The Frank E. Bolden Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 to provide scholarships for students who are pursuing a teaching career in Early Childhood Education or Special Education in accredited education programs in Western Pennsylvania.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

  1. Be an undergraduate or graduate education student pursuing a Special Education or Early Childhood teaching certification in the state of Pennsylvania.

  2. Provide evidence of community service work with children.

  3. Intend to pursue a career focusing on the education and development of special needs children.

  4. Attend a college or university within the 18 county Western Pennsylvania area (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Westmoreland, and Washington counties) that offers a teachers certification program in Special Education or Early Childhood.

Scholarship Amount

One, $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in 2018.


The application will open on Monday, March 18, 2019 and close on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

How to Apply

To apply, click on the link below and select the Frank E. Bolden Scholarship Application. Note the online application is only available during the application period, noted in the Timeline above.