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Clarion University Scholarships

The following information illustrates the many scholarship opportunities available to students at Clarion University. If you are unclear about any of the information below, please call Admissions at 814-393-2306.

Use the tool filters below to narrow your scholarship search based on major (left drop-down menu) and audience (right drop-down menu -- select incoming freshman or current student). Another filter is Other Scholarships, not based on major (left drop-down menu) and audience (right drop-down menu - freshman or current students). Contact person for current students is the scholarship chair listed in the scholarship description of this site or handled by the chair of the academic department.

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Debate Team – Scholarship Opportunities

Clarion’s Debate Team is proud to be able to provide scholarship opportunities for members of the team. Scholarships are available for both returning and incoming students. Awards are based on debate success and take academic and need-based factors into account. For more detailed information please contact  Jim Lyle, Director of the Speech & Debate Program at 814-393-2476.

Dr. Mary R. Hardwick SCT Scholarship

This scholarship established to honor Dr. Mary Hardwick, former professor in the SCT department, a gifted artist and dedicated educator. Students majoring in SCT are eligible for consideration for this award. Please contact SCT department chair at 814-393-2284.

Frank H. Sessions Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Frank H. Sessions, former dean of graduate studies and continuing education. The funds are awarded each year in recruiting learning disabled or handicapped students. Student needs a 3.0 or above cumulative g.p.a. Contact Disability Support Services at 814-393-2095 for application information. Deadline date for application is April 1.

Class of 1959 Scholarship:

This scholarship, specific to incoming freshman education majors, was established by the Clarion University Class of 1959.  Many of those classmates went on to become distinguished educators and desire to encourage students entering the same profession.  The scholarship perpetuates the long-term commitment of the class members to their Alma Mater and present day students in appreciation of their education and the opportunities it provided.  To be considered, eligible candidates must have a minimum SAT of 1000 or above in the mathematics and critical reading components, or an ACT composite score of 22; be a prospective education major, and be in the top 40% of their high school class.  Preference will be given to a descendant of a Clarion University alumnus, and if the prospective student is a descendent, he/she needs to notify Sue McMillen in the Admissions Office in writing by February 1 so the student can be automatically considered along with other children of Clarion alumni.

Harold William Ferguson Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Jeffrey & Mrs. Janet Ferguson in honor of Jeffrey's father, Harold William Ferguson, Clarion Class of 1947 with bachelor's degree certifications to teach the physical sciences, social studies, and mathematics. Harold met his wife Jean (Blake) at Clarion and along with their four children all with doctoral degrees, have a strong belief in education and passion for learning. In addition to being a United States Army Air Corp veteran, Harold spent

31 years teaching and especially loved teaching Chemistry. It is the intent of this scholarship to assist students interested in the physical sciences, (mathematics, chemistry, physics) who wish to teach upon graduation. Incoming freshman automatically considered with preference for a first generation student, a physical science secondary education major with financial need as determined by FAFSA. If you are a first generation college student in one of these majors, please alert Sue McMillen in the Admissions Office by April 1.

Educational Opportunities Program/ACT 101 Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded each spring. Freshman, sophomore or junior students involved with Act 101 program who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership qualities, and commitment to the Act 101/Educational Opportunities Program may apply.  Candidates must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. For additional information contact the Director of EOP/ACT 101 program at 814-393-1878.

Clarion University Alumni Association (CUAA) Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Clarion University Alumni Association 2008-2009 Board of Directors to show their commitment to their alma mater, fellow alumni, and present day students.  They believe offering this scholarship to descendents of Clarion University alumni will ensure the Clarion legacy will continue from generation to generation.  To be considered for this scholarship, a candidate must be an incoming freshman and a descendent of a Clarion University Alumnus (parent, grandparent, or step-parent), with a minimum grade point average of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, plus a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading and mathematics component) or ACT composite score of 22.  Extracurricular activities and community service may also be considered.  Students who feel they meet the academic criteria need to submit a letter indicating they are a descendent of an alumnus with name and graduation year of the alumnus to the scholarship administrator in the Admissions Office, Clarion University.  Award offered in March by the Office of Scholarship Administration for the following school year. Distribution of the award will occur over two semesters, with half of the award being applied in the Fall semester, and the other half of the award being applied in the Spring semester.

