Community Scholarships

The Norwin School District Community Foundation manages 17 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):


David J. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

85% GPA or higher, love of athletics, broad interests through commitment to music, art or community, shows genuine acceptance of peers regardless of background.

Thomas J. and Gladys Sowash Stoker Scholarship

Awarded to a resident of Irwin Borough, minimum QPA of 2.5, service to school and community

Carol Terbot Memorial Scholarship

FBLA or DECA, attendance.

M. Dolores "Dolly" Fink Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a female student pursuing degree in Physical Education, Health or Nursing.

Elynor Mae Bruce Sutter Memorial Scholarship

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

Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in elementary education.

Frank Benevento Memorial Scholarship

Attend Pitt or PSU, community activities.

Frank S. Keough Memorial Scholarship

Awarded based on community activities.

J. Walter Miles Memorial Scholarship

Awarded based on attending Pitt or Cornell, strong math and science.

Pastarini Memorial Scholarship

Excel and plan to major in Vocal Music, Music Education, Major in History (not social studies), Major in Education, leadership.

Roy J. Martin Memorial Scholarship

Leadership and academic achievement, participation in football or women’s basketball at Norwin School District; major in teaching, secondary education, social studies or related discipline.

The R. Neil Faust Scholarship

Given to sixth-grade student(s) for summer enrichment program(s) in
the student’s area of interest.

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

This award is for a student pursuing a secondary education in technology.

Michael T. Sweeney Jr. R.A.K. Outstanding Technology Education Student Award

This is a second award for a student pursuing a secondary education in technology.

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).

Norwin Chamber of Commerce

A $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a child or grandchild of a Norwin Chamber member or an employee of a Norwin Chamber member. The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior and there is no stipulation on the school district they attend.

The Del P. Nolfi Memorial Fund

Norwin Student Council Scholarship – These are leadership scholarships for Norwin Student Council Members. The fund has been established for the late Del P. Nolfi of Glassport.

Paul and Anne Smiy Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who have demonstrated dedicated service to school and community.

David J. Karas Scholarship

Awarded to a 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.