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

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

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

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 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

Paul Robert & Fredia Roberta Calkins Rolfe Scholarship

This scholarship was established and funded by Paul and Fredia’s son, Scotty, who wanted to honor his parents and the neighborhood he grew up in. A scholarship is offered in both Johnsonburg where he was born and raised, and also to a student from Mt. Jewett where Scotty made his home.

Amount: $1,000 per year for four years ($4,000 potential), if minimum 2.5 GPA is maintained

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: Nursing or Engineering preference. Other fields may be considered.

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Currently living in Johnsonburg, Wilcox/Jones Township, having resided in Johnsonburg for a minimum of 2 years
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree with preference to nursing or engineering field. If no candidate, other fields will be considered.
 

Caribardi Family Scholarship

The Caribardi family set up this scholarship to honor the memory of their wife and mother, Patty Caribardi. Patty was a lifelong resident of Elk County and supported the Johnsonburg Area School District for 38 years. Most importantly, she understood the value of post-secondary education.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Plays active role in both school and community
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
 

Donald Cicuzza Jr. Memorial Fund

Donald Cicuzza Jr. was a 1973 graduate of JAHS, and within a year of joining the workforce he enlisted in the Army. A military career offered education and training to Don, first to become a mechanic to maintain and repair tanks then helicopters. Eventually education resulted in Don becoming an Army helicopter pilot, He retired as a Warrant Officer after 20 years of service, but unfortunately passed away after 10 years of retirement. This scholarship is offered in his memory to honor his pursuit of education during his army career.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: Vocational, Technical

  • Graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area High School. The recipient would need to be living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox/Jones Township and either be graduating from Johnsonburg High School or if JAHS combines with other area public schools at some future date, their residence must be within what would have been the previous JAHS school district.
  • Student must be pursuing a post-secondary Vocational or Technical Certificate or degree.
  • Be active in in school and community activities and demonstrate academic aptitude and work ethic sufficient to succeed in his or her chosen field of study.

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

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



Thomas C. Detwiler Sponsored by Domtar

In honor of Thomas Detwiler, their employee who passed away, Domtar offers this annual scholarship in his honor to a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School.

Amount: Approximately $1000, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Be accepted into a post-secondary program, preferably a science degree

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

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.

Gloria Finno Scholarship

Gloria Finno resided in Johnsonburg for her entire life and with her passing, a scholarship was established to give back to the students pursuing a post-secondary education from the Johnsonburg Area High School.

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: Education

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Student must be pursuing a post-secondary degree in education
 

Lillian Finno Scholarship

Lillian Finno resided in Johnsonburg for her entire life and with her passing, a scholarship was established to give back to the students pursuing a post-secondary education from the Johnsonburg Area High School.

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: Nursing

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Student must be pursuing a post-secondary degree in nursing

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

The Fitch Family Scholarship

The goal of teachers is to help others. The Fitch Family, lifelong residents of Johnsonburg, would like to help future teachers carry who are pursuing an elementary or secondary degree education degree. The Fitch family is a strong supporter of providing quality education to the students of the Johnsonburg School District.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General, Education

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School. The recipient would need to be living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox/Jones Township and either be graduating from Johnsonburg High School or if JAHS combines with other area public schools at some future date, their residence must be within what would have been the previous JAHS school district.
  • Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Student must be pursuing a degree in Education.
  • Be active in school and community activities and demonstrate academic aptitude and work ethic sufficient to succeed in his or her chosen field of study

Donald E. Frank Memorial Scholarship

Donald E. Frank played in and encouraged Johnsonburg sports programs and was instrumental and influential in establishing scholarship programs in Johnsonburg. He was very concerned about helping the Johnsonburg students. The Donald P. Frank Memorial scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area High School.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg High School

Category: Education; Social Services, Vocational

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Preference to students pursuing a degree in education or social services. Other vocational fields will be considered.
  • Must be active in school or community activities
  • Demonstrate financial 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
 

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

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

Johnsonburg Alumni and Friends Scholarship

The Johnsonburg Alumni & Friends 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.

Amount: Approximately $750 each, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Open to every graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Multiple awards are given
  • Demonstrate an active role in school, church, and community
 

Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501 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 Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501 has established this scholarship for graduating seniors residing in the Johnsonburg Area School.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Open to graduating seniors from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Must be attending a college or vocational school
  • Requires essay of up to 600 words on patriotism
 

James Wes Jones Memorial Scholarship

James “Wes” Jones was raised in Johnsonburg and graduated from JAHS, the class of 1987. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Independence Aircraft Carrier during Desert Storm/Shield and spent much of his adult life out west. Wes was an adventurer and free spirit that cherished his family and friends and his high school class of 1987 wanted to honor Wes with this scholarship.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: Vocational

  • Graduating Senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Attending a trade school

Jack Kestler Memorial Scholarship

Jack graduated from Johnsonburg High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was part of the Normandy Invasion, but was captured by the Germans and held as a prisoner of war. Following his military service, he worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill and was active in the community serving the county of Elk as the County Treasurer and Auditor. He also served as the President of the Rotary Club and the Johnsonburg Welfare Chest Fund and took pleasure in hunting and traveling.

