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.
Academic Achievement Scholarship
The Lackawanna College Academic Achievement Scholarship is available to any student entering Lackawanna College who has a combined SAT scores (critical reading, math, and writing) of 1500 or more.
Lackawanna College Community Opportunity Scholarship
The Lackawanna College Community Opportunity Scholarships were established in 2013 as part of the larger effort by the College to better service students from the Northeast Pennsylvania region. These Lackawanna College sponsored scholarships will be awarded annually to students from communities surrounding all Lackawanna College locations. With these new scholarships, Lackawanna College hopes to afford local commuter students the opportunity to complete their academic aspirations without incurring the burden of student loans. This award will be granted annually to the 14 most deserving individuals.
Consideration for these awards will include academic potential, participation in both extracurricular and community service activities as well as other variables as best exemplified by the applicant. Each applicant will be asked to explain in their application essay why they are deserving of this award and how it will impact and/or assist their future plans. All applicants from this award must be accepted and fully processed as a Lackawanna College student and must have completed the FAFSA and other required financial aid paperwork by the application deadline in order to be eligible for the award. Eligible candidates must have graduated from one of the specified high schools as indicated on the application.
The amount of the award is each student’s tuition balance after all need based financial aid (grants only) has been applied to the student’s account. This scholarship is for fall and spring semester tuition only and is limited to two academic years.
Applicants must submit the application to the Lackawanna College Admissions Office or appropriate Satellite Center, along with required materials by the application deadline.
Selected students will be notified shortly after the May 1 deadline.
Complete your application online or download the Community Opportunity Scholarship application form for:
- The Scranton campus (PDF)
- The Hazleton Center (PDF)
- The Lake Region Center (PDF)
- The School of Petroleum & Natural Gas (PDF)
- The Towanda Center (PDF)
Lackawanna College Family Scholarship
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
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.
James F. Swift Scholarship of the Scranton Area Foundation
“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.”
Jane MacKenzie Scholarship
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.
Nancy McSweeney Pink Scholarship
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
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.
Scranton Central High School Scholarship
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.
William R. Fitzsimmons Scholarship
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. Download the universal sophomore scholarship application (PDF)
The Alyn J. Scheatzle Scholarship for Culinary and Hospitality Programs
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 Hospitality Management associate degree programs.
The Becky Pocius Scholarship
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.
The Joseph J. Costa Memorial Scholarship
The Joseph J. Costa Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Costa’s family to honor a student who exhibits good citizenship and leadership aptitude, and maintains strong academic standing entering his or her second year at Lackawanna College.
The Lake Region Center Scholarship
The Lake Region Center Scholarship provides tuition assistance to students attending the Lake Region Center at the Hawley Silk Mill. Scholarship funds are raised from the annual Lake Region Scholarship Golf Tournament. Applications should be directed to the Center staff.
The Margaret Briggs Foundation Scholarship
The Margaret Briggs Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a student who has graduated from a Lackawanna County high school and maintains good academic standing at Lackawanna College.
The Mary Kazinetz Krause Scholarship
The Mary Kazinetz Krause Scholarship was established in memory of Ms. Krause, a 1935 graduate of Lackawanna Business College. Awards are given to Business majors in good academic standing.
The Paul J. Miller, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
The Paul J. Miller, Jr. Memorial scholarship shall be distributed annually to two deserving full-time sophomores in good academic standing. Preference is given to eligible applicants who reflect Paul’s interests, such as students who major in criminal justice at Lackawanna College. The Paul J. Miller, Jr. Memorial scholarship fund has been established in honor of Mr. Miller by neighbors, friends and family. Paul graduated from Lackawanna College in 2008 with an associates degree in Criminal Justice. He had been pursuing a bachelors degree in criminal justice at East Stroudsburg University and was awarded his bachelor’s degree posthumously. This scholarship is a stipend to be used as a supplement for tuition or for educational costs, such as books.
The Robert Legg Evening Student Scholarship
The Robert Legg Evening Student Scholarship was established in honor of Mr. Legg, a 1982 graduate who received an Associate in Science, Business Administration from Lackawanna Junior Business College after an honorable discharge from the United States Army. Mr. Legg felt that education, at any age, was pinnacle for our society to function and to better one’s life. This scholarship is awarded to a part time evening student who has completed a minimum of 12 credits and is in good academic standing.
The UPS Scholarship
The UPS Scholarship was established through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and is funded annually by donations from UPS. Students with at least 24 credits are eligible to apply.
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, Cross Country, Football, Golf, 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. Football 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 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.