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Counselors’ Corner

Guidance, College, & Career-Related Information & Opportunities

AP Exam Fees Due April 19
Students enrolled in AP courses will take their mandatory AP exams in May.  On April 2, emails were sent to the parents and guardians of all AP students, indicating the total amount owed for AP exam fees.  Payments may be made by cash or check (payable to "OLSH") and are due by Friday, April 19.  If you have questions about how much your child owes, please contact his or her school counselor.
OLSH CEEB Code:  390845
Students must provide the OLSH College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Code when registering for the ACT or SAT, and may be asked to enter the code on college applications.
Academic Review Days for 2023-24
Academic review days are scheduled at the midpoint of each quarter.  On those days, teacher advisers will review the grades of their advisees (students).  Meetings with students and/or parents will be set up as necessary.  Any senior failing a course at that time will be placed into assigned study halls for the remainder of the quarter.
Q1   (08/21/23 - 10/20/23)   Thursday, September 21, 2023
Q2   (10/24/23 - 01/11/24)   Thursday, November 30, 2023
Q3   (01/16/24 - 03/22/24)   Thursday, February 15, 2024
Q4   (03/25/24 - 06/05/24)   Friday, May 3, 2024
NCAA Eligibility for College-Bound Athletes
If you are a current junior or senior who plans to participate in Division I or II athletics in college, please talk to your school counselor about having your transcript submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Transcripts should be submitted at the end of your junior year, and again after high school graduation.  Current seniors who did not submit a transcript to the NCAA at the end of junior year should request a transcript upload as soon as possible. 


SAT/ACT Information
SAT Dates for 2023-24
Test Date:  May 4, 2024 (digital)  Registration Deadlines:  April 19 (regular); April 23 (late)
Test Date:  June 1, 2024 (digital)   Registration Deadlines:  May 17 (regular); May 21 (late)
ACT Dates for 2021-22
Test Date:  June 8, 2024   Registration Deadlines:  May 3 (regular); May 17 (late)
Test Date:  July 13, 2024   Registration Deadlines:  June 7 (regular); June 21 (late)
Students must present a valid photo ID on the day of the SAT and ACT tests.  Accepted IDs include a current, unexpired school year ID, Drivers License, or Passport.  If you do not have ID, please see Mrs. Pihlblad or Mrs. Woynar as soon as possible.  If you do not have an acceptable photo ID, you will NOT be admitted into the test.
SAT/ACT Accommodations
If your child has a documented disability, he or she may be eligible for certain accommodations on the ACT or SAT.  Accommodations for the SAT must be requested six to eight weeks in advance of the testing date.  If you are interested in applying for accommodations for either test, please contact your child’s school counselor to initiate the process.
Mrs. Darcy Pihlblad
School Counselor A-L
Mrs. Regina Woynar
Director of Counseling Services
School Counselor M-Z
SAT & ACT Test Prep
Over the past ten years, Goldstein Test Prep has worked with over 130 OLSH students, counseled families through the testing process, and helped students achieve sizable gains.  To view current in-person and virtual course offerings, please visit the the Goldstein Test Prep website or contact program director Mike Goldstein at [email protected] or at 412-874-7645.
Penn State Beaver is offering an SAT Prep Course designed to prepare students for May or June 2024 SAT exams.  The course includes 18 hours of instruction, official SAT practice exams, and a textbook.  Classes will meet on Saturday mornings from 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM from March 16 - April 27 (for the May 4 exam); and April 13 - May 18 (for the June 1 exam).  The registration fee is $319.  A flyer with more details about the course is posted below.  To register, click here.
SAT or ACT?  How to Choose and Prepare
Students often wonder which college readiness exam--the SAT or the ACT--is best suited to their particular test-taking strengths.  This article by David Huemer of Your College Strategies, LLC gives very specific advice about which test to choose based on a student's strengths and weaknesses.  Mr. Huemer also offers helpful test-taking strategies for both exams, and tips on how to prepare.
When to Submit -- or NOT Submit -- SAT and ACT Scores
Even before COVID-19, many colleges and universities had adopted a "test score optional" admissions policy.  Since the start of the pandemic, however, a large percentage of schools have announced that they are no longer requiring applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores.  Click here to read about the factors you should consider when deciding whether or not to submit your scores.
College Admissions Visits at OLSH
Each year, admissions representatives from more than 50 colleges, universities, trade schools and military organizations visit OLSH to speak with interested students.  Juniors and seniors are eligible to attend these college information sessions, with a limit of ten sessions per student, per academic year.
Juniors and seniors who wish to attend one of these sessions should email Mrs. Kelly Pontiere, Counseling and Admissions Assistant, at [email protected] at least one day in advance of the event. 
The names of students who sign up for college admissions visits will be published on the Attendance List each morning.  Teachers always have the option of denying a student permission to attend due a test, review, project, or poor class performance or attendance.  
While the majority of college admissions visits occur during the fall semester, some schools do schedule in the spring, so keep checking back for more listings!
Day Date Pd. School
Mon. 9/11 2 Saint Vincent College
Tues. 9/12 3 Westminster College (PA)
Tues. 9/12 4 Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
Tues. 9/12 9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
Wed. 9/13 4 Allegheny College (PA)
Wed. 9/13 9 Indiana University of PA
Fri. 9/15 3 Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
Fri. 9/15 8 Dickinson College (PA)
Wed. 9/20 4 Walsh University (OH)
Wed. 9/20 9 Northeastern University (MA)
Fri. 9/22 3 Mercyhurst University (PA)
Mon. 9/25 8 Penn State University
Mon. 9/25 9 Centre College (KY)
Tues. 9/26 9 Kent State University (OH)
Wed. 9/27 3 PennWest (California, Clarion, Edinboro) (PA)
Fri. 9/29 9 Marietta College (OH)
Tues. 10/3 2 Seton Hill University (PA)
Tues. 10/3 4 St. Bonaventure University (NY)
Tues. 10/3 8 Ave Maria University (FL)
Tues. 10/3 8 Saint Joseph's University (PA)
Tues. 10/3 9 Catholic University of America (D.C.)