Amount: Minimum of $800, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General, Vocational, Agriculture, Associate & Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Graduating senior from the Johnsonburg Area High School. The recipient would need to be living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox/Jones Township and either be graduating from Johnsonburg High School or if JAHS combines with other area public schools at some future date, their residence must be within what would have been the previous JAHS school district.
  • Pursuing a 2 or 4-year post-secondary education including technical school, associate and bachelor's degrees
  • Preference should be given to a student who participated in the Vo-Ag classes and/or the Future Farmers of America organization.
  • Consideration will be given to a student who is active in their school and community activities:
  • Candidate should demonstrate financial need.
  • The award shall be made without regard to scholastic excellence and to student who would not be in the top percentage of their class.

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

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
 

David Larkin Memorial Scholarship

David C. Larkin was a lifelong resident of St. Marys, graduating from SMAHS in 1998 and PSU in 2003, and had been a real estate agent at Elk County Real Estate. David took pride in the history and heritage of the community and the people that make it. He was involved in countless organizations and through his personality and perseverance, David managed to network and connect with people, families and businesses that stretched far beyond Elk County. He believed in supporting our local small businesses and his heart was as big as his friends list and family tree.

The David C. Larkin Memorial Scholarship was established by his work family at Elk County Real Estate and his home family and friends in the hopes that through this scholarship, the recipient would strive to give back to their community now and in the future following David’s example.

Amount:          Four - $500 scholarships- one from each Elk County High School, determined annually

Eligibility:        Graduating high school seniors from SMAHS, ECCHS, JAHS and RAHS

Category:        Post-secondary 2 or 4-year degree

  • Degree in human development and family studies, psychology, social work, art, architecture or any humanity studies
  • SMAHS, ECCHS, JAHS and RAHS
    • Preference will be given to a student who is the first one to attend college from their family
  • Be active in school and community
  • Demonstrate need

Wayne Leahy Memorial Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area School District

Category: Music major or High School music involvement

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area School District
  • Preference to student pursuing a degree in music at a post-secondary institution
  • Student involved in music in high school for at least 3 years may be considered
 

Hailey Matheson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Hailey Matheson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Hailey Matheson radiated light and joy to those around her, she loved her family and friends. She was a bright second grade student at Francis Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway and an exceptional and friendly child. Hailey touched the hearts of many lives in the community and was known to stand up for a friend and always wanted to help others. Hailey’s contagious smile and laughter were unforgettable to anyone that knew her and she had the carefree ability to find adventure in the ordinary.

This scholarship has been established in her memory by her parents, Chris and Ali Matheson.

Amount:         $250

Eligibility:        Graduating senior from any Elk County High School with a permanent residence in Elk County

Category:        Post- Secondary education; vocational, certificate or 2 or 4-year degree

  • Be active in school and community
  • Senior at ECC, RAHS, JAHS or SMAHS
  • Pursuing a higher education

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

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

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

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

Rams Gridiron Football

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.

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: Sports/Football Participant

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Pursuing a career post-secondary education
  • Played 3 or more years of football including their senior year
  • Given to student with highest GPA at end of first semester senior year

To Apply: No application needed. Winner will be chosen by selection committee.

 

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

Rolfe Sportsmen Club Scholarship

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.

Amount: Approximately $1,700, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education, including trade school
  • Active in school and in the community
  • Academically carry at least a C average or above
 

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

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

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

R. Dauer Stackpole Scholarship

R. Dauer Stackpole Scholarship Fund

The R. Dauer Stackpole Scholarship Fund is to be awarded to an Elk County high school senior planning to attend the University of Pittsburgh.

R. Dauer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1960’s. Today, Dauer serves as an Honorary Trustee of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation. He was first elected a Trustee in 1974; and in 2007 he became Chairman of the Board and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2017.

Dauer’s fellow trustees created this scholarship in honor of Dauer’s commitment to leadership, and dedication to the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and his advocacy for the residents of Elk County.

Dauer is a passionate Pitt fan and has been a long-time member of the Golden Panther Club.

