Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Foundation
Scholarship Opportunities

The Quido and Anna Pichini Merit Scholarship

This scholarship was founded by Guido and Susan Pichini in memory of Mr. Pichini's parents – Quido and Anna Pichini. Mr. Pichini currently serves as chair of the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors.


  • Applicant must be a full-time student at a State System university or an incoming freshman, enrolled as a full time student. 
  • Applicant must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Applicant must participate in voluntary service at his/her university, high school or community. 

Special Terms and Conditions

  • First preference is given to a student who resides in Berks County who is also of either Italian or Polish descent.
  • Otherwise a student who resides that PA and meets the academic and volunteer services eligibility requirements. 

Amount Awarded

    There is one $1,000 scholarship available for the 2017-18 academic year.

Student Requirements

  • Complete a Quido and Anna Pichini Merit Scholarship Application.
  • Provide two written references.  One must be from a faculty member or teacher not related to the applicant.
  • Complete the voluntary services verification form (signature of an organizational official is required). 
  • Provide official high school or university transcript
  • Write and submit an essay of approximately 500 words (maximum 800) to describe your thoughts of volunteerism and the following quote:  “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.”
  • The completed application package must be postmarked no later than May 19, 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 Mr. and Mrs. Guido Pichini via the PA State System Foundation.
  • Attend the PA State System Foundation Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

Selection Procedure

  • The PA State System Foundation Scholarship Committee will review, evaluate and select the winner from the applications who meet the eligibility requirements.  The scholarship winner and his/her university will receive a letter from the Foundation notifying them of the scholarship award and the payment procedure.