Scholarship categories are listed below. The color-coded icons below make it easy to scan the page to find scholarships of a particular interest.

Jordan Adams Memorial Award Fund

Jordan Adams was tragically killed in a car accident in 2019 at the young age of 19. Jordan had struggled throughout his life with mental illness, but one of his happiest times was when he was on the SMAHS Swim and Dive team. They were a special little family to him. He did not excel in the sport, but it did not matter as he was accepted and cheered for during his time on the team. This little family saved his life! Jordan was always giving in any way he could and his family knows he would want to try and help someone else who struggled and found their family in the SMAHS Swim and Dive team and needs help continuing on in life after high school.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Graduating senior from any school who is a member of the St. Marys Area Swim and Dive Team

Category: General

  • Must be a graduating senior 
  • Must be a member of the SMAHS Swim and Dive Team
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education program or entering the workforce

Gloria V. Anderson Scholarship, Sponsored by the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus

Gloria was 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 established and dedicated this scholarship in honor of her and the hard work she has put into music.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Residents of Singing Dutchman areas to be determined annually

Category: Music education or performance

  • High school seniors from areas where Singing Dutchman members reside
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree in music education or music performance

David F. Auman Memorial Scholarship

DAVID F. AUMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
 
This memorial scholarship was established by Dave’s parents, Fran & Sharyn. Dave was a lifelong resident of the area and a 1993 graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Clarion University with a degree in special education. He was a supervisor at Abraxus Youth Services in Marienville PA. While in high school he played football, and lifting weights was one of his hobbies.

Amount:  Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility:  Graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School

Category:  Criminal Justice; Special Education; Social Services

  • Graduating senior from ECCHS
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, special education, or social services. (preference given to criminal justice and special education
  • Must be active in school and community, and a well-rounded student who works hard

Edna Geitner Bennett Memorial Scholarship

Edna Geitner served the St. Marys area as a Community Nurse in the organization’s early years. 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.

Amount: Approximately $1,500, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic High School

Category: Nursing, Health-related field

  • Graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School
  • Majoring in nursing or any other health related field, with preference in nursing
 

Helene L. Bowley Scholarship

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".

Amount: Approximately $5,100 per school, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, and St. Marys High Schools

Category: General

  • Established to assist “worthy students of Elk County”
  • Multiple scholarships for each school for Seniors from ECCHS, JAHS, RAHS, SMAHS
  • 3.0 or higher GPA

Gilbert Gibby Buerk Memorial Scholarship

Gilbert J. “Gibby” Buerk was a graduate of SMAHS and was employed by St. Marys Ambulance. He was an EMT and had recently earned his certification as a paramedic. Gibby was a hard worker and an old soul at heart. His hand was always extended in a bid of friendship and helpfulness. His legacy will long live on in the many friends he had, and the kindness he showed to so many throughout his life.

Amount: To be determined

Eligibility: Elk and surrounding area High School seniors and non-traditional students in Elk County and surrounding area. 

Category: EMT or Paramedic or other related field

  • Active in community and school
  • Demonstrate financial need

Arlan J and Dale Horwicz Clayton Scholarship

Arlan was part-owner of Metal Powder Products Corporation with facilities in several states, one of which was Carbon City Products in St. Marys. Arlan firmly believed in giving back through philanthropy. After his passing due to an unfortunate bicycling accident, his wife established this scholarship for materials and engineering focused students.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County

Category: General, Engineering

  • Graduating senior from Elk County
  • Be accepted into a post-secondary program, with a preference given for materials engineering, material sciences, or metallurgy field
  • Be active in school and community

Christian Cordero Memorial Scholarship

The Christian Cordero Memorial Scholarship Award is 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.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: 8th grade Cavalier basketball player who will attend Elk County Catholic High School

Category: Cavalier Basketball

  • This award will be given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of Christian Cordero, former Cavalier basketball player and assistant coach
  • Exemplify qualities of discipline, values, hustle and dedication to team and program

To Apply: Scholarship winner will be chosen by Cavalier coaching staff

David L. Delullo Memorial Scholarship

David Delullo, Sr. was born in Force, PA. He and his wife raised nine children in St. Marys. He was self-employed in a number of different businesses. David was involved in various fund raising and charitable events that benefited children and families. This scholarship was established as a way to continue his generosity, dedication and commitment to helping those in need.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Residents. Graduating seniors and non-traditional students

Category: General

  • Open to high school seniors and non-traditional students
  • Must be a resident of Elk County
  • Pursuing higher education
  • Demonstrate financial need



Elk County Farm Bureau

The Elk County Farm Bureau is a local organization that is also affiliated with the state and national Farm 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.

