PCBF scholarships are presented at convocation ceremonies held at the respective Secondary Schools.
The Scholarship Committee Members evaluate the submissions based on the established criteria, then prepares a list of recipients for review and approval by the Board of Directors as a whole. The Board of Directors may ask questions or request clarification prior to final approval. Finally, the Board of Directors vote to approve the final recipients of the PCBF Scholarships. The names of recipients will be posted on the PCBF website after they are announced at Convocation Ceremonies at the respective Secondary Schools of the selected applicants to keep the award winners a surprise as long as possible.
The Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund (PCBF) is a community-based non-profit corporation, the purpose of which is to provide support, benefits and assistance to the residents of the community of the former Pittsburgh Township by:
- developing and fostering community spirit;
- promoting organized athletics, arts, recreation, education, civic emergency,
social service and other community endeavours;
- promoting, developing and operating educational, recreational and athletic
facilities and equipment within the community;
- and undertaking such other complementary purposes not inconsistent with these objects.
The PCBF scholarships are open only to secondary school students who are both:
- residents of the former Pittsburgh Township; and,
- graduating, with plans to continue on in post-secondary education or training (university, college, trades school, or other).
There are usually more applicants than available scholarships.
Basis of Award
These scholarships are merit-based awards with a strong emphasis on community involvement. The PCBF considers the following four major components as part of community involvement, and recognizes that not all applicants will be equally involved in all four:
- extra-curricular activities;
- employement; and,
Students entering the Trades and Apprentice Programs are encouraged to apply.
St. Lawrence College Bursary
Available to selected applicants who currently reside in, or whose parents currently reside in, the former Pittsburgh Township geographic area (as the boundaries existed in 1997) and who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants must provide specific address information for parental residence.
Apply online on the St. Lawrence College website.