Keystone Counselors for Computing Mini-Grants

Attention School Counselors and Teachers!

We are excited to announce the Keystone Counselors for Computing Mini-Grants program for School Counselors. We believe it is extremely important for school counselors to be able to support student access to computer science courses. 

We understand the importance of school counselors recognizing  the value of student engagement and participation in STEM and computing related careers. Particularly in underrepresented groups. As such, we are implementing the mini-grants program that will provide support for increasing access, persistence and opportunity for the computing and cyber security pipeline access for underserved populations.  “The mini-grants will empower and create vested partnerships at the local level, allowing school counselors and school teams to bring in their own unique and invaluable experiences and relationships  that transform students’ lives,” says Dr. Nazli Hardy, Computer Science Professor at Millersville University. 

Grants can be used to support acquisition of technology,  transportation, community outreach, supporting safety protocols, promotion and marketing, or related event fees (building fees, honorarium). 

Grants will be awarded up to $1,000 for school counselors to use to help promote access, equity, exposure and support for computer science. 

Teacher or school counselor and student teams can apply for up to  $3,000 for a multi-day program. These need to involve educator/high school student teams leading the coordination of a multi-day program (summer camp or afterschool program). Preference given to teams with Pennsylvania Aspirations in Computing Awardees, and or towards grants supporting and or promoting District involvement in the PASmart Targeted Grants. 

Past participants in the CS for All in PA Summit, or other C4C event, and active employment in a Pennsylvania LEA are required for eligibility. Eligible participants need to complete the Grant Proposal Form for consideration. 

Activities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Parent Education on Careers in Computing
  • Promoting Post-Secondary Access for Underrepresented Populations in Computing
  • Demonstrating increased awareness or continued advancement of students in underrepresented populations for post-secondary fields or careers in computing. 
  • Demonstrating increased awareness of students of careers in Cyber Security and pipeline access.
  • Direct Programming to support advancement in careers in Cyber Security and or Computing
  • Promoting the School District’s further engagement of PaSmart Targeted Grant Program.

Application Form 

Details about the Mini Grants 

We are thrilled to have you join us. If you would like to learn more before apply 

Application Deadline: 

Deadline September 22nd, 2023

Early reviews will start August 25th, 2023



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