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

William R. Buhite Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Education is not about a grade or your class rank.  It is about what you learned and how you applied your learning to everyday life.  William Buhite, Jr. was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, and an excellent teacher.  As a teacher in the Ridgway Area School District from 1997 - 2013, he enjoyed his job and loved making an impact on his students' lives.  Teaching was not just a job to him - it was his calling.  Teaching defined him.  There were always students in his classroom, whether they were part of his class or just wanted to learn something new

A former student wrote, "I wasn't able to take AP Biology my sophomore year because of conflicting required classes and I was always jealous my friends got to take it together and learn cool things.  Once a week, they would have class during common remediation.  I asked Bill if I could come to listen, even though I wasn't actually in the class.  Of course, he told me I was welcome anytime.  I wanted to learn, so I got to listen to him teach just for fun.  He really had a way of lighting up the classroom.  His passion for teaching and for genuinely making learning fun impacted so many of us."

When Bill Buhite changed professions in 2013, his love for education never ceased.  He continued his career at Allegheny Contracting as an In-house Trainer, where he taught employees the skills they needed to be successful in their fields.  He impacted the lives of those in business, just as he did in the school classroom.  The William R. Buhite, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is given to a high school senior who plans to pursue a post-secondary education through college or trade school, is active in their school and community, and is willing to continue Bill Buhite's legacy through education and learning.  

Amount:  $500

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: General, Trade/Vocational

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary 2 or 4 year degree or vocational/trade school
  • Be active in school and community activities

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

Frank Clark Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: General

  • Honors the memory of RAHS student
  • Active in athletics, school, and community
  • C average or better
  • Demonstrates financial need

Arlan J and Dale Horwicz Clayton Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County

Category: General, Engineering

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

Dominick P Consolo Liberal Arts

Dominick Consolo was born in Ridgway in 1922, was a professional jazz trumpeter and taught literature at Denison University, Ohio for 34 years. Dom is remembered for his dynamic teaching style, his passion for literature and his ability to engage his students, many of whom credit him with changing their lives. In his estate he wanted to provide a scholarship in his hometown.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Graduating seniors residing in Ridgway

Category: General

  • Open to high school senior students
  • Must be a Ridgway resident
  • Pursuing higher education with  passion for Music and/or Literature

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



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.

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

Dick Fava Memorial Scholarship

Dick was a very active member of the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department. He was a firefighter as well as a member of the Rescue Squad helping people in need whenever called upon. Dick had a strong desire to see that his children and all kids had the opportunity to go to college and have a successful life. For that reason, when Dick unexpectedly passed away at 42, his family, friends, and fellow firefighters decided to set up this scholarship, in his memory, to fulfill his wishes.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway resident attending RAHS or ECCHS

Category: General

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

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

Grandinetti Educational Scholarship Fund

Fran Grandinetti is the former administrator for the Ridgway Area School District and wants to help future educators from this school district. The scholarship is awarded to a Ridgway Area High School graduating senior who has been accepted to a college or university in Pennsylvania as an elementary or secondary education major and plans to pursue a career as an elementary or secondary classroom teacher or specialist.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: Education

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Must be accepted to university in PA as an elementary of secondary education major
  • Awarded to student with the highest combined (verbal and math) College Board (SAT) score from either junior or senior year

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

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

Jones Family Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Jones are natives of Ridgway, PA. They relocated to Florida, however still spend their summers in Elk County. They established this scholarship because they wanted to give back to the community in the form of scholarships to deserving Ridgway students. This is a 4-year renewable scholarship given that the student maintains a 2.5 GPA during college.

Amount: Minimum of $1,000 per year for 4 years, (2 scholarships) determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: Education & General

  • Open to graduating seniors from Ridgway Area High School
  • Must be in top 15% of class
  • One scholarship to Education major, and one to any other field of study

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

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

Josh Launer Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount:  Approximately $700, determined annually

Eligibility:  Ridgway Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Student has demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges handed to them
  • Student is pursuing a post-secondary education

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

Virginia Leahy Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount:  Approximately $450, determined annually

Eligibility:  Ridgway Area High School

Category: Nursing

  • Student is pursuing a post-secondary education in nursing
  • Applicant must play an active role in their school and community

Herbert B. Lenze RASD Boys Basketball Scholarship

Two scholarships are named for Herbert B. Lenze who was a dedicated teacher at the Ridgway Area School District. From 1967 to 1997 Mr. Lenze taught 5th grade. Herb touched the lives of many Ridgway students over those 30 years. He was involved with numerous booster clubs. He acted as the treasurer for several of the booster organizations and also kept score for the boys' basketball team, both while employed and after his retirement. Besides the boys' basketball team, Mr. Lenze was also dedicated to the marching band program. His scholarships are for students involved in either basketball or band.

Amount:  $1,000 per year for 4 years, determined annually

Eligibility:  Ridgway Area High School

Category: Basketball participant

  • Awarded to a graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Awarded to a student who has been a member/manager of the basketball team in years 9-12 at RAHS
  • Applicant must play an active role in their school and community
  • Applicant must be in top 50% of class

Herbert B. Lenze RASD Marching Band Scholarship

Two scholarships are named for Herbert B. Lenze who was a dedicated teacher at the Ridgway Area School District. From 1967 to 1997 Mr. Lenze taught 5th grade. Herb touched the lives of many Ridgway students over those 30 years. He was involved with numerous booster clubs. He acted as the treasurer for several of the booster organizations and also kept score for the boys' basketball team, both while employed and after his retirement. Besides the boys' basketball team, Mr. Lenze was also dedicated to the marching band program. His scholarships are for students involved in either basketball or marching band.

