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I Can Change My Life Scholarship Fund The I Can Change My Life Scholarship Fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships for high school seniors at McKeesport High School.

Average Award: $1,000
Award Type: Single-Year
Application Period Opens: 11/15/2021
Application Period Closes: 3/31/2022


  • Attend McKeesport High School as a graduating senior.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or have shown great progress in the junior and senior years.
  • Plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical trade school OR 2-or 4-year college or university.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a parent who is currently or was formerly incarcerated and/or those who are first generation college students.

How to Apply

  • Complete the essay section of the application.
  • Submit your Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have not already received your SAR, you can do so by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher of a major subject (English, Math, Science, History), and one from a person who knows the applicant well (teacher, coach, religious leaders, Boy/Girl Scout troop leader, or employer) and can speak to the applicant’s general ability. They will need to provide a general appraisal of the applicant giving details in the form of examples with regard to: citizenship, concern for others, responsibility, perseverance, dedication, relation to others, and other qualities that most commend them.
  • Submit your unofficial transcripts.