Scholarships and grants may be based on academic merit, financial need, or both. These awards are considered "gift aid" and do not need to be repaid by the student.
Scholarships and Grants
Harcum College offers scholarships to eligible students who apply. Students must be registered as full-time (12 or more credits per semester) and maintain satisfactory academic success each year to continue to be eligible.
Harcum offers the following awards:(downloadable list for the 2013-14 academic year)
- Hurricane Sandy Scholarship* - full room/board for two years - Applicants for the scholarship must reside in the eligible counties that are under direct federal assistance following the storm, including: Delaware counties of Kent, New Castle, Sussex; New Jersey counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Union; New York counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk. Applicants must choose a major from the following academic areas: Animal Center Management, Business Administration, Dental Assisting with EFDA, Early Childhood Education, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Human Services, Interior Design, General Studies, Law and Justice, Leadership, Medical Assistant, Sports Management or Veterinary Technology.
- SAT/ACT Scholarship* - 50% discount on room/board for two years - Available to students with test scores that demonstrate their individual commitment to high academic goals. Harcum’s SAT/ACT Scholarship requirements are based on student scores in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT test.
- Sibling Scholarship - up to $5,000 – Available to students who have a brother or sister currently attending Harcum College. The new Harcum student must inform the admissions office, in writing, of eligibility. When informing the admissions office, include sibling’s name, degree program and year he/she started classes at Harcum.
- Legacy Scholarship - $5,000 – Available to students who are the son, daughter, or grandchild of a Harcum graduate. The new student must inform the admissions office, in writing, of eligibility. When informing the admissions office, include parent or grandparent’s full name while at Harcum, degree program, and year of graduation. If a parent or grandparent completed a certificate program at Harcum College, the student may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. When informing the admissions office, include parent or grandparent's full name while at Harcum, certificate program and year completed.
- Charlotte Newton Sheppard Scholarship - $1,000 (essay required) – Available to full-time, first year Harcum students accepted into the Veterinary Technology Program. The applicant must rank in the top third of their high school graduating class with a 3.0 GPA, apply for financial aid, and exhibit need in excess of $2,000. Applicants must also maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the first two years at Harcum College. The applicant must submit an essay on how the Charlotte Newton Sheppard Scholarship will help them achieve their career goals. These scholarships are given in memory of Charlotte Newton Sheppard, class of 1917, one of the first students at Harcum College.
- Kevin D. Marlo Scholarship - $5,000 (essay required) - Available to full-time, first year traditional and non-traditional students enrolled in any Harcum degree program. Special consideration will be given to applicants pursuing degrees in the health sciences. Applicants must possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be actively involved in community service, a charitable service, or a professional extra-curricular activity. Applicants must submit an essay describing how they will take action in their personal lives to help those in need and to make the world a better place through service to their communities. These scholarships are given in memory of Kevin Marlo, who died in the September 11th attacks. Kevin is the brother of Christine Marlo, class of 2000.
- Kimberly S. Cullen Memorial Scholarship - $1,000 (essay required) - Available to one full-time, first year Harcum student and one full-time returning Harcum student in Veterinary Technology who has a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The first year Harcum student must be able to demonstrate evidence of dedication to the profession through prior experience, community involvement, or volunteer work. Returning Harcum student must have maintained active membership in OATS (Organization of Animal Technician Students)and must also demonstrate an interest in large animal surgery. Applicants must submit an essay that describes how the Kimberly S. Cullen Memorial Scholarship will help them achieve their career goals as well as describe their involvement and dedication to the profession.
- Alumni Endorsement Grant - $1,000 (essay and separate online application required) - Available to full-time, first year Harcum students who have been referred to Harcum College by a Harcum graduate. The applicant must submit the online Alumni Endorsement Grant Form from the Alumni who is referring them along with an essay. The essay must illustrate the quality or qualities the student most admires in the alumnus that is endorsing them. The Alumni Endorsement Grant form and essay can be filled out online or can be sent in the mail by contacting Harcum’s Admissions Office.
*Student Athletes and members of Harcum's Student Leadership Program are not eligible.
Federal and State Funded Programs
- Federal Grants:
- Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – These two need-based federal grants are awarded to students who meet the required financial need criteria based on the information from the FAFSA. They are disbursed in two or three payments during the academic year. They are grants and do not have to be paid back.
- Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) - As of the 2011-2012 academic year, ACG will no longer be funded by the Federal Government.
- SSS Grant - A limited number of SSS grants are available to Pell eligible students who demonstrate need and fulfill other program requirements. More information is available from Educational Support Services at 610-526-6064.
- PHEAA State Grant – Pennsylvania resident students may be eligible for grants through PA Higher Education. Eligibility and application is through the FAFSA. More information is available from AES/PHEAA at 800-692-7392 or at www.pheaa.org