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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.

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Scholarship TitleScholarship Description
Paul A. & Mary Weaver Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established through a donation from the children of Paul A. and Mary Weaver.  The purpose of the scholarship is to assist academically achieving freshmen.  First preference will be given to students who live in rural areas of Clarion County and students who demonstrate financial need via FAFSA.  A minimum SAT total score of 1100 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and class rank in top 2/5 of senior class.  Students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials and FAFSA; no scholarship application is required. Award offered sometime in March.

Anna and Walter Weaver Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship established by Paul and Mary Weaver to honor Paul's parents. Past recipients had a minimum SAT total score of 1100 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and graduated in the upper 10% of his or her high school senior class. Students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. Preference will be given to students from Clarion County. Award offered sometime in March.

Commodore Corporation/Richard Boyle Scholarship

Established by the Commodore Corporation in memory of former manager, Richard Boyle. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support for dependent children of employees of the Commodore Corporation plant, Colony Factory Crafted Homes plant, and Penn West Homes Plant in Clarion County. Selection is based upon demonstrated financial need, completion of the Commodore Corporation/Richard Boyle Scholarship application, and letters of recommendation. Application information can be obtained at Commodore at 814-226-9210; Colony at 814-226-9590; and Penn West Homes at 724-867-0047.

Richard W. Kooman Scholarship
 

Richard W. Kooman Scholarship: Established in November 2011, the purpose of this scholarship endowment is to honor the life and work of Richard W. Kooman by providing scholarship opportunities for Clarion County students pursuing a Clarion University degree.  In addition to a distinguished law career, Dick is remembered for his devotion to the Clarion Community and Clarion University.  Along with his many community organizations, Dick was also on the Clarion University Foundation Board of Directors and in 2002 he was appointed to the University Council of Trustees by the Governor and remained active in service until the time of his passing.   To be automatically considered, incoming freshman must be graduating from a Clarion County High School, demonstrate academic achievement, demonstrate interest and involvement through participation in a variety of activities and service opportunities, and demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA.

Out of State Reduced Tuition
Out of state tuition has been recently reduced to 150% for all out of state students beginning Fall 2012.
Class of 1961 Scholarship

Class of 1961 Scholarship: This endowment was established in 2010 and is funded by the Class of 1961 in honor of their 50th anniversary of graduation.  When the Class of 1961 entered Clarion, it was strictly a college dedicated to producing outstanding teachers.  To continue that tradition, the scholarship is earmarked for an outstanding student in the Honors Program majoring in education.  To be considered, candidates must meet eligibility requirements for the Honors Program.  Preference given to Education major and financial need demonstrated via FAFSA is also considered for this scholarship.  This scholarship is renewable if Honors student remains in good standing in the Honors Program.  The scholarship will be awarded by the Scholarship Committee of the Honors Council during the spring semester.

Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Scholarship

The Phillips Charitable Trust established this scholarship. Dr. Phillips, a native of Emlenton, was a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an outstanding physician in the field of internal medicine. The charitable trust was established to continue the family's interest in education and assisting students. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a Clarion University degree program or incoming freshmen who have been formally accepted to Clarion University, and must have attended high school in or have been a resident of one of the following counties for the past five years: Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer, or Venango. Applicant must demonstrate financial need per the FAFSA. Two letters of recommendation must accompany each application. Applications can be picked up from and should be submitted to Mary John Phillips, Office of Financial Aid, 104 Egbert Hall , Clarion University of PA, Clarion PA 16214 by April 15. Fax number is 814-393-2520.

S.P.I.R.I.T. Scholarship

The Students Producing Innovative Recognition for Incoming Students of Tomorrow (SPIRIT) Scholarship Endowment was initiated in 2009 by the social fraternities and sororities (GREEKS). As part of their service mission and in an effort to instill a culture of philanthropy by giving back to the university, the Greeks have taken a leadership role in challenging all campus student groups to participate. The purpose of this endowment is to provide scholarships for Clarion University students who have displayed leadership through community philanthropy. To be considered, student must be an incoming freshman with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in high school, and must display leadership through community philanthropy. Such activities and service will be identified through the student's admissions application. Be sure to note the activities on the paper application or if applying online a separate sheet. It is recommended that the incoming student provide one letter of recommendation on the service that they provided in their community from an organization contact.  Not available until Fall 2014.

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.

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.

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.

Stephens Scholarship

In honor of their lives' works of commitment to serving others, the Dr. Harold & Carolyn Hartley Family has established a scholarship honoring Harold's childhood friends, Wesley Stephens and George Stephens of Lenoxville Pennsylvania.  Harold learned a great deal about helping others at age 8, when the heroic actions of his two young friends saved his life.  As a result of life's experience, a grateful Hartley Family has long-valued commitment and helping others.  This scholarship serves as a lasting tribute to the Stephens and Hartley families.  First preference for the scholarship is an incoming freshman from Mountain View School District in Susquehanna County PA.  Second preference is an incoming freshman pursing studies in Speech Pathology & Audiology. Students will be automatically considered.

