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

Jordan Adams Memorial Award Fund

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

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

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

Category: General

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

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

Gloria was a much admired Music Teacher and is also the founder and director of the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus. Because of this the Singing Dutchmen are now highly acclaimed. They established and dedicated this scholarship in honor of her and the hard work she has put into music.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Residents of Singing Dutchman areas to be determined annually

Category: Music education or performance

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

Angie Bertolasio Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Angie, who had a deep passion for music and art. She was a very energetic and outstanding student and participant in many scholastic organizations such as the Marching Band, Indoor Color Guard, Show Choir, Dance Team and Drama Club.

Amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: General

  • Senior graduating from St. Marys Area High School who has played an active role in school & community

Helene L. Bowley Scholarship

Helene Bowley was a dedicated lifelong resident of Ridgway and the owner of Helene's Ready-to-Wear shop. More importantly, she understood the value of post-secondary education. She felt that it is important for scholarships to be given to "worthy students of Elk County".

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

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

Category: General

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

Gilbert Gibby Buerk Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount: To be determined

Eligibility: Elk and Cameron High School seniors and non-traditional students in Elk and Cameron Counties

Category: EMT or Paramedic or other related field

  • Active in community and school
  • Demonstrate financial need

Inez Bull Piano Scholarship

Dr. Inez Stewart Bull was a woman of many interests and talents. Chief among her passions were music, music education and Norwegian-American relations, revolving primarily around her distant cousin, the world-famous violinist Ole Bull.

Amount: Approximately $2,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron, Clinton Counties. High School & Non-Traditional.

Category: Piano, Music

  • Graduate from Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron, Clinton Counties
  • Must be pursuing a degree in music field from any accredited college with a music department.
  • Preference given to piano majors, but other music majors will be eligible.
  • Preference to student who played in the Ole Bull Music Festival and/or the summer awards concert in New York City
  • Financial need is important criteria

Ole Bull Violin Scholarship

Dr. Inez Stewart Bull was a woman of many interests and talents. Chief among her passions were music, music education and Norwegian-American relations, revolving primarily around her distant cousin, the world-famous violinist Ole Bull.

Amount: Approximately $2,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron, Clinton Counties. Graduating seniors and non-traditional students.

Category: Violin, Music

  • Graduate from Potter, Tioga, Elk, McKean, Cameron, Clinton Counties
  • Must be pursuing a degree in music field from any accredited college with a music department.
  • Preference given to violin majors, but other music majors will be eligible.
  • Financial need is important criteria

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

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

Lori DeAngelo Memorial Scholarship

Lori was a very involved instructor/advisor and classroom aide at St. Marys Area High School. Her talents and great interests in the students enabled her to touch the lives of many students throughout the school. Lori was always involved with school musicals, the marching band, color guard, show choir, dance team and drum line. Her love of music enriched the lives of those who had the pleasure to know her.

Amount:  $1,000

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: General. Must be member of a music program.

  • Must be graduating senior of St. Marys Area High School
  • Must be a member of one or more music programs

David L. Delullo Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

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

Category: General

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



Elk County Farm Bureau

The Elk County Farm Bureau is a local organization that is also affiliated with the state and national Farm Bureaus. The organization represents farmers and rural families continuing the tradition of farming. They provide education and review legislation that concerns the farming industry and they provide support for their members.

Amount: Approximately $575, determined annually

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

Category: Agriculture or related field

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



Elk Diabetes Nursing Scholarship

The Fund was established primarily to benefit the communities of Elk County, PA through scholarship grants made to deserving and qualified students from Elk County. This scholarship was established through a donation from the Elk County Diabetes organization to the Elk Regional Health System Foundation.

Amount: Approximately $575, determined annually

Eligibility: All Elk County Residents

Category: Nursing

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

Abagail Veronica Dobson Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: SMAHS or ECCHS Graduating Senior or Graduate Student

Category: General, Social Services

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

Mary Filano Memorial Scholarship

Mary Filano was a lifelong resident of Bennett’s Valley Area. She was the valedictorian of her class at Huston Township High School in Penfield in the early 30’s. Ms. Filano was employed by the U.S. Postal System for many years and also served as the volunteer secretary to the St. Joseph’s Parish in Force for a long time.

Amount: Approximately $750, determined annually

Eligibility: Bennett’s Valley resident attending SMAHS or ECCHS

Category: General

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

Sarah K. Folino Memorial Art Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Sarah K. Folino who had been an art teacher in the St. Marys Area School District for 35 years. Sarah was born in Holland, MI but moved to Pittsburgh, where she grew up. After graduating from Edinboro University with a degree in Art Education, Sarah began teaching art classes at St. Marys Area Middle School. She loved all forms of art and was especially talented in pottery and drawing.

