SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS provide financial assistance for individuals expanding their education.

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Addie Mae Avery Scholarship
Scholarship
Established in 2007 by her family. Income is to be used for scholarships for African American students.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Omicron Alumni Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2004 by the Omicron Alumni Association. Income is to be used for members of Alpha Phi Alpha Omicron Chapter pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Andrea Renee Umphrey Educational Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2004 by the family and friends of Andrea Renee Umphrey who was a tragic victim of violence. The purpose of the fund is to provide educational assistance to her children as well as others who may have lost a parent to violence. Grants to individuals other than the children will not occur until after the children's educational needs have been satisfied.

Anna Mae Jones and Lucille H. Jones Pennywell Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by the children, family and friends of Anna Mae Jones and Lucille H. Jones Pennywell. Income for scholarship aid.

Anthony S. Fountain and Alissa Fountain-Burse Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2007 by Anthony S. Fountain. The income from this fund is to be used to provide scholarships based upon criteria as described by the Donor.

Betty and James Robinson Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1997 by Betty and James Robinson for purposes of awarding scholarships to students who participated in Manchester Youth Development Corporation.

Bynums Creative Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1996 by Russell and Kathy Bynum. The income from this fund is to be used to advance the education and careers of African Americans who seek education and employment in the Advertising and Graphic Design fields. Students will be suggested by the donors.

Charles F. and Edith A. Williams
Scholarship
Established in 1991 by the family in memory of Charles F. Williams and in honor of Edith A. Williams. Income is to be used for students who graduate from Westinghouse and Cheyney to further their education. It is preferable that students have an average grade point average.

Clarence H. Horne, Jr. Memorial Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by friends of Clarence H. Horne, Jr. Income is for scholarship aid.

Coburn M. Jones and Janice Davis Jones and Laura K. (Jones) Gardnere Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1996 by Coburn M. Jones & Janice Davis Jones and Laura K. (Jones) Garner. The income from this fund is to be used to help provide educational assistance to minority youth at various levels of their academic career and to help in promoting self-help and betterment for the total community.

Daisy and James T. Wilson Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by The Misters, Inc. and Urban Youth Action, Inc. in honor of Mrs. Daisy Wilson and Mr. James T. Wilson. Income is for scholarship aid to needy students.

Darlene Spence Musical Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1987 by the staff and students of Allegheny Middle School in memory of Darlene Spence. Income is to be used for musical scholarships for students at Allegheny Middle School.

Diana Green Memorial Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1997 by Duquesne Light Company in memory of Dianna L. Green. The income from this fund is to be used for scholarships to full time students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll at a four year accredited university/college and are residents of Allegheny or Beaver Counties.

Edward E. Guy, Sr. Memorial Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1993 by the family and friends in memory of Mr. Edward E. Guy, Sr. Income is for scholarship aid to needy students.

Estelle Martin Cartledge Memorial
Scholarship
Established in 1991 to honor former members of Morning Star Baptist church who have made an impact on youth in the church and community. The fund will serve young people in Morning Star Baptist Church, Mon-View Heights and the Mon-Valley community. An Advisory Committee suggests use of income.

Evelyn Paige Parker Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2004 as the Pittsburgh Black Nurses In Action Scholarship Fund, this fund was renamed as a memorial to a dedicated nurse and member of the organization. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to students interested in the nursing field. Recipients will be suggested by a committee of the Pittsburgh Black Nurses in Action.http://www.pittsburghblacknursesinaction.org/

FAMS Family Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1991 by members of FAMS to help students continue their education. A committee from FAMS will select the student.

Forest L. Parr Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by the staff of Business and Job Development. Inc. and Mr. Paul D. Nelson in honor of Mr. Forrest L. Parr. Income is for scholarship aid.

Frank E. Bolden Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1998 by The Early Learning Institute on behalf of Frank E. Bolden. The income from this fund is to be used for scholarships for local individuals, male or female, planning to pursue careers in early childhood education or special education in an accredited education program.

Freedom House Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1987 by Freedom House Enterprise, Inc. Income is to be used for scholarship awards.

Greg Jones Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1990. Income is for scholarship aid to needy and worthy students.

H.E. Winston Educational Endowment/Monumental Baptist Church Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1992 by Rev. Thomas E. Smith and members of Monumental Baptist Church. The income is to be used for scholarship assistance to African- American students to African-American Institutions.

Handy Gay and Lena Gay Riley Manker Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2002 by Joseph O. Manker, Jr. The income from this fund is to be used for the purchase of books only, awarded to a minority student maintaining at least a "B" average at Duquesne University of Pittsburgh.

Harriet Tubman Freedom
Scholarship
Established in 1996 by David Edward Ellis. The income from this fund is to be used for students pursuing a degree in education, business, law, medicine, science, or technology.

Harvey Adams, Jr. Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1993 by friends of Harvey Adams, Jr. in honor of his services to the community. Income is to be used for scholarships.

Hazel Garland/Mal Goode Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1988 by Connie Portis, President of of Renaissance Publications in honor of Hazel Garland and Malvin R. Goode. The fund supports African-American students interested in pursuing a degree in journalism or communications.

Hill District Youth Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2001 by Monumental Mission Ministries. Income is to be used for scholarships for youth as determined by an advisory committee.

Howard A. Russell Memorial Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1988 by friends of the late Dr. Howard A. Russell. The income is to be used in the fields of music and art.

Howard Hairston Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1987 by the Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Income is for scholarships to worthy and needy students. An Advisory Committee will suggest use of income.

Irene E. and Temple J. Lee Memorial Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by friends and family of Irene E. & Temple J. Lee. Income for scholarship aid.