Amount: Approximately $575, determined annually

Eligibility: All Elk County residents, or child or grandchild of Elk County Farm Bureau member.

Category: Agriculture or related field

  • Must be graduating senior who resides in Elk County
  • Students living outside of area may be eligible if a child or grandchild of Elk County Farm Bureau Member • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Record of community service



Elk Diabetes Nursing Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $575, determined annually

Eligibility: All Elk County Residents

Category: Nursing

  • Established through a donation to Elk Regional Health System Foundation from the Elk County Diabetes organization
  • Must be a deserving and qualified graduating senior from Elk County
  • Student must be pursuing a nursing degree

Abagail Veronica Dobson Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship was established by Abagail “Abby” Dobson’s family. Abby was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2014. After high school, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2018 with a degree in Psychology and Counseling. Less than a year after starting her career in social services, Abby passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident at the age of 23. She had plans to further her education, pursue a master’s degree, and continue to dedicate her life’s work to help others.

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: SMAHS or ECCHS Graduating Senior or Graduate Student

Category: General, Social Services

  • Graduating High School Senior or Graduate student from Elk County Catholic or St. Marys Area High Schools
  • Pursuing a post-secondary Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Services (Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Social Work Etc.)
  • Be active in school and community activities 

Dick Fava Memorial Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway resident attending RAHS or ECCHS

Category: General

  • Sponsored by Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Dick Fava
  • Student must reside in Ridgway
  • Student can attend either RAHS or ECCHS
 

Mary Filano Memorial Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $750, determined annually

Eligibility: Bennett’s Valley resident attending SMAHS or ECCHS

Category: General

  • Resident of Bennett’s Valley
  • Graduating senior of St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School
  • Demonstrate exemplary participation in school and community activities throughout the high school years

T.O. Fitch Memorial Scholarship

T.O. Fitch’s life was cut short by COVID complications in 2021, but not before he made a lasting impact on Ridgway where he lived and worked. His key traits were sheer grit, a charitable heart that pushed community development efforts, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Although he no longer is able to inspire others to demonstrate these traits, it is the hope of his family that this scholarship will reward a student that exhibits similar traits and that they can create a comparable legacy of their own. 

Amount: $500

Eligibility: High School seniors and non-traditional students residing in Elk County.

Category: General

  • Non-traditional adult learner with a permanent residence in Elk County
  • Graduating senior from any Elk County high school
  • Pursuing a 2 or 4-year post-secondary degree or certificate program
  • Have a minimum of a C average in high school

Joseph and Delores Frey Family Scholarship

Joseph and Delores “Toots” Samick Frey are lifelong residents of this area. They volunteered with the Christian Food Bank, Elk County Catholic School System, Cursillo Movement and Hospice. Joe was also a volunteer with the Ridgway Fire Department for 33 years. They loved traveling and have been to all 50 states and to many countries. They are extremely proud of their family and grandchildren. This scholarship is a tribute to their commitment to the Catholic school system.

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: ECCHS Graduating Senior

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary or certificate program
  • Be active in school and community activities 
  • Demonstrate need

Alva K. Gregory Scholarship sponsored by the Johnsonburg Rotary

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 August 24, 1988.

Amount: Minimum of $500 determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Must be student at JAHS or ECCHS residing in the Johnsonburg School District
  • Demonstrate an active role in school, church, community and family
  • 2.5 or greater GPA
 

Hasselman/Hopton Memorial Scholarship

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. 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.

Amount: Approximately $1,050, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway, St. Marys and Elk County Catholic High Schools or Non-traditional students

Category: General

  • Graduating seniors or non-traditional students residing in the Ridgway and St. Marys school districts
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and enrolled in a college, university, community college, or vocational school in Pennsylvania
  • Must be pursuing either an associates or baccalaureate degree
  • Show an interest in being an entrepreneur
 

Seth T. Hockman Memorial Scholarship

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 established this scholarship to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Amount: Approximately $800, determined annully

Eligibility: Elk County Residents. Graduating seniors and non-traditional students.

