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  • Applicants must reside within the Northern York County School District.  Residency may be subject to verification.


  • Applications for the Polar Bear Foundation’s (PBF) scholarship program, especially the essays, must be completed by the individual requesting assistance.  Applications and essays completed on behalf of another person, or use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), will be disqualified.

  • Each applicant will submit an essay, with a minimum word count of 250 words, that fits with the scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will evaluate each essay with consideration given to the content, form, grammar, neatness and presentation of the essay.


  • Applicants must have received a high school diploma by the end of the current school year.

  • Applicants must have acceptance at a college, community college, trade or technical school, or other institution approved by the selection committee.

  • Applicants will submit a letter of reference with complete application.  Students should submit a letter, with academic and character references, from a teacher or guidance counselor from their school or another person who has worked closely with the applicant.

  • Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States of America.

  • Current High School students should supply a transcript from their most recent academic year to demonstrate commitment to academic excellence and their academic goals.

Additional Scholarship Information:

  • The award presentation will take place on Senior Awards night.

  • Presentation of the awards will take place at the Senior Awards banquet.

  • Scholarship funds will be dispersed directly to the institution of higher learning.  Institutions will be instructed to return the balance of the scholarship to PBF if the student is unable to complete their academic plan.

  • All applications must include the required attachments listed in the application:

    • Essay: Type-written; 250 words minimum on the specified topic

    • Recommendation or letter of reference

    • Transcript from most current school year

    • Need or contribution from the FASFA Student Aid Report

  • Questions about the scholarship application process may be directed to the PBF offices at (717) 432-8691 ext. 1125 or email

Send Completed Application To:



Polar Bear Foundation
Attn: Scholarship Committee
 South Baltimore Street

Dillsburg, PA 17019

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