Scholarships

The Elk County Community Foundation is proud to currently support 89 scholarships which help local high school graduates continue their education. Please take some time to learn about the history of the scholarships. Scholarships will be available in the school guidance offices in the beginning of February. If you are interested in starting a scholarship to support our youth and/or remember a loved you can get started by reading the Guidelines for Establishing a Scholarship.
 

 Attached here is a 2017 Scholarship Eligibility requirements of all the scholarships listed below.  Eligibility for 2017 scholarships for webpage.pdf

Dr. Les and Gloria Almquist Shull  (Ridgway)

Gloria Almquist-Shull and her husband Les established this scholarship for a graduating senior in high school that has been involved with music. Gloria graduated from the Ridgway Area High in 1950 and was involved in music throughout her high school years. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Masters in Music Education and returned to Ridgway to teach. Gloria has been involved with many musical organization in the community including being a founding member of the Concert Choir of Elk County where she has been the director and co-director for the past 10 years. Gloria feels that being involved with music makes a well-rounded person. This scholarship will be awarded to the graduating senior from Ridgway Area School District who will pursue a post-secondary education in music or a music related field.

Gloria V. Anderson Scholarship, Sponsored by the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus (Elk and neighboring communities)

Gloria graduated from Mansfield University with a B.S. in Music Education. She is a much admired Music Teacher and is also the founder and director of the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus. Because of this the Singing Dutchmen are now highly acclaimed. They have dedicated this scholarship in honor of her and the hard work she has put into music. The Gloria V. Anderson Scholarship is available to high school seniors from St. Marys Area, Elk County Catholic, Johnsonburg Area, Ridgway Area, Cameron County, and Kane Area High Schools, who are pursuing a post-secondary degree in music education or music performance. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

 

Austin Education Foundation Scholarship (Austin)

A selection committee from the Austin School District created the Austin Education Foundation Scholarship in hopes of helping their students with their post-secondary education dreams. This scholarship will be awarded to an Austin Area High School senior who has completed a statement of offices or leadership positions held, civic information, honors/awards received, and organizations to which they belong. Applications are available through the guidance counselor's office of the school.

Angie Bertolasio Memorial Scholarship (SMAHS)

Angie hsm_Angie_scholarship.gifad a deep passion for music and art.  She was a very energetic and outstanding student and participant in many scholastic organizations such as the Marching Band, Indoor Color Guard, Show Choir, Dance Team and Drama Club. Seniors who play an active role in the school and community and are graduating from St. Marys Area High School are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

 

 

Helene L. Bowley Scholarship (Elk County)

Helene Bowley was a dedicated lifelong resident of Ridgway and the owner of Helene's Ready-to-Wear shop.  More importantly, she understood the value of post-secondary education.  She felt that it is important for scholarships to be given to "worthy students of Elk County". Seniors from Elk County Catholic, St. Marys Area, Johnsonburg Area, and Ridgway Area High Schools who have a 3.0 or better GPA are eligible to receive this scholarship. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Eugene M. Brady & Naomi S. Brady Memorial Scholarship (JAHS)

Eugene Brady was the teacher and principal of the Rolfe school from 1927 to 1940 and his wife Naomi taught in the West End school from 1944 until retirement with a brief period at the Wilcox Junior High School. Eugene and Naomi's children established the Eugene M. Brady and Naomi S. Brady Memorial Scholarship in their parents memory. This scholarship is given to a graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area School District who exemplifies the qualities of academic achievement, wholesome character and attitude, and financial need. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Inez Bull Piano Scholarship (Graduate- Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron & Clinton Counties)

Dr. Inez Stewart Bull was a woman of many interests and talents. Chief among her passions were music, music education and Norwegian-American relations, revolving primarily around her distant cousin, tInez Bull.jpghe world-famous violinist Ole Bull. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in the music field at any accredited college with a music department. Preference would be given to piano majors, but if one is not available other music majors will be eligible. Preference would be given to a student who has played in the Ole Bull Music Festival and/or the summer awards concert in New York City. One scholarship will be given annually. 

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduate from a high school in Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron or Clinton County. Financial need is an important criteria for this scholarship and the applicant must be pursuing a degree in the music field. The application can be downloaded here and submitted to the Foundation via email at eccf@windstream.net.

 Ole Bull Violin Scholarship (Graduate- Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron & Clinton Counties)

Dr. Inez Stewart BulOle Bull.jpgl was a woman of many interests and talents. Chief among her passions were music, music education and Norwegian-American relations, revolving primarily around her distant cousin, the world-famous violinist Ole Bull. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in the music field at any accredited college with a music department. Preference would be given to violin majors, but if one is not available other music majors will be eligible. Preference would be given to a student who has played in the Ole Bull Music Festival and/or the summer awards concert in New York City. One scholarship will be given annually. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduate from a high school in Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron or Clinton County. Financial need is an important criterion for this scholarship. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in the music field. The application can be downloaded here and submitted to the Foundation and submitted via email at eccf@windstream.net.

 

Paul Robert & Fredia Roberta Calkin Rolfe  (JAHS)

Scotty Calkins, who grew up in the Rolfe neighborhood in Johnsonburg, established this scholarship in memory of his parents Paul and Fredia. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School living in Johnsonburg, Wilcox/Jones Township, having resided in Johnsonburg for a minimum of two years and pursuing a post-secondary degree with at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to the nursing or engineering field of study, but if there is, no candidates pursing those degrees’ other fields of study will be considered. This is a four-year scholarship with a potential of $4,000 for a candidate if a GPA of 2.5 is maintained throughout their college career.

Paul Robert & Fredia Roberta Calkin Rolfe -Kane (Mt. Jewett Borough)

Scotty Calkins, from Mt. Jewett, who grew up in the Rolfe neighborhood in Johnsonburg, established this scholarship in memory of his parents Paul and Fredia. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from Kane Area High School, who is residing in the borough of Mt. Jewett and is pursuing a post-secondary degree with at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to the nursing or engineering field of study, but if there is no candidates pursing those degrees other fields of study will be considered. This is a four-year scholarship with a potential of $4,000 for a candidate if a GPA of 2.5 is maintained throughout their college career.