Amount:  $1,000 per year for 4 years, determined annually

Eligibility:  Ridgway Area High School

Category: Marching Band Participant

  • Awarded to a graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Student has been an active member in the marching band program for their 9th through 12th year
  • Applicant must play an active role in their school and community
  • Applicant must be in top 50% of class
 



Emma Linette & Richard Martin McClain Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Emma Linette & Richard Martin McClain Memorial Scholarship was established by the Mary & Patrick McClain Foundation to support students who will be working with children with disabilities, chronic illnesses or socialization issues.

Pat McClain and his siblings were born and raised in Ridgway and want to honor their parents; Emma (Net) and Richard (Dick) McClain with this scholarship. Net and Dick were Ridgway residents. Pat knows that his parents and Ridgway nourished and protected his family while they were growing up and as a thank you to his parents and the town of Ridgway, Pat set up this scholarship.

Amount: To be determined

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: General, Medical, Education

  • Post-secondary degree in Special education, social work, medical therapies geared towards children
  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Be active in school and community activities
  • Show academic merit

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

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

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

Jacqueline M. Renaud National Honor Society Memorial Scholarship

In 2007 Jacqueline’s family established this scholarship in her memory. She was on the high honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society, an American Scholar Award winner, a National Mathematics Award winner, and in Who’s Who among American High School Students. Jacqueline was a member of Student Council, the captain and MVP of the junior varsity volleyball team and a track statistician. She also volunteered at the Elk Regional Medical Center and at St Leo’s Catechism class, and worked at Cliffe’s and the Prescription Center. The hope of the family is to help a student with their financial needs as they pursue a college education.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility:  Ridgway Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Pursuing a career post-secondary education
  • Must be member of National Honor Society and have highest GPA of all National Honor Society members

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

Ridgway High School Alumni Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility:  Ridgway Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Play an active role in school and community

Ridgway Rotary Scholarship

The Ridgway Rotary Club established this scholarship for graduating seniors from Ridgway Area High School, or a student from Elk County Catholic High School who resides in the Ridgway Area School District. This scholarship recognizes and rewards students who will be attending a post- secondary program and have demonstrated outstanding service to their school and community. The Rotary club members are business and professional leaders who volunteer in their communities and promote world understanding and peace in 165 countries throughout the world.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

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

Category: General

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

Judge Vernon Buddy Roof Memorial Scholarship

The Judge Vernon “Buddy” Roof Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the Honorable Vernon D. Roof who was a 1968 graduate of Ridgway Area High School. Upon completion of law school, he returned to Ridgway to practice law and served as the Elk County District Attorney until 1996. He was then appointed to President Judge of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania and served until his death in 2002. This scholarship exemplifies his hard work and the legacy he leaves behind representing his integrity, compassion, and respect for the law.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduate of Ridgway Area High School
  • Pursuing a career post-secondary education
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must play an active role in school and community

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

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
 

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. Les A. and Donna V. Shull Educational Scholarship

Both Les and Donna worked for Ridgway Area School District and had a passion for the field of education. This scholarship is in honor of their dedication to the field in hopes that others will have the passion for teaching children as they dedicated their lives to.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category:Education preference

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Pursuing a degree in education
  • If no education major, scholarship will be open to other students
  • Play an active role in school and community
  • Demonstrates financial need

Dr. Les and Gloria Almquist Shull

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

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: Music or music-related field

  • Awarded to a graduating senior from Ridgway Area School District
  • Preference to student pursuing a post-secondary education in music or a music related field
  • Show passion for music
 

Richard Skellen Memorial Art Scholarship

Richard Skellen was a graduate of RAHS class of 1985 and was employed at RAHS as an Art and Technology teacher for 13 years. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Edinboro University. He was passionate about teaching and the importance of the Arts in fostering and encouraging creativity in his students, encouraging them to do their best. Richard was also passionate in his fight to keep art in the schools’ curriculum and was a much loved and respected teacher. He was also very active as a ham radio operator, past treasurer of ECCOTA and past President of the Teacher’s Union.

Amount: Approximately $650 per year for four years

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: Visual Arts Program

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Be a well-rounded student active in school and community activities
  • Attend a post-secondary institution majoring in a visual arts program

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

Michele M. Spence Nursing Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $750, determined annually

Eligibility: Ridgway Area High School

Category: Nursing or Health Field

  • Graduating senior from Ridgway Area High School
  • Preference given to student enrolled in an accredited nursing program but other health-care fields may be considered
  • Must show a passion for nursing
  • Preference given to nursing students

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

Kathryn Katy Kilhoffer Walsh Nursing Scholarship

This Fund was established to be granted to the most deserving student from RAHS or ECCHS, whose intention is to enroll in an accredited school of nursing to complete a course of study as a registered nurse (associate degree or bachelor degree) or as a licensed practical nurse. The Kathryn Walsh Scholarship was started in honor of its namesake. She was born in Ridgway and graduated from St. Johns Hospital in Springfield Illinois, in 1933. Most of Katy’s career work was performed at Elk County Regional Medical Center until her retirement in 1973.

Amount: Approximately $725, determined annually

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

Category: Nursing

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

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

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