Wed. 10/4 3 Temple University (PA)
Wed. 10/4 4 Muhlenberg College (PA)
Wed. 10/4 8 University of Dayton (OH)
Fri. 10/6 2 George Mason University (VA)
Fri. 10/6 4 High Point University (NC)
Wed. 10/11 3 University of Dallas (TX)
Wed. 10/11 9 Case Western Reserve University (OH)
Fri. 10/13 9 Point Park University (PA)
Mon. 10/16 8 Robert Morris University (PA)
Mon. 10/16 9 Wheeling University (WV)
Wed. 10/18 2 University of Miami (FL)
Wed. 10/18 3 John Carroll University (OH)
Wed. 10/18 9 Slippery Rock University (PA)
Tues. 10/24 3 Grove City College (PA)
Tues. 10/24 4 Westminster College (PA)
Tues. 10/24 8 Gannon University (PA)
Tues. 10/24 9 Lehigh University (PA)
Mon. 10/30 4 Franklin & Marshall College (PA)
Tues. 10/31 8 Loyola University Maryland
Fri. 11/3 2 Saint Francis University (PA)
Tues. 11/7 4 Carlow University (PA)
Wed. 11/15 4 Madonna University (MI)
Fri. 11/17 8 Art Academy of Cincinnati (OH)
Mon. 11/20 3 Duquesne University (PA)
Tues. 11/28 9 United States Air Force Academy & ROTC
Tues. 1/30 4 Geneva College (PA)
Tues. 2/6 3 Saint Mary's College (IN)
Tues. 2/6 4 Temple University - Japan Campus
Fri. 2/9 4 Seton Hall University (NJ)
Fri. 2/9 9 Nova Southeastern University (FL)
Tues. 2/27 3 Regent University (VA)
Tues. 2/27 4 Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PA)
Fri. 3/1 8 The University of Toledo (OH)
Wed. 3/13 3 Saint Vincent College (PA)  CANCELED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED
Fri. 4/12 3 Saint Joseph's University (PA)
College Admissions Events
Please note:  As Covid case numbers have declined, most colleges and universities have resumed in-person admissions events, although many still offer virutal options as well.  Be sure to check the Admissions page of each school to learn about current Covid guidelines when registering for events.
American University (Washington, D.C.)
In-Person and Virtual Campus Tours    Register
Arizona State University
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Information Sessions  Register
Ave Maria University (FL) *
The Ave Maria Experience
March 15  Register
When you visit the Ave Maria University, you’ll notice some extraordinary things—our world-class professors, our authentically Catholic culture, how we come together to serve others. This is the Ave Maria community and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Our beautiful campus is nestled in South Florida just 40 minutes from Naples. When you visit, you’ll immediately feel at home. Come see what makes Ave Maria so special!
Weekday and Saturday Campus Tours    Register
Belmont Abbey College (NC) *
On-campus and virtual visits    Register
Benedictine College (KS) *
Raven Day Campus Visits 
April 19  Register
In-Person and Virtual Visit Opportunities throughout the Year    Register
Bridgewater College (VA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Bucknell University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
California University of PA
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
Capital University (OH)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Carlow University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) *
In-Person and Virtual Visit Opportunities  Register
Carlow University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Case Western Reserve University (OH)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Chatham University (PA)
In-person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
Clemson University (SC)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
Christendom College (VA) *
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Coastal Carolina University (SC)
On-Campus and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Columbus College of Art & Design (OH)
On-Campus Visit Options  Register
Drexel University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Edinboro University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) *
On-Campus Visits   Register 
Gannon University (PA)
On-Campus and Virtual Visit Options  Register
George Mason University (VA)
On-Campus and Virtual Visit Options    Register
Grove City College (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Nursing (PA)
Virtual Open House Events  Register 
High Point University (NC)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
James Madison University (VA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options Register
John Carroll University (OH)
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Admissions Events  Register
La Roche University (PA)
Open House
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Register
Meet faculty, explore majors and see campus firsthand.
  • Learn about the admissions process and financial aid.
  • Explore study abroad opportunities that are included as part of your La Roche experience.
  • Hear from current students.
  • Tour campus and scope out residence halls.
  • Enjoy brunch in our dining hall.
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register 
Loyola University Chicago (IL)
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Information Sessions   Register
Loyola University Maryland
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Information Sessions   Register 
Madonna University (MI)
Like OLSH, Madonna University is a ministry of the Felician Sisters.
Spring Open House
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Register
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts (NH) *
Personal Visits & Virtual Events   Register
Miami University of Ohio
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Information Sessions  Register
Neumann University
Preview Day
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Register
You and your family are invited to our Preview Day. Learn about Neumann University's academic program offerings, campus life, and professional internships. Tour campus with our Neumann Navigators, and meet with members of the campus community. This is college as a Neumann Knight!
Ohio University
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register 
Penn State (Main Campus)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Penn State Beaver
Spring Open House
March 23, 9:30 AM  Register
Prospective students and their families are invited to Penn State Beaver to explore Penn State opportunities.  Sit in on an Admission presentation, meet with faculty and current students, tour campus and learn how valuable a Penn State degree can be!  Breakfast will be served at the beginning of the event.
Campus Visit Program   Register
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Open House
April 7; July 13  Register 
Campus Tours
Mondays, 9:45-11:00 AM; Fridays 2:15-3:30 PM  Register
Pittsburgh Technical College
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Point Park University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options    Register
Rider University (NJ)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
Robert Morris University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register 
Rosedale Technical College (PA)
Open House
Saturday, April 13, 2024  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Register
Virtual Open House
February 21; March 20  Register
Schedule a Tour  Register
Women in the Trades Days 2024 
March 6 & 27, 2024, 10:00 AM   Register   
The number of women working as skilled workers is growing every day and Rosedale Tech is training future women in the trades.  These events are geared towards educating individuals of all ages on career opportunities in non-traditional fields. You will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders, shadow Rosedale Tech students, and learn about Rosedale's programs.  Participants will receive a free lunch and a free t-shirt, and may be eligible to apply for our Women in the Trades grant, worth up to $2,000.  
