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2013 NEED Scholarship Recipients (Courier File Photo)

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Some scholarship providers in western Pennsylvania say they’re having trouble giving away free money.

Officials with the National Scholarship Providers Association tell The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1oQk8EO ) that community foundations that award local scholarships can find it more difficult to give out money than larger, national scholarships.

The newspaper reports that The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded about $2.2 million last year out of a total of about $3.6 million.

The foundation says outdated or overly specific scholarship requirements can hinder the efforts of scholarship providers.

The group says many guidance counselors don’t have time to properly inform students about scholarship opportunities, and some students aren’t confident they’ll win the scholarships. Others are unmotivated to apply.

The foundation hopes to improve its search function to enable students to find scholarships.

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Online:

http://pittsburghfoundation.org/scholarships-open

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

 

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