 

Michele Campbell Memorial Nursing Scholarship (Graduate-Elk County)sm_campbell_scholarship.gif

Michele Campbell was a hardworking and dedicated nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  As the number one student in her class, Michele was dedicated to helping others and learning to be the best nurse she could be. This scholarship was established in memory of Michele, who died tragically in a car accident. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be a graduate of Elk County Catholic, Johnsonburg Area, Ridgway Area, or St. Marys Area High Schools, and enrolled as a second year student or higher in an accredited nursing program at a post-secondary learning institute. Also the applicant must have at least a 2.75 GPA. The application can   be downloaded here and submitted to the Foundation via email at eccf@windstream.net

Caribardi Family Scholarship (JAHS)

Set up in memory of Patricia Caribardi, a 38 year supporter of the Johnsonburg Area School District, this scholarship is offered to a senior at Johnsonburg Area High School who plays an active role in their school and community and has a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Evelyn Cosco Chase Scholarship Fund (not awarded yet)

Evelyn Chase, born in 1914 in Ramseytown, PA, moved to St. Marys later in life. She was not able to attend college, so this fund was created to give others the opportunity for higher education that Evelyn was never able to attain. This scholarship is not fully funded yet, but will begin granting once complete. Donations are being accepted for this fund.  

Adam Cherry Memorial Scholarship  (SMAHS)     

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School. Pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary institution and have been involved in at least two music programs offered at SMAHS. Adam Cherry’s mom, Staci Fulton started this scholarship in Adam’s memory because of his great love of music. Adam played a variety of instruments, including the guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet and the drums.  He was active in the high school marching band, concert band and indoor percussion ensemble. Adam was a kind and gentleperson who will be lovingly remembered for his musical talents and for the lives, he touched.

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Frank Clark Memorial Scholarship (RAHS)

Named to honor the memory of a Ridgway Area High School student who lost his battle with cancer his senior year.  Frank had a passion for basketball, art, and playing his guitar. This scholarship is available to seniors from Ridgway Area High School who is active in athletics, their school and community, as well as demonstrates the need for financial aid.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 


Christian Cordero Memorial Scholarship (ECC)

The Chrcordero.jpgistian Cordero Memorial Scholarship Award will be given each year to an eighth grade Cavalier basketball player who will be attending Elk County Catholic High School. The award will be given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of the former Cavalier Basketball player and assistant coach Christian Cordero through their discipline, values, hustle, and dedication to the team and to the program. This award shall be voted upon by the Cavalier Basketball coaching staff. The award will be presented to the recipient at the eighth grade graduation ceremony. 


Dominick P Consolo Liberal Arts  (RAHS)

Dominick Consolo was born in Ridgway in 1922, was a professional jazz trumpeter and taught literature at Denison University, Ohio for 34 years.  Dom is remembered for his dynamic teaching style, his passion for literature and his ability to engage his students, many of whom credit him with changing their lives. In his estate he wanted to provide a scholarship in his hometown.  To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School and demonstrate a passion for literature or music.

Chuck Daly Memorial Scholarship  (KAHS)Chuck Daly-web.jpg

Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly was an American basketball head coach. He led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships in 1989 and 1990, and the 1992 United States Men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team") to the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.  Daly is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, being inducted in 1994 for his individual coaching career and in 2010 was posthumously inducted as the head coach of the "Dream Team". The Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award is named after him.  Chuck Daly was an athlete and a scholar. He participated in Basketball, Football and Track while attending Kane Area High School. His daughter Cydney described him as very accomplished and a true superstar in his line of work. Mr. Daly was proud of his hometown of Kane and brought his family to visit faithfully each summer.   He never forgot his roots and for this reason his daughter wanted to honor him with this scholarship at his alma mater of Kane Area High School. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from KAHS who is pursuing a post-secondary education degree with at least a 3.2 GPA and have participated in at least two sports during their junior and senior year.


Thomas C. Detwiler Memorial Scholarship (JAHS)

Thomas C. Detwiler was a dedicated and passionate leader during the 38 years he spent in Domtar’s Johnsonburg Paper Mill progressing through several positions of increased responsibility and influence.  His wisdom and tireless efforts have made a lasting impression on those he touched during his outstanding career.  Tom’s love of science, nature, and the outdoors, coupled with the love of his family and music, are part of a legacy. This scholarship is given to a graduate from Johnsonburg Area High School with at least a 3.5 GPA, pursuing a degree in the field of science, and who has been involved in extracurricular activities. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Lori DeAngelo Memorial Scholarship (SMAHS)

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Lori was a very involved instructor/advisor and classroom aide at St. Marys Area High School. Her talents and great interests in the students enabled her to touch the lives of many students throughout the school.  Lori was always involved with school musicals, the marching band, color guard, show choir, dance team and drum line. Her love of music enriched the lives of those who had the pleasure to know her. This scholarship is available to St. Marys Area High School seniors who are a member of one or more music programs. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Elk County Farm Bureau (Elk County)

The Elk County Farm Bureau is a local organization that is also affiliated with the state and national F50356_76606137964_5254379_n.jpgarm Bureaus.  The organization represents farmers and rural families continuing the tradition of farming. They provide education and review legislation that concerns the farming industry and they provide support for their members.  This scholarship is available to seniors graduating from Elk County Catholic, Ridgway Area, Johnsonburg Area, and St. Marys Area High Schools. However, students outside of Elk County may be eligible for this scholarship if they are the child or grandchild of an Elk County Farm Bureau Member. Also students must be enrolled in the field of agriculture or any related field at a post-secondary institution. A GPA of 2.5 is required. Candidate must demonstrate financial need and have documented community service. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Elk Diabetes Nursing Scholarship (Elk County)

The Fund was established primarily to benefit the communities of Elk County, PA through scholarship grants made to deserving and qualified students from Elk County. This scholarship was established through a donation from the Elk County Diabetes organization to the Elk Regional Health System Foundation. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from Elk County planning to major in nursing.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school. 

