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Science Fair Title Sponsor
- Allegheny County Health Department
- Buhl Foundation
- Carnegie Mellon University, Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Sherwin Williams
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- ATI Metals
- Magee-Womens Research Institute
- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Thiel College
- Air & Waste Management Association
- Allegheny County Medical Society Alliance
- Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation
- American Chemical Society, Pittsburgh Section
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American Society for Quality
- American Society of Civil Engineers, Pittsburgh Section
- American Statistical Association, Pittsburgh Chapter
- Association for Bridge Construction & Design
- Carnegie Mellon University, Chapter of Sigma Xi
- Chemical Association of Pittsburgh
- Duquesne University
- NACE International
- Penn State Altoona
- Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America
- Pittsburgh Geological Society
- Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
- Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
- Princeton Alumni Association of Western PA
- Slippery Rock University
- Society of American Military Engineers
- Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
- Society of Women Engineers, Pittsburgh Section
- The Webb Law Firm
- University of Pittsburgh, Department of Neuroscience
Science Fair Awards
More than $1 million in cash, scholarships, and 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.
Senior Division (Grades 9–12)
$300 – First Place
$150 – Second Place
$75 – Third Place
$25 – Fourth Place
Intermediate Division (Grades 7–8)
$150 – First Place
$75 – Second Place
$35 – Third Place
$20 – Honorable Mention
Junior Division (Grades 6)
$75 – First Place
$50 – Second Place
$30 – Third Place
$15 – Fourth Place
Note: Teams will split the award money equally among team members.
Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Senior Division, Grades 9–12
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.
Junior and Intermediate Division (Grades 6–8)
Category Award winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) are nominated to advance to Broadcom MASTERS competition, a program of Society for Science and the Public.
Companies which sponsor Covestro PRSEF may award a $50 prize to a student of their choosing. Sponsors use their own criteria to select projects. Some look for projects from their special field of interest.
Affiliate Sponsor Awards
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.
Category Judges select the students that exhibit excellence in Creativity, Literature Review, Presentation, or Scientific Method. Students will receive a certificate of excellence that signifies his or her outstanding performance in one of these areas.
These awards, which include certificates and school giveaways, are determined and selected by local college students.
Allegheny College will award up to four Trustee Scholarships with a minimum amount of $25,000 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. In addition, Allegheny will offer up to four students a discounted rate to attend our Summer Academy experience. Summer Academy is a Pre-College experience that offers an enriching and seriously fun week for highly motivated high school students. Students can earn college credit and focus their experience in one of three areas led by Allegheny’s distinguished faculty. Preference for scholarship and summer academy 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 a diverse student body of 1800 students engage in exploration of multiple fields of interest declaring a major and minor in different disciplines.
Carlow University will award up to two students with the Whalen Scholarship, valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for a maximum of four years). Eligible students must meet the necessary criteria for admission and enroll at Carlow full-time upon graduation from high school in one of the following majors: biology (including concentrations in human biology, cardiovascular perfusion, cytotechnology, and a pathway for environmental science), chemistry, data analytics, mathematics, or behavioral neuroscience with intraoperative neuromonitoring. Carlow has a strong program in the sciences and has developed several partnerships for advanced study, including an early acceptance program to LECOM. The Whalen Scholarship can be combined with other merit and/or need-based aid not to exceed the cost of tuition.
Carnegie Mellon University will potentially award up to two Pre-College Summer Session Program commuter scholarships valued at $8,340 for 2 courses or $5,440 for 1 course. The Summer Session Program is a challenging credit-bearing program in which students take one or 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. Scholarship recipients will be required to apply for admission to the program. The Pre-College program runs from June 27 – August 8, 2020.
Chatham University will award up to four 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.
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 GPA 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 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), and pre-pharmacy 4+ only (LECOM). The recipients must meet the academic scholarship requirements designated by the Office of Freshman Admission, including that they have a cumulative GPA 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 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 Greater Allegheny will offer up to four Blue & White scholarships, each valued at $2,000/year for students who enroll full time at PSUGA, the semester following their high school graduation. The scholarship is renewable for a second year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who remain at Greater Allegheny for their junior and senior years and major in biobehavioral health, information science and technology, or psychology/science option, may also renew their scholarship, provided they meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students who pursue energy engineering (3+1 program) may renew their scholarships for the junior year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Point Park University will offer two 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 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 and statistics, geography, geology and the environment, computer science, physics, and psychology at Slippery Rock University. Students must be entering the senior year of high school and 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. 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.
Thiel College will award up to four $2,000 scholarships which would be renewable for four years. Recipients must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 cumulative GPA who plans on studying a science-related field. The students must stay in a science-related field, meet all admission requirements, and enroll at Thiel as a full-time student status for all four years following their high school graduation.
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will award up to four University Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $7,500. Students must meet admissions and scholarship criteria. Awards are renewable annually for a total of three academic years. Students must be enrolled full-time, have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher, and maintain the housing that the scholarship was based on. Enrollment at the Bradford Campus is required. Awards are not transferable to any other Pitt campus.
Waynesburg University will award up to four Science Achievement Scholarships valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years). The students will enroll at Waynesburg University as a biology, chemistry, forensic science, or 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 four consecutive years as long as the student is enrolled full-time, maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and remain in one of the above listed majors. Recipients must enroll at Waynesburg University following high school graduation.
Email questions or comments to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.