Saint Vincent College (PA)
43rd Annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition
Saturday, December 9  Register   (Registration Deadline:  December 5, 2023)
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (GA)
Information Session in PITTSURGH (Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, 620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15219
Thursday, February 29, 6:00 - 8:00 PM  Register
Join a SCAD information session to get to know more about The University for Creative Careers. At this event, chat with admission representatives to learn about SCAD's innovative academic programs, creative career options, and admission requirements. After the presentation, participate in a Q&A with admission representatives or meet representatives one-on-one.
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
Seton Hall University (NJ)
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Information Sessions  Register
Seton Hill University (PA)
On-Campus and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Slippery Rock University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Southeastern University (FL)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Temple University (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Thomas Aquinas College (MA & CA) *
In-Person and Virtual Visits  Register
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (NH) *
In-Person Visits   Register
University of Alabama
On-Campus and Virtual Tours  Register
College of Engineering E-Day  Register by February 16
Thursday, February 22, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This open house event provides middle and high school students the chance to learn more about majors and career opportunities available in engineering and computer science.  Students will also receive information about admissions, housing, financial aid and other college readiness topics.  
University of Dallas (TX) *
On-Campus and Virtual Visits  Register
University of Dayton (OH)
Other In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
University of Kentucky
Virtual Visit Options  Register
University of Mary (ND) *
In-Person and Virtual Visit Days  Register
University of Notre Dame
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
University of Pittsburgh
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
University at Buffalo (State University of New York)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register
University of Scranton (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
University of St. Thomas, Houston (TX) *
Schedule a Visit   Register  
University of Virginia
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
UPMC Mercy School of Nursing
Information Sessions  (Monthly.  See dates and registration information below.)
UPMC Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, a hospital-based diploma school of nursing, was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893. Today, the school is a part of UPMC Mercy.  UPMC Mercy remains the only faith-based health care provider in the city of Pittsburgh. UPMC Mercy provides a full range of services, including designation as a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and as a Primary Stroke Center.   The school offers a diploma-RN nursing program, with two program options:  Traditional, 16-month (4 semesters) and Elongated, 22-month (6 semesters).  Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse.  New students are admitted each fall, and applications are now being accepted for fall 2023.  To learn more about the school, please click here.   UPMC Mercy School of Nursing will be offering Information Sessions on the following dates:
  • February 22, 2024
  • March 21, 2024
  • April 15, 2024
All information sessions start at 2pm. To register, click here.
University of Virginia - School of Architecture
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Villanova University (PA)
On-Campus and Virtual Tours  Register 
Virginia Tech
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Walsh University (OH) *
Campus Visit Days & Daily Campus Tours  Register
Washington & Jefferson College (PA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
West Virginia University
Decide WVU Open House
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Register
Decide WVU is a special day for admitted students.  Are you accepted to the WVU incoming class? Then you and your family are invited! You’ll connect with future friends and find your fit, explore campus and visit students and experts from your academic area.
Junior Open House   Registration Link Coming Soon!
Saturday, April 13, 2024 
High school juniors, this event is for you. At Junior Open House on April 13, you can tour campus, explore our academic programs and learn about the admissions process.  Registration for this event opens in mid-March.
 In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Westminster College (PA)
On-Campus, Virtual and Saturday Visits   Register
Widener University (PA)
Visit Opportunities for Undergraduate Students    Register
Wyoming Catholic College *
Schedule a Visit   Register
Xavier University (OH)
On-Campus and Virtual Admissions Tours and Presentations   Register
Youngstown State University (OH)
Penguin Preview Day (Open House)
Friday, February 16, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM  Register by Feb. 13
Other In-Person and Virtual Visit Options    Register
Education, Training, and Employment FAIRS
NACAC Virtual College Fairs
Sunday, February 18   1:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Register
Sunday, March 24   1:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Register
Sunday, April 21   1:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Register
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) virtual fairs are great opportunity to connect with colleges and pursue your college dreams.  Have a quick video chat with a rep, drop in on a virtual presentation, send a question through chat - make a connection YOUR way!  The fairs will also feature college MatchMaking!  At the time of registration, you will select the attributes that are most important to you in a college.  You'll then receive an email that best matches you to the specific colleges and universities based on the criteria you provide.  Be sure to register early to take advantage of this great feature!  Check out a video on how it all works!
Future Pilot Seminars for Aspiring Pilots
Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) Future Pilot Seminars are free, in-person career seminars providing future professional pilots of all ages with objective and independent information about a flying career.  FAPA focuses on career changers, students of all ages (and their parents, teachers and school counselors) and separating military personnel (fixed wing, rotor and non-aviation) interested in learning about pathways to a career as a professional pilot.  
Upcoming FREE FAPA Future Pilot Seminars:
Future Pilot Seminars begins at 2 PM.  Click here for more information or to register.
  • April 27    Atlanta, GA
  • May 11    Chicago, IL
  • June 15    New York, NY
  • July 13    Charlotte, NC
  • August 24    Washington, DC 
  • September 21    Tampa Bay, FL
  • October 26    Fort Worth, TX
  • November 23    Phoenix, AZ
  • December 14    Fort Lauderdale, FL
Choosing a Major
  • Click here to read about the 10 College Majors with the Highest Salaries for Graduates.
  • Click here to read about the The 10 worst-paying college majors, five years after graduation
  • Before choosing a college major, check out this article about the most and LEAST regretted choices, according to graduated students.
  • Does it really matter if students graduate from a prestigious university?  Liz Weston of NerdWallet argues that the choice of major is far more important.  You can read the article here.
How Extracurricular Activities Affect College Admissions
You may have been told that participating in sports, clubs, service organizations and other activities will help boost your chances of being accepted to your favorite college or university.  While this is true, does that mean you need to exhaust yourself with numerous extracurricular activities in order to have a shot at acceptance?  Read this article to find out what colleges are really looking for when it comes to your out-of-school pursuits.