Dick Fava Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by the Ridgway Fire Department and Friends (Ridgway resident from ECC or RAHS)

Dick was a very active member of the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department. He was a firefighter as well as a member of the Rescue Squad helping people in need whenever called upon. Dick had a strong desire to see that his children and all kids had the opportunity to go to college and have a successful life. For that reason, when Dick unexpectedly passed away at 42, his family, friends, and fellow firefighters decided to set up this scholarship, in his memory, to fulfill his wishes. This scholarship is awarded to a student who resides in the Ridgway Area School District and attends either Elk County Catholic High School or Ridgway Area High School. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

Mary Filano Memorial Scholarship (Bennetts Valley resident from ECC or SMAHS)

Mary Filano was a lifelong resident of Bennett’s Valley Area.  She was the valedictorian of her class at Huston Township High School in Penfield in the early 30’s.  Ms. Filano was employed by the U.S. Postal System for many years and also served as the volunteer secretary to the St. Joseph’s Parish in Force for a long time. Seniors from Elk County Catholic or St. Marys Area High Schools who reside in Bennett’s Valley are eligible for this scholarship. The applicant must demonstrate exemplary participation in school and community activities throughout their high school years. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Sarah K. Folino Memorial Art Scholarship (SMAHS)ECCF   Folino compressed doc.jpg

This scholarship was established in memory of Sarah K. Folino who had been an art teacher in the St. Marys Area School District for 35 years. Sarah was born in Holland, MI but moved to Pittsburgh, where she grew up. After graduating from Edinboro University with a degree in Art Education, Sarah began teaching art classes at St. Marys Area Middle School. She loved all forms of art and was especially talented in pottery and drawing. St. Marys Area High School seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree in Fine Arts or Art Education and have a GPA of at least 2.5.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.


Gloria and Lillian Finno Scholarships  (JAHS)

Gloria and Lillian Finno were resided in Johnsonburg for their entire lives and with their passing; a scholarship was established to give back to the students pursuing a post-secondary education from the Johnsonburg Area High School. The scholarship named as the Gloria Finno Scholarship one must be a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and pursuing a post-secondary degree in education. The Lillian Finno Scholarship one must be a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School pursuing a post-secondary degree in nursing.


Christopher Forster Memorial Scholarship  (SMAHS)

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A 2006 graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Christopher actively participated in the mass media club, DECA, and the Special Olympics program. Christopher touched the hearts of many.  He was a role model to emulate.  Cancer may have taken his life but his memory will live forever.  This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of a remarkable young man.  Christopher J. Forster entered into his eternal rest on March 6, 2006. This Scholarship is presented each year to a senior from St. Marys Area High School who actively demonstrates leadership through participation in school and community functions.  The student must be committed to a post secondary education in mass media, communications, or special education.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 


Edna Geitner Bennett Memorial Scholarship  ECC)

The Edna Geitner Bennett Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School who is planning on majoring in nursing or any other health related field. Preference will be given to the nursing profession.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

Golumbic Art Scholarship  (SMAHS)

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 Reuben and Gladys Golumbic, the parents of Ed Eckl, were married for many years. They both had great appreciation for the arts. When Gladys passed away in 1971 followed by Reuben in 1972,  Ed started this scholarship in memory of his parents. The scholarship will be awarded to a Saint Marys Area High School senior who excels in the Visual Arts. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

Grandinetti Educational Scholarship Fund (RAHS)

Fran Grandinetti is the former administrator for the Ridgway Area School District and wants to help future educators from this school district.  The scholarship is awarded to a Ridgway Area High School graduating senior who has been accepted to a college or university in Pennsylvania as an elementary or secondary education major and plans to pursue a career as an elementary or secondary classroom teacher or specialist.   The scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest combined (verbal and math) College Board (SAT) score from either their junior or senior year. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

 Greiner/Roof  Law Scholarship (Graduate- residents of Elk or Cameron Counties)

The Greiner/Roof Memorial Law Scholarship was created in memory of the Honorable Paul B. Greiner and the Honorable Vernon D. Roof, past President Judges of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania.  Judge Greiner served as President Judge from 1964 until 1986, after which he served as a senior judge until his death at age 83 in 1999.  Judge Roof’s tenure on the bench was much shorter, as he served as President Judge from 1996 until 2002, when he died at age 51.  Both Judge Greiner and Judge Roof were respected and renowned as fair and impartial jurists not only in Elk and Cameron Counties, but throughout the Commonwealth. Applicant must be accepted or in attendance at an accredited law school. The candidate must also have a permanent residence in Elk or Cameron Counties, or be a graduate of one of the 5 high schools in those counties. A proposed recipient’s academic standing and achievement, participation in extracurricular activities and general life experience will be considered. The application can be downloaded here and submitted to the Foundation via email at eccf@windstream.net

Hasselman/Hopton Memorial Scholarship (RAHS, SMAHS, ECC or non-traditional student)

This scholarship has been established in honor of all members of the Hasselman, Hopton and Sherry Families but specifically Roger Hasselman and Mary (Sherry) Hopton. Roger M. Hasselman is the former owner of Alpha Sintered Metals, Inc. (ASM), Ridgway, PA.  As a Pennsylvania State University mechanical engineering graduate, Mr. Hasselman was well qualified to grow ASM for over 3 decades manufacturing powder metal components.  The company’s unique Gain Share System generously provided bonuses for employees of over $17,000,000 in 17 years. Mary C. Hopton had owned DuBois Optical Company, DuBois, PA. Mrs. Hopton was a pioneer of a women owned business throughout the 20th century.  Her continued business education allowed her to continue and grow the eye glass business in DuBois long after her husband’s death.  She gave generously to those in need in the local area and especially her family. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors or non-traditional students residing in the St. Marys Area and Ridgway Area School Districts. The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and enrolled in a college, university, community college, or vocational school in Pennsylvania and pursing either an associates or baccalaureate degree. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school or by downloading it Here. Non-traditional students can email it to eccf@windstream.net.

