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

Tyler Bender EMS Scholarship Fund

Tyler Bender EMS Scholarship Fund

Tyler Bender recently graduated from the Center for Emergency Medicine, and he felt compelled to give back by starting this scholarship to encourage other individuals to consider the EMS field. There is a constant demand for well-trained and qualified EMS professionals. Tyler hopes that this scholarship fund will help attract individuals to the field and alleviate a shortage of EMS personnel.

Amount:          $500 annually

Eligibility:        Applicant must reside within the EMS region (Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Potter, Washington and Westmoreland.


  • Registered and accepted into an EMR, EMT, AEMT or paramedic program.
  • Proof of affiliation within an EMS agency within EMS West Region. (signed letter from services manager/director with their contact information).

Judy Enstrom Blumle Memorial Scholarship Fund

Judy Enstrom Blumle Memorial Scholarship Fund

Judith (Judy) Enstrom Blumle passed away in 2021. Though often soft-spoken, Judy had a strong will and personality and put a high value on education. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Muskingum College in 1961 and later moved with her husband in 1976 to Emporium, PA. She was very committed to her family, friends, and to the town of Emporium.

For many years, Judy worked as her husband’s (Dr. Charles A. Blumle – “Chuck”) partner in his dental practice. She proved many of the accompanying services crucial for the success of the office: she cleaned, did bookkeeping, and helped care for both the staff and the patients. The success of the practice was truly built by both Chuck and Judy.

Over her years in Emporium she volunteered locally including on the board of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Emporium Art Festival committee, and fundraising to build the Emporium Library. She assisted in various educational efforts including helping students prepare for their GED tests, helping school-age children learn to read, and assisting with other events and committees. Many of these projects underlined the value she placed on education.

Her family and friends wish to honor her educational commitment by endowing a scholarship in her honor to assist many students over time in furthering their education in the Nursing field.

Amount:         $1,000

Eligibility:     High School Senior from Cameron County High School or students who have received this award as a graduating senior in high school can reapply for a future scholarship.

Category:       Post-Secondary nursing degree or a Certificate in Nursing

  • Be active in school and community
  • Demonstrate need
  • Pursuing a nursing degree or nursing certificate

Leo and Margaret Blumle Scholarship Fund

Leo and Margaret Blumle Scholarship Fund

Margaret and Leo Blumle placed a high emphasis on their family and were active parishioners in their church: The Church of the Holy Family. Throughout their life they enjoyed being with other people and helping people in need including to build a vital water pipeline in Haiti.

They married in 1969. During their life they lived in many places, including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania before moving to Virginia Beach in 1979. After Margaret’s death Leo decided to move back to Emporium, PA where he was born.

Their final wishes included a request to set up a scholarship to help students from Cameron County to pursue higher education.

 Amount:          Approximately $1000, determined annually

Eligibility:      High School Senior from Cameron County or students who have received this award as a graduating senior in high school can reapply for a future scholarship.

Category:        Pursuing a post-secondary degree or certificate       

  • Active in school and community
  • Show academic merit 

Eugene M. Brady & Naomi S. Brady Memorial Scholarship

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 Family Memorial Scholarship in their parents’ memory.

Amount: Multiple awards totaling approximately $10,000

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School and adult learners

Category: General

  • Graduating seniors from Johnsonburg Area High School and adult learners that reside in the Johnsonburg school district
  • Exemplifies qualities of academic achievement, wholesome character and attitude, and financial need
  • Adult learners must be current students who have maintained at least a 2.5 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

Michele Campbell Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Michele Campbell was a hard working 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.

Amount:Approximately $1,700, determined annually

Eligibility: 2nd year or higher post-secondary student. Graduate of Elk County Catholic, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, or St. Marys Area High Schools

Category: Nursing

  • Must be a graduate of ECCHS, JAHS, RAHS, SMAHS
  • Must be enrolled as a second year student or higher in accredited nursing program
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Evelyn Kosko Chase Memorial Scholarship

Evelyn Kosco Chase had a zest for life and an amazing gift of creativity. Evelyn won everyone’s heart through her cooking  -- there was always a pot of soup on the stove or a casserole in the oven. She had an open door policy and anyone was welcome to stay for any meal at any time. Flowers were also her passion and she was a partner in the opening of Lyn Clare Flower Shop with Clare Geitner in 1949. She published a cookbook and was known for her paper flowers and ground pine wreaths. Besides raising her 4 children with her husband Milton, she was an active member of the community and an ardent supporter of the Elk County Catholic School, sports and activities. Evelyn was also a founding member of the Red Hat Society in St. Marys. 

