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Counselors’ Corner

Guidance, College, & Career-Related Information & Opportunities

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.
OLSH Counseling Center Events
Save the Date:
College Financial Aid Night/FAFSA Completion Night
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 6:00 PM 
Due to the passage of the FAFSA Simplification Act in 2021, there is currently underway a major overhaul of the FAFSA.  The new, simplified FAFSA is on-track to open in December of 2023, two months later than the usual October 1 opening date.  Therefore, our FAFSA Completion Night event will take place later than usual this year.
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:  December 2, 2023   Registration Deadlines:  November 2 (regular); November 21 (late)
Test Date:  March 9, 2024 (digital)   Registration Deadlines:  February 23 (regular); TBA (late)
Test Date:  May 4, 2024 (digital)  Registration Deadlines:  April 19 (regular); TBA (late)
Test Date:  June 1, 2024 (digital)   Registration Deadlines:  May 17 (regular); TBA (late)
ACT Dates for 2021-22
Test Date:  December 9, 2023   Registration Deadlines:  November 3 (regular); November 17 (late)
Test Date:  February 10, 2024   Registration Deadlines:  January 5 (regular); January 19 (late)
Test Date:  April 13, 2024   Registration Deadlines:  March 8 (regular); March 22 (late)
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 three sections of an SAT Prep Course designed to prepare students for the March, May, and 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 January 20 - February 24 (for the March 9 exam); 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 In-Person or Virtual
Mon. 9/11 2 Saint Vincent College In-Person
Tues. 9/12 3 Westminster College (PA) In-Person
Tues. 9/12 4 Carnegie Mellon University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 9/12 9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) In-Person
Wed. 9/13 4 Allegheny College (PA) In-Person
Wed. 9/13 9 Indiana University of PA In-Person
Fri. 9/15 3 Washington & Jefferson College (PA) In-Person
Fri. 9/15 8 Dickinson College (PA) In-Person
Wed. 9/20 4 Walsh University (OH) In-Person
Wed. 9/20 9 Northeastern University (MA) In-Person
Fri. 9/22 3 Mercyhurst University (PA) In-Person
Mon. 9/25 8 Penn State University In-Person
Mon. 9/25 9 Centre College (KY) In-Person
Tues. 9/26 9 Kent State University (OH) In-Person
Wed. 9/27 3 PennWest (California, Clarion, Edinboro) (PA) In-Person
Fri. 9/29 9 Marietta College (OH) In-Person
Tues. 10/3 2 Seton Hill University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/3 4 St. Bonaventure University (NY) In-Person
Tues. 10/3 8 Ave Maria University (FL) In-Person
Tues. 10/3 8 Saint Joseph's University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/3 9 Catholic University of America (D.C.) In-Person
Wed. 10/4 3 Temple University (PA) In-Person
Wed. 10/4 4 Muhlenberg College (PA) In-Person
Wed. 10/4 8 University of Dayton (OH) In-Person
Fri. 10/6 2 George Mason University (VA) In-Person
Fri. 10/6 4 High Point University (NC) In-Person
Wed. 10/11 3 University of Dallas (TX) In-Person
Wed. 10/11 9 Case Western Reserve University (OH) In-Person
Fri. 10/13 9 Point Park University (PA) In-Person
Mon. 10/16 8 Robert Morris University (PA) In-Person
Mon. 10/16 9 Wheeling University (WV) In-Person
Wed. 10/18 2 University of Miami (FL) In-Person
Wed. 10/18 3 John Carroll University (OH) In-Person
Wed. 10/18 9 Slippery Rock University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/24 3 Grove City College (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/24 4 Westminster College (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/24 8 Gannon University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/24 9 Lehigh University (PA) In-Person
Mon. 10/30 4 Franklin & Marshall College (PA) In-Person
Tues. 10/31 8 Loyola University Maryland In-Person
Fri. 11/3 2 Saint Francis University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 11/7 4 Carlow University (PA) In-Person
Wed. 11/15 4 Madonna University (MI) Virtual
Fri. 11/17 8 Art Academy of Cincinnati (OH) In-Person
Mon. 11/20 3 Duquesne University (PA) In-Person
Tues. 11/28 9 United States Air Force Academy & ROTC In-Person
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
November 10; February 9; 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 
November 11 & 17; December 1; January 15; February 2 & 19; March 15; April 19  Register
In-Person and Virtual Visit Opportunities throughout the Year    Register
Bridgewater College (VA)
Open House
November 4; December 2   Register
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
Elizabethtown College (PA)
On-Campus Open House
November 11  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
Holy Family University (PA)
Open House
October 1; November 5  Register
Ithaca College (NY)
Open House
November 10  Register
James Madison University (VA)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  
John Carroll University (OH)
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Admissions Events  Register
La Roche University (PA)
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.