Seth Hockman  (Elk County)

Seth Hockman graduated from the St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2011. Seth enjoyed fishing, riding dirt bikes, four-wheelers and spending time outdoors.  His family and friends to raise awareness for suicide prevention established this scholarship. To qualify for this cholarship, you must be a graduating senior or nontraditional student from an Elk County High School that is planning to attend a post-secondary education program including a trade school, associate or bachelor’s degree. The student must obtain at least a “C” average or above while in high school. Application can be downloaded here of obtain for your high school guidance office.    . 

 Gilbert J. and Dorothy E. Hoehn Scholarship (ECC)

A graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School will receive the Gilbert and Dorothy Hoehn Scholarship each year. A worthy and needy senior and chosen by the criteria set by the school faculty will be chosen for this scholarship. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

Bev Hogan Memorial Nursing Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

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This scholarship was established in memory of Bev Hogan who had devoted her life to the field of nursing and caring for others.  Bev was a very strong-willed and compassionate person with a great love of life.  Her enthusiasm was contagious, as was her perseverance.  Bev was a very giving woman and her family wanted to give to others as she had done for so long.  Their intent is to support a student entering the nursing field in honor of Bev’s years of caring and service to her patients, students, friends and family.  Graduating seniors from St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School who are pursuing a career in nursing and demonstrate community, church, and school activity and service are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.


Diana J. Hulings Memorial Scholarship (KAHS)

Diana J. Hulings was a nursing assistant, who worked at the Kane Community Hospital in Kane, PA for 22 years. She had a loving personality, and she cared for everyone especially children. This scholarship is made in her honor to provide a student with some funds to continue their education in the field of medicine. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Kane Area High School who is interested in pursuing a post-secondary education in the medical field. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

John & Donna M. Hulings Memorial Scholarship (KAHS)

Donna was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She understood the importance of receiving your high school diploma and she saw to it that each of her 12 children obtained theirs. Donna was able to watch all of her children and many of her grandchildren receive their Kane Area High School diploma. This memorial was created by her loving husband John to honor her and her belief in education. John's name was added to the scholarship after he passed away in 2015. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from the Kane Area High School who meet the eligibility requirements. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

Steve Jerman Memorial Scholarship (KAHS)

The Steve Jerman Memorial Scholarship was created by his friends and family in hopes of keeping his legacy going after his passing. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of the Kane Area High School who is pursuing a post-secondary education in the area of elementary education, criminology, social services or health related fields of study. The awardee should demonstrate their dedication to helping people and document their current community service. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

 The Jeff and Shelli Johnson Memorial Scholarship (KAHS)

Jeff Johnson was a very determined individual who was plagued by a disease that severely disabled him. He needed help walking, but refused to succumb to using a wheelchair. Instead, Jeff asked a group of his friends to help him to and from classes and lunch. He wanted to achieve his personal goal of staying in school and just being a "normal" kid. He was always happy and kept everyone laughing. Jeff battled his disease quietly, never letting anyone hear him complain. On October 22nd, 1990, Jeff lost his battle and passed away. This scholarship was created by some of Jeff's classmates who will always remember Jeff for his strength that he displayed and the things that they learned from him. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Kane Area High School. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 

Alva K. Gregory Scholarship sponsored by the Johnsonburg Rotary (JAHS)

Mr. Gregory was a graduate of the Johnsonburg High School Class of 1927.  He also graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism in 1930 and he served with the United States Army in 1942.  Alva K. Gregory was self-employed as the Editor and Publisher of the Johnsonburg Press for his entire adult life.  Mr. Gregory was also a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. Alva K. Gregory had a great interest in his surroundings and has carried his interest and concerns through his endowment to the Johnsonburg Rotary for this scholarship. Mr. Gregory passed from this life on Wednesday, August 24, 1988. This scholarship is eligible to students from Johnsonburg Area High School and those Elk County Catholic High School students residing in the Johnsonburg School District. The student must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater, and play an active role in their school, church, community, and family.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Johnsonburg Alumni and Friends Scholarship (JAHS)

The Johnsonburg Alumni & Friend’s beginning thought was to have all graduating classes from Johnsonburg Area High School come together and enjoy the evening with classmates and friends.  They also wanted to establish an annual scholarship fund that is open to every graduating senior to benefit a student’s college fund.  The scholarship will provide future graduates a start with their continuing education.  They are inspired that their goal will give these students an opportunity for success. Applicants must be a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and play an active role in their school, community and church. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Johnsonburg Class of 1964 Scholarship (not awarded yet- JAHS)

The Johnsonburg Class of 1964 established this scholarship at their 45th High School Class Reunion. They wanted to provide a Johnsonburg Area High School graduate a scholarship to help fund his or her's college education. Applicants must be a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and play an active role in their church, school, and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor's office of JAHS.

Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501 Scholarship (JAHS)

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The Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501 has established the American Legion Scholarship  for graduating seniors residing in the Johnsonburg Area School District. The student must be  attending an institution of higher learning: college or vocational school. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school. 


Jones Family Scholarship (RAHS)

The Jones Family Scholarship was moved to the Elk County Community Foundation in 2011. This scholarship is available to eligible graduating seniors from Ridgway Area High School. Applications are available at the RAHS guidance office.

Sashy and Gladys Kane Perpetual Scholarship (KAHS)

Sashy Kane was the eldest grandchild of General Thomas L. Kane, the town's founder.  He was a veteran of both World Wars, twice receiving the bronze star and retiring with the rank of the Colonel.  He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, was a professor at the University of North Carolina and was head of the Language Department at the University of Tennessee.  Gladys was a registered nurse and the head nurse at the Kane Hospital.  Together with her husband Sashy, they established and operated the Kane Manor until moving to Florida in 1954. This scholarship is available to Kane Area High School students who play an active role in their school and community and live within the borough. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Howard M. Keebler MD Memorial Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

This scholarship was established in memory of Howard M. Keebler, M.D. Dr. Keebler was an extremely dedicated doctor and offered an immense amount of time to area residents, making house calls at all hours, offering free medical services, etc. Shortly after his death this scholarship was founded in his name. Applicants must be a student at either Elk County Catholic or St. Marys Area High School. Financial need is an important criterion for this scholarship. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Kathryn "Katy" Kilhoffer Walsh Nursing Scholarship (Ridgway resident- RAHS or ECC)

