Two scholarships available for local students

From staff reports

The Armstrong County Community Foundation scholarship application cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2022.

This year, the foundation is very pleased to offer two new scholarships for Redbank Valley High School seniors and graduates. The Alpha Lillstrom Cheng Democratic Process Engagement Scholarship fund is open to Redbank Valley High School seniors and graduates of Redbank High School only.

Alpha Lillstrom Cheng JD, MA is from the New Bethlehem area and a 1993 graduate of Redbank Valley High School. Lillstrom has dedicated her career to public service and empowering Americans to participate in elections as well as the legislative and regulatory processes.

As rural America is often overlooked by political candidates and party platforms, this scholarship is intended to provide financial support to Redbank Valley High School graduates who are interested in giving back to their community and country through the democratic process.

Applicants attending a college, university, or graduate program studying anthropology, sociology, public policy, political science, journalism, or law are eligible.

Additionally, a person may also be eligible if they have secured an internship with a state or federal legislator or someone who is running for a local, state, or federal elective office or if they are a candidate for a position in local or state government.

The scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis requiring an essay as part of the application.

The second scholarship is the Shirey Scholarship. The Shirey Scholarship fund is open to high school seniors or graduates of an Armstrong County or Clarion County School and is accepted to study education, health/medical, math/engineering, social/human services, or technical school training.

The applicant must be attending a two or four-year college, university, community college, or other post-secondary institution in the U.S. including technical schools.

To apply for this or any other scholarship offered by the Armstrong County Community Foundation, visit

If you have any questions, please call the foundation office at (724) 548-5897.