What to Do If You've Been Waitlisted
Have you been put on the waitlist for one or more of the colleges to which you've applied?  If so, it can be difficult to know whether or not to accept other offers, or hold out hope for your dream school.  Take a look at this article for some advice about what to do if you have been waitlisted.  
Making The Most of Your Virtual College Tour
What questions should you ask on your virtual campus tour? What are the important aspects of college for you to consider?  Click here for advice on how to make the most of virtual admissions events.
CampusReel College Search Website Features Student-Made Videos
CampusReel is an online college search tool unlike any other.  The site features a collection of more than 10,000 student-made videos that enable students to picture themselves on campus, find their best fit, and get excited about researching colleges.  To access the videos, create your free account here
Understanding the Common App
Did you know that the Common App is now accepted by more than 900 colleges and universities?  While the Common App is a convenient and cost-effective way for students to submit college applications, the process of completing it can sometimes be confusing.  Click here for a general overview of the Common App and why students should consider using it.  Click here to read 5 Tips on Completing the Common Application.  
7 Warning Signs an Online Degree Is a Scam
If you are considering earning an online degree, you need to choose a program carefully.  Here's an article from U.S. News & World Report about the 7 Warning Signs an Online Degree Is a Scam.
The 2024-25 FAFSA Is Now Open
If you are the parent of a senior who is planning to pursue post-secondary education at a college, university, trade or technical school, you may apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA
The new, simplified FAFSA is now open and may be completed here:  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa  Unfortunately, there have been numerous glitches with the "soft launch" of the new FAFSA form.  As of early January 2024, the form is open only periodically, and students and parents may be placed into a digital "waiting room" until the form is available to them.  You can read more about that here.
BEFORE filling out the FAFSA, the student applying for aid (and at least one parent) each need to create an FSA ID.  The federal government has recently produced a helpful video that will walk you through the process of creating an FSA ID.  It can take up to three days for new FAFSA IDs to be confirmed, so make sure you allow time for that before you plan to fill out the FAFSA.
Click here for a handy checklist of documents and information you will need to complete the FAFSA.
Click here to read about how to avoid ten common mistakes people make when filling out the FAFSA!
Some Colleges Extending Decision Deadlines Due to Delayed FAFSA
At least 190 U.S. colleges have postponed their commitment deadlines for the 2024-25 academic year amid federal financial aid delays, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling.  NACAC recently released a public directory of the enrollment deadlines of its member colleges.  Although the list isn’t comprehensive — as it only includes information submitted by NACAC members — it offers a glimpse into how colleges nationwide are grappling with an abbreviated financial aid timeline. The Enrollment Deadlines Directory is available at this link: https://www.nacacnet.org/enrollment-deadlines-directory-2024/
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Events
PHEAA has planned a statewide virtual FAFSA Completion Workshop open to any student/family completing the 2024-25 FAFSA.  Receive one-on-one assistance by registering for the event on March 18th or April 30th from 4 – 7 p.m.  Go to https://www.pheaa.org/college-planning/fafsa/help-events.shtml and register for the event, as space is limited!  Please note, both dates are listed on the registration page under both Eastern PA and Western PA, as these events will take place statewide.
In addition to the above workshop, PHEAA is also offering various virtual statewide webinars that are open to any student/family here: https://www.pheaa.org/virtual/index.shtml.   A few of these webinars are listed below. 
Register for these webinars at https://www.pheaa.org/virtual/index.shtml.  All workshops take place from 6 – 7 p.m.
PHEAA Access Partners will present information on the steps students should take after completing the FAFSA.  They will discuss the financial aid process, strategies to review and understand financial aid offers from colleges, and how to compare different types of aid.
PHEAA Access Partners will present an overview of the 2024–25 FAFSA process to guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and PA State Grant applications.
PHEAA Access Partners will present an overview of student loans including federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, PLUS Loans, and private education loans.  This session will discuss the details of the loan programs including loan limits, interest rates, and repayment plans.  We will also review Direct Loan Consolidation and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Join us for an exciting session tailored to high school juniors that will inspire them to take charge of their future!  This session is all about empowering students to plan and set goals, setting the stage for a successful senior year.  We'll equip them with invaluable insights into navigating the financial aid process, ensuring they're well-prepared to tackle the challenges that await.  But that's not all—this session is open to both students and their parents who are exploring various postsecondary education options.  It's an opportunity for families to gain a deeper understanding of what lies ahead and how to make the most of it.  With valuable information and expert guidance, everyone involved is bound to benefit immensely from this session.  Don't miss out on this chance to JumpStart your journey to higher education success!
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Resources
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator – The FAFSA4Caster is no longer available, but families can use the EFC Calculator provided by College Board to get an estimated EFC.
  • Calculating Cost – Families can estimate the cost of various colleges via the Net Price Calculator (NPC) at collegecost.ed.
Registering for Selective Service
Did you know that in order to be eligible for Federal Student Aid, all young men 18-25 years of age must register for Selective Service?  The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. That means men are required to register with Selective Service sometime during the 30 days before their 18th birthday, their 18th birthday, and the following 29 days after their 18th birthday – a 60-day registration period.  Men who do not register with Selective Service within the 60-day window are technically in violation of the law and should register as soon as possible.  Registration is quick and easy.  Just have your Social Security Number ready and fill out this online registration form.  Male students 18 years of age and older who have not registered for Selective Service will be prompted to do so while filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Pennsylvania's Low-Cost Way to Pay for College
A PA Forward Education Loan can provide affordable options for current seniors and new graduates to pay for college.  Learn more here.
How to Capture a 529 Tax Break When A Student Is in College
Did you know that you can get a tax break by depositing money into a 529 account for as little as 24 hours before using it to pay for college tuition?  Click here to learn more.
Financial Aid:  How to Ask Colleges for More Money
Did you know it is possible to negotiate your financial aid package?  Read this article from Money magazine to learn how to ask colleges for more money (and get it).
Are you wondering how to increase the scholarship dollars you receive as part of your financial aid package(s)?  This article in Forbes magazine explains how high school students can maximize merit-based college financial aid.