This Fund was established to be granted to the most deserving student from Ridgway Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School, whose intention is to enroll in an accredited school of nursing to complete a course of study as a registered nurse (associate degree or bachelor degree) or as a licensed practical nurse. The Kathryn Walsh Scholarship was started in honor of its namesake. She was born in Ridgway and graduated from St. Johns Hospital in Springfield Illinois, in 1933. Most of Katy’s career work was performed at Elk County Regional Medical Center until her retirement in 1973. To qualify for this scholarship you must be a graduating senior who is a resident of Ridgway Area School District, attending either Ridgway Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School. The student must be planning to major in nursing, including both RN and LPN programs. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

 Gloria McAllister Kneidel and Patrick Charles Jessup  (SMAHS & ECC)

Gloria was a mother of eight and she was a friend to everyone, as her door was always open to family and friends.  Patrick also had a loving personality and he easily and quickly won the hearts of those that knew him. Gloria and Pat both instilled in everyone what it means to be part of a family and have strong family ties. Eileen Miller established this scholarship in memory of her family members. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduate of St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School and planning to attend a post-secondary education program. 

Dr. Sandra Calkins Kowalski Nursing (JAHS)

Sandra Calkins Kowalski, known as Sandy Kowalski.jpgSandy, graduated at the top of her class from Johnsonburg High School.  She and her husband Stan were high school sweethearts. She received her RN in 1960 from the UnScholarshipiversity of Buffalo–affiliated Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  Sandy was a nurse who dedicated her career to community health, considered by many to be critical to the well-being of communities everywhere.  Living in Michigan and Indiana, she had served as a Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) advisor for 30 years.  She also went on to become a faculty member at Purdue University North Central, and Valparaiso University where she was teaching future nurses and involving students in the community nursing experience.  While still in her 50’s, Sandy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the years that have followed, its’ devastation had become increasingly apparent. Alzheimer’s disease robbed Sandy of much of her life. It stole her energetic personality, her determination and her contact with the outside world, but it never took away her accomplishments in the nursing field.  For this reason her husband Stan established this scholarship to offer opportunities for future generations to walk in Sandy’s footsteps. To be eligible for this scholarship students must be from the Johnsonburg Area High School who will be enrolled in an accredited nursing program. Non-traditional students pursuing a degree in nursing may also be considered. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school or by contacting the Foundation office.

 

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 Josh Launer Memorial Scholarship (RAHS)

This scholarship was established in Josh Launer’s memory and is a tribute to his life by his family and friends.  Josh was a student at RAHS who enjoyed the outdoors and anything with motors.  Josh faced many challenges while in school, mainly health related, but he found that he could still manage to try and work hard in school. This scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School that has demonstrated an ability to overcome challenges handed to them and wishes to continue their education at the college level.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.


Virginia Leahy Memorial Scholarship (RAHS)

Virginia Leahy was a resident of Ridgway, PA her entire life and had a passion for nursing. She stated in her Last Will and Testament that she wanted to create a scholarship to be awarded to a graduate from Ridgway Area School District who will pursue a degree in nursing at a post- secondary institution. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Wayne Leahy Memorial Scholarship (JAHS)

Wayne Leahy was interested in music throughout his entire life. His sister, Virginia Leahy, created the Wayne Leahy Memorial Scholarship in his memory in hopes of creating a legacy under his name within the Johnsonburg Area School District. The Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area School District who is pursuing a degree in music at a post-secondary institution. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Herbert B. Lenze RASD Marching Band and Boys Basketball Scholarships (RAHS)

These scholarships are named for Herbert B. Lenze who was a dedicated teacher at the Ridgway Area School District.  From 1967 to 1997 Mr. Lenze taught 5th grade.  Herb touched the lives of many Ridgway students over those 30 years.  He was involved with numerous booster clubs.  He acted as the treasurer for several of the booster organizations and also kept score for the boys' basketball team, both while employed and after his retirement.   He enjoyed the boys' basketball team so much that he could often be found riding to away games on the team bus.    Besides the boys' basketball team, Mr. Lenze was also dedicated to the marching band program.  To qualify for the marching band scholarship you must have been an active member in the marching band for your 9th though12th year at Ridgway Area High School, and be in the upper 50% of your graduating class. For the boys' basketball scholarship, applicants must be in the upper 50% of their graduating class and be a member/manager of the boys' basketball team in years 9-12 at Ridgway Area High School. Applicants for both scholarships must play an active role in their school and community.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Robert P. Martini Scholarship (DAHS and BAHS)

To qualmartini.JPGify for this scholarship students must be graduating from either Brockway Area or Dubois Area High Schools and be committed to a post-secondary education. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and play an active role in their school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

  


The Mason Scholarship - Eulalia Lodge #343 F & AM (Coudersport)

The Masonic Scholarship - Eulalia Lodge #343 F & AM has provided this scholarship for years and has recently moved it to the Community Foundation of North Central PA. The scholarship is designed to help, encourage and support the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Mason members who are attending post-secondary education programs. Students must be a graduating senior from Coudersport High School. The Lodge funds this scholarship with their annual Lobster dinner and other fundraisers. By bringing their scholarship to the Community Foundation they will be able to receive donations that will now have full tax deductible benefits and be eligible for matching grant dollars through the special PATH (PA Access to Higher Education) program. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Ella McElhany & Maude B. Schimmelfeng (Ridgway resident from RAHS or ECC and out of school students)

This scholarship began as a loan program to provide financial assistance to college students who were residents of Ridgway, PA in the 1980’s. In 2016, it was transferred to the Elk County Community Foundation as a scholarship for the residents of Ridgway that attend RAHS or ECC. To be eligible for this scholarship a student must be a resident of Ridgway and pursuing a post-secondary education. Financial need is one of the criteria for this scholarship. After your high school graduation, a student is welcome to reapply in future years. Application can be downloaded here of obtain for your high school guidance office.