Clarion University Alumni Association (CUAA) Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Clarion University Alumni Association 2008-2009 Board of Directors to show their commitment to their alma mater, fellow alumni, and present day students.  They believe offering this scholarship to descendents of Clarion University alumni will ensure the Clarion legacy will continue from generation to generation.  To be considered for this scholarship, a candidate must be an incoming freshman and a descendent of a Clarion University Alumnus (parent, grandparent, or step-parent), with a minimum grade point average of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, plus a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading and mathematics component) or ACT composite score of 22.  Extracurricular activities and community service may also be considered.  Students who feel they meet the academic criteria need to submit a letter indicating they are a descendent of an alumnus with name and graduation year of the alumnus to the scholarship administrator in the Admissions Office, Clarion University.  Award offered in March by the Office of Scholarship Administration for the following school year. Distribution of the award will occur over two semesters, with half of the award being applied in the Fall semester, and the other half of the award being applied in the Spring semester.

Lori Ann Aaron Memorial Scholarship

Lori Ann (Bessetti) Aaron graduated from Clarion Limestone School District in 1993. She was a gifted student and pursued her higher education at Clarion University. She received her bachelor's degree in finance in 1996 and completed her MBA in 2001. This scholarship was established by Lori's husband, Mark Aaron, their families, and friends. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be an incoming freshman with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in a high school college preparatory curriculum, and must demonstrate financial need determined by FAFSA. First preference shall be granted to students from Clarion Limestone School District. Second preference shall be granted to students at all other Clarion County schools. Students will be automatically considered via their admissions credential.

Accountancy Department Endowed Scholarship

Annually, two scholarship awards by the Accountancy Department's Endowment Fund Committee. Criteria used in selecting current students as recipients include senior standing, academic record, classroom performance, and participation in university activities. For additional information contact the Accountancy Department chair at (814) 393-2628.

Administrative Science Endowed Scholarship

Annual scholarship awarded by the Administrative Science Department's Scholarship Committee. Criteria used in selecting current students as recipients include academic record, classroom performance and participation in university activities. Funding is dependent upon monetary level of endowment fund.

Cheri Aharrah Reid Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship established by Dr. Ernest ('49) and Mrs. Peggy (Behringer '49) Aharrah in memory of their daughter. Its purpose is to assist incoming freshman theatre students in the Department of Theatre. The recipient will be selected on the basis of high school and/or community Theatre activities deemed worthy of merit. Contact the chair of the Department of Theatre for additional information at 814-393-2648.

Alpha Gamma Phi Scholarship

This scholarship established by the brothers of Alpha Gamma Phi fraternity. It is awarded to an incoming freshman student-athlete. Recipient must have a minimum SAT score of 900, be ranked in the upper two-fifths of his/her graduating class, have financial need, and meet the eligibility requirements of the NCAA. Coaches will make the scholarship offer to one of those scholar athletes in his/her group of recruits/team members each year.  Prospective student athletes will automatically be considered when appropriate.

Alumni Association Athletic Scholarship

This scholarship endowment was created by the Clarion University Alumni Association with proceeds from the annual "Spring for Scholars" auction. These scholarships are available to Clarion University athletes who meet the NCAA eligibility requirements.  Coaches will make the scholarship offer to one of those scholar athletes in his/her group of recruits/team members each year.  Prospective student athletes will automatically be considered when appropriate.

Band Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students who participate in the Marching and Symphonic Bands. Criteria for selection are musicianship, instrumentation needs, academic promise, and leadership potential. Students selected by the conductor of bands. The annual awards may be renewed subject to the availability of funds. The number and amount may vary each year. For additional information contact the conductor of bands at (814) 393-1828.

The Bobbi Scholarship Fund

This scholarship established by Ms. H. Roberta "Bobbi" Heeter to provide financial support for Clarion University students who are the dependent children of widows or widowers. Just prior to her retirement in 2002, after 28 years of service, Bobbi became the first recipient of the Clarion Proud Award. To be considered, candidate must be an incoming freshman, dependent child of widow or widower, show financial need, and achieved a good high school academic credential. It is the intent of the donor that the award will continue to support the same student throughout his/her undergraduate career. The Clarion University Scholarship winner must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a year-to-year basis. If you feel you qualify for consideration of this award, please send letter indicating so to the Scholarship Administration Coordinator, Admissions Office, Clarion, PA 16214.

Dr. Helen M. Barton Women's Basketball Endowment:

This scholarship established by Mary L. Seifert, Class of 1946, in memory of former physical education teacher Helen Barton. Scholarship is for a female freshman student athlete. First preference is given to a female basketball player. Athlete must also meet the eligibility requirements set by the NCAA. Coaches will make the scholarship offer to one of those scholar athletes in his/her group of recruits/team members each year.  Prospective student athletes will automatically be considered when appropriate.

Burns and Burns Golf Scholarship

This scholarship established to provide support to outstanding student-athletes participating in the golf program.  Coaches will make the scholarship offer to one of those scholar athletes in his/her group of recruits/team members each year.  Prospective student athletes will automatically be considered when appropriate.

