This scholarship was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Estelle Martin Cartledge whose selfless service and constant teachings were an enduring source of strength and inspiration. The Fund will serve young people in Morning Star Baptist Church, Mon-View Heights and the Mon-Valley community.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be a high school graduate, have a strong academic record and be accepted or currently enrolled in a 4-year institution of higher education. Applicant must also have a sustained (1 year or more) involvement in humanitarian service projects.  This does not include paid employment but may include church work, community service projects and tutoring.  Applicant must live in the Mon Valley (Rankin, Turtle Creek, Braddock, North Braddock, Homestead, Duquesne, Monongahela and West Mifflin).  Preference is given to students who are African American and attend Morning Star Baptist Church.

Scholarship Amount

POISE grants one Estelle Martin Cartledge Memorial scholarship annually, approximately $1,300.


POISE accepts applications during two cycles per year.  Applications must be received by the following dates:




Board Meeting & Decision


March 31

May 31


September 30

November 30

How to Apply

To apply, click on the link below and select the POISE Foundation Post Secondary Education Scholarship Application.