Dr. Lou & Marge (Sherry) Tripodi Scholarship

Established by Dr. Lou & Marge Tripodi as an annual scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman Clarion University student graduating from Redbank Valley, Clarion Limestone, or Clarion High School. To be automatically considered, student must have a minimum SAT score of 900 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) or above, graduate in top 40% of high school class, and show financial need as determined by the FAFSA form.                                      

Marjorie Tippin Presidential Scholarship

Past winners have a minimum SAT score of 1300 and are in the upper 2% of his or her high school graduating class. The $1,000 per year award is renewable for up to four school years. Incoming students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of Admissions materials. No scholarship application required. Awards offered prior to February 1.

Marjorie Tippin Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships are available to freshmen on a one-time basis. Past winners have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and are in the upper 10 % of his or her high school graduating class. Financial need is also considered. Amounts vary. Student records are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application required. All awards offered prior to March 1.

Dana S. Still Scholarships

One-time scholarships, awarded in honor of the former professor of English, provost, interim president, and chairman of the Council of Trustees, are presented annually to incoming freshman students. Eligibility is based upon financial need. Student records are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. Awards offered prior to March 1.

State Board of Governors Scholarships (BOG)

B.O.G. Awards are made each semester to under-represented students and majority students in the sciences, mathematics, computer science, Honors Program, Emerging Scholars, SSHE partnership cohorts, Gear Up,  Governor School of Excellence participants, Academic Sports League, and Reading & New Castle Leadership Academies. The candidate's record must show a strong academic curriculum, contribution to the community, participation in extracurricular activities, and competitive SAT scores. These scholarships are renewable. The Admissions Office will contact eligible candidates.

Christopher John Stahlman Memorial Scholarships

Established in memory of Christopher, a Clarion University graduate, by his parents. Two C.J. Stahlman Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to Clarion County students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, integrity, and service. Requirements include SAT scores in excess of 950 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and a grade-point average no less than 3.3. One award is exclusively for students from Clarion- Limestone High School. This award can be renewed in the sophomore, junior, and senior years, provided that the student maintains the required academic criteria. The second award, available to students from any Clarion County high school, is renewable for the sophomore year. Application is required, along with an essay and possible interview. Application information can be obtained from Clarion County high school guidance offices or the Clarion University Admissions Office at 814-393-2306. Application deadline is April 1.

Mary Catherine Murphy Schierberl Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memorial to Mary Catherine Murphy Schierberl, Class of 1909, by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends of the Schierberl, Wolf, and O'Toole families. This scholarship is available to a freshman on a one-time basis with a minimal of a 3.0 GPA, SAT 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and were in the top 40% of class. Student records are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. Award offered prior to March 1.

Rotary Club of Clarion Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Clarion Rotary Club to assist deserving students from the Clarion area. Candidates must be a current resident of Clarion County and a graduate of Clarion Area, Clarion-Limestone, Keystone, North Clarion or Redbank schools and must be in the top twenty percent of their graduating class. Also must have maintained a QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for grades 10, 11 & 12 and must have a combined verbal /mathematics score of 1150 on SAT or a composite score of a minimum of 26 on ACT exam. The applicant shall provide a letter of recommendation or endorsement from a teacher or administrator at their high school. The applicant shall also provide evidence of active service to the school and community through participation in extracurricular and civic activities and or organizations. Award made in the spring.

Clarion County Rod & Gun Club Endowment

This scholarship was established in 2003 by the members of the Clarion County Rod & Gun Club.  The organization promotes academic values, and foremost, the study of our native wildlife and habitat and its management.  The endowment is in the honor of Lewis Knight, Sr., a founding member and leader, and is a way the club can help young men and women who share our members' interest in the natural heritage of Northwestern Pennsylvania .  To be considered, the student must be an incoming freshman at Clarion University with a SAT of 1000 or above, and show financial need via the FAFSA.  First priority shall be given to a child of a member in good standing of the Clarion County Rod & Gun Club.  The preference of the club is to award the scholarship to someone majoring in the Environmental Sciences and/or demonstrates interest in natural heritage of Northwestern Pennsylvania through extracurricular activities.

Cecil and Agnes Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship established by Reverend Clayton Rhodes '53 in memory of his parents. Candidate must be an entering freshman that is a graduate of Union High School (Clarion County), have a minimum SAT score of 900 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and graduated in the upper two fifths of his/her high school class. Student records are reviewed for this award via their admission materials. Award offered prior to March 15.