Amount:  Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: Fine Arts, Art Education

  • Graduating senior of St. Marys Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree in Fine Arts or Art Education
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Christopher Forster Memorial Scholarship

A 2006 graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Christopher actively participated in the mass media club, DECA, and the Special Olympics program. Christopher touched the hearts of many. He was a role model to emulate. Cancer may have taken his life but his memory will live forever. This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of a remarkable young man. Christopher J. Forster entered into his eternal rest on March 6, 2006.

Amount:  Approximately $825, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: Mass Media, Communications, Special education

  • Graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Demonstrate leadership through participations in school and community functions
  • Committed to post-secondary education in mass media, communications or special education

Golumbic Art Scholarship

Reuben and Gladys Golumbic, the parents of Ed Eckl, were married for many years. They both had great appreciation for the arts. When Gladys passed away in 1971 followed by Reuben in 1972, Ed started this scholarship in memory of his parents.

Amount:  Approximately $1,900, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: Visual Arts

  • Graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Awarded to a senior who excels in the Visual Arts

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

Bev Hogan Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Bev Hogan who had devoted her life to the field of nursing and caring for others. Bev was a very strong-willed and compassionate person with a great love of life. Her enthusiasm was contagious, as was her perseverance. Bev was a very giving woman and her family wanted to give to others as she had done for so long.

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

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

Category: Nursing

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

Howard M. Keebler MD Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Howard M. Keebler, M.D. Dr. Keebler was an extremely dedicated doctor and offered an immense amount of time to area residents, making house calls at all hours, offering free medical services, etc. Shortly after his death this scholarship was founded in his name.

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

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

Category: General

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

Gloria McAllister Kneidel and Patrick Charles Jessup

Gloria was a mother of eight and she was a friend to everyone, as her door was always open to family and friends. Patrick also had a loving personality and he easily and quickly won the hearts of those that knew him. Gloria and Pat both instilled in everyone what it means to be part of a family and have strong family ties. Eileen Miller established this scholarship in memory of her family members.

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

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

Category: General

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

Leroy C. Krise Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

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

Category:General

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

Kathy Lepovetsky Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Kathy Lepovetsky. Though not originally a resident of the area, Kathy spent half of her life in St. Marys. She highly valued her education and as such, this scholarship will be awarded to a female attending a 4-year program at a college of her choice. This scholarship was actually paid for by Kathy Lepovetsky with the funds from her IRA, savings, and life insurance policy. She would most certainly be proud to provide them to the students of St. Marys Area High School!

Amount: Minimum of $500 (female students), determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: General

  • Female graduates of St. Marys Area High School
  • Must be attending 4-year college program
  • Academic merit

Lisa Lepovetsky Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Lepovetsky was an accomplished writer of a novel, poetry books and over one hundred publications. She was a member of the Horror Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Penn Writers, Sisters in Crime, Footlighters, Poetry Fellowship and the PA Partners in the Arts. Lisa was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of SMAHS class of 1969. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh Bradford and also attended Agnes Scott College, Pace University and earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from PSU. Lisa was also an adjunct professor for PSU and PITT. This scholarship was established by her husband Howard and their daughters Shari and Rachel.

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: SMAHS Graduating Senior

Category: General, English major

  • Graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary 2 or 4-year in English with preference given to a student with a concentration in or passion for creative writing and/or poetry
  • Be active in school and community activities 
  • Demonstrating need could be a deciding factor

Lions Club of St. Marys Scholarship

The members of the St. Marys Lions Club decided that they wanted to give back to their beloved community. They decided to do this by establishing a scholarship to be awarded to a senior from Elk County Catholic High School or Saint Marys Area High School. The Lions Club is a service-oriented organization that empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through their local Lions clubs.

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

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

Category: Health Field preferred

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

McGrady Family Fund Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

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

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

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

Lynn Nicklas Scholarship

Lynn Nicklas was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and a devoted patron of the arts. Lynn was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, a Benedictine Oblate, and a Pastoral Musician by profession, serving as music director and organist of the St. Mary’s Church for more than 30 years. In addition, she taught piano and organ lessons for many years. She was a member of the American College of Musician’s Piano Teacher’s Guild, and was inducted into the Piano Teacher’s Guild Hall of Fame. For many years, Lynn served as co-chair of the Inez S. Bull Foundation, a non-profit formed to carry on the works of Dame Inez S. Bull. In honor of Lynn’s lifelong commitment to the arts and her dedication to the board of the Inez S. Bull Foundation, they established this scholarship in her memory.

