Scholarship and grant opportunities

The area provides numerous scholarship and grant opportunities for students to apply to throughout the year. Current opportunities include the Copp agricultural scholarship, the Highmark Foundation and a flight training scholarship.

Copp agricultural scholarship

High school seniors pursuing studies in agriculture are invited to apply for a scholarship offered through the William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust.

Applicants are sought for the 2019 fall semester. The application deadline is April 15. An applicant must be a high school senior accepted to an accredited college, university or trade school in a program leading to a degree in a curriculum directly related to agriculture, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, demonstrate financial need, be Tioga County resident for at least six months and graduate from a Tioga County High School.

The scholarship recipients will be determined each year by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship award may be used to help pay for tuition, books, and room and board.

The $1.3 million William Bowen Copp and Graydon S. Copp Agriculture Education Trust will distribute scholarships annually. The trust was created under the late Graydon S. Copp. Graydon and his brother, William Bowen Copp, operated a farm located in Charleston and Covington.

Students interested in more information may contact Citizens & Northern Bank’s Trust and Financial Management Group at 800-487-8784.

School Grant and Awards

The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 School Grant and Awards program, which will make available a total of $425,000 for schools grades kindergarten through 12th grade in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies.

“Our schools have a tremendous holistic opportunity to be the foundation for systemic improvement in children’s health,” said Highmark Foundation president Yvonne Cook. “We are very pleased with the impact the School Grant and Awards program has had in its first six years and are looking forward to expanding that impact to include school-based health initiatives.”

Public, private, parochial and charter schools and vocational high schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) are invited to apply for the three offerings of the Highmark Foundation’s School Grant and Awards Program:

• School Grant Program funding supports evidence-based programs that address the following priority areas: bullying prevention, child injury prevention, environmental health, healthy eating and physical activity. New this year is the addition of the category school-based health. Programs in this area will focus on activities addressing vaccination campaigns including Human Papillomavirus (HPV) awareness and education, school-based health screening support for school nurses and medication/prescription support, and support services for children with chronic illness. Schools are eligible for grants up $7,500.

• Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards recognize the important role school nurses play in adolescent health and wellness. Up to 15 school nurses will be presented this honor, accompanied by $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources.

• Supportive Services Health Grants are part of a strategy to support economically disadvantaged school districts and high-needs schools with financial assistance to meet basic health requests. Schools must meet strict criteria to be eligible. Child Health and Wellness grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to schools to assist with the purchase of items impacting students’ supportive, social and health needs.

School Equipment and Supplies Challenge grants will match up to $2,500 for the purchase of specialized equipment or supplies that enable school nurses to better perform their valuable services. Proof of matching funds from other sources must be included in the application.

All applications must be submitted online by March 29.

Flight training scholarship

In March 2017, Sentimental Journey, the annual fly-in that celebrates Piper Aircraft Corporation’s heritage in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, along with Amy Gesch, Sentimental Journey member and fly-in attendee, established a scholarship to aid those with a desire to learn to fly, in honor of Leah Jones, a former Piper manufacturing employee, ferry pilot and longtime fly-in attendee.

For the third year, the scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded and is open to high school seniors pursing aviation after graduation and any high school student 15 years or older interested in learning to fly an aircraft.

To qualify, student’s must be a resident of Pennsylvania or a member, child or grandchild of a member of the Sentimental Journey to Sub Haven.

Applications are due on or before May 31. For more information, call 570-893-4200 or email