PASNWPA is offering a $1,000 educational scholarship to help a student from an Erie or Crawford County high school, charter school or home school who is interested in furthering his or her education in photography.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S. and a full-time resident who lives in Erie or Crawford County.

  • High school senior graduating in 2019 from an Erie or Crawford County high school, charter school or home school.

  • Planning to attend a post high school institution full time starting in the fall of 2019 (college, university or trade school).

  • Has a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. The applicant is required to provide a copy of his or her transcript with this application.


Applicant must submit all of the documentation as specified below:

  • Cover page – Please complete the form on the last page of the application document as part of your submission. The cover page must include the following information:
    - Your full name and contact information (street address, home and/or cell phone number, email address, if available), birth date and current school,
    - College, University or Trade School that student plans to attend,
    - Planned area of study (must be photography or closely related),
    - Contact information of the teacher or guidance counselor who is verifying the information provided by the student and submitting a reference letter. Must include the printed name and signature of the teacher or guidance counselor

  • Student’s essay of 500 words or more (double spaced) addressing the following question: Why is photography important in society?

  • A current copy of your transcript.

  • A reference letter from one of your teachers or guidance counselors.

  • A 10-image portfolio that is representative of your work. The images should be no larger than 1920 x 1080 pixels. The images may be watermarked if desired. 

Timeline (Extended)
Submissions will be accepted from February 15 through May 24, 2019. All e-mailed applications  must be received by May 24, 2019. Please email to:

Student will be notified within five (5) days of receipt that the application and required documents have been received.

PASNWPA will not be responsible for applications not received due to electronic error.

Selection Criteria
A selection committee of no fewer than three members will determine the winner. The winner will be based on the completed application, essay, transcript, reference letter and image portfolio without regard to financial need and without discrimination as to age, race, sex or creed. The winner will be notified no later than June 7, 2019.

Award Distribution
The award is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The check will be made payable directly to the winner.

Any questions or additional information that the applicant feels necessary to provide to the selection committee may be sent to:

Please note the following:

  • Winner’s eligibility will be verified by the selection committee.

  • Winner agrees to have his or her name and photo used on the PASNPWA website and any advertising or publications pertaining to the PASNWPA.

  • All application submissions will be become the property of PASNWPA and will not be returned.

  • Students retain all rights to the images submitted for their portfolio.

  • Members of the PASNWPA Board of Directors and their family members are not eligible for this scholarship.