TuitionFit Provides True College Cost Information
Students often have to wait until after they apply and are accepted to find out a college’s actual price.  But what’s the point of applying to a school unless you already know that you can afford it?  TuitionFit makes solving that problem easy by letting students and families share the individual college offers they receive. TuitionFit organizes and anonymously displays that data so that students can all compare real-time college prices. They keep your identity absolutely safe while creating a catalog of colleges' actual prices offered to students like you. Now you can see real college prices and decide whether to apply elsewhere, negotiate a better price, or take the offer you’ve got.  Best of all, it's free to create an account.  To learn more, please click here.
For over 30 years, Trib Total Media has been recognizing high school juniors and seniors for their exemplary character, academic achievements, community service and leadership in and out of the classroom via the Outstanding Young Citizen program.  Nominations are now being accepted for this year's program!  Students will be notified of their nomination by mail in mid February.  At that time, they will be required to complete a biography form outlining their activities, achievements and accomplishments.  100 students will be selected from all nominees as Outstanding Young Citizens and from those, 10 will be selected to receive the Outstanding Young Citizen gold medal, signifying that they are among the very best of the best.  All Outstanding Young Citizens will be acknowledged in Trib Total Media's daily, weekly and monthly newspapers in April.  Please submit your nominations by February 11, 2024.  To nominate an Outstanding Young Citizen, click here!
Annually, in April of each year, Franklin Park Borough seeks resumes from Borough high school students to participate in the Junior Councilperson Program.  Adopted in 2002, Borough Council saw an opportunity and value of incorporating a Junior Councilperson Program into local government.  The program, which runs the length of the school year, is designed to encourage high school students to participate in local government and to provide their perspective and input.  Attached below is a summary of the position.  Franklin Park residents who will be high school juniors or seniors during the 2024-25 school year are encouraged to apply.  Interested students should submit letters of interest and/or resumes to Franklin Park Borough by May 10, 2024.  If you have further questions, please call Borough Manager Regis Ebner at 412-364-4115, ext. 310.
Ave Maria University (FL) invites rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in "Called Higher," their third annual Summer Leadership Program, June 22-28, 2024.  Ave Maria is looking for students who are academically driven and committed to growing in their faith to spend a week on campus, exploring what life is like at Our Lady’s University. During Called Higher, students will experience the life of an AMU student firsthand: a liberal arts education rooted in the Truth, enhanced by frequent access to the sacraments, and encouraged by an authentic Catholic community. They will learn how Ave Maria is committed to excellence of the mind, heart, and soul.  The cost of the week-long, residential program is only $500.  To learn more or apply, click here
The Summer Health Career Academy (HCA) is coordinated and supported by the Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  It is designed for current ninth and tenth grade students who are interested in learning about opportunities in various health careers and the academic preparation necessary for these careers.  The Health Career Academy provides students opportunities to learn about:
      • Health career opportunities
      • Health career pathways
      • Public health issues
      • Health career shortage areas
      • Medical terminology
      • Health related cultural competency
During this 5-day experience, students will interact with practicing health professionals, engage in activities related to health and wellness, and research a specific health profession.  The Academy will take place July 15-19, 2024, from 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).  The cost for the program is $250 for course materials and lunches during the academy. Scholarships are available for those who demonstrate need. To learn more or apply, go to https://www.southwestahec.org/hca.  A flyer about the program is attached below.
Generative AI and Social Science Summer Program by Stanford Alumni
Inspirit AI is a 10 session (25-hour) artificial intelligence bootcamp that exposes high school students to fundamental AI concepts and guides them to build a socially impactful project.  Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford, MIT, and more, students receive a personalized learning experience in small groups with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1.  In 2024, the team is excited to announce new projects such as Generating Language Safely with ChatGPT.  No programming experience required, and but advanced cohorts are available for students with prior coding experience.  Priority applications are due by May 1, 2024.
Applications are now being accepted for the Wiegand Summer Internship at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  The Wiegand Summer Internship provides an opportunity for a current high school senior who resides in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and (portions of) Westmoreland, and will be graduating in the spring of 2024 to spend four to five weeks learning first-hand about regenerative medicine research and scientific investigations in general. The outline of the program is as follows:
  • Student will participate in and contribute to ongoing research in one of the laboratories
  • Student will prepare a presentation based on his/her experience at the Institute
  • Student is recognized for contributions and receives a $1,200 stipend for the internship
The Wiegand Summer Internship is made possible through an endowment from Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wiegand, friends and supporters of the Institute.  The endowment is designed to provide an opportunity for a high school senior to experience the opportunities and excitement of a career in science and engineering, with a focus on regenerative medicine.
For an application to be considered complete, you will need to upload your official transcript, a copy of your SAT or ACT scores, and recommendation letters from both your high school advisor and your science teacher.  To learn more or apply, please click here .
Application Deadline:  5:00 PM on Monday, April 15, 2024
Looking for scholarships? While we list a number of scholarship opportunities on this page, we encourage you to take advantage of the following scholarship and financial aid resources as well:
Bold.org (The Best Scholarships for High School Students):  https://bold.org/scholarships/by-year/high-school/
Bold.org (The Top Athletic Scholarships in the US to Apply for in 2024):  https://bold.org/scholarships/by-type/athletic/
College Express Scholarship Search:  https://www.collegexpress.com/scholarships/search
College Scholarship: www.college-scholarships.com
Finaid: www.finaid.org
Free 4 U: www.free-4u.com
Niche:  www.niche.com 
PA Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines:   https://bold.org/scholarships/by-state/pennsylvania-scholarships/
Petersons:  www.petersons.com 
Pittsburgh Foundation:  www.pittsburghfoundation.org
QuestBridge: www.questbridge.org
Raise Me Micro-Scholarships:  https://www.raise.me/
SallieMae College Answer: www.collegeanswer.com
SallieMae Scholar: www.salliemae.com/scholar
Scholarship America: www.scholarshipamerica.org
Scholarship Hunter:  www.scholarshiphunter.com
Scholarships for Women: 
Student Aid: www.studentaid.ed.gov
Student Scholarships:  www.studentscholarships.org
UNIGO:  www.unigo.com
Scholarship opportunities without specific deadlines, or with multiple deadlines:
Scholarships for Class of 2024 High School Seniors
It is NOT too late for current seniors to apply for college scholarships!  Click here for a list of 26 scholarships that are still available to members of the Class of 2024!

