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Louis D. Adelson Venango Student Housing Scholarship
Established to assist the following groups of students residing in the student apartments at Venango College of Clarion University: Disabled veterans enrolled full-time, Veterans at large enrolled full-time, Non-traditional students enrolled full time. Students must also demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the award in subsequent years, the student winner must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Ronald E. Black Endowed Scholarship
Provides an award to a student at Venango College of Clarion University. Preference is given to adult students who are residents of Venango County.

John Boyle Continuing Education Scholarship for Venango College Students This scholarship was funded by a gift from John Boyle, member of the Venango College of Clarion University Advisory Council, to help non-credit Certificate Program students make training or retraining in a new career field more affordable. To be considered for a scholarship, candidate must be earning a certificate in one of the following areas: Bookkeeping, Executive Office Management, Legal Office Management, Massage Therapy, Medical Coding, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Office Management, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Agencies, Small Business Management, and other Venango College programs that may be developed in the future. Available funding and financial need will determine the number and value of awards. Contact the chair of the Venango College Continuing Education Scholarship Committee concerning questions on the application process and deadline date. Candidate must submit two letters of reference from a professional (employer, supervisor, principal, minister, etc.) detailing knowledge of the candidate, including any particular qualifications which may demonstrate the potential to succeed in the program of study. Candidate must also submit an essay (up to a maximum of 500 words) detailing how the scholarship will assist them in the achievement of educational goals and/or ultimately employment.

The Frank Clark Scholarship
Established by Mr. Frank Clark who taught in the Speech & Theater Department at Clarion University from 1967 through 1995. The intent of the scholarship is to award an incoming freshman from a Venango County high school planning to attend the Venango College. Second preference will be given to incoming freshman from a Clarion County school district. Academic criteria include a minimum SAT score of 950 and graduated in the upper half of class.

Franklin Rotary Club Scholarship
Established by the Franklin Rotary Club to benefit Clarion University students who are attending the Venango College.  It will be awarded to a student who shows exemplary service to his or her community.  To be considered, candidate must be a graduate of a Venango County high school and be a full-time student who demonstrates the potential to succeed in a chosen course of study.  First priority for the scholarship will be provided to graduates of Franklin High School or Rocky Grove High School.  For more information, contact the Venango College of Clarion University Scholarship Committee.

Derrick Publishing Company Scholarship Endowment to honor Edward P. Boyle
Mr. Boyle helped nurture the growth and development of Venango College of Clarion University, serving as director and vice president of the Venango College Advisory Council. To be eligible, candidates must be a resident of Venango, Clarion, or Forest County and be attending Venango College of Clarion University. Academic merit and demonstrated financial need is evaluated. First priority will be given to an employee or child/spouse of an employee of the Derrick Publishing Company, who meets the criteria for the scholarship.

Galaxy Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Established by Galaxy Federal Credit Union and awarded annually through the Venango College of Clarion University Scholarship Committee to a Venango County resident.

Dr. Thomas A. Gardner Radiologic Sciences Scholarship
Established in honor of Dr. Gardner by family and friends. Candidates must be enrolled in the baccalaureate degree program in radiation technology at the Venango College of Clarion University.

Gent, Gent & Snyder Scholarship

Established by the Gent, Gent & Snyder Law Firm, the annual scholarship is awarded to candidates with academic merit and financial need.

Paul M. Goldberg Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family and friends to assist Venango College of Clarion University students pursuing a business related degree. Academic talent and financial need are criteria. Preference is given to students from the Oil City area.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Scholarships
Several scholarships awarded annually to high ability recent high school graduates and academically promising returning adult students.

William Huber Sr. Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by friends of William Huber, a Venango County resident, who was an exceptional guitarist and extremely active in the community. Eligible recipient must be an active community member.

Dr. Glenn McElhattan Scholarships
Established to honor Dr. McElhattan, a Clarion alumnus and Chemistry Department faculty member at Venango College of Clarion University. Eligible candidates must be high school seniors enrolled at Venango College of Clarion University for their freshman year. Awards are granted based upon academic achievement.

In Memory of William J. McFate & Judge William E. Breene, by the trustees of the Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust
Mr. McFate and Judge Breene served for many years with distinction as trustees of the Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust and were highly respected in the region for their leadership and integrity. The purpose of the scholarship is to benefit Clarion University students entering fields of study in health-related professions, including students enrolled in the School of Nursing & Allied Health at Venango College of Clarion University. Recipients shall have demonstrated financial need and academic merit.

Oil City Lions, Lillian (Shaw) Shinkle, and Ted Shaw Scholarship
Established by the Oil City Lions Club in honor of Lillian Shaw Shinkle and Ted Shaw. Eligible candidates must be recent graduates of Oil City or Venango Christian high schools and must be entering their first year of study at Venango College of Clarion University. Scholarship recipients may reapply in their second year of study at either Venango Campus or Clarion Campus.

Oil City Rotary Club Scholarship
Awarded by the Oil City Rotary Club through the Clarion University Foundation. Recipient must be a graduate of Oil City, Cranberry, or Venango Christian high schools. Selected on the basis of academic record, financial need, and participation in extracurricular activities.

Oil City Second Presbyterian Women Scholarships
Several scholarships provided annually to the Venango College of Clarion University Scholarship Committee by this organization. Candidates must be health science majors. Priority is given to Venango County residents with financial need. The award may be renewed in succeeding years.

Pennzoil Scholarship Endowment
Scholarships are made available by the foundation through an endowment account established by Pennzoil. Award criteria are based on academic achievement and financial need.

John N. and Sarah H. Rees Scholarships
Provided through a generous donation from the Rees Charitable Foundation. The gift provides scholarships for Venango College of Clarion University students in two areas, academically gifted students and first-time-in-college adult.

Regional Vision Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship established by Regional Vision Leadership Development for Rural Northwest Pennsylvania to assist Venango College of Clarion University students who exhibit leadership qualities in their community or school.

Laura A. Smedley Scholarships
Scholarships, not limited in number and not specified in amount, are granted to Venango College of Clarion University students who are graduates of secondary schools serving Venango County. Eligible students must be full-time students enrolled in any associate degree program. Selection is made based upon financial need and academic record. Instructions for the complete application process can be obtained from Stephen Kosak, Box 374, Oil City, PA 16301. Deadline for submission of application is April 15th.

UPMC NW Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary Health Career Fund Scholarships
Awarded by the Venango College of Clarion University Scholarship Committee to Venango, Forest, and Clarion County residents attending Venango College of Clarion University for educational purposes in the health career fields.

Greg Vayda Memorial Scholarship
Established by family and friends to honor the memory of Greg Vayda, son of long-time chairman of the Clarion University Special Education Department Ken Vayda and Mrs. Vayda.

Venango Campus Scholarships
Several scholarships, contributed by Venango College of Clarion University employees, available through the Venango College of Clarion University Scholarship Committee for students attending Clarion University’s Venango Campus.

Venango Campus Endowment Scholarships
Endowment established by Venango College of Clarion University employees which funds several scholarships for students attending Venango College of Clarion University.

Frank and Clara Williams Scholarship
These scholarships, not limited in number, and not specified in amount, are granted to Venango County residents. Eligible students must be a full-time freshman or sophomore and be enrolled in a four-year degree program. Selection is made based upon financial need and academic record. Applications may be obtained from Stephen Kosak, Box 374, Oil City, PA 16301.

Zonta Club Scholarships
Scholarships made available by the Zonta Club of Oil City-Franklin. Award recipients must be students who reside in Venango County. Consideration is based upon the students’ academic record, financial need, and participation in extracurricular activities.