John V. Calipari Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship created by John V. Calipari, Clarion Class of 1982, and supported by his former Clarion teammates. Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Clarion University Men's Basketball player. Athlete must also meet the eligibility requirements set by the NCAA. Prospective student athletes will automatically be considered by the basketball coaching staff.

Tom A. Carnahan & Mel A. Mitchell Secondary Education/Mathematics Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Mr. Carnahan, professor emeritus of mathematics and Mr. Mitchell, professor emeritus of mathematics, to benefit Clarion students enrolled in the secondary education mathematics degree program. The award will be made to full-time students who have been admitted to the Teacher's Certification Program and who have achieved a minimum of 3.0 quality point average in completed mathematics courses. The Office of the Dean of Education will be responsible for mailing applications to all eligible students. In addition to submitting an application, students are required to provide two letters of recommendation. Students are eligible to apply for the scholarship for a second year. Completed application and attachments must be returned by March 15.

Sara Cicciarelli Leadership Scholarships

Established by the estate of Sara (Milanovich) Cicciarelli, Class of 1932, who taught English for 25 years in the Union School District. To be considered, students must demonstrate strong grades in challenging curriculum and have a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) or a 22 Composite Score on the ACT. First preference is given to students from Union High School in Rimersburg. Second preference is given to students from other Clarion County schools. Students must demonstrate financial need and are considered automatically when they submit an application for admission.

Clarion County Chapter of the PA Association of School Retirees Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded each year. Candidate must have graduated from a Clarion County high school or have been a resident of Clarion County at the time of high school graduation. Application is made in the spring to the Education Department chair at 814-393-2404. Selection is based on academic record, contribution to department and university, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership skills. Letters of recommendation are required.

Robert & Diana Coury Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Robert, Class of 1952, and Diana Coury who were strong advocates of Clarion University. Candidates must be current Clarion University students in the College of Education who have completed at least 4 semesters of academic work by the end of May. Candidates must show promise of outstanding service to the profession by performance in the classroom as well as in professional development experience outside the classroom. Student must have at least a 3.4 cumulative q.p.a. Candidates will write a letter of application for the scholarship indicating their strength of eligibility according to the criteria listed above. A candidate will also include his/her thoughts on the contributions they plan to make to the teaching profession. Deadline is April 1. Contact Dean of Education & Human Services for further information.

Minnie D. Croyle Scholarships

An endowment fund was established by the estate of Miss Mary Croyle to provide scholarships for eligible undergraduate students residing in eastern Redbank Township, Clarion County, PA. Students from western Redbank Township will be considered secondarily. Selection is based upon financial need and academic achievement. The scholarships are renewable for sophomore, junior, and senior years if the required academic criteria are met. Contact the Foundation Office 814-393-2572 or the Redbank Valley High School Guidance Office at 814-275-2421 for additional information. Application deadline date is April 15th.

Louis & Beatrice Dean Family Athletic Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship was established by Louis, Class of 1974, and Beatrice Dean to demonstrate their desire to support Clarion University student athletes. The scholarship will be available to both men and women who participate in any of Clarion's NCAA sports. Prospective student athletes will automatically be considered when appropriate.

Derrick Scholarship:

This endowed scholarship has been established by The Derrick Publishing Company in order to encourage an interest in journalism and reward a promising Clarion University student. The scholarship is available to a sophomore, junior, or senior who is a permanent resident of Clarion, Forest, or Venango County and is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. An interest in journalism will be taken into consideration when awarding this scholarship. Preference will be given to students who have been carriers of the Derrick. It is possible the scholarship may be renewed in subsequent years. Contact the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at 814-393-2225 for further information. Application Deadline date is March 29.

The W.E.B. Dubois Scholarship

Established by Clarion University Minority Alumni to support and assist with the retention of strong students. To be eligible for consideration, student must demonstrate evidence of need by a current FAFSA form on file; be a second semester freshman or above with at least 12 credits earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. An essay is required and the contact person for application is Rogers Laugand, Director of Minority Student Services at 814-393-2043. Deadline date is first Friday in April.

Economics Department Scholarship

Awarded based upon a high degree of academic achievement along with a significant level of leadership in college and/or community activities. Contact the chair of the Economics Department at 814-393-2627.

This scholarship will be awarded each spring. Freshman, sophomore or junior students involved with Act 101 program who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership qualities, and commitment to the Act 101/Educational Opportunities Program may apply.  Candidates must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. For additional information contact the Director of EOP/ACT 101 program at 814-393-1878.

Harold William Ferguson Scholarship

Established by Dr. Jeffrey and Janet Ferguson in honor of his father, Harold William Ferguson (Class of 1941). The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students interested in the physical sciences who wish to teach upon graduation.