Charles McClosky Memorial Scholarship (Austin)

Charles McClosky was a resident of Austin, PA for the majority of his life. Before he passed away he decided to give back to the community in the form of a scholarship given to a graduating senior from the Austin Area School District. This student must demonstrate a financial need and who has been accepted into a post-secondary institution. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Gary Meckley Scholarship (KAHS)

The Gary Meckley Scholarship Fund provides one scholarship to a Kane Area High School senior who is on the track team.  The track athlete should set a good example of living a healthy life-style which emulates that of Gary Meckley, and what he expected of himself as an athlete and the athleteshe coached. This scholarship will be awarded to either a male or female graduate from Kane Area High School. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Richard Miller Memorial Scholarship  (St. Marys area residents- SMAHS, ECC or graduates)

Richard Miller was a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Biology. He was a resident of St. Marys and was a teacher in the St. Marys Area School District for 35 years. He enjoyed nature and being outdoors and was active in the Environthon Club at SMAHS, achieving State Champion one year. He was an environmentalist and served as a U.S. Army Corp Ranger. To apply for this scholarship, you must be a resident of the St. Marys Area School district, a student from high school or adult learners who is pursuing a degree in environmental studies that would lead to a career as a park manager or park ranger. Application can be downloaded here of obtain for your high school guidance office. 

Frank "Rich" Mohney Memorial Scholarship (JAHS) 

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox or Jones Township. The student must be pursuing a post-secondary degree in business, computer or information technology. An essay must be written about “What does Memorial Day mean to you? (Note this is a memorial scholarship, historical detail can be provided, but at least 3 relevant personal examples should be given.”Applications are available through the guidance counselor's office of the school.   . 

Catherine M. Moran Memorial Scholarship (JAHS)

 Catherine Moran had hopes of helping a young adult in her community achieve their dreams. Before she passed away she created the Catherine M. Moran Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area School District, who demonstrates the characteristics of wholesome character and attitude as well as maintains a "B" average throughout their post-secondary education career. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Lynn Nicklas Scholarship  (Elk County)

Lynn Nicklas was a lifelong reLynn Nicklas-web.jpgsident of St. Marys and a devoted patron of the arts. Lynn was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, a Benedictine Oblate, and a Pastoral Musician by profession, serving as music director and organist of the St. Mary’s Church for more than 30 years. In addition, she taught piano and organ lessons for many years. She was a member of the American College of Musician’s Piano Teacher’s Guild, and was inducted into the Piano Teacher’s Guild Hall of Fame. For many years, Lynn served as co-chair of the Spunky Norwegian Foundation, a non-profit formed to carry on the works of Dame Inez S. Bull. In honor of Lynn’s lifelong commitment to the arts and her dedication to the board of the Spunky Norwegian Foundation, established this Scholarship Fund in her memory. A candidate for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from any Elk County Area High School. Pursuing a degree in music or a music related field. Secondary consideration will also be given to a student pursuing a minor in music or a music related field or a student who has significantly contributed to the arts in Elk County.

 Rams Gridiron Football (JAHS)

The Gridiron Scholarship will be granted to a Johnsonburg Area School District resident who has played 3 or more years of football including their senior year and plans to pursue a post-secondary education. The award is granted to the student with the highest GPA at the end of the first semester of their senior year. In event of a tie the student with the highest SAT scores will be chosen. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Ruth E. Reed Nursing Scholarship (Elk, Jefferson or Warren Counties)

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Ruth Reed had the opportunity during World War II to attend nursing school through the Cadet Nursing Corps; she went to Temple University in Philadelphia and received her RN in 1947.  She worked as a ward supervisor at Temple University Hospital until moving to Ridgway after her marriage to pharmacist C. William Reed.  She did private duty nursing and was a plant nurse at the Elliot Company before starting at Elk County General Hospital in 1955.  Mrs. Reed worked there until retiring in 1993 serving in various departments including the Psychiatric Department. She expanded her skills through conferences and through continuing education and encouraged others to continue their education.  It is for this reason that her husband and children wanted to honor her with this scholarship in her name. To qualify for this scholarship you must be a student from Elk, Warren, or Clearfield County and be accepted into a post-secondary program pursuing a RN or BSN degree. The candidate must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.5. The recipient of this scholarship may be a recent graduate or an adult learner.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school or by downloading here.

Jacqueline M. Renaud National Honor Society Memorial Scholarship (RAHS)

In 2007 Jacqueline’s family established this scholarship in her memory. She was on the high honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society, an American Scholar Award winner, a National Mathematics Award winner, and in Who’s Who among American High School Students. Jacqueline was a member of Student Council, the captain and MVP of the junior varsity volleyball team and a track statistician. She also volunteered at the Elk Regional Medical Center and at St Leo’s Catechism class, and worked at Cliffe’s and the Prescription Center.   The hope of the family is to help a student with their financial needs as they pursue a college education. To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must be graduating from Ridgway Area High School and have the highest GPA of all National Honor Society members who is attending a 4 year post-secondary education program.

Ridgway High School Alumni Scholarship (RAHS)

The purpose of this fund is to give a graduating senior a start on their continuing education and an opportunity for success. The Ridgway High School Alumni Scholarship is an annual scholarship that will be available to any graduating senior at the RAHS who meets the eligibility requirements.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Ridgway Elker Pride and Service Scholarship (RAHS)

The Ridgway Elker Pride and Service Scholarship is a 4 year scholarship of $1000 per year for student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. This scholarship is awarded to the graduating senior from Ridgway Area School District who has shown consistent Elker Pride in his/her Ridgway High School career.  The measurement of this award is based on  participation in extracurricular activities,  leadership amongst peers as it pertains to school spirit, volunteering in community service (over and above the required hours of the school district) and school district activism in a manner that enhances Elker Pride and the Ridgway student experience. This scholarship does not consider financial need in the criteria for the award.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Ridgway Rotary Scholarship (RAHS)

To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a student from Ridgway Area High School, or a student from Elk County Catholic High School who resides in the Ridgway Area School District. Also, applicants must be attending a post-secondary program and should demonstrate service to his/her school and community.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Judge Vernon “Buddy” Roof Memorial Scholarship (RAHS)