Fall Open House
November 11, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Register
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts (NH) *
Personal Visits & Virtual Events   Register 
Mercyhurst University (PA)
Fall Open House
November 18  Register
Miami University of Ohio
On-Campus and Virtual Tours and Information Sessions  Register
Neumann University
Fall Open House
November 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Register
Athletic Open House
Sunday, January 28, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Register
Ohio University
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options   Register 
Penn State (Main Campus)
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
Penn State Beaver
Athletics Open House
Friday, October 6, 4:00-9:00 PM  Register
Penn State Day Open House
Saturday, October 7   9:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Register
Campus Visit Program   Register
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Open House
November 5; February 24; 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)
Undergraduate Open House
All students who attend will receive an application fee waiver. Plus, this visit can help them earn free textbooks!  
November 10 & 12  Register
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options    Register
Robert Morris University (PA)
Fall Discovery Day
Saturday, November  11  Register 
Rosedale Technical College (PA)
Open House
Apil 13, 2024   Register
Schedule a Tour  Register
Women in the Trades Days 2024
Save the Dates:  March 6 & 27, 2024
The number of women working as skilled workers is growing every day and Rosedale is training future women in the trades.  These events are geared towards educating individuals of all ages on career opportunities in non-traditional fields.  Participants may be eligible to apply for our Women in the Trades grant, worth up to $2,000More information about Women in The Trades days will be provided soon.
Saint Vincent College (PA)
Saturday Information Sessions
Saturday, November 11  Register
Individual On-Campus Visits & Virtual Visit Options  Register
43rd Annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition
Saturday, December 9  Register   (Registration Deadline:  December 5, 2023)
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) (GA)
SCAD Info Session Near You!
Saturday, November 18 - Pittsburgh, PA  Register
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)
SEU Preview (Open House)
November 10 & 17  Register
In-Person and Virtual Visit Options  Register
SUNY (State University of New York) University at Buffalo
Discovery Day
Friday, November 10  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
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
School of Architecture - Undergraduate Info Sessions and Tours
Fridays, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM   October 13; November 17  Register
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:
  • November 27, 2023
  • January 18, 2024
  • 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
Waynesburg University (PA)
Fall Open House
November 18  Register
West Virginia University
Discover WVU Open House
November 11  Register
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
November 17 (reg. deadline 11/14)  Register   
Other In-Person and Virtual Visit Options    Register
Education, Training, and Employment FAIRS
NACAC Virtual College Fairs
Sunday, November 12   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.
  • November 18    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • December 9    Phoenix, AZ
  • January 13    Orlando, FL
  • February 10    Dallas, TX
  • March 16    San Diego, CA
  • 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.
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 Will Not Open Until DECEMBER of 2023
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
Due to the passage of the FAFSA Simplification Act in 2021, there is currently underway a major overhaul of the FAFSA.  The new, simplified FAFSA is on-track to open in December of 2023, two months later than the usual October 1 opening date.  As soon as the FAFSA is available, you will be able to complete it here:  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
To learn more about the changes to the FAFSA, read this September 2023 article from Forbes.comFAFSA Changes Are Coming: What You Need To Know
The student applying for aid, as well as one parent, each need to create an FSA ID before filling out the FAFSA.  The federal government has recently produced a helpful video that will walk you through the process of creating an FSA ID.
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!
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 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.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Events
Event:  Virtual Financial Aid Night Presentation
Description:  Amy Sawdey, PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partner for Allegheny County, will present information on the financial aid application process, what types of aid are available for students, and strategies to start thinking about affordability before getting ready to apply for post-secondary school admission. Time will be built into the presentation to allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding the financial aid process.
Date:  Thursday, October 12th
Time:  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Link: Register here
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.
The WPIAL Financial Trivia Challenge, presented by First National Bank, is part of FNB’s continued support of WPIAL-member schools and is a competition for students across Western Pennsylvania to learn important financial skills.  Cash rewards will be distributed to the highest scorers and the schools with the most student participation.  This online Challenge can be accessed by clicking here.  Students will have 90 seconds to answer as many financial-related trivia questions as possible.  They can improve upon their score by participating as many times as they’d like, while comparing their results with others across the WPIAL on the leaderboard.  The top 20 students with the highest scores can take home cash rewards of up to $500, and member schools with the most student participants can win a grant of up to $1,500.  Students have through November 26, 2023 to play. 
