All students should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams by attending college.
Unfortunately, a student’s background, family situation, or other circumstances can make it difficult for them to access higher education. First-generation students face unique obstacles when pursuing college due to a lack of family mentorship and resources.
This scholarship seeks to honor Sharen and Mila Kohute by supporting first-generation female students who are committed to pursuing higher education. Mila Kohute was lost at 7 months old to Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), and Sharen Kohute (Penn State Grammy) lost her battle against cancer a day before her 70th birthday. Mila represents the untapped potential that this scholarship will help to unlock for new college students. Sharen personified hard work. She represents the hard work it takes to earn a college degree. That combination of potential and hard work is a formula that can change someone’s life if they are given an opportunity. This scholarship will create that opportunity.
Any female high school senior or undergraduate student in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Virginia who is a first-generation college student may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us about someone who has impacted your life by helping you discover your full potential.