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The Judge Vernon “Buddy” Roof Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the Honorable Vernon D. Roof who was a 1968 graduate of Ridgway Area High School.  Upon completion of law school, he returned to Ridgway to practice law and served as the Elk County District Attorney until 1996.  He was then appointed to President Judge of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania and served until his death in 2002.  This scholarship exemplifies his hard work and the legacy he leaves behind representing his integrity, compassion, and respect for the law. Candidates must be a graduate from Ridgway Area High School and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Also applicants should play an active role in their school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Rolfe Sportsmen Club Scholarship (JAHS)

The members of the Rolfe Sportsmen Club created the Rolfe Sportsmen Club Scholarship in order to help a young adult within their community achieve their post-secondary dreams. The student who is awarded the scholarship must be a graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area High School, pursuing a post-secondary education institution and must be active in the school and community.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

St. Benedict Scholarship  (ECC)

The St. st._benedict.jpgBenedict name comes from the Benedictine order of monks who administer St. Vincent College in Latrobe. St. Benedict is the patron saint of students and the Order of St. Benedict has played an important role of establishment of our religious community and schools. The O.S.B. Monks have provided staffing to our churches over the years. The St. Benedictine nuns came here to help establish the St. Marys community and built the St. Joseph Monastery. The sisters taught in our schools and staffed and administered our hospital. The Benedictine nuns continued to teach in our schools through the mid 1990's and have been an influence on education and our entire community.  This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Elk County Catholic High School who plans to attend St. Vincent College.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

St. Marys Area Jaycees Community Involvement Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area High Schools. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary participation and involvement in community and school related activities throughout their high school years.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

 St. Marys Lions Club Scholarship (SMAHS or ECC)

The members of the St. Marys Lions Club decided that they wanted to give back to their beloved community. They decided to do this by establishing a scholarship to be awarded to a senior from Elk County Catholic High School or Saint Marys Area High School. The student chosen must be enrolled in a post-secondary program, giving preference to those with a concentration in a Health related field. Also they must be active in service in his/her school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

St. Marys Rotary Club Scholarship (SMAHS or ECC)

The St. Marys Rotary Club established this scholarship for graduating seniors attending school at St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School, who will be attending a post-secondary institution.  The St. Marys Rotary scholarship recognizes and rewards students who have demonstrated outstanding service to their school and community.  The Rotary club members are business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace in 165 countries throughout the world.  The Rotary Club is the world’s first and largest volunteer service organization.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Tristan Sauers Memorial Scholarship  (KAHS)

The family of Tristan Sauers established this scholarship in his memory.  Tristan was in a fatal car accident in his senior year at the Kane Area High School. Tristan was a member of the Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be a graduating senior from Kane Area High School pursuing a post-secondary education degree with a preference given to a student attending a trade or vocational school. A second preference will be given to nursing or health related fields of study.

 Dr. John E. Schloder Fine Arts Scholarship (Elk County)

Schloder Funds.jpgDr. John E. Schloder is a native of St. Marys, the son of the late Charles and Doris Schloder.  He is a graduate of St. Marys Parochial School and Elk County Christian High School.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York and his doctorate from the Institute of Art and Archaeology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Dr. Schloder began his career in the Paintings Department of the Musée du Louvre and is the retired Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida.  To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from St. Marys Area, Elk County Catholic, Ridgway Area or Johnsonburg Area High Schools, pursuing a career in the arts with preference to the visual or performing arts, art history, art education or museum studies. Candidate must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Dean Schrecengost Memorial Scholarship (SMAHS)

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In his position as Music Director, and with music as his passion, Dean Schrecengost had an impact on all things musically related at the school.   Dean was dedicated to his work and during his years as Music Director had an impact on countless students. This scholarship is open to students from St. Marys Area High School who plays an active role in their school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Taylor Schutz Memorial Lady Dutch Basketball Scholarship (SMAHS)

taylor.jpgTaylor Schutz was an all-around athlete, and true to each sport she played.  Two sports that Taylor was most devoted to were volleyball and basketball.  She was a "stand out" in these sports not just because of her ability, but due to her humble personality and positive attitude.  Taylor had a sincere love of the game, and it meant more to her to be a part of a team than to receive any type of individual recognition.  She modeled sportsmanship and fair play in competition.  Taylor inspired those who were fortunate enough to know her either on or off the court. Because of her impact on the Lady Dutch Basketball program the Lady Dutch Basketball Booster choose to establish this scholarship.   This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from St. Marys Area High School who has participated on the SMAHS Lady Dutch basketball team all 4 years and shows excellence in academics, athletics and shows the need for financial aid. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Martha C. Selle Scholarship (SMAHS)

Mrs. Selle began teaching the St. Marys Area School District in 1944 and was the first Elementary selle.pngSupervisor of the SMASD.   She was in charge of the elementary grades of the St. Marys Borough and Benzinger and Fox Township.  Mrs. Selle was a dedicated teacher, spending much of her spare time with extra-curricular activities for her students.  Martha Selle retired in 1974 and all who knew her will long remember her with respect and admiration.  This scholarship was established in her honor and is a fitting tribute to Mrs. Selle as an educator and friend. The candidates must be a graduate of St. Marys Area High School and play an active role in their school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Sette Family Scholarship (SMAHS)

The members of the Sette family wanted to create a legacy in memory of family members Beverly and Tim. The family together decided to create a scholarship to help a young adult within their community to achieve their goals. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of St. Marys Area High School who is enrolled in a four year post-secondary institution and who is active within his/her school and community.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Dr. Les A. and Donna V. Shull Educational Scholarship (RAHS)

Les and Donna Shull.jpgBoth Les and Donna worked for Ridgway Area School District and had a passion for the field of education.  This scholarship is in honor of their dedication to the field in hopes that others will have the passion for teaching children as they dedicated their lives to. Applicants must be a graduate of Ridgway Area High School and are committed to pursuing a degree in education. Candidates should demonstrate financial need and play an active role in their school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

 Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Music Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

