarding a limited number of scholarships valued at $10,000 ($2,500 per year, over four years) to academically motivated high school juniors. This scholarship would be in addition to any other merit-based scholarships that the student may earn during the application process. All scholarships are guaranteed for four years, as long as students maintain a 3.0 GPA and are enrolled as full time students. Each recipient must apply and be admitted to Juniata College for the fall semester immediately after their high school graduation. Juniata College is a small, liberal arts college nestled in the rolling mountains of central Pennsylvania. Juniata students are challenged to think, encouraged to evolve, and empowered to act in a global world.
La Roche College will award up to four (4) Science Fair Scholarships to rising juniors or seniors, each valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years) per recipient. Recipients will enroll full-time at La Roche College the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation in one of the following majors: biochemistry, biology, biology forensics, chemistry, chemistry forensics, computer science, exercise and sports science, health sciences, mathematics, pre-dentistry (LECOM), pre-osteopathic medicine 4+ only (LECOM), pre-pharmacy 4+ only (LECOM), or pre-chiropractic (Palmer College of Chiropractic). The recipients must meet the academic scholarship requirements designated by the Office of Freshman Admission, including that they have a cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.0 upon graduation from high school, and must remain in good academic standing at La Roche. This scholarship may be added to other stackable scholarships that La Roche College provides. However, the total amount of the scholarships received may not exceed that total cost of tuition for the year the student enrolls.
Mount Aloysius College will award up to six science fair scholarships of $10,000 ($2,500 per year for four consecutive years). Recipients must meet all academic criteria for admissions and maintain a 3.0 GPA at the college. Recipients must enroll in a science related major as a full time student the semester following their high school graduation.
Penn State Altoona will award a limited number of Academic Excellence for Science and Engineering Scholarships. These scholarships will have a value of up to $5,000. To receive the scholarship, awardees must present SAT scores of 1200 or more, meet the academic requirements for admission, and enroll at Penn State Altoona. The scholarship is renewable with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.4 and continued enrollment at Penn State Altoona.
Penn State Beaver will offer up to four Blue & White scholarships each valued at $2,000/year for students who enroll full time at Penn State Beaver the fall semester following their high school graduation and meet minimum high school GPA and SAT/ACT test scores requirements. The scholarship is renewable for a second as long as the students maintains the stated minimum GPA for the scholarship amount. Two scholarships will be awarded for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and two for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Sciences and Technology. The scholarship is not transferable to other Penn State campus locations.
Penn State Greater Allegheny will offer up to three – four year scholarships, each valued at $2,000/year for students who enroll full time at PSUGA, the semester following their high school graduation, and pursue one of the following majors: Bio Behavioral Health, Information Science & Technology or Psychology/Science Option. The degree must be completed at Penn State Greater Allegheny. The scholarship is renewable for years two, three and four with a minimum cumulative grade point (CGPA) of 3.0. The scholarship cannot be used at any other Penn State campus location.
Point Park University will offer two (2) scholarships with a value of $5,000 per year. The Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology will participate in the selection of the recipients. Each scholarship is awarded for four (4) years of study, provided the student meets the stated renewal criteria. Recipients of the scholarship must meet the academic requirements for admission and enroll at Point Park University.
Saint Francis University will award six Science Fair Scholarships of $4,000 ($1,000 per year for four consecutive years). Recipients must meet academic criteria for admission and scholarship at SFU and enroll in a major with the school of sciences the semester following high school graduation.
Saint Vincent College will award three Science Fair Scholarships each valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years). Students must enroll at Saint Vincent College in a math or science related major the semester following high school graduation.
Seton Hill University will award four Seton Hill University Science Fair Scholarships. Each scholarship will be valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four consecutive years.) Recipients must enroll at Seton Hill University in a math or science major the semester following high school graduation.
Slippery Rock University will award up to 10 undergraduate scholarships valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per academic year for four years) for individuals majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Geography, Geology and the Environment, Computer Science, Physics, and Psychology at Slippery Rock University. Students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA and 1220 SAT (critical reading and math) or 25 ACT composite score to be eligible for the scholarship and be entering the senior year of high school. Recipients will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA, complete 24 new credits per academic year and be enrolled at Slippery Rock University full-time, following the approved curriculum, in one of the majors listed above. The total financial aid, including this scholarship, may not exceed the total cost of attendance determined by the Office of Financial Aid each year.
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will award up to 4 University scholarships ranging $2,000 - $6,000. Students must meet admission and scholarship criteria. Awards are renewable annually pending an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher. Enrollment at the Greensburg campus required - awards are not transferable to another Pitt campus.
Waynesburg University will award 2 seniors and 2 juniors the Science Achievement Scholarship, in the amount of $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years). The students will enroll at Waynesburg University as Biology, Chemistry, 3/2 Engineering, Forensic Science, 3/1 Marine Biology, Mathematics major or an emphasis within each of these majors. In order to qualify for the scholarship, this recipient must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0. The scholarship may be awarded for 4 consecutive years as long as the student is enrolled full-time, maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and remain in one of the above listed majors. Students majoring in 3/2 Engineering or 3/1 Marine Biology will receive the award for the 3 years while attending Waynesburg University.
Conditions of Awards
All cash awards will be paid in the year they are awarded, if the student has provided the necessary documentation to process payment. Awards not distributed within one year of the award date will be subject to forfeiture, including Perseverance Awards. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require that Carnegie Institute file IRS Form 1099 for Miscellaneous Income for recipients of award monies which total $600 or more during a calendar year. Award recipients will receive their copy of Form 1099 from Carnegie Institute in January of the year following the year award payments are made.
Email questions or comments to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.orgor call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.