The Allegheny County Division of Elections is inviting students age 17 and older to take part in their Student Poll Worker Program.  This program promotes civic awareness and educates high school students about the election process by allowing students to serve as Poll Workers on Election Day.  Students will learn responsibility, teamwork, and leadership while serving the community.  Full- or half-day shifts may be worked for pay ($75 - $150) or for community service hours.  (These community service hours will count toward the required service hours for the OLSH senior project, and all students will be eligible for an academic excused absence.)  In order to participate, students must fill out an application and obtain parental permission, a teacher recommendation, and the approval of their high school principal.  A mandatory training session is also required.  Interested students should stop by the OLSH Counseling Center to obtain an application and instructions.  Completed applications must be returned to the Counseling Center no later than October 20, 2023.  You can learn more about the Student Poll Worker Program here.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is offering an opportunity for high school students, free of charge, to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Pittsburgh Police.  The Pittsburgh Student Police Academy (SPA) will bring the Pittsburgh Police and high school youth together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each student.  The SPA allows high school students to experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the various operations of the police bureau.  All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.  Students who participate in the SPA: 
  • will receive 1.5 hours of training one evening a week for 10 weeks.
  • will be taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, the history of policing, police accountability and many other subjects.
  • will learn about the processing of crimes, how police canines are used and are exposed to a variety of the specialty police units. 
Class will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh.  All interested students must complete an online application for consideration.  To learn more or apply, please click here.  A flyer about the academy is posted below.
Registration Deadline:  Friday, September 29, 2023
Start Date:  Thursday, October 5, 2023
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:
Scholarship opportunities without specific deadlines, or with multiple deadlines:

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!
The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship provides selected applicants with full tuition, books stipend, educational fees, other financial benefits or Room and Board at many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, totaling upwards of $200,000.  This scholarship program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions and a commission in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. 
Last year, the NROTC Scholarship program awarded $9,000,000 in scholarships to 46 students across Western Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and West Virginia.  This year, they aim to double that amount.
A flyer with more details about the program and the application process is attached below.
Commander Kristin Shepherd of the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pittsburgh has the opportunity to IMMEDIATELY SELECT three applicants for this scholarship.  To be considered for immediate selection, an applicant must:
    • be a high school senior
    • be a citizen of the United States
    • have a SAT combined score of at least a 1230 (minimum of 600 in Math) or ACT combined score of at least 54 (minimum of 26 in Math)
    • be significantly involved in school, community, or extracurricular activities
    • be in the top 20% of their high school class
Interested students should contact Commander Kristin Shepherd at [email protected] or NROTC Coordinator Gerald Hyman at [email protected] for additional information. 
DEADLINE:  ASAP for the Immediate Selection opportunity, December 31, 2023 for the overall scholarship program
Ninja Transfers Entrepreneurship Scholarship
All graduating seniors who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution are eligible to enter the AES Engineering Scholarship Essay Contest.  The winners of this annual essay contest will each receive a $500 scholarship.  Because AES Engineering believes that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped, they are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted.  As these scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study, students do not need to study Engineering in order to be eligible.  To apply, students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:  When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?  Essays should be emailed to [email protected].  There is no application packet for this award, so please do not include a resume at this time.  However, be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.  To learn more about this scholarship, click here.
Entry Deadline:  October 8, 2023
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:  October 17, 2023 (fall award)
                        April 15, 2024 (spring award)
Maggie's Way - International Woman’s Scholarship
  • Eligibility: This scholarship aims to honor Maggie’s life by supporting female students who have moved to the U.S. for their education. Any female, international high school or undergraduate student in the United States may apply for this scholarship, but students pursuing STEM are preferred.
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Winners: 1
  • Scholarship link: https://bold.org/scholarships/maggies-way-international-womans-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023
Techs of Tomorrow Automotive Scholarship by ServiceUp
Rider University (NJ) is offering students the opportunity to win a full tuition scholarship by submitting an innovative business idea in the Norm Brodsky Business Concept Competition.  This competition is designed to recognize and promote exceptional effort, skill, and creativity among high school students.  High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to enter the competition.  The winner of the senior pitch competition receives a four-year, full tuition scholarship to Rider University.  Runners-up in the senior division and all winners in the sophomore/junior division will receive gift cards of $150-$750.  A flyer with more details is posted below.  To learn more or enter, click here.