Lyle & Clara Reinhard Family Scholarship

This scholarship established by President Diane Reinhard in memory of her parents. One award for a new Clarion Campus freshman graduating near the top of his or her high school class with SAT at least 1050 (combined critical reading & mathematics component). Past winners have been well rounded and academically strong. Award offered prior to March 1.

Diane L. Reinhard Student Housing Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship fund was established to honor Clarion's fourteenth president, Diane L. Reinhard for her distinguished service from 1990 through 2003. As tribute to President Reinhard's determination and tireless efforts to bring a modern, high quality, residential learning community into being, Clarion University Foundation, Inc. named its new housing development "The Diane L. Reinhard Villages at Clarion University" and announced the creation of a scholarship endowment. To be automatically considered for a village scholarship the incoming freshman must demonstrate high level of academic achievement, active involvement in student leadership, commitment to community service, and participation in extracurricular activities. Diane L. Reinhard Scholars will reside in the Reinhard Villages at Clarion University throughout each semester they receive support.

The Pay it Forward Scholarship

Established by James Staab, a 1970 graduate of Clarion-Limestone High School, and Sally (Harris) Staab, a 1972 graduate of Keystone Oaks High School. (Pittsburgh, PA) The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize an entering Clarion University student who has graduated from one of the aforementioned schools who clearly understands and demonstrates the concept of Pay it Forward. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a minimum graduating grade point average from high school of 2.75, and minimum S.A.T. scores of 900 (combined critical reading & mathematics component), or an A.C.T. composite of 19. Applicants will be asked to submit a short essay, not to exceed one page, on their concept of "Pay it Forward." Applicants for the scholarship must submit their application along with their essay on or before April 1. Contact the Office of Scholarship Administration at 814-393-2306 for further information.

Panasonic Ideas for Life Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Panasonic System Solutions Company in 2007.  The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman. All applicants for admission who have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in strong academic courses will automatically be considered for the award.  Candidates must also demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA.  The scholarship will be offered by April 1.                                                                                                                                                

New Castle Wolves Club Scholarship

This scholarship established by the National Association of Wolves - New Castle Club to provide assistance to Clarion students from Lawrence County. Candidates must be full time students and must have graduated in the upper 2/5 of their high school class. Students are eligible to receive the award in subsequent years providing they remain in good academic standing. Candidates will be considered via their admission materials, and financial need. Contact your high school guidance office for further information and scholarship application form. Application deadline is April 5.           

John Mochnick/Penn Trafford Scholarship

This leadership scholarship was established for high achieving students entering Clarion University from Penn-Trafford High School. Mr. Mochnick had great affection for the Penn-Trafford School District. Past winners have a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and are in the upper 40 % of his or her high school graduating class. Amounts vary. Students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. All awards offered prior to March 1.

Florence McLaughlin Scholarship

This scholarship established by Mr. David C. Smith, Class of 1964, in honor of Miss Florence McLaughlin who was an English teacher and role model for many students. The scholarship is intended for a Mount Lebanon High School student planning to attend Clarion University. First preference is an incoming English major from Mount Lebanon. Second preference is a secondary education major. Third preference is an elementary education major. For consideration, incoming freshmen need a minimum SAT score total of 1050 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and should graduate in the upper half of senior class. Student records are automatically reviewed for this award via their admission materials.

David M. McElhattan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in October 2007 to honor the memory of David M. McElhattan, a native of Franklin, Pennsylvania who spent most of his adult life as friend, confidant, supporter, and coach of many young people of the Franklin and Rocky Grove area. David's ties to Clarion University are many; his mother, father, and sister are all Clarion graduates and his son is current student at Clarion with his daughter to follow. To be considered for the award, student must be a senior or recent graduate of Franklin or Rocky Grove High School, admitted to Clarion University as a full-time undergraduate student with above average academic achievement in high school, show evidence of involvement in sports, music, the arts, or other social activities as a "team player", and show financial need. Students will automatically be considered upon receipt of their application for admission.

Sonja and Chuck Leach Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship established by Mr. and Mrs. Leach to help students pursue their life goals. This scholarship is available to a new freshman on a one-time basis. Past winners have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and are in the upper 10 % of his or her high school graduating class. Amounts vary. Students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. All awards offered prior to March 1.

John F. Kuhn Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship established by family and friends of Dr. Kuhn, former Provost of Clarion University. Scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates academic achievement, high school and community involvement as well as an eclectic array of interests. Selection will be done via admissions materials. Award offered prior to March 1.