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Nicholas J. Sinibaldi was a student at Mansfield State Teachers College and the Chautauqua Institute of Music. He was an admired and respected music educator in Foster Township, Bradford Area Schools, St. Marys Area School District, and the Elk County Catholic School System. He taught instrumental music classes and lessons for over 50 years. He was also a well-known band director throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states. He faithfully practiced his clarinet until his death at age 85. Nicholas Sinibaldi was an enthusiastic supporter of music programs everywhere. His leadership, talent, and dedication made him one of the most memorable and respected members of the community. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors from St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School who are pursuing a post secondary degree at an accredited institution in the field of their choosing.  A student must have been a member of the high school band program for four years.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

SGL Carbon, LLC Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

SGL Carbon, LLC recognized the lack of scholarship funds available to area students. In an effort to remedy this problem SGL Carbon, LLC issues annual scholarships that recognize high school seniors who have displayed outstanding qualities such as academic achievement, leadership,SGL_Carbon_Group_Logo_high_res.jpg community, service, and athletic accomplishment. It is the hope of SGL Carbon, LLC that this scholarship will help our community’s students relieve a portion of the cumbersome financial burden synonymous with higher education. The SGL Carbon, LLC scholarship will be awarded to two students from both Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area High Schools, who will be pursing degrees in engineering, business or machining.Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

 Michele M. Spence Nursing Scholarship (RAHS)

Michele M. Spence was a graduate of Venango Christian High School and Carlow College in Pittsburgh where she received a B.S. in Nursing and served as a teaching assistant in the Nursing Department. She also received a M.Ed. from Lock Haven University. Michele worked as a staff nurse at Elk Regional Medical Center and the Community Nurses of Elk and Cameron Counties and was employed as the school nurse at the Ridgway Area Middle-High School. Nursing was a passion that Michele had and she instilled that in all of those around her, including her husband Jeff and their family, friends and co-workers. This scholarship will be awarded to a senior at the Ridgway Area High School. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school.

Gene “Toots” Staiger  (Coudersport)

Gene “Toots” Staiger was a 1965 graduate of Coudersport Area High School.  Mr. Staiger was very active in high school and in his community. His career and volunteer involvement saw him as a teacher, member and President of Borough Council, involved in the Jaycees, Fire Department, ambulance services and executive director of the McKean County Assistance Office. He established this perpetual scholarship to give back to the community and current students by providing support that will educate Coudersport’s future leaders. A candidate for this scholarship must be a graduate from Coudersport High School and accepted into a post-secondary program in the state of PA.  Selection is not based on grade point average, but on someone who works hard; has proven to be successful and is active in their community.

Straub Brewery, Inc. Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

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Straub Brewery, Inc. saw a shortage of scholarship opportunities and in an effort to remedy this problem, Straub Brewery, decided to offer four scholarships that identify high school seniors who have displayed outstanding qualities.  These qualities include, but are not limited to academic achievement, leadership, community service, and athletic accomplishment. Applicants must be a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School or St. Marys Area High School and play an active role in their school and community. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of each school.

Patty Walters Scholarship (JAHS)

Patty Walters was a long time employee of Northwest Savings Bank in Johnsonburg. When she lost her battle with cancer her co-workers and family worked together to establish this scholarship. Patty loved the outdoors and her community. To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a student in the Johnsonburg Area High School living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox/Jones Township. The student must be accepted at a post-secondary 4 year university, community college or vocational or trade school.

Wapiti Rooster Local Chapter of National Elk Turkey Federation- Elk County (Elk County)

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Wapiti Roost Local Chapter is a local organization that, as a member, is also affiliated with the state and national organizations.   To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating senior of any Elk County High School.  The candidate must have a 3.0 average and pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education. Student must submit and essay demonstrating commitment to the preservation of the hunting tradition, be an active hunter and be dedicated to conservation. This is a progressive scholarship earning $500 locally, with submission for a potential $1000 statewide and up to a $10,000 national award.

Wilcox American Legion (JAHS)

The Wilcox American Legion Scholarship, is for a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox or Jones Township. The student must be pursuing a post secondary degree. This scholarship receipient will be required to write an essay about ~ Who do you know that is a veteran and how did they influenced your life. Applications are available through your guidance office.

Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship (Graduate- ECC or SMAHS)

Joseph A. Williams (1876-1979) graduated from Penfield High School, Dubois Business College, and Eastman School of Business Administration in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Mr. Williams was a very hard and dedicated worker who was employed by the Kaul and Hall lumber company for over 67 years.  He later became president of various lumber and clay industries.  Joseph Williams was also president of Eastern Clay Products, which comprised all clay products industries east of the Mississippi River.  Mr. Williams retired from industry when he was 93 years old.  As one of the founders of the Industrial Council of St. Marys, Joseph Williams was always interested in civic matters.  He also held leadership positions with the American Red Cross, United Fund, Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital and the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Elk County Catholic or St. Marys Area High School who is accepted or in attendance at an accredited medical school. The application can be downloaded here and submitted to the Foundation via email at eccf@windstream.net

 Gus and Helen Wolf Memorial Scholarship (ECC or SMAHS attending St. Vincent College)

Gus and Helen Wolf were born, raised and worked in St. Marys.  They owned a local beverage company for thirty years and were married for sixty years.   They had two sons Gustave and Thomas; both sons attended St. Vincent College and enjoyed careers in the field of education. This scholarship will be awarded to a senior graduating from St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School that is going to St. Vincent with a preference to an education major.  Gus and Helen were both very active in their community.  To honor their community service their son Gustave established this scholarship in their memory.  Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office at both schools.

Corporal Adam M. Wolfel Memorial Scholarship (SMAHS, ECC)

U.S. Marine Corporal Adam M. Wolfel was born in 1991 in St. Marys, PA the son of Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel, brother of Amanda and father of his son Poston.  He graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 2009 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a rifleman and machine gunner. Adam’s natural leadership qualities were evident throughout his deployments to Marjah, Afghanistan and Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharge in October 2013 as a decorated corporal.  The family and friends established the Corporal Adam M. Wolfel Memorial Scholarship fund to honor Adam’s memory with this “forever” scholarship.  This scholarship will be awarded to either a graduate of St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School that will be attending a post-secondary education program and/or certificates program for a technical trade. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office at both schools.