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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
Linda Marie Trunzo Memorial Scholarship

These awards, presented in memory of Ms. Trunzo, a Clarion student, have been designated for incoming freshman music majors. The recipients are selected by a scholarship committee on the basis of academic achievement and an interview/audition to demonstrate talent in music. Recipients are named "Trunzo Scholars." Contact the chair of the Music Department at 814-393-2287 for additional information. Deadline date is April 1.

The Slanco-Grunenwald Scholarship:

This scholarship was established by Janice Slanco-Grunenwald to honor and celebrate the commitment of her parents, George & Ann Slanco, to her musical education; and the constant support and encouragement of her husband, Joseph Grunenwald, to her professional life as a Pastoral Musician, High School Choral Director, Private Instructor, and Collaborative Pianist. The award is for an incoming freshman music major with a 3.0 minimum g.p.a. who is a leader in his/her school's or church's musical program and wishes to bring that leadership and enthusiasm to Clarion University's music program. Interested students who wish to be considered for this award may request an application for the Janice M. Slanco-Grunenwald Scholarship from the Chair of the Music Department at 814-393-2287. Deadline is April 1.

Janet Shreckengost Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. Howard Shreckengost, university trustee, in honor of his wife Janet, a native of Clarion County.  It is the wish of the family to share with others, Janet's appreciation of music, as well as her concern for continued growth and excellence in the field of health sciences.  To be considered, incoming freshmen candidates must have a strong high school academic credential, demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA, and be pursuing a degree in either music or nursing.  All students will automatically be considered by the Office of Scholarship Administration.  The Scholarship would be renewable for a second year, providing the student meets requirements for achieving academic progress.

Sabina Mooney Seifert Scholarship

This scholarship established in honor of Mrs. Seifert, class of 1909, by her daughter Mary L. Seifert. It is available as a one-year award for freshman music majors. The award criteria are based primarily upon academic achievement. To be considered, the student must have a QPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher and must rank in top 1/5th of his or her Western Pennsylvania high school graduating class. Contact the chair of the Music Department at 814-393-2287 for additional information. Deadline date is April 1.

Sarah Beels Dunikoski Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the estate of Kenneth & Katherine Beels in memory of their daughter, Sarah. To be considered, incoming student must be a Music Education major with outstanding grades and SAT Score. All Music applicants automatically considered between November and March each recruiting year. No scholarship application form required. Please make sure the Admissions Office has updated grades and SAT/ACT scores. 

The Megan Lhota-Calderaro Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Jim Calderaro, Jr. in honor of his wife Megan Calderaro, Clarion Class of 1973, who passed away March 15, 2003 .  Megan was a Spanish-Education major at Clarion.  She always spoke highly of her experience at Clarion and Megan was very proud of her Spanish Education degree.  She was a high level manager for Bell Atlantic / Verizon Inc. for twenty years.  She utilized the Spanish portion of her education to help Bell Atlantic/Verizon conduct seminars in different countries.  Megan was a very giving, selfless person.  The scholarship is a way of keeping her memory alive.  It is intended to honor her giving nature for many years to come.  To be automatically considered, student must be incoming freshman Spanish Education or Spanish major in Arts & Sciences.  Student must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA and a 900 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) on SAT.

Mathematics Freshman Scholarship

This scholarship is for incoming freshman mathematics major. To be considered, students must have outstanding SAT math score and excellent high school grades. For more information contact the Mathematics Department Chair at 814-393-2592. Deadline date is February 15.

John F. Kuhn Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship fund established by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Gendler, with the support of the entire Mathematics Department, to honor the memory of Provost Kuhn by providing scholarships to attract students from under represented classes to study mathematics at Clarion University. Candidates must have applied for admission to Clarion University with the intent to be a full time undergraduate student. They must be a member of an under represented class and planning to major in mathematics or mathematics education. QPA, class rank, SAT or ACT scores and recommendations from mathematics teachers measured by the admissions file.

Marlin and Cleva Hartman Scholarship

Established by Marlin Hartman, Class of 1959, and Cleva Haight Hartman, Class of 1959, for an incoming freshman that is a son or daughter of a United States veteran. Financial need is also considered. First preference is for a Math or Math Education major. Second preference is for an Elementary Education major. Strength of academic credential is also influential. Submit DD214 along with letter requesting to be considered to the Scholarship Administrator in the Clarion University Admissions Office. Scholarship awarded by March 1.

John Francis Salvucci Scholarship

This scholarship established by Mr. & Mrs. Gene Salvucci in memory of their son, John, who graduated from Clarion with a History degree in 1981. Incoming freshmen enrolled in the Secondary Education/Social Studies program will be given first consideration with second preference given to incoming freshