The McKeegan family established this scholarship in 2021 as a tribute to their mother, Joan Dougherty McKeegan.  This scholarship provides financial support for first-generation students in their Freshman year pursuing an Education or English degree.


  • Full-time student pursuing an Education or English degree.
  • Financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office guidelines.
  • Preference for a resident of Blair, Cambria, Allegheny County or Western Pennsylvania.
  • Preference for a resident student enrolled in their freshman year in either Education or English, who has earned an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better in high school. If this grade point average is maintained, they would receive this scholarship again in their sophomore, junior, and senior year.
  • Preference for a first-generation student.
  • Preference for a student involved in a church or service organization and who holds a passion for the performing arts.
  • Final selection authority shall be with the Financial Aid Committee.