Entry Deadline: November 15, 2023
Windward Spirit Scholarship
  • Eligibility: Any high school or undergraduate student who is striving to make a difference may apply for this scholarship. To apply, offer your thoughts and/or ideas about the 'Ode To Millennials-Gen Z text' found on our scholarship page. 
  • Amount: $48,000
  • Winners: 16 ($3,000 each)
  • Scholarship link: https://bold.org/scholarships/windward-spirit-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2023
Loupe will award $1,500 each to the three winners of the $4K Revolutionizing Robotics and Computer Sciences Scholarship.  Any students from historically marginalized communities with a creative mindset and diverse hobbies, whether tech-related or not, who are pursuing degrees in Mechatronics, Robotics, Engineering, or Computer Science, are eligible to apply.  Click here to learn more or submit an application.
Deadline: Nov 20, 2023
Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
Nielsen Rewards No-Essay Scholarship
  • Eligibility:  All students who are passionate about driving innovation in products and online services are welcome to apply for this exclusive scholarship.
  • Amount:  $1,000
  • Winners:  1
  • Scholarship link:  https://bold.org/scholarships/nielsen-scholarship/
  • Deadline:  December 1, 2023
Saint Vincent College will host the 43rd Annual Wimmer Scholarship Competition on Saturday, December 9, 2023.  This general knowledge exam is held on campus and is open to graduating high school seniors.  The first-place winner receives a full-tuition, room and board scholarship for eight semesters -- an estimated value of more than $215,000.  The second- through fifth-place winners receive a full tuition scholarship for eight semesters -- an estimated value of more than $160,000.  To register, students must apply for admission and submit an official high school transcript documenting their cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, in addition to a documented SAT score of 1250 or above, a minimum ACT of 26 or a CLT of 88.  A test score is required to sit for the exam unless students have a 3.75 GPA with at least four AP courses.  To register or learn more, click here.
Registration Deadline:  December 5, 2023
Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
  • Eligibility: This scholarship is open to all students who have a deep curiosity in studying the universe for its own sake—whether that be pursuing studies in physics, philosophy, biology, mathematics, literature, or any other field that seeks better understanding of our existence—and will seek to lift up those from underrepresented communities in those fields, and first-generation college students.
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Winners: 1
  • Scholarship link: https://bold.org/scholarships/mindscape/
  • Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
Pierson Family Scholarship for U.S. Studies
The Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to carrying on the tireless mission of the late Trib Total Media managing editor to inspire the next generation of journalists to pursue their work with the same unfailing passion and integrity that Jim displayed each day. Each year, Trib Total Media will select one Western Pennsylvania student to receive up to $30,000 in scholarship funds. The scholarship recipient also will receive a summer internship at Trib Total Media and, upon graduation, an offer for full-time employment.  Applicants must live in the Pittsburgh region, have a GPA of at least 3.25, and be enrolled in (or plan to attend, if high school seniors) an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Journalism, English Writing or Communication and remain in the approved course of study through graduation.  To learn more or apply, click here.  You may also contact Lindsay Bock at 412-320-7872 or via email at [email protected] with questions.
Deadline:  January 7, 2024
Trib Total Media is proud to announce the Scholarship for Diversity in Media. This scholarship is designed to award exceptionally talented Journalism, Communication, or English Writing students who are culturally, ethnically or racially diverse.  Each year, Trib Total Media will select one Western Pennsylvania student to receive up to $30,000 in scholarship funds. The recipient also will receive a summer internship at Trib Total Media and, upon graduation, an offer for full-time employment.  Applicants must live in the Pittsburgh region, have a GPA of at least 3.25, and be enrolled in (or plan to attend, if high school seniors) an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Journalism, English Writing or Communication and remain in the approved course of study through graduation.  To learn more or apply, click here.  Questions can be directed to [email protected].
Deadline:  January 7, 2024.
The Business, Marketing & Technology Scholarship is dedicated to providing incoming and current college students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life experience across a number of Trib Total Media departments to better prepare them for the ‘world of work.  Each year, Trib Total Media, 535media and PrintSource will select one Western Pennsylvania student to receive up to $30,000 in scholarship funds. The recipient also will receive a summer internship at Trib Total Media each year and, upon graduation, an offer for full-time employment.  Applicants must live in the Pittsburgh region, have a GPA of at least 3.25, and be entering or enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university with a major in business, marketing, computer science, information technology or similar and remain in the approved course of study through graduation.  To learn more or apply, click here.  Please contact Lindsay Bock at 412-320-7872 or via email at [email protected] with questions.