Evelyn remained active up until her passing at the young age of 103, and from early on. Evelyn’s calling was to help others. This fund was created to give others the opportunity for a higher education that she was never able to attain.

Amount:    $500

Eligibility:   Elk County Residents. 2 to 4-year post-secondary degree for a non-traditional adult learner.

Category:  General

  • Non-traditional adult learner
  • Pursuing a 2 or 4-year post-secondary degree
  • Active in his/her community
  • Demonstrate financial need

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

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Military Scholarship

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Military Scholarship Fund

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis was born and raised in Florida but had generational family ties to the McKean County area. He was passionate about the outdoors and was an expert at hunting and fishing in northern Pennsylvania when he visited his family.  He studied at Florida State University where he received a Bachelor Degree of Science in Environmental Studies and a Master Degree in Business Administration. After college he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Pararescuemen, this is an Elite team of Guardian Angel Airmen.

Staff Sgt. Enis died at the age of 31 in a helicopter incident on the Syrian Iraq border and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Staff Sgt. Enis lived by the Pararescue Creed: “These things we do, that others may Live.”

To honor Staff Sgt. Enis, they renamed the Tally Ho Bridge in the Kinzua Creek region on Route 219 as the Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Memorial Bridge.

Amount:          Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility:      High School Senior or an adult learner

Category:        High School senior at McKean, Cameron, Potter or Elk County High Schools or an adult learner. Adults must be a member of the National Guard, reserves, active duty in any branch of the service. Adults or high school seniors enrolled in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). Must be serving under honorable conditions.

  • Attending a post-secondary program, certificate program or any qualified trade school
  • Active in school and community
  • Show academic merit (preference to those in scouting)

Faith Baptist Church Ministry Scholarship Fund

Faith Baptist Church Ministry Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by the Faith Baptist Church in St. Marys out of gratitude and appreciation for the love Jesus Christ has shown to us. It is our way of showing our support and thanks to those individuals who are dedicating their lives to the sharing of His love through His Word, so that others may come to know and experience that same love for themselves.

Amount:        $500

Eligibility:      High school senior or any individual entering Bible School Ministry program. Must have active attendance at Faith Baptist Church, St. Marys.

  • Member of Faith Baptist Church in St. Marys with active attendance
  • Upon the successful completion of a year of schooling, applicant may re-apply for the following year
  • Submit essay explaining how the candidate came to Christ and what they believe God is calling them to do with their life. Please also include his/her college and career goals, not to exceed 300 words.
  • Letter of recommendation from a non-family member who can speak to the candidate’s Christian character.

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

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

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


  • 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

Dr. Sandra Calkins Kowalski Nursing

Sandra Calkins Kowalski, known as Sandy, 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 University of Buffalo and dedicated her career to community health. 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. 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 established this scholarship to offer opportunities for future generations to walk in Sandy’s footsteps.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School & Non-Traditional Nursing Students from Johnsonburg

Category: Nursing

  • Open to graduating seniors from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • First preference given to JAHS students pursuing a degree in nursing
  • Non-traditional students pursuing nursing field with emphasis on community nursing or public health

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 NPRC

McGrady Family Scholarship Fund - Northern PA Regional College

Amount:  Approximately $1,000, determined annually
Deadline:  Application due by March 7
Eligibility:  Northern PA Regional College student from Elk or Cameron Counties
Category: General
  • Must be a student at the Northern PA Regional College pursuing a post-secondary degree 
  • Be active in school and community activities
  • Demonstrate need
  • Show academic merit

Catherine M. Moran Memorial Scholarship

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.

Amount: Multiple awards totaling approximately $16,000

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School and adult learners

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and adult learners that reside in the Johnsonburg school district
  • Demonstrates characteristics of wholesome character and attitude
  • Adult learners must be current students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA

Helene K. Nawrocki Memorial Scholarship

Helene K Nawrocki Memorial Scholarship

Helene Nawrocki was born and raised in the Philadelphia PA region. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from LaSalle University. Helene was employed in the ICU and as Director of Nursing at Delaware Valley Hospital. She also authored a Nurses’ Book of Courage and lectured at nursing seminars throughout the country. In 1996 after 20 years in the medical field, Helene and her husband moved to Potter County where she served as the Executive Director of the Potter County Education Council (PCEC). 

The PCEC’s goal is to bring higher educational opportunities to the region. Helene never stopped learning and this scholarship is being offered for today’s students to continue their education through the Northern PA Regional College.

Amount:  TBD

Eligibility: Enrolled or will be attending Northern PA Regional College (NPRC)

Category: Pursuing a post-secondary 2-year degree or a work force development training or dual enrollment.