In honor of Black History Month 2023, Fastweb has compiled a list of college scholarships for African American students.  You can see the complete list, with links to each scholarship, here.

The College Board has introduced a new scholarship program which has no income, GPA, or SAT score requirements and rewards high school students for taking the necessary steps to plan for college.  The BigFuture Scholarships are now available to Class of 2023 high school students who take college planning steps such as building a college list, practicing for the SAT, completing the FAFSA and applying to colleges.  Students will earn a chance to win scholarships of $500–$2,000 by completing up to six individual college planning steps. The more steps they complete, the more scholarships they are eligible to win. Students who complete all six college planning steps will be eligible to win a $40,000 scholarship!  To learn more about the BigFuture Scholarship program, click here.
Neumann University (PA) is offering a $3,000 per year, renewable Catholic High School Grant to any student who meets their admission criteria and enrolls from a Catholic high school.  Students are considered for this award at the time of application to the university and will be notified after their admittance to Neumann University. No additional application is required for the award.  To learn more, please visit https://www.neumann.edu/scholarships/.
Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Foundation distributes scholarships and awards totaling more than $500K annually to our students and universities.  Our scholarships support students at every university in the System.  Each scholarship applicant must complete a PASSHE Foundation general application before accessing the desired scholarship.  Please see the flyer posted below for more information.  Each scholarship title is a hyperlink to the application.  Scholarship academic levels will be labeled. (Example: So. for Sophmore)  Please feel free to contact Special Projects Manager Robert Nelson at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Deadlines:  Deadlines vary by scholarship.  Please click on the links in the flyer for more information.
Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) is offering a new St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship which will provide incoming students with the opportunity to earn up to full tuition.  Students from the Dioceses of Greensburg, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, and Pittsburgh are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which has been made possible by the generosity of benefactors from Western Pennsylvania.  The St. Pope John Paul II Scholarship is available for incoming students and transfers who meet the following qualifications:
  • Graduate with a 3.0 or better from an accredited Catholic high school or homeschool program within the Dioceses of Greensburg, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, and Pittsburgh.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Franciscan University Financial Aid Office.
To remain eligible for scholarship funding in subsequent years, recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Franciscan and actively participate in at least one Catholic faith-based activity.  To learn more, please click here.
Scholarship opportunities with specific deadlines:
Please check back often, as new scholarship information will be added regularly!
Joieful Connections Scholarship
  • Eligibility: Any high school senior who has a diagnosis of developmental or intellectual disability may apply for this scholarship, but students in Oregon will be preferred.
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Winners: 3 ($5,000 each)
  • Scholarship link: https://bold.org/scholarships/joieful-connections-scholarship/
  • Deadline: March 21, 2024
“Equal Opportunity” Scholarship
Nicholas Hamlin Tennis Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility:  Any high school junior or senior who plays tennis may apply for this scholarship opportunity.
Amount:  $1,000
Winners:  2 winners, $500 each
Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/nicholas-hamlin-tennis-memorial-scholarship/
Deadline:  March 30, 2024
Applications are now being accepted for the PA House of Representatives Scholarship Program.  The Program – administered through The Foundation for Enhancing Communities – is for graduating high school seniors who reside in the Commonwealth of PA.  TFEC awards two four-year scholarships to high school seniors each year.  The award consists of the value of one semester of tuition at the State System of Higher Education for each of four years.  Students must maintain eligibility criteria in all four years to receive the ongoing award.  Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and demonstrate leadership qualities, a commitment to community, participation in extracurricular activities, and financial need.  To learn more or apply, please go to www.tfec.org.
Deadline:  April 15, 2024
The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition— financial need is not considered—that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students.  The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education.  The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses.  This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.  In order to apply, students simply fill out a simple online application and write an original Personal Statement of 250 words or less, in response to ONE of the following prompts: 
1. What are your educational goals? or,
2. How will winning this scholarship help you attain your goals?, or
3. Write about a time when "hard work" paid off.
Click here to learn more or apply.
DEADLINES:  April 15, 2024
Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship
  • Eligibility: BIPOC high school and undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science via majors such as cosmetology, anthropology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, herbalism, microbiology, and more. 
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Winners: 1
  • Scholarship link: https://bold.org/scholarships/minority-cosmetic-science-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2024
Cody Cochlin Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility:  Any low-income undergraduate student who rollerblades, rollerskates, skateboards, or snowboards may apply for this scholarship.
Amount:  $1,275
Winners:  1
Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/cody-cochlin-memorial-scholarship/
Deadline:  April 15, 2024
College-bound high school seniors who live in Allegheny County, have a 3.25 grade point average or above, are involved in their community, and care deeply about the Pittsburgh region are invited to apply to the Landmarks Scholarship Program.  The recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship to use towards tuition and books for his or her first year of undergraduate study.  The scholarship is renewable for three additional years (provided the student remains in good academic standing) for a total award of up to $6,000.  Students who receive Honorable Mention will receive a one-time award of $250.  In order to apply, students must submit a completed application form and essay, a high school transcript, a college acceptance letter, and two letters of recommendation.  An application form is posted below.  To learn more or apply, click here.
Deadline:  Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Anthony Bruder Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility:  High school senior athletes with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply to this scholarship.
Amount:  $1,000
Winners:  1
Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/anthony-bruder-memorial-scholarship/
Deadline:  Apr 18, 2024
RonranGlee Literary Scholarship
Redefining Victory Scholarship
Tom LoCasale Developing Character Through Golf Scholarship
Eligibility:  Any high school senior who plays golf may apply for this scholarship.
Amount:  $2,000
Winners: 2  winners, $1,000 each
Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/tom-locasale-developing-character-through-golf-scholarship/
Deadline:  May 14, 2024
Dollar Bank will award a $10,000 college scholarship to the high school senior who submits the winning essay in their 2024 Tuition Scholarship Contest.  In order to enter, seniors must first click here to register, then follow the prompt and submit a 1,000-word essay (via email) by the deadline.  A flyer about the contest is posted below.
