Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Foundation
Scholarship Opportunities

Highmark Healthcare Scholarship for Rising Juniors

This scholarship is generously funded by Highmark to help address the ever-growing need for trained healthcare professionals to meet the demands of the Commonwealth and beyond.


  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania and enrolled as a full-time student at one of the 14 State System universities.   
  • Must be pursuing a degree in the healthcare profession such as:  informatics, computer science*, information technology*, allied health or a healthcare field such as, nursing, pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, biology, health science, audiology, speech pathology, medical imagery, health science and physical therapy.
  • Must be a rising junior for the Fall 2017 semester who has earned 60 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA. 

*Students majoring in IT or computer science may be eligible for a paid internship with Highmark and will be notified about the details of this additional opportunity.

Number of Awards and Amount Awarded

  • One hundred (100) scholarships will be awarded. 
  • This scholarship is a two-year award in the amount of $1,000 per year.
  • Recipients will receive $1,000 for the Fall 2017 semester and $1,000 for the Fall 2018 semester as long as eligibility requirements are maintained.

Student Requirements

  • Complete the Highmark Healthcare Scholarship for Rising Juniors application
  • Provide two written references:  one from a professor in the applicant’s area of study and one personal reference.
  • Include an official transcript
  • A 300-400 word essay on why you chose a career in the field of healthcare. 
  • The completed application packet must be postmarked by July 7, 2017 and mailed to:

    PA State System Foundation
    Attn:  Eileen Showers
    2986 North 2nd Street
    Harrisburg, PA  17110

Recipient Requirements

  • Send a thank you note to Highmark via the PA State System Foundation
  • Attend the PA State System Foundation Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Selection Procedure

The selection committee includes a representative(s) of the State System Foundation’s staff, Foundation Scholarship Committee and Office of the Chancellor staff.