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Micro-Scholarships to Earn Industry-Recognized Credentials

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Micro-Scholarships for Industry Recognized Credentials

IU13 is pleased to announce the 2024 Micro-Scholarships for Industry-Recognized Credentials! This micro-scholarship opportunity was made possible through a generous grant from the Arconic Foundation. In 2023, IU13 proudly awarded $13,000 in micro-scholarships to local high school students, facilitating their pursuit of industry-related credential training. Public high school students in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, grades 9-12, are invited to apply for the micro-scholarship to assist them in working towards their future education and career goals.

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Students who have been awarded a 2024 Micro Scholarship will be notified by email and U.S. mail by June 1, 2024. 

**Please note this is not a college/trades school scholarship.**

  • The applicant must be enrolled in one of the 22 public high schools within the IU13 region (Lancaster County and Lebanon County).
  • The applicant is pursuing a valid industry-recognized credential that is aligned to his/her career plan. (You can find an Industry-Recognized Certification flyer or a larger web-based list provided by the PA Department of Education here. These provide examples; applicants are not limited to these lists.)
  • The applicant demonstrates financial need. Financial need can be based on, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Qualification for free/reduced lunch
    • Experiencing homelessness
    • Student is a foster child
    • Unusual personal or family circumstance(s)
    • Recent family financial change (e.g., loss of family income)
    • Personal or family circumstances that prohibit the student/family from funding the industry-recognized credential
  • The costs associated with earning the industry-recognized credential are the student’s responsibility, and this credential is not already funded by a program offered by the school district, Career and Technology Center (CTC), or IU13 program.
  • Students enrolled in IU13 programs are eligible to apply.
  • The maximum award for each micro-scholarship is $1,000.
  • Awards may be used to pay for course fees, testing fees, books/materials, equipment, or dress/attire.
  • Awards will be made on a rolling basis throughout the application window until all funds have been dispersed.  Therefore, it is advantageous to apply early.
  • Once a micro-scholarship is awarded, the student is encouraged to complete the related training and earn the credential within 12 months.
  • Micro-scholarship awards from IU13 will be issued to the student’s home IU13 member school district.  School districts will issue the micro-scholarship funds directly to the student(s).
  • Awards will be evaluated based on:
    • The alignment of the desired credential to the applicant’s future career goals.
    • The statement of financial need.

IU13 Industry Credentialing Opportunities

As part of the IU13 Micro-Scholarships for Industry-Recognized Credentials, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 was able to offer the opportunity for students enrolled in grades 9-12 within public schools in both Lancaster and Lebanon Counties during the 2023-2024 school year. This unique initiative provided students with the ability to participate in certification training sessions alongside peers from the Lancaster and Lebanon area, allowing them to work towards obtaining industry-related certifications in one of three popular industry-recognized credentials.

So far…

  • 5 students have earned their OSHA 10 General Industry Cards
  • 16 students have earned their American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
  • 25 students are working towards their ServSafe® Food Handler Certification

Contact Information

Please contact Stephanie Fyock (717-606-1809) or scholarship@iu13.org with any questions.


 

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