Deadline:  May 15, 2024
The School Photographers Association of California (SPAC) will award a college scholarship in the amount of $1,500.00 to one high school senior each of their three regional divisions:  West, Central and East.  The SPAC Young Creatives Scholarship is designed to support and nurture the next generation of creative minds.  Applicants for this scholarship must be current seniors with a demonstrated passion for photography or yearbook who plan to attend a U.S. college in the fall and major in a related field .  In order to apply, seniors must complete an online application (including a short essay) and submit academic details, a portfolio, and two letters of recommendation.  To learn more or apply, click here.  A flyer about the scholarship is posted below.
Deadline:  May 15, 2023
StudentAwardSearch.com will award $1,000 scholarships to the winners of the B. Davis Scholarship essay contest.  This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution.  To apply, simply write an essay of less than 1,000 words on the following topic:  Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.  Completed essays must be submitted via email to [email protected].  This is not an academic scholarship, but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.  Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.
DEADLINE: May 21, 2024
Graduating seniors who intend to pursue careers in health care are eligible to apply for the Medical Staff Health Care Scholarships from Heritage Valley Health System.  The application process is open to all students in the Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley service areas.  Scholarships (dollar amount unspecified) will be awarded to outstanding students who have financial need and who will hopefully serve in our community upon completion of their training and education.  To be considered, students must complete an online application and attach proof of matriculation or enrollment; tax returns and/or FAFSA information; and a typed essay stating in 500 words or less “Why I Want to Pursue a Career in Health Care.”  To learn more or apply, click here.
Deadline:  May 31, 2024
Brinley Heckermann Empowering Spirit Scholarship
Eligibility:  Any high school senior who is a cheerleader and/or stunt athlete who has at least a 2.5 GPA may apply for this scholarship opportunity. 
Amount:  $3,400
Winners:  2 winners, $1,700 each
Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/brinley-heckermann-empowering-spirit-scholarship/
Deadline:  May 31, 2024
Frederick J. Salone Memorial Basketball Scholarship
Eligibility:  Any high school senior who plays basketball and plans to continue playing in college may apply for this scholarship opportunity.
Amount:  $700
Winners:  1
Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/frederick-j-salone-memorial-basketball-scholarship/
Deadline: June 1, 2024
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants will award $1,000 scholarships to the winners of their annual scholarship essay contest.  Current high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.  In order to apply, students must write an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the following topic:  Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.  Essays must be emailed to [email protected].  When submitting an essay, applicants should provide their full name and mailing address as well as the name of the school they are currently attending.  The winners will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline.  Click here to learn more.
Deadline:  June 7, 2024 
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits.  They are offering an annual $500 scholarship to a deserving high school senior (or post-secondary education student) who is also a student athlete.  Please click here to learn more or apply.
Deadline:  June 19, 2024
Event Technology Training for High School Students at Tech25
Did you know that there is a place in Pittsburgh where you can receive very affordable (low or even no-cost) training in event production?  Event production skills are valuable to any student interested in broadcasting, theater production (including high school theater), audio engineering, lighting design, DJ-ing, or digital content creation.
Until recently--outside of 4-year degree programs at CMU and Point Park--Pittsburgh lacked a facility that could train new technicians in the Event Technology industry at a vocational level.
Tech25 is a non-profit organization looking to change this by making Event Technology education and training more accessible.  Whether you are already involved in theater, home recording, live sound, video, or are just getting started, Tech25 is ready for you.
Please see the flyers attached below for information about Tech25's Audio Basics and Lighting Basics classes.  The classes are open to adults and high school students (grades 9-12), and NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.  The next sessions start in May, and seats are still available!
You can learn more about Tech25 here.   
Ace Wire Spring & Form Company, Inc. in McKees Rocks, PA has been an industry leader in the manufacturing of custom precision compression, extension, torsion, magazine springs and custom wire forms since 1939.  They employ the finest team of design engineers, experienced managers, and skilled craftsmen.  No 4-year degree is required.  Employment benefits include:  401K plans, competitive salaries, job training, health care, vacation time, and family-friendly policies.  Ace has created a YouTube video to inform students about the benefits of a career in the manufacturing industry.  You can view the video here The company currently has openings for the following positions:  CNC Machine Operator, Shipper, Sales Engineer, General Laborer, Clerical.  Anyone interested in applying should email a letter of interest and a resume to John Higgins at [email protected], or call 412-458-4830.  Please reference the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.
Aroma Stone Hearth Pizza in Clinton, PA has immediate openings for pizza makers, deli artists, front desk hosts for phone calls/register, and delivery drivers.  These positions pay between $9.00 and $14.00 per hour.  Multiple delivery driver positions are available.  All deliveries are within a 5-mile radius of the shop.  Shift scheduling for all positions is extremely flexible!  For more information or to apply, please go to https://aroma.pizza/.
Choolaah Indian BBQ is a growing fast-casual restaurant located in The Pointe at North Fayette shopping area, not far from OLSH.  They have immediate part-time openings for students.  Here are the details:
At Choolah, we have great school-work-life balance, where we close at 8:00 p.m. and staff are out by 9:00 p.m., so no late nights!  We also offer competitive pay and healthy choices on our menu!
*Flexible schedules, no late nights (open 11a.m. - 8 p.m.; out by 9:00 p.m.)
*Starting pay: $12-$13/hr + tips ($2-$3 avg); Total compensation: $14-$15/hr
*Growth opportunities
*Paid time off
*Free meals on shift
*Fundraising event opportunities
*A great friendly work environment/community
For more information, go to https://choolaah.recruiting.com/ or download the flyer posted below.
FIVE BELOW in Settlers Ridge (Robinson Township) is hiring at least 20 to 25 part-time, seasonal employees for the 2023 holiday season.  The hours for these positions will be restricted to evenings and weekends, and the schedule will be flexible to accommodate students' extracurricular activities.  The pay is $11 per hour, plus a 20% store discount.  Candidates must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid work permit from their home school district.  Click here to apply.  For more information, stop in or call the store at 412-787-3987 and ask for Hiring Manager Colleen Quigley.
