WILLIAMSPORT — The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania is encouraging area students to apply for 71 scholarships valued at $142,000, according to Suzanne Lee, president of the foundation. The scholarships, which are administered by the FCFP and its component funds—the Danville Area Community Foundation, Union County Community Foundation and Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation, will be awarded to students in 17 school districts located in Clinton, Bradford, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Sullivan and Union counties.

"Higher education affords increased earning potential, a wider range of professional and personal choices and greater opportunities for personal growth and development." Suzanne says. "Generous local donors who have founded scholarships for local students recognize the difference a college education makes in the future of the individual and the community."

Applications are available at high school guidance offices in 17 area school districts including Canton, Danville, East Lycoming, Jersey Shore, Keystone, Lewisburg, Loyalsock, Mifflin, Milton, Montgomery, Montoursville, Mt. Carmel, Muncy, South Williamsport, Sullivan County, Warrior Run, and Williamsport. Each school district has its own deadlines and applications. Applications can also be accessed on the Foundation website -www.fcfpa.org/scholarships.asp.

Each scholarship has specific criteria and may be curriculum-based or need-based. "We encourage students pursuing a degree, regardless of family income, to apply for scholarships," Suzanne says. "The guidelines for financial needs are very generous." She asks that students not take themselves out of the scholarship process but rather let the scholarship committee make the decisions.

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