In addition to private scholarships and funding sources, the College currently awards a variety of merit and financial aid scholarships in varying amounts under a number of programs available exclusively to Lackawanna College students. Scholarships are available for both freshman and sophomores.
The Lackawanna College Academic Achievement Scholarship is available to any student entering Lackawanna College who has either:
- a. 1500 or more on the Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections (Old SAT), or;
- b. 1100 or more on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math sections (New SAT).
The Lackawanna College Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a first semester freshman from Pennsylvania with significant family financial need. Applicants must have an annual adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less to be eligible. All potential candidates must file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before the April 30 deadline to be considered.
The Betty and Jim Welby Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends in 2011. James Welby, a 1947 graduate of Lackawanna College had a successful career with the United States Postal Service and took great pride in community involvement. He continued with his education at the University of Scranton and received a Bachelor’s Degree. Betty Welby was a long time member, volunteer, and employee of St. Ann’s Basilica Parish in West Scranton. Mr. & Mrs. Welby were survived by 13 children. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving full-time freshman in financial need. Preference will be given to a member of Scranton’s St. Ann’s Basilica Parish or a graduate of West Scranton High School.
“The Scranton Area Foundation has established the James F. Swift Scholarship to assist students from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania high schools, who plan to continue their education in a college or university program. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution, preferably one of the Lackawanna County schools, of the student’s choice.”
The Jane MacKenzie Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded in honor of Jane MacKenzie, an alumnus of Lackawanna Business College and benefactor of Lackawanna College. Jane also spent many years serving as the business manager of the Century Club, which established this scholarship in her memory. This scholarship is designed to promote Business Education, assist the selected student with college expenses, and encourage high academic achievement.
The Nancy McSweeney Pink Scholarship shall be distributed per academic year to a deserving full-time freshman. The scholarship was founded by Brenda Gael McSweeney, PhD., who served as the College’s 2007 Commencement Speaker. The scholarship is named in honor of her sister, Nancy, an educator whose own college education began in a two-year private college comparable to Lackawanna College. Recognizing the importance of accessibility and affordability that private, two-year colleges provide, Dr. McSweeney created this scholarship as a tribute to the positive impact that Nancy’s alma mater provided in her undergraduate education. The scholarship is a stipend to be used for educational costs at the student’s discretion, such as books, computer equipment or supplies.
The OurDash Scholarship will support students from the Scranton School District in their pursuit of education in accordance with certain eligibility criteria. The scholarship aims to support students who demonstrate a significant improvement in their high school record. In this way, it seeks to serve as an incentive and reward for high standards of academic performance.
The award shall be distributed to two first-year students who have shown a substantial academic improvement, as reflected by their GPA, within the frame of 9th to 12th grade. One student will be chosen from West Scranton High School, the other from Scranton High School. Each scholarship award will total $3,500 dollars, distributed in two annual installments during the student’s first academic year at Lackawanna. Applicants for the scholarship must submit an essay or personal statement that elaborates on the potential impact of education of this scholarship in their lives.
Application deadline is April 30.
The Scranton Central High School Scholarship was established in 1993 under the sales agreement for the purchase of the Central High School building from the Scranton School District. This Lackawanna College sponsored scholarship is awarded annually to two incoming freshman from Scranton High School and two incoming freshman from West Scranton High School.
This scholarship is named in honor of William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions at Harvard College (undergraduate college of Harvard University), who was the commencement speaker at Lackawanna College in 2006. In his address, Mr. Fitzsimmons spoke of the importance of a college education, and access to an education to all students, regardless of socioeconomic background. Under Fitzsimmons’ leadership, Harvard College recently developed an innovative program which allows qualified students to attend Harvard tuition-free if their parents’ income is under $40,000. In lieu of receiving a speaker’s fee for his commencement address, Mr. Fitzsimmons graciously donated his honorarium to start the William R. Fitzsimmons Scholarship. Additional private donors have contributed to this fund in the spirit of providing access to educational opportunities at Lackawanna College.
Most of these second-year scholarships were founded by donors in memory or honor of individuals who attended or were part of Lackawanna’s history.
The Alyn J. Scheatzle Scholarship for Culinary and Hospitality Programs was established through a donation from the North Scranton Rotary Club in honor of the late Rotarian and community service volunteer who was the owner of Schiff’s Restaurant Service in Scranton, Pa. The scholarship will be distributed in $1,000 increments each year to second-year students who are actively involved in their community, in good academic standing, and enrolled in the Culinary Arts or Hotel Management associate degree programs.
The Becky Pocius Scholarship was established in Becky’s memory by her parents, Leonard and Eileen Pocius. Becky was an honors student and athlete at Scranton Central. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year female student athlete in excellent academic standing.
Lackawanna College is a Division II (Division I for Football) affiliate of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and operates under NJCAA Division I/II guidelines and rules. Most athletic teams compete as a member of the NJCAA Region XIX Conference while our Football team is a member of the Northeast Football Conference (NFC). Athletic programs includes Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Football, Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Women’s Tennis, and Women’s Volleyball.
Based on these classifications, we are able to provide athletic scholarships up to the cost of tuition for recruited athletes in each athletic program. Some may allow for larger scholarship awards due to its Division I classification.
Please be aware that each individual coach is responsible for recruiting prospective players for their teams and distribute athletic scholarship funds based on their assessment of these recruited players. Upon being selected for an athletic scholarship, the Lackawanna College Athletic Department will issue a National Letter of Intent to the prospective students. Once this contract is completed, a copy will be forwarded to the Financial aid Office for inclusion in the prospects financial aid award letter.