Juliano’s Restaurant & Catering (Robinson Township) is hiring part-time workers!. Juliano’s promises a friendly, flexible work environment which adheres to the same ethical standards and philosophies we teach at OLSH!  Does your current employer promise to help you develope attitudes which will benefit your future career goals and plans?  Juliano's does!  Hourly rates for employees range from $14-$17 per hour, depending on experience.  Click here to apply, or stop by in person for a paper application.  Questions?  Call owner Nick Scalise at 412-787-2959.  Please see that attached flyer for details. 
Lane Steel Hiring High School/College Students
Lane Steel Co., Inc. is hiring summer help for our Steel Service Center in McKees Rocks.  This is an ideal opportunity for high school or college students!  We are hiring on both shifts, Monday through Friday, Full-Time or Part-Time: First Shift - 6:00AM - 2:30PM Second Shift - 2:30PM - 11PM Pay Rate: $15.00 per hour  Contact: Human Resources [email protected]; phone: 412-777-1700; fax 412-777-1713  Applications can be found on our website www.lanesteel.com under the Employment tab.  We are looking for summer students to help with our warehouse operations.  Responsibilities may include training in packaging, helping to prepare orders, general cleanup, and working in our woodshop and lumber yard.  You will need to have your own steel toe boots; we will provide all other PPE.
The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center (formerly the Tull Family Theater) in Sewickley is hiring part-time Crew Members (age 15 and up).  Scheduling is flexible; both evening and all-day weekend shifts are available.  Crew Members are paid $10/hour and receive free theater admission as well as free popcorn!  Previous retail, customer service or hospitality experience is a plus, but all new employees will receive training.  Interested students should send an email introducing themselves and expressing interest in the position to [email protected].  (No phone calls, please.)  To learn more, please see the attached flyer or click here.
Mission BBQ in Robinson Township is hiring hourly team members for the following positions:  Cashier, Cook, Expo, Host, Assistant Kitchen Manager, and Hourly Manager.  Benefits include a flexible schedule, no late nights, holidays off, and free shift meals and dining discounts.  See the flyer below for more details, or click here to apply.
The Mooncrest After School Program in Coraopolis (a ministry of the Felician Sisters) has an immediate part-time job opening for a Program Aide.  The Program Aide will be responsible for supervising children grades K through 6 in the After School Program, on field trips and/or in the summer camp program.  Duties will include helping with homework during the school year; leading summer activities; providing age-appropriate activities; maintaining a safe, clean site; modeling appropriate behavior; and reporting behavioral and academic concerns to the supervisor.  The regular hours for this position are 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Monday-Friday throughout the school year, with occasional extended hours for field trips, and summer camp hours if applicable.  Candidates for this position must be at least 18 years of age; be reliable and report for work as scheduled; and care about, love and respect children.  PA Criminal, PA Child Abuse and FBI clearances required.  Please see the job description posted below for more details.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has approved the creation of the PIAA Junior Officials Program.  This program will allow 16 and 17 year old students to officiate 7th through 9th grade (junior high and middle school) contests as long as they have met all the requirements of a registered PIAA official.  Those requirements can be found on the PIAA website here:  Become a PIAA Official  PIAA will be waiving the registration fees for any student belonging to this program.  Students who are interested should fill out the application form found here and email it to Kim Hill at [email protected].  Junior officials will be provided a mentor by the chapter they join and will also be provided training by that same chapter.
Zippia.com has a free online search tool for high school students looking for part-time jobs.  Go to https://www.zippia.com/job-search/high-school-jobs/ to see what positions are available in your area.
Students 18 years of age or older are invited to participate in the volunteer program at Allegheny General Hospital.  AGH offers a flexible volunteer program designed to accommodate the schedules and abilities of people from all backgrounds.  As an academic medical center, AGH trains tomorrow's healthcare practitioners using the most innovative and cutting-edge technology.  Volunteering at AGH is a great opportunity to become part of this high-energy, multidisciplinary organization.  Volunteer opportunities at AGH include:  Clerical/Computer; Cup of Comfort Cart; Emergency Department; Eucharistic Minister; Greeter/Guide; Music for the Soul; Nursing Units; Patient Care Cart; Patient Escort; Patient Mail Delivery; Patient Representative; Pet Therapy; and Trauma Wating Room.  Complimentary parking and lunch are provided for volunteers!  Volunteer positions are also available at other Allegheny Health Network facilities, including Allegheny Valley Hospital Cancer Institute; Canonsburg Hospital; Forbes Hospital; Jefferson Hospital; St. Vincent's Hospital; West Penn Hospital; and Westfield Memorial Hospital.  To learn more or to apply online, visit  www.ahn.org/volunteer-application or call 412-359-3067. 
Archangel Gabriel Parish is looking for high school students who would like to volunteer as classroom or student aides during Sunday morning faith formation sessions.  This would be ideal experience for teens looking to pursue a career in education and/or working with children with special needs.  If you are interested, please contact Mr. Steven Swank at sswank@archangelgabrielparish.org
The Beaver County Humane Society Thrift Shop is in desperate need of volunteers. The shop is located at 1900 7th Avenue in Beaver Falls, PA. Contact Caitlin Smith, Volunteer Coordinator at 724-775-5801, ext. 101.
Volunteers are needed for a Tree Planting Day in Leetsdale on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (rain or shine).  The Borough of Leetsdale has been awarded the 2024 TreeVitalize grant to plant 24 trees at participating residential properties and in Kohlmeyer.  The planting sites will be prepped ahead of time by TreeVitalize contractors, so the planting of trees will be a LIGHT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY for volunteers.  A light breakfast and lunch will be served.  This is a great opportunity for high school students to perform community service, and verification of service hours will be provided upon request.  High school students can attend the event on their own, with a permission slip/waiver from parents.  Students who wish to volunteer must sign up ahead of time by calling or emailing the Western PA Conservancy at 412-586-2386 or [email protected].  For more information, please see the flyer posted below.