Foundation Programs & Philanthropic Efforts

Helping our students achieve success

The Norwin School District Community Foundation (NSDCF) and its affiliate, Norwin Alumni and Friends Association (NAFA), strive to support Norwin School District educational students and programs. Together, NSDCF and NAFA work to encourage philanthropy within the Norwin schools and community.

Scholarship Programs

The Norwin School District Community Foundation facilitates 21 scholarships to benefit graduating Norwin High School seniors in their quest to achieve higher education at a university, college, or technical school.

Each scholarship has specific criteria of eligibility for the award and a selection committee that screens the applications and chooses the awardee(s).

Carol Terbot Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship applicants must be current Norwin High School Student active in FBLA or DECA and other school and/or community activities. Attendance is also considered in the selection process.

David J. Karas Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School student pursuing post high school education who is of good moral character, gives his/her best effort at all times and has a clear vision of his/her future career path.

David J. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior with an 85% GPA or higher, love of athletics, broad interests through commitment to music, art or community, and shows genuine acceptance of peers regardless of background.

Del. P. Nolfi Memorial Fund

These are leadership scholarships for Norwin High School graduating seniors selected by the Nolfi Family. The fund has been established for the late Del P. Nolfi of Glassport. Applicants must have a minimum QPA of 85%.

Elynor Mae Bruce Sutter Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Norwin High School graduating senior planning to major in one of these fields listed in order: Piano Performance, Music Education (piano, vocal or string), Vocal Music, Stringed Instrument Performance, Music Education (any instrument); Most outstanding choral student.

Fawcett Deslam Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior pursuing a degree in elementary education.

Frank S. Keough Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior who has demonstrated outstanding community service and the quality of their goals for the future.

Frank V. Benevento Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior who plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh or Penn State University. The successful applicant must also demonstrate a commitment to community activities.

J. Walter Miles Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior with strong math and science skills who will be attending the University of Pittsburgh or Cornell University.

James L. Dudley Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior based on criteria set by the Norwin Scholarship Advisory Committee. Interested students should contact their guidance counselor for more information.

Jill E. Fallone Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School Senior with a love of music, dance and/or theater. The successful applicant must be imaginative, spirited and highly committed to the arts and seeks to create in the performing arts.

M. Dolores 'Dolly' Fink Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School female student pursuing a degree in Physical Education, Health or Nursing.

Michael T. Sweeney, Jr. R.A.K. Experience Award

This is a mini-award designed to give students in the Norwin School District the opportunity to attend an event/activity with their entire family that would otherwise be hard to attain (i.e., tickets to the school picnic, a movie, bowling night, or a sports event).

Michael T. Sweeney, Jr. R.A.K. Scholarship

This award is for a graduating Norwin High School senior who intends to pursue a secondary degree in technology. Applicants must have a QPA of 2.5 or greater, currently enrolled in technology class(es), and be self-motivated and self-challenging.

Michael T. Sweeney, Jr. R.A.K. Technology Education Scholarship

This award is for the outstanding senior technology student who intends to pursue a secondary education degree in technology.

Norwin Alumni and Friends Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating Norwin High School senior who has demonstrated outstanding school performance as well as community service throughout their high school career.

Norwin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each annually to a Norwin High School senior who exhibits traits of service, leadership, respect, integrity and compassion. Interested students should contact their guidance counselor and/or the Norwin Chamber of Commerce for additional details concerning this scholarship.

Pastarini Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is provided for graduating Norwin High School seniors who demonstrated excellence in music performance while a student at Norwin and plans to major in in the fields listed, in order: Vocal Music, Music Education, Major in History (not social studies), Education Major, Leadership.

Paul and Anne Smiy Scholarship

This scholarship provides $2500.00 each to four graduating Norwin High School seniors who have demonstrated dedicated service to school and community.

R. Neil Faust Memorial Scholarship

This award is made available annually to sixth-grade student(s) for summer enrichment program(s) in the student’s area of interest.

Richard W. Murdock Scholarship

This scholarship is for graduating Norwin High School seniors as set forth in the last will and testament of Richard W. Murdoch, the amount determined by the investment earnings of the Murdoch Trust. Interested applicants should contact their guidance counselor for additional details.

Roy J. Martin Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating Norwin High School senior who has demonstrated leadership and academic achievement, participated in football or women’s basketball at Norwin High School and plans to major in teaching, secondary education, social studies or related discipline.

Thomas J. and Gladys Sowash Stoker Scholarship

Applicants must be graduating seniors of Norwin High School and have resided within Irwin Borough for the entirety of their four year high school experience. In addition, applicants must have a minimum QPA of 2.5, and demonstrate service to school and community.

Educator Innovation Grants

The Educator Innovation Grant (EIG) program is a competitive grant up to $1000.00 to support educator efforts to enhance and enrich student learning. Applicants must be teachers within Norwin School District and are required to complete a detailed application demonstrating how the grant will engage students in innovative ways. The EIGs are meant to be start-up funds and the proposed innovative programs should be able to be continued with District allotted funding. The number of awards is determined by the amount of funds raised during the year.

Since the inception of the Educator Innovations Grant program in 2011 through today, the Norwin School District Community Foundation has distributed a over $10,000 in grants for projects that have benefited more than 2,400 students.

Community Memorials

In addition to direct educational efforts, the Foundation manages funds and ongoing maintenance for multiple local community memorials so that a visible link to our community’s past may be remembered by all of its members.

Norwin Area Veterans Memorial

The area’s newest memorial, located at the top of the main driveway to Norwin High School, is designed to honor Norwin area graduates from 1958 to present who have lost their lives while serving our country. If you would like to contribute to the maintenance fund for this memorial, contact Dr. Jack Boylan at dr.jcboylan@gmail.com.

Norwin Vets 2000 Memorial

Erected in front of the Horth Huntingdon Township Townhouse for the year 2000, this memorial honors local servicemen and women. It is a peaceful spot for reflection, meditation and prayer. If you would like to add a brick or contribute to the maintenance of this plaza, contact Dr. Jack Boylan via email.