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The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Essay Contest is a scholarship opportunity open to students who are pursuing a 2- or 4- year college degree at a Pennsylvania institute of higher education and plan to major in History.
One-time cash prizes are awarded for the top three essays.

The goal of the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Essay Scholarship is to support and encourage interest in Pennsylvania History for upcoming generations.
We feel it is important that as history grows, we continue to respect it, interpret it, keep it and not forget it.

The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation will be awarding 3 Scholarships:

  • 1 - 1st Place Award of $1000
  • 2  - Runner Up Awards of $500 each


  • Be a high school senior or graduate with proof of acceptance for full-time enrollment in a Pennsylvania accredited school of higher education.
  • Applicant must be entering or enrolled in a Pennsylvania 2- or 4-year college degree program majoring or planning to major in History.
  • Attach an essay (up to 1,000 words) on a person, location or event in Pennsylvania History that you feel has been underrecognized.
    Essay must be typed.

The following attachments must be received electronically or postmarked by June 21, 2024:

  • Completed Application 
  • Proof of full time enrollment in a Pennsylvania 2- or 4-year college degree program or copy of letter of acceptance (if entering the first year of post-secondary education).
  • Personal statement (250 word maximum). May include your college and personal goals and how you would benefit from this scholarship
  • Essay

Submit your application by:

Completing the form below and uploading required documents, or

E-mail application and required documents to, or

Mail Application and required documents to:
Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Attn: Scholarship Committee

Winners will receive an email and be announced via our social media outlets on August 1, 2024.

Selection by the Committee will be final.


Complete the Following Application

First and Last Name
Email Address
Street Address
City, State & Zip Code
Name of Current School Attending
College Name, Address and Year Entering Fall 2024
Extracurricular Activities
Upload Proof of Full Time Enrollment or Acceptance, Personal Statement, Essay and any additional files here

Uploading tip: Individual documents must be selected as one grouping and dragged to the box. Or. upload all documents into one file folder to upload.

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By submitting this application and accompanying documentation, I hereby grant the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation permission to use my name and any related content for promotional and publicity purposes, including but not limited to website features and social media posts.

I understand that the information provided in my scholarship application and essay may be shared with the public through newsletters and social media posts. This content may be used indefinitely and without further compensation.



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