Scholarship Amount: Approximately $1,000, annually for not more than four years

Eligibility: Graduate of any Elk County High School: One student from Elk County will receive a scholarship annually. The scholarship is designated for a student attending any of the University of Pittsburgh campuses. Any member of the Stackpole family or family member of a trustee/employee of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation is not eligible for this scholarship.


Category:  Pursuing a post-secondary 4-year degree at any campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Graduating high school senior from any Elk County High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree at a University of Pittsburgh campus
  • Be active in school and community activities
  • Show academic merit

Ellen Taylor Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Ellen Taylor Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Ellen Taylor was a dedicated and compassionate nurse, admired by her co-workers and patients alike. She tragically passed away on October 26, 2022 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ellen graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 1965. She was active in the School’s Nurses Club and immediately entered the Clearfield School of Nursing and received her RN degree. She worked at the Ridgway Hospital until 1970. Then, for the next 23 years, she was employed as a nurse with Drs. Dickinson, Milligan and Ordiway at their practice in Ridgway. From 1993 to 1998 she worked for the Ridgway Community Nurses in the mental health field and then the Dickinson Mental Health Facility until 2013 when she retired. During those years, she also worked as a mental health delegate. Her training and calm nature refused many stressful and often dangerous situations.

Ellen’s dedication and love of nursing inspired her daughter and three granddaughters to follow this profession. This scholarship has been established to assist another future nurse in fulfilling their passion of caring for others.

Amount:         TBD

Eligibility:        Graduating senior from any Elk County High School

Category:        Nursing degree

  • Candidate demonstrates the following qualities include, but are not limited to: academic achievement, leadership, community service, and athletic accomplishment.
  • Pursuing a degree in Nursing
  • Active in school and community

Laurence & Mary Thorwart Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Laurence was a lifelong resident of Johnsonburg and served during WW2. He landed in Normandy and led the Army Combat engineers across western Europe to Berlin. Mary was born in Ridgway, but after their marriage in 1948 she lived the rest of her home life in Johnsonburg. They raised five children, who were all members of the JAHS National Honor Society. Along with his brothers he owned and operated the Thorco Bottling Company in Johnsonburg. Laurence was active in the Community for many years and Mary was an active member of Holy Rosary Church. The children wish to honor their parents for their lifelong devotion to Johnsonburg through a perpetual scholarship to be presented annually to a senior who will be matriculating to higher education.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Preference given to student pursuing engineering, science, or technical field
  • Pursuing a 2 or 4 year post-secondary education including technical, associate or bachelor degree
  • Active in school and community activities

John & Bette Wachob Scholarship Fund

John and Bette Wachob Scholarship Fund

John and Bette Wachob were life-long Johnsonburg residents and active community members. They were both graduates of Johnsonburg Area High School and cared deeply about the school and town they lived in for their entire life.

Bette worked for many years at the Elk County General Hospital and the St. Mary’s Area School District as the Cafeteria, Food Service Director. She was a member of the Democratic Women, Lady Elks and an avid bingo player.

John was a World War II Army veteran and active with a variety of organizations in town, but most notably, was a founding officer of the Johnsonburg Knothole Association, Johnsonburg Lions Club, and the Biddy Basketball Program and started the Green Hornets grade school basketball team. John was a local businessman, sports enthusiast and in his retirement years a longtime school bus driver.

Both John and Bette believed in Johnsonburg and valued the education they received in the Johnsonburg Area schools. They had two daughters and a son, three grandchildren (all of whom graduated from JAHS) and four great grandchildren.

Amount:          $1,000

Eligibility:        Graduating high school senior from Johnsonburg Area High School

Category:        Pursuing a teaching, education or healthcare degree

  • Teaching degree
  • Be active in school and community activities

Patty Walters Scholarship

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.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Be accepted at a post-secondary 4-year university, community college, or vocational or trade School
 

Wapiti Roost Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship

Wapiti Roost Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Scholarship

Wapiti Roost is a Local Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation(NWTF) and is affiliated with the state and national organizations. The National Wild Turkey Federation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. The NWTF has funded the FFA scholarship since 1998. This is a progressive scholarship earning $500 locally, with submission for a potential $1000 state-wide and up to a $10,000 national award.

Amount:       $500 scholarship, determined annually

Eligibility:    Graduating seniors at any Elk County High School

Category:      General

  • ECC, JAHS, RAHS, SMAHS
  • Have 3.0 GPA
  • Be an active hunter
  • Have a hunting license
  • Be active in school and community

Wilcox American Legion

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 Wilcox American Legion Scholarship, is for a graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School and living in Johnsonburg/Wilcox or Jones Township, pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Amount: Approximately $650, determined annually

Eligibility: Johnsonburg Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Johnsonburg Area High School
  • Be accepted into a post-secondary program
 

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