Category: Vocational or Trade School  

  • Must be a graduating senior or nontraditional student residing in Elk County
  • Plan on attending a post-secondary  a trade or vocational school
  • Must carry at least a “C” average or above while in high school

Gilbert J. and Dorothy E. Hoehn Scholarship

Gilbert and Dorothy Hoehn wanted to support Catholic education and provided for this scholarship in their estate plan. 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.

Amount: $500 for 4 years

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Must be a graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School
  • Scholarship is awarded to a worthy and needy senior seeking a 2 year or 4 year post- secondary education in PA
 

Bev Hogan Memorial Nursing Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic High School, St. Marys Area High School

Category: Nursing

  • Must be a graduating senior from ECCHS or SMAHS
  • Pursuing a degree in nursing
  • Demonstrate community, church, and school activity and service
 

JAHS Class of 1964 Scholarship


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

Amount: Minimum of $700, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School, Resident of Johnsonburg

Category: General, Vocational, Technical

  • Graduating Senior from Johnsonburg Area High School or ECCHS, must be a Johnsonburg resident
  • Pursuing a post-secondary vocational or technical certificate degree
  • Be active in school, church and community activities

Howard M. Keebler MD Memorial Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $500 each (1 for each school), determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic High School, St. Marys Area High School

Category: General

  • Open to graduating seniors from SMAHS and ECCHS
  • Financial need is considered for this scholarship
 

Kathryn Katy Kilhoffer Walsh Nursing Scholarship

This Fund was established to be granted to the most deserving student from RAHS or ECCHS, 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.

Amount: Approximately $725, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic High School, Ridgway Area High School

Category: Nursing

  • Open to graduating seniors from RAHS and ECCHS
  • Must be a resident of Ridgway School District
  • Pursuing a degree in nursing in either a RN or LPN program
 

Gloria McAllister Kneidel and Patrick Charles Jessup

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.

Amount: Approximately $500 each (2 per school), determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Must be a graduate of SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Plan to pursue a post-secondary education

Leroy C. Krise Memorial Scholarship

Leroy C. Krise, a resident of Ridgway, was involved in numerous businesses. He had a passion and great knowledge of the powdered metal industries in the Elk County area. Leroy was a very kind and generous man and was always helping someone in need. This scholarship has been established in his memory for Elk County residents.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Residents. Graduating seniors and non-traditional students

Category:General

  • Open to high school seniors and non-traditional students
  • Must be a resident of Elk County
  • Pursuing higher education including technical schools
  • Demonstrate financial need

Lions Club of St. Marys Scholarship

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 Lions Club is a service-oriented organization that empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through their local Lions clubs.

Amount: Approximately $500 each (1 for each school), determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: Health Field preferred

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Must be St. Marys area resident
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program
  • Preference to those with a concentration in a health-related field
  • Active in community and school activities

Ella McElhany & Maude B. Schimmelfeng

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 program for the residents of Ridgway that attend RAHS or ECCHS. To be eligible for this scholarship a student must be a resident of Ridgway and pursuing a post-secondary education.

Amount: Minimum of $1,000 each, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School, Non-Traditional Students

Category: General

  • Must be resident of Ridgway attending RAHS or ECCHS, or a non-traditional student
  • Student is pursuing a post-secondary education
  • Financial need is considered
  • Students are welcome to apply in future years, after high school graduation
 

McGrady Family Fund Scholarship

The McGrady Family Fund is dedicated to improving the health, welfare and educational opportunities of families living in Elk County, Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. The McGrady family has been involved in philanthropy for four generations and this fund was set up to ensure this philanthropy continues in perpetuity.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County High Schools: ECCHS, SMAHS, RAHS, JAHS.  Each high school will receive one scholarship.

Category: General, Vocational, Arts, Education, English, History, Music or Writing at a college or technical school

  • Graduating high school senior
  • Must be pursuing a post-secondary degree or technical school certification
  • Be active in school and community activities
  • Demonstrate need
  • Show academic merit

Lynn Nicklas Scholarship

Lynn Nicklas was a lifelong resident 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 Inez S. Bull 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 Inez S. Bull Foundation, they established this scholarship in her memory.