Amount: Minimum $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: All Elk County Residents, Graduating Seniors

Category: Music major or minor

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

William G. Peters Memorial Scholarship

William Peters and his wife Bobbi, were both graduates of St. Marys Area High School. Bill was a Ford Foundation Scholar. Bill and Bobbi were married over 54 years, until his untimely passing in 2017. They raised their children to respect the value of a good education. Bill went back to college (University of Pittsburgh - Bradford) in his 40's to complete his education. Bill later became an Associate Dean at Pitt-Bradford, and, among other accomplishments, pioneered "Outreach Programs", which brought college courses directly to communities in North Central PA. One of Bill's primary passions in life was to provide additional educational opportunities to the young people of his hometown.

Amount:  Approximately $2,000, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Pursuing a career post-secondary education
  • Established for students of SMAHS as a reward for their objectively measured educational attainment
  • Student with highest combined SAT or ACT score from either Junior or Senior year

To Apply: No application process for this scholarship. 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

St. Marys American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

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

Category: General

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

St. Marys American Legion Post 103 Scholarship

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

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

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

Category: General

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

St. Marys Area Jaycees Community Involvement Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area High Schools. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary participation and involvement in community and school related activities throughout their high school years.

Amount: Approximately $775, determined annually

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

Category: General

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

St. Marys Rotary Club Scholarship

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

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

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

Category: General

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

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.)

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

Dean Schrecengost Memorial Scholarship

In his position as Music Director, and with music as his passion, Dean Schrecengost had an impact on all things musically related at the school. Dean was dedicated to his work and during his years as Music Director had an impact on countless students.

Amount:  Minimum of $1000, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category:General

  • Graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Play an active role in school and community

SGL Carbon LLC 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

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

Martha C. Selle Scholarship

Mrs. Selle began teaching in the St. Marys Area School District in 1944 and was the first Elementary Supervisor of the SMASD. She was in charge of the elementary grades of the St. Marys Borough, and Benzinger & Fox Townships. She was a dedicated teacher, spending much of her spare time with extra-curricular activities for her students. She retired in 1974 and all who knew her will long remember her with respect and admiration. This scholarship was established in her honor and is a fitting tribute to Mrs. Selle as an educator and friend.

Amount:  $2,000 per year for 4 years, determined annually

Eligibility:  St. Marys Area High School

Category: General

  • Graduating senior from St. Marys Area High School
  • Must play an active role in their school and community
  • C average in high school

SGL Scholarship

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

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: SMAHS or ECC senior

Category: Engineering, Business or Machining

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

Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Music Scholarship

Nicholas J. Sinibaldi was a student at Mansfield State Teachers College and the Chautauqua Institute of Music. He was an admired and respected music educator in Foster Township, Bradford Area Schools, St. Marys Area School District, and the Elk County Catholic School System. He taught instrumental music classes and lessons for over 50 years. He was also a well-known band director throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states. He faithfully practiced his clarinet until his death at age 85. Nicholas Sinibaldi was an enthusiastic supporter of music programs everywhere. His leadership, talent, and dedication made him one of the most memorable and respected members of the community.

Amount: Approximately $850 each, determined annually

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

Category: General. Music/band participant.

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

Dr. Maurus Sorg Memorial Scholarship

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

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County 

Category: General, Vocational, Adult Learner

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

Straub Brewery, Inc. Scholarship

Straub Brewery, Inc. saw a shortage of scholarship opportunities and in an effort to remedy this problem, decided to offer four scholarships that identify high school seniors who have displayed outstanding qualities. These qualities include, but are not limited to academic achievement, leadership, community service, and athletic accomplishment.

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

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

Category: General

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

The VanVranken Scholarship

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

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

Eligibility: ECCHS, JAHS, RAHS, SMAHS

Category: Registered Nurses/Physician Assistant -- Music Field

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

Gus and Helen Wolf Memorial Scholarship

Gus and Helen Wolf were born, raised and worked in St. Marys. They owned a local beverage company for thirty years and were married for sixty years. They had two sons Gustave and Thomas; both sons attended St. Vincent College and enjoyed careers in the field of education. Gus and Helen were both very active in their community. To honor their community service their son Gustave established this scholarship in their memory.

Amount: Approximately $1,475, determined annually

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

Category: Education

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

Corporal Adam M. Wolfel Memorial Scholarship

U.S. Marine Corporal Adam M. Wolfel was born in 1991 in St. Marys, the son of Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel, brother of Amanda and father of his son Poston. He graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 2009 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a rifleman and machine gunner. Adam’s natural leadership qualities were evident throughout his deployments to Marjah, Afghanistan and Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharge in October 2013 as a decorated corporal. Family and friends established this fund to honor Adam’s memory with this “forever” scholarship.

Amount: Approximately $625, determined annually

Eligibility: Elk County 

Category: Vocational

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