M.M. and Minnie H. Kaufman Leadership Scholarships

This scholarship established by Miss Virginia Kaufman ('37) in honor of her parents. These scholarships are available to freshmen on a one-time basis. Past winners have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (combined critical reading & mathematics component)and are in the upper 10 % of his or her high school graduating class. Amounts vary. Students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. All awards offered prior to March 1.

Walter L. Hart Scholarships

These multi-year scholarships, presented in honor of the former admissions director, are awarded to the strongest incoming freshmen. Past recipients were in the top 5% of their graduating class, with SAT scores in excess of 1300 (combined critical reading & mathematics component), and with outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions through involvement in extracurricular activities. Students must meet required academic standards to receive the award in subsequent years. Student records are reviewed for this award via their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. Awards offered prior to February 1.

Mary R. Hardwick Scholarship

This fund was created to honor Dr. Mary Hardwick, retired Speech Communication and Theatre professor, and her career as a gifted artist and dedicated educator. Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen or transfer students. Selection is based upon a required essay, financial need and overall academic standing. Student's essay of no more than two pages, double spaced, needs to focus on describing how he/she has come to learn that a relationship with an individual who possesses the values of nurturance, compassion, collaboration, and respect for all living things can make a difference in the life of another. Contact the Office of Scholarship Administration, Admissions Office, Clarion University on availability of scholarship. Deadline for essay if available is March 17.

Inez and B.H. Fulton Memorial Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship established by Ralph ('31) and Virginia Fulton in memory of Ralph's parents. Past recipients have a minimum SAT score of 1200 and are in the upper 10 % of his or her high school graduating class. Incoming students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. All awards offered prior to March 1.          

Foundation Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships are available to freshmen on a one-time basis. Past recipients have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and are in the upper 10% of his or her high school graduating class. Amounts vary. Students are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admission materials; no scholarship application is required. All awards offered prior to March 1.

Eberly Family Scholarships

An endowed scholarship fund was created by the Eberly Family Trust to provide scholarships for students residing in Fayette County. Award selection is based upon academic achievement and financial need. No application is required, as student records are reviewed via their admission materials for this renewable scholarship. To be considered, Fayette County students need at least a 3.0 grade point average and a minimum SAT total of 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component).

DiTommaso Family Scholarship Endowment:

This scholarship was established by John DiTommaso, Clarion University Class of 1978, in honor of his parents, Angelo & Dorothy DiTommaso.  The award will be offered to an incoming freshman graduating from either Hempfield (Greensburg), Penn-Trafford, Norwin, Jeannette, or Greensburg Central Catholic High School.  To be considered, eligible candidates must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) or ACT composite of 24 or better. Students also need to be in the upper two fifths of senior class. All applicants for admission who meet the specific criteria will automatically be considered for this scholarship award.  The DiTommasos' have had tremendous community support for many years and felt that this was one way to acknowledge their appreciation.

Mary & Martha Colegrove Educational Fund Scholarship

Award made to women from McKean County. The recipients can continue to receive the awards during subsequent years if students maintain a cumulative 3.0 quality point average at Clarion University. Students' records are reviewed for this award via their admissions materials. No scholarship application is required. Award made by February 1.                        

Class of 1943 Scholarship Endowment

This award was established in 2005 by the Class of 1943. As an integral part of Clarion's rich tradition of excellence, members desire that this will be an annual scholarship awarded to an incoming Clarion University student. The scholarship perpetuates the long-term commitment of the class members to their alma mater and present-day students. To be eligible for consideration, student must have a SAT total score of at least a 1000 (critical reasoning and mathematics) or ACT composite score of 22, a grade point average of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale, and financial need verified by FAFSA. No scholarship application is required; students reviewed for award upon receipt of admissions materials and FAFSA.

Donna Dupont Bishop Presidential Scholarship for Incoming Freshman

This scholarship established by J. Donald Bishop in honor of his late wife, Donna Dupont Bishop '72, is intended for an outstanding new student. Award criteria include a minimum SAT of 1300 (combined critical reading & mathematics component), top 2% of class, and first preference is given to a student with financial need. This renewable award is offered once every four years. When available, students are automatically considered for this award when they submit their application for admission.

Clarion University APSCURF Scholarship for Incoming Freshman

This scholarship was established as a memorial to deceased or retired Clarion University faculty and is funded annually by the Clarion University Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculty (APSCURF). This scholarship perpetuates the long-term commitment of retired faculty to Clarion University and present day students. To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) or ACT composite score of 22, and graduate in the upper two-fifths of high school class. Preference will be granted to a descendent of past or present Clarion University APSCURF members. Students meeting this preference and who feel they meet the academic criteria need to submit a letter indicating they are a descendent of a retired Clarion University faculty member indicating the name of the faculty member to the scholarship administrator in the Admissions Office, Clarion University, by February 1st. Award offered in February for the following school year.