Amount: Minimum $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: All Elk County Residents, Graduating Seniors

Category: Music major or minor

  • Graduating senior of any high school who is an Elk County resident
  • Pursuing a career in music or music-related field
  • Secondary consideration given to students with a music-related minor or student who has significantly contributed to the arts in Elk County

Ruth E. Reed Nursing Scholarship

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 worked at Elk County General Hospital from 1955 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.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk, Warren and Clearfield Counties and Non-traditional students

Category: Nursing

  • Must be a student from Elk, Warren or Clearfield Co
  • Be accepted into a post-secondary education pursuing a RN or BSN degree
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • May be graduating senior, recent graduate, or adult learner

Ridgway Rotary Scholarship

The Ridgway Rotary Club established this scholarship for graduating seniors from Ridgway Area High School, or a student from Elk County Catholic High School who resides in the Ridgway Area School District. This scholarship recognizes and rewards students who will be attending a post- secondary program and 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.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School or Ridgway Resident from Elk County Catholic

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School or Ridgway resident from Elk County Catholic
  • Play an active role in school and community

St. Benedict Scholarship

The St. Benedict 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, taught in our schools and staffed and administered our hospital. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Elk County Catholic High School who plans to attend St. Vincent College.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic High School attending St. Vincent College

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Elk County Catholic High School
  • Plans to attend St. Vincent College
  • Active in school and community

St. Marys American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship

The St. Marys American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship was established to encourage our youth to discover veterans within their family and their community and to learn about their service. It also was put in place to recognize and create awareness of what the veterans have done for our country and to honor both the past and present veterans.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Pursuing a career post-secondary education
  • Active in school and community activities
  • Demonstrate financial need

St. Marys American Legion Post 103 Scholarship

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion of our fellow service members and veterans. The local St. Marys American Legion Post 103 established this scholarship to promote patriotism and to give back to family members, while encouraging education for our future leaders of our community.

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education or certificate program
  • Active in school and community activities
  • Has a minimum of a C average
  • Parent, grandparent or legal guardian must be a Class A member of the St. Marys Legion Post 103

St. Marys Sons of the American Legion Post 103 Scholarship

The St. Marys Sons of the American Legion Post 103 is a patriotic service organization. The members are made up of male descendants of people who served in the United States Armed Forces, specified by the American Legion. The St. Marys Sons of the American Legion’s mission is to serve veterans, the military and their families.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education or certificate program
  • Active in school and community activities including and legion programs (ex: ball, rifle club, etc.)

St. Marys Area Jaycees Community Involvement Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $775, determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Demonstrate exemplary participation and involvement in community, school, and work activities throughout their high school year

St. Marys Rotary Club Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $500 per year for 4 years (2 scholarships), determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS and ECCHS
  • Must be St. Marys area resident
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program
  • The St. Marys Rotary scholarship recognizes and rewards students who have demonstrated outstanding service to their school and community

Dr. John E. Schloder Fine Arts Scholarship

Dr. 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.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: All Elk County High Schools

Category: Arts

  • Graduating senior from any Elk County High School
  • Pursuing a career in the arts with preference given to the visual or performing arts, art history, art education or museum studies
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

SGL Scholarship

Because SGL Carbon, LLC recognized the lack of scholarship funds available to area students, they chose to issue annual scholarships that recognize high school seniors who have displayed outstanding qualities including, but are not limited to: academic achievement, leadership, community service, and athletic accomplishment. SGL hoped that this scholarship will help our community's students relieve a portion of the cumbersome financial burden synonymous with higher education.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: SMAHS or ECC senior

Category: Engineering, Business or Machining

  • Graduating senior
  • Preferences given to students pursuing a degree in engineering or business discipline or a trade school for machining.
  • Active in school and community

Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Music Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $850 each, determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General. Music/band participant.

