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Clarion offers new renewable scholarships to high-achieving high school seniors

November 12, 2014

In addition to giving Clarion University students a unique advantage in a competitive job market, incoming freshmen who pursue a dual certification in education can also secure one of 50 merit-based scholarships worth up to $2,000 per year, which are renewable for a minimum of four years. Students interested in taking advantage of merit scholarships for the Fall semester of 2016 will need to apply before the deadline on January 15th, 2016.

Students with a cumulative 3.25 GPA and a 1050 SAT (combined math and verbal) or a 23 ACT score are eligible for the $1,000 Clarion Academic Scholarship.

Funded through private donations from generous donors, combined with university  funds, the Clarion Academic Scholarship is renewable for up to four years (five years for some dual-certification education programs) as long as:

  • The student maintains a 3.0 GPA at Clarion;
  • The student continues progress toward the degree on a full-time basis (minimum accrual of 24 credits per academic year, although 30 is strongly recommended);
  • The student’s family annually completes the FAFSA.

“We are pleased to offer this new merit scholarship program which recognizes the academic achievement of entering freshmen graduating from high school,” said Dave Behrs, interim dean of enrollment management. “We want to encourage talented and successful high school students to attend Clarion and bring with them the high energy level and involvement that they demonstrated in high school.”       

Additional renewable scholarships are available for students enrolled in specific majors or in a dual certification education program.

  • An additional $1,000 is available to students who meet the Clarion Academic Scholarship criteria and who enroll in the following academic programs at Clarion: accounting, finance, international business, marketing, bachelor’s-to-MBA, biology, chemistry, mathematics, geosciences, physics, computer science, information systems, management, rehabilitative sciences and human resources management.
  • An additional $1,000 is also available to 50 students with a high school GPA of 3.25 and an SAT score of 1100 (combined verbal and math) or a 24 ACT score who enroll in a dual certification education program. Clarion has designed more than 20 specific opportunities for dual or multiple teacher certifications, and continues to explore other unique opportunities.

“School superintendents and principals from throughout the region spoke, and Clarion listened,” Whitney said. “In today’s diverse learning environments, school districts seek teachers certified in multiple ways – across different content areas, different grade levels and with the ability to address special education challenges,”

“While students may still pursue single certification in a chosen field,” said Todd Pfannestiel, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts, Education and Sciences, “the flexibility associated with dual certification gives the courageous Clarion graduate a unique advantage in a competitive job market.”

The awards will increase the amount of scholarship money going to Clarion students. Last year, $1.8 million in scholarships were awarded to Clarion students.

Eligibility will be determined through the admissions process. To confirm eligibility, call admissions at 800-672-7171 (ext. 1).

Although these scholarship programs are designed for students graduating high school this academic year, Clarion has other scholarships available for transfer and adult learner students. To learn more about additional scholarship opportunities, please visit


-- Only non-transfer, bachelor's degree seeking students are eligible.

-- Excludes online and associate degree programs

-- Clarion University can only offer renewable scholarships for academic terms where students are billed for Clarion University tuition and fees.  Exceptions may include academic disciplines with clinical rotations.

-- Clarion University continues to offer additional scholarship opportunities to high achieving students

Last Updated 1/11/21