Deadline:  January 7, 2024
Kyle Lam Hacker Scholarship
Alexander de Guia Memorial Scholarship
  • Eligibility: Any immigrant or child of immigrants from the Philippines who is in high school or studying at a two-year community college and planning to transfer may apply for this scholarship if they have at least a 3.5 GPA and community service and/or leadership experience.
  • Amount: $5,100
  • Winners: 5 ($1,020 each)
  • Scholarship link: https://bold.org/scholarships/alexander-de-guia-memorial-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
Current high school seniors:  Sign up for emails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter for the chance to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 12 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $5,000 Discover® Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.  Click here to enter.
Deadline:  Last day of each month, through January 31, 2024 
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Pitt-Greensburg) will award STEM scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a period of up to four years to eligible academically talented students, though the SLICE Scholarship Program. Currently, scholarships are being awarded for the upcoming Fall term to newly admitted undergraduate students and transfer students.  To be eligible to participate in the SLICE scholarship program, students must:
  • Be an incoming first-year student or a transfer student intended to major in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Information Technology, Data Analytics, or Applied Mathematics
  • Apply to be a full-time student at Pitt-Greensburg
  • Be U.S. citizens, nationals, aliens admitted as refugees, permanent resident aliens
  • Demonstrate academic potential via a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
To learn more or apply, please click here.
Priority Consideration Deadline:  February 1, 2024
Applications are now being accepted for the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) Honors Scholarship.  The Honors Scholarship covers in-county tuition and fees, excluding course-related fees and flight fees.  This scholarship is awarded after federal and state aid is distributed.  All graduating high school seniors who are current Beaver County residents are invited to apply.  To learn more or complete the online application, please click here.
Application Deadline:  March 4, 2024
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/
  • Application Deadline: March 21, 2024
“Equal Opportunity” Scholarship
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
RonranGlee Literary Scholarship
Redefining Victory Scholarship
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
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
A Moon Township resident who lives less than two miles from OLSH (near Rhema Christian school) would like to hire a current OLSH junior as a part-time helper to assist with outdoor maintenance work on his hobby farm property.  Duties may include string trimming, hedge trimming, grass cutting, leaf blowing, painting, gardening and other similar outdoor work.  The schedule will be flexible to allow for both student activities and favorable weather conditions for working.  Wages are far above minimum!  Candidates must have access to transportation.  Please contact Mrs. Pontiere in the Counseling Center at [email protected] for more details and to arrange an interview.
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.
Student volunteers are needed to help with Bellevue's annual Light-Up Night event, which will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 4:00-9:00 PM.  This year's event will feature roving characters who will engage with children and make the atmosphere more interactive and fun.  Eight volunteers (boys or girls) are needed to dress up as Reindeer, and six to eight diverse female volunteers (representing multiple ethnicities) are needed to dress as "Belles" (for Bellevue...not the Disney character).  Costumes will be provided and are available in a wide range of sizes.  Each of the Reindeer and Belles will have different names and character "themes" (e.g. Hockey Reindeer, Skateboard Reindeer, Holly Belle, Silver Belle, etc.), and will interact with children and their parents, playing very simple games with the children (e.g. Rock, Paper, Scissors) and giving out small prizes.  Because the event will require some prep time (getting ready and deciding what to do), participating students may earn up to 10 hours of volunteer time.  Interested students should contact Theresa Gallick at [email protected] as soon as possible.
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer Bell Ringers to work 2-hour shifts outside the Moon Township Wal-Mart this holiday season, from November 24th - December 23rd.  The proceeds of the annual Kettle Campaign will provide emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food and clothing to the residents of Coraopolis and Moon.  Please click here to sign up for a 2-hour shift.  Students must be at least 15 years of age to volunteer without supervision, but for any student under 18, a parent or guardian must complete the sign-up using the adult's name and phone number.  The student volunteer's name should be written in the comment box.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is planning to send a truckload of food, clothing, and furniture to the needy in Tunnelton, WV, a small mountain community in Appalachia where poverty and hunger abounds.  Student volunteers are needed to help load the truck on Friday, December 8th at 5:30 PM outside the St. Philip School gym.  Interested students should contact Richard Musser at [email protected] or 412-877-9451 (talk or text) with any questions.