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

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

William and Veronica Conrad Scholarship Fund

Bill and Veronica Conrad graduated from the St. Marys Area High School as members of the class of 1961 and are both proud “Flying Dutchmen.” Both Bill and Veronica graduated from the University of Miami, FL and Bill went on to receive his Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Bill was the Executive Director of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation for 47 years and Veronica was a teacher. Both have been very supportive of the animal shelters over the years in our region and continue to volunteer with many non-profits. This scholarship was established in part by the Stackpole- Hall Foundation to honor Bill for his long time service to the Foundation and his love of education.

Amount: A minimum of $600, determined annually

Eligibility: SMAHS graduating senior

Category: General, Vocational, Technical

  • Must be a graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Must be pursuing a post-secondary or 2-year vocational technical degree
  • Must be active in school and community

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.

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



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

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: Education, Social Services, Vocational fields

Category: Two Scholarships: One in Education, One in Nursing

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

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

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

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

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
 

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.)

Taylor Schutz Memorial Lady Dutch Basketball Scholarship

Taylor Schutz was an all-around athlete, and true to each sport she played. Two sports that Taylor was most devoted to were volleyball and basketball. Taylor had a sincere love of the game, and it meant more to her to be a part of a team than to receive any type of individual recognition. She modeled sportsmanship and fair play in competition. Taylor inspired those who were fortunate enough to know her either on or off the court. Because of her impact on the Lady Dutch Basketball program the Lady Dutch Basketball Booster choose to establish this scholarship.

Amount:  Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: General (for 4 year basketball participant)

  • Graduating female senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Must have participated on the SMAHS Lady Dutch basketball team all 4 years
  • Attending 4 year post-secondary program or 2 year vocational school
  • Shows excellence in academics, athletics
  • Demonstrates financial need

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

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

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
 

Corporal Adam M. Wolfel 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

Randy K. Yetzer 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