• CCAC Educational Foundation Scholarships

    Established in 1979, the CCAC Educational Foundation grew out of the understanding that the Community College of Allegheny County would need additional resources in order to provide comprehensive training programs, to ensure continued accessibility and to maintain its reputation of academic excellence in higher education. Each year, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships. The scholarships and endowments express the community’s commitment to helping students achieve their educational goals. 

    Meshanko Memorial Scholarship for Art Students

    In 2013, the CCAC Educational Foundation received a $1 million gift from late alumna, Lydia Meshanko, to provide scholarships for art students. Ms. Meshanko graduated from CCAC with a Paralegal certificate in 1984, at age 64, and earned an associate’s degree in Art in 1998, at age 78. She continued to attend CCAC, amassing a total of 184 credits with an overall GPA of 3.84.

    An avid learner, Ms. Meshanko embodied CCAC’s commitment to life-long learning, and her generous gift will benefit generations of students to come.

    The CCAC Educational Foundation will award scholarships to art students for the fall semester. The scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, books and supplies for art classes.


    • Must be currently registered (full- or part-time) at CCAC in one of the following Art degree or certificate programs: Art, Digital Graphic Design, Graphic Communications or Industrial Design & Art
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Must have completed at least 12 credits at CCAC
    • Must be returning to CCAC for the Fall semester


    The CCAC Educational Foundation utilizes an online scholarship website for its private scholarships, which are awarded for the fall and spring semesters. Scholarship applications for the Spring 2018 will be open from Monday, December 4, 2017 through Friday, January 19, 2018. Notification of the open scholarship application period is posted on the CCAC website, the MyCCAC Portal, on social media, and has been emailed to students registered for the spring semester.

    Scholarship applications for the 2018 spring semester will be open from Monday, December 4, 2017 through Friday, January 19, 2018.

    The CCAC Educational Foundation recently upgraded its STARS Online Scholarship Application website. While the application process remains the same, the site structure and appearance have changed. One of the newest features is the ability to view all scholarships or search for specific scholarships before signing-in or registering.

    How to Apply

    Before registering for STARS, there are several pieces of information that are required:

    • An active email address that you regularly check
    • A valid CCAC Student ID
    • CCAC GPA
    • Number of credits completed at CCAC
    • Campus you are registered through
    • Major/degree program (please visit: https://www.ccac.edu/Programs_and_Disciplines.aspx for more information)
    • Degree (AA, AS, AAS, CERT, DIPL)
    • Answers to the following essay questions:
      • Please tell the Scholarship Committee about yourself and why you are attending CCAC. Please do not identify your name, age, race or ethnicity in your essay.
      • How have you been financing your education? Please list all financial aid: grants, outside scholarships (i.e. Pittsburgh Promise, Job Corps, etc), CCAC Scholarships, federal work-study positions, jobs or other aid you have received while attending CCAC.
      • From a financial standpoint, what impact would a scholarship have on your education? How would you use a scholarship from the CCAC Educational Foundation?
      • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

    High School to Career Scholarship

    High School to Career Scholarship Application

    This scholarship provides up to $10,000/student over 5 semesters in scholarship funding to allow recent graduates from Penn Hills, Plum, Gateway, Woodland Hills, Highlands, Riverview, Wilkinsburg, McKeesport, or East Allegheny High Schools and Imani or Cheswick Christian Academies to pursue a two-year Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science and then enter the workforce in their chosen field.
    Applications are currently being accepted at this time and are due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

  • CCAC Educational Foundation Scholarships


    Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS)

    Students can now apply for scholarships online, rather than submitting paper applications as they have in the past. The Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS) enables students to apply for multiple scholarships online in just minutes, with one application.