Supporting Pennsylvania Public Education

Supporting Pennsylvania Public Education

Established in 1971, the PSBA Trust supports programs and services that advance the work of school directors, school districts and PSBA.

Our board

Our board

  • Kathy Swope, Chair
  • Michael Faccinetto
  • Richard Frerichs
  • William LaCoff
  • Roberta M. Marcus
  • Marianne Neel
  • Nathan G. Mains, Managing Director
  • Christina Griffiths, Secretary (non-voting)

Scholarships

Scholarships

The Student Leader Scholarships have been established to provide a one-time $2,500 or $5,000 scholarship to each recipient.  The scholarships recognize graduating seniors from PSBA member districts who have demonstrated ongoing leadership and meet the criteria for one of four available scholarships:

The Student Leader Scholarships have been established to provide a one-time $2,500 or $5,000 scholarship to each recipient.  The scholarships recognize graduating seniors from PSBA member districts who have demonstrated ongoing leadership and meet the criteria for one of four available scholarships:

The Frerichs Scholarship

The Frerichs Scholarship recognizes a student planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education. Dr. Richard Frerichs is a past president of PSBA, retired professor of education at Millersville University, recipient of the 2022 William Howard Day Award and founding chair of the PA Public Education Foundation. Recipients of the Frerichs Scholarship are planning to enroll in an education-related major at a Pennsylvania State System school and have a demonstrated track record of leadership during their high school tenure.

The Marcus Scholarship

The Marcus Scholarship recognizes a student planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public safety, criminology, forensics or other law-enforcement/ safety majors. Roberta M. Marcus is a past president of PSBA, longtime local school board leader, past community college chair, founding chair of the Pennsylvania School Safety Institute and recipient of the PSBA Allwein Society Award. Recipients of the Marcus Scholarship must possess a demonstrated track record of leadership during their high school tenure.

The H.H. Quimby Scholarship

The H.H. Quimby Scholarship recognizes a student that has served as a student representative to their local school board during their high school academic career. Mr. Quimby served as the first state president of PSBA in 1895. Recipients of the Quimby Scholarship must have a demonstrated track record of leadership and service during their high school tenure and plan to pursue a degree focused on policy, political science, advocacy or non-profit management.

The Swope Scholarship

The Swope Scholarship recognizes a student planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the arts.  Kathy Swope is a past president of PSBA, longtime local school board leader, and founding chair of the PSBA Trust and PSBA Insurance Company. Recipients of the Swope Scholarship must possess a demonstrated track record of leadership in the arts during their high school tenure.

Apply

Applications due March 15, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

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Overall scholarship criteria

  1. The student must be enrolled in a PSBA member-district and have attended a PSBA member district high school for a minimum of three years.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled in a four-or two-year college or university upon graduation from high school.
  3. Applicants must submit an essay, cover letter, resume, unofficial high school transcript, and two letters of recommendation.
  4. A joint letter of nomination from the district superintendent and school board president must be included with the application packet.

Essay

Please include a 300- to 400-word essay discussing what it means to be a leader today and how you plan on growing your leadership skills beyond high school.

Scholarship application packet

It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements are fulfilled by the deadline, or your application can not be considered.  All submissions are due by Friday, March 15th at 5PM.  Submissions should be sent as PDF files to scholarship@psbatrust.org.  Each award is a one-time scholarship. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

 

Questions about the scholarship process and requirements should be submitted to scholarship@psbatrust.org.

Application checklist