J. P. Lawrence, Sr. and Genevieve Lawrence Heritage Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2011 by the Family of Barbara Ann McCants. Grants will be awarded to support the Barbara McCants Garden Project through the Young Men and Women of African Heritage Association. If this project ceases to exist, a committee will determine the purpose of grants.

James C. Williams Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by James C. Williams. Income for scholarship aid to needy students.

Jean Bryant Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2005. Income is to be used for grants within the scope of the POISE Foundation mission.

Katie E. and Robert H. Nelson, Sr. Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 in memory of Katie E. & Robert H. Nelson, Sr. Income is for scholarship aid to needy students.

Lennie and Jerry McCrommon, Sr. Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by the children and family in memory of Jerry McCrommon and in honor of Lennie McCrommon. Income for scholarship aid.

Lula Mae Mott and Willie M. Lindsay Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by The Misters, Inc. and friends of Lula Mae Mott and Willie M. Lindsay. Income is for educational and scholarship awards.

Marilyn L. Robinson Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2009 by Robert Robinson in memory of his mother Marilyn. Grants from this fund will support scholarships as determined by the donor.

Michael D. Taylor Legacy Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2017 by Celeste Taylor, Michael's mother, to honor the memory and legacy of her son who passed unexpectedly in January 2017. Income is to be used to provide scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities in Culinary Arts.  Preference is given to African American students from the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

Miller's Urban Youth Action Education Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1991 with a gift from the Miller Foundation. Income is for scholarships to worthy and needy African-American students.

Northeasterners Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
This fund was started by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Northeasterners. Available grants will be recommended by the Chapter.http://northeasterners.us/index.html

NSMH Alumni Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1997 by the NSMH Co-Founders (Evan Frazier, Michael Burkeen, Alfred Watts, and Penelope Urquhart). The income from this fund shall be used for Hospitality scholarships for minority students giving preference to NSMH members and NSMH Alumni members. http://www.nsmh.org/

Oliver L Johnson Legal Education Scholarship
Scholarship
Established in 2000 by the Homer S. Brown Law Association for the purpose of providing financial assistance to African American students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law. An advisory committee will select the students. http://www.hsbla.org/

Perdue Family Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1993 by Rose Sharon and Dale Perdue. The income from this fund is to be used for scholarships for needy students, with a preference in the field of education or law.

POISE Primary and Secondary Education Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2003 by the Board of Trustees. Income to be used to provide scholarships for tuition and fees for children in grades K-12 who attend a private or public school in Allegheny County. Certain income guidelines apply.

POISE/Kiski Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2011 by the Family of Barbara Ann McCants. Grants will be awarded to support the Barbara McCants Garden Project through the Young Men and Women of African Heritate Association. If this project ceases to exist, a committee will determine the purpose of grants.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1995 by the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE). The income from this fund is to be used for Scholarships. An advisory committee will suggest the use of the income.

Richard and Roberta Griffith Endowment Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Mr. Will E. Griffith. Income is to be used to provide scholarships to worthy students attending Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. (click here to see the press release).

Robert A. Ruffin Memorial Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1990 by friends of Robert A. Ruffin. Proceeds from this fund are for educational awards and scholarships to worthy and needy students.

Robert B. Pease Scholarship
Scholarship
Established in POISE Foundation in 1981. Income for scholarship aid to Urban Youth Action students, with preference in the field of Engineering.

Robert Brown Memorial Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by the youth and adults of Urban Youth Action in memory of Robert Brown. Income is for scholarship aid and/or educational awards.

Robert Chambers IV & Goals Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 2011 by Robert Chambers III, in memory of his son Robert Chambers IV. Income from this fund will be used for scholarships for African American students.

Robert R. Lavelle Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by Mrs. A. Lavelle as a gift to her husband. Income for scholarship aid to needy young people.

Sergeant William H. Carney Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1995 by the Honorable William Russell Robinson, 19th Legislative District. The income from this fund is to be used for scholarships.

Stanley A. Lowe/Pittsburgh neighborhood Preservation Services, Educational/Scholarship Fund (SAL-PN)
Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Stanley A. Lowe. Income is to be used for financial aide and to further educational pursuits for minority students that desire to attend private military and secondary educational facilities.

Terri F. Gould Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1998 by Action-Housing, Inc. for the purpose of providing scholarships to the clients of ACTION-Housing's program and services and/or their children who are studying social work, communications, journalism, psychology or related courses. An advisory committee will suggest the students selected.

The Kilby Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
The income from this fund is to be used for scholarships to be awarded to descendants of persons enslaved in Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, Virginia, prior to the end of the Civil War in 1865. Preference shall be given to descendants of persons enslaved by John Kilby of Culpeper County, Virginia (1715 - 1772), and by his lineal descendants who were enslavers.This endowment is established to honor these enslaved persons and their descendants in recognition of their strength and resilience and to contribute to making amends for their mistreatment.

The Kyle B. Wilson Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
This fund was established in 2014 by Derrick Wilson in honor of his son. The purpose of this fund will be suggested by the donor.

The Sunshine Jazz Endowment Fund
Scholarship
Income is used to support African American students attending a Philadelphia College or University. Awardees must also be Pennsylvania State residents and meet the minimum specified criteria as set by the Fund's Founders.

Urban Youth Action Educational Fund
Scholarship
Established by Urban Youth Action in 1980, the income from these funds are to be used for the education and employment of UYA students.

William "Bill" Powell Scholarship Fund
Scholarship
Established in 1980 by The Misters. Inc., and friends in honor of William "Bill" Powell. Income is for scholarship aid for needy students, with preference in the field of communications.