  • Graduating senior from SMAHS or ECCHS
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree a field of their choice
  • Must have been a member of high school band program for four years

Dr. Maurus Sorg Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Maurus "Moose" Sorg was a lifelong resident of St. Marys who practiced medicine in our community for over 35 years. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine and was board certified in Family, Emergency, and Sports Medicine. He had a Master's of Public Health with a concentration in Occupational Health, and was a Certified Life Coach. He was a lifelong learner who believed in the value of ongoing education. Dr. Sorg was a devoted and active member of the community, serving on numerous Boards. Dr. Sorg was also a pilot and served on the Airport Authority, was Chairman of the Elk County Republican Party, and was instrumental in the founding of the High Education Council, now known as the Community Education Center. This scholarship was established in his memory after his passing.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County 

Category: General, Vocational, Adult Learner

  • Graduating senior from Elk County or an Adult Learner
  • Submit an essay describing where you see yourself in the future and how you plan to make a difference in the community you live. Also include his/her college and career goals.
  • Be active in school and community activities

Straub Brewery, Inc. Scholarship

Straub Brewery, Inc. saw a shortage of scholarship opportunities and in an effort to remedy this problem, 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.

Amount: Approximately $1,000 each (2 per school), determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School

Category: General

  • Graduate of SMAHS and ECCHS
  • Has displayed outstanding qualities including, but not limited to, academic achievement, leadership, community service, and athletic accomplishment

The VanVranken Scholarship

The desire to meld the VanVranken name and an opportunity for a deserving Elk County student to achieve a higher education dream came from their parent's focus on education and their untiring volunteer efforts so many years ago on behalf of Elk County. This love of the county and respect for higher education has been passed to their children and grandchildren who chose to pass the bounty of this philosophy to others in the community by establishing this scholarship

Amount: One 4-year scholarship will be awarded per year for each field of study: one for Registered Nurse/Physician Assistant and one for the Music Field. Each will be for $2,500 per semester for 8 semesters (or 4 years) for a total of $20,000 per student.

Eligibility: ECCHS, JAHS, RAHS, SMAHS

Category: Registered Nurses/Physician Assistant -- Music Field

  • High school senior who is a resident of Elk County
  • Pursue a post-secondary 4-year degree as a Registered Nurse/Physician Assistant or Music field. (One 4-year scholarship in each field of study.)
  • Student should be active in school and community activities.
  • Demonstrate need.
  • Nursing or Physician Assistant scholarship must have a 3.2 grade point average to quality for this scholarship and must maintain that same grade point average over the four years.
  • Music Major can include both performing, education or other related music field in any musical discipline (i.e., vocal or instrumental). They must have a 3.0 grade point average to qualify for this scholarship and must maintain that same grade point average over the four years.

Gus and Helen Wolf Memorial Scholarship

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. Gus and Helen were both very active in their community. To honor their community service their son Gustave established this scholarship in their memory.

Amount: Approximately $1,475, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County Catholic or St. Marys Area High School (attending St. Vincent College)

Category: Education

  • Graduating senior from ECCHS or SMAHS who will be attending St. Vincent College
  • Preference given to Education majors
  • Class rank and GPA considered

Corporal Adam M. Wolfel Memorial Scholarship

U.S. Marine Corporal Adam M. Wolfel was born in 1991 in St. Marys, 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. Family and friends established this fund to honor Adam’s memory with this “forever” scholarship.

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County 

Category: Vocational

  • Graduating senior, resident of Elk County
  • Be accepted at a one to two year trade school
  • Must carry at least a C average

Randy K. Yetzer Memorial Scholarship

Randy K. Yetzer was a lifelong resident of the area and received an associate degree from Triangle Tech in construction. After working for numerous construction companies over the years he had a dream of owning his own business and he eventually reached that goal by establishing Yetzer Builders and then Yetzer Contracting.

To provide for his wife and 4 children he had to take a different career path for a while, but was eventually able to achieve his dream of owning his own business. He was a well-respected businessman and he will always be remembered for offering a helping hand to anyone that needed assistance.

Randy always believed in trade schools, and some of his best employees were students. Having a trade was very important to him, by developing a skill and being able to work with your hands he felt anyone could have a successful career.  The success that he achieved was from working hard and never giving up.

Randy’s family established this scholarship in his name to provide financial assistance to a student who is going into the trades and has a good work ethic.

Amount:            Two $500 scholarships -- one to SMAHS and one to ECCHS, determined annually

Eligibility:          Graduating high school seniors from SMAHS and ECCHS

Category:          Vocational

  • Pursuing a post-secondary certificate or a 2-year program in the trades or vocational school
  • SMAHS and ECCHS graduating senior
  • Be active in school and community