Scholarships

Scholarships

Graduation Chargie

Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC)

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows Pennsylvania businesses to earn tax credits, which can reduce their tax bill dollar-for-dollar, for contributions made to an approved Scholarship Organization (SO), Educational Improvement Organization (EIO), and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization (PKSO). 

Best of the Batch Foundation is an approved Scholarship Organization and Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.  

For more information on the Pennsylvania EITC program, please visit Educational Improvement Tax Credit Information.

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)

The OSTC Program (previously known as the EITC 2.0 Program) provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to an Opportunity Scholarship Organization.  Business contributions are then used to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships for students that currently live within the boundaries of low-achieving schools.

Best of the Batch Foundation is an approved Scholarship Organization and Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.

For more information on the Pennsylvania OSTC program, please visit Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit.

2018-2019 Scholarships

The 2018-2019 EITC/OSTC/Pre-K Scholarship applications are now CLOSED. For next year’s application, return to this page November 2018.

College Scholarships

Applications for 2018-2019 College Scholarships are now CLOSED. To apply for next year’s scholarship, please return to this page November 2018. 

Best of the Batch Foundation Scholarships are awarded to seniors attending a high school in Western Pennsylvania. The purpose of the scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to college bound students enrolled for undergraduate study at approved colleges and universities of their choice. Awards are based on financial need, academic performance, leadership potential, and community involvement. Scholarships are awarded annually provided funds are available. 

Scholarships Available 

Operation Dough Nation

By Panera Bread: Two (2) $5,000 scholarships are available for one male and female senior student-athletes attending high school in the WPIAL District.

Dignity and Respect Champion

Six (6) $1,000 book scholarships are available seniors attending high school in Western Pennsylvania.

Danyl Settles Scholarship

Two (2) $2,500 scholarships are available for one male and female in Steel Valley High School in Allegheny County.

Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You’ll Go

One (1) $4,321.00 scholarship is available, inspired by Dr. Seuss, students must be attending college/university out of PA.

Healthy U N School

By UPMC Health Plan: One (1) $2,000 for a student who wants to help bring awareness to Health and Wellness with topics such as healthy eating, childhood obesity, hygiene, stress/depression, etc. 

Mike DeRubis Scholarship

Two (2) $500 scholarships to one male and one female attending Blairsville High School.

Program Guidelines & Priorities

  • Applicants must have permanent residence status in Western, Pennsylvania.
  • •Applicants must be completing or have completed high school successfully with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must be accepted as a full time student at a college or university, for the upcoming academic semester.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have participated in Best of the Batch Programs.
  • Students must apply for the 2018-2019 Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA).
  • Best of the Batch Foundation will accept only 5 applications per high school (excluding Steel Valley).
  • Applicants must have the endorsement of their Guidance Counselor on their application attesting they are a qualified fit for this scholarship program.
  • Best of the Batch Foundation strongly suggests that each high school present this opportunity to five (5) of the strongest applicants that match this program’s guidelines.
  • The applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee consisting of educators, board members and staff.