PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Foundation announced that the Commonwealth will be providing $5 million in grant funds for a new scholarship program for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees and their dependents who are pursuing higher education at a State System university. “We are proud to have a strong partnership with the commonwealth, and we applaud Governor Wolf’s $5 million investment in scholarships for state employees and their dependents at State System universities,” said Board Chair Cindy Shapira.
“The State System has frozen tuition for four consecutive years and increased student financial aid in our commitment to provide high-quality education at the lowest possible cost to students. These scholarships will further those efforts and open doors of opportunity for many students and working adults,” Shapira continued.
The Wolf Administration has authorized a grant of $5 million to the PASSHE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates in service of the State System of Higher Education, which will develop and implement the scholarship program.
Beginning with the Spring 2023 term, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania employees and eligible dependents will be able to apply to the PASSHE Foundation for a grant of up to $2,000 per academic year for full-time students and up to $1,000 for part-time students. Scholarship funds may be used for expenses including tuition, room and board.
“This additional financial aid is critical for many students to start college, complete their degree and have the advanced skills the state and other employers need,” said Lynn Miller, PASSHE Foundation Board Chair and retired healthcare executive. “The scholarships enable more students of all ages to get an affordable degree or credential that propels them into good jobs, strengthens the workforce, creates economic security for their families and provides a tremendous return on investment.”
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