  • Priority will be given to students in Potter and McKean County, but if there are no eligible students all students within the NPRC footprint will be able to apply
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA average

Lisa Pecora Scholarship For NPRC Students

This scholarship fund was established to honor Lisa Pecora’s dedication to the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegany (ECUA) and Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). 

Lisa Pecora is a founding member of the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegany, serving as Treasurer.  ECUA was established in 2009 with a goal to provide open admission, low-cost, high quality post-secondary education to communities that had never been served by these opportunities.  ECUA founding members worked with state officials to seek a permanent solution to provide affordable, accessible technical and associate degree programs in northwestern Pennsylvania resulting in a College Plan.  The College Plan approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education officially established the Northern Pennsylvania Regional college in May 2017.  NPRC began operating as an independent institution in January 2020.  NPRC is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to grant degrees and certificates, and is proudly pursuing institutional accreditation.  Lisa continues her dedication to the College’s mission currently serving as the Director of Human Resources. 

Amount:         TBD

Eligibility:        Enrolled or accepted to Northern PA Regional College (NPRC)

Category:        Pursuing a post-secondary degree or high school students attending NPRC classes through dual enrollment. Preference given to McKean County and Titusville High School.

  • Present student or future students attending NPRC
  • Dual Enrollment for high school students through NPRC
  • Preference for students in McKean or Titusville High School
  • Be active in school and community

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

Greiner/Roof Law Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Graduate Level from Elk & Cameron Counties

Category: Law

  • Applicant must be accepted or in attendance at an accredited law school
  • Must be permanent resident in Elk or Cameron Counties, or be a graduate of one of the high schools located in these counties
  • Award based on academic standing and achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and general life experience

William and Arlene Rothrock Memorial Fund

William and Arlene Rothrock Memorial Fund

The William and Arlene Rothrock Memorial Fund was created to provide continuing educational opportunities for students.

Bill and Arlene relocated from the Harrisburg area to Elk County in 1950 and chose this area to raise their family and dedicate the rest of their lives. They instilled in their children and grandchildren the love of the outdoors and the ethics of hard work, dedication, perseverance and giving back to the community.

It is the intention of this scholarship portion of this memorial fund to be awarded to a recipient who exhibits similar traits.     

Amount:          $500

Eligibility:        Graduating High School Senior from Elk County or a non-traditional adult student from Elk County.

Category:        2 or 4-year degree or trade school post-secondary program

  • Resident high school senior from Elk County
  • Be active in School and community activities
  • Demonstrate need

Susan Swanson Memorial Scholarship

Susan Swanson was a lifelong resident of the Kane area and was involved in Pennsylvania's hardwood industry for over 40 years. She began her career by providing administrative support to her husband's logging business, then moving to Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) as an Administrative Assistant before taking over as the AHUG Executive Director in October of 1997. Under her leadership, AHUG fostered a reputation for being the "go-to" organization in our region on issues involving the hardwood industry, partnering with other agencies and organizations to tackle topics ranging from natural resources access to workforce and economic development. She forged strong working relationships on the local state and national level, and was as comfortable talking politics in Washington CD as she was spending a day in the woods with local school students.

The AHUG Board of Directors has established the Susan Swanson Memorial Internship Program to honor Sue's legacy and contribution to Pennsylvania's forests and forest products community. This program will provide the annual intern with multiple job shadow experiences, exposing them to all sectors of the regional hardwood industry, along with AHUG and their affiliated partners.

The goal of this program is to develop leaders and entrepreneurs with an understanding of industry needs and associated efforts to provide advocacy, promotion, education and economic development services in support of the continued growth of PA's hardwood industry.

Amount: $5000


  • A current PA resident enrolled in post-secondary education program involving forestry, wood/forest products, natural resources or environmental management, environmental law, public policy or other curriculum as directed by the Selection Committee.
  • The student will serve an (8) eight-week internship with the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group (AHUG) with the North Central/Northwestern Pennsylvania Region.
  • Candidate must have completed 2 years of a 4-year program (junior or seniors only) and have interest in a career in any of the programs of study indicated in bullet one (I).
  • Student will be required to be available for an interview from the selection committee if requested.

Joseph A. Williams Medical Scholarship

The investment made by the donor who established the Joseph A. Williams Memorial Medical Scholarship Fund has had long-lasting effects for our communities. The fund has helped many students pursuing medical degrees reach their goals.

Amount: Approximately $4,475, determined annually

Eligibility: St. Marys Area High School or Elk County Catholic High School Graduate attending Medical School

Category: Medical School

  • Graduate of SMAHS or ECCHS who has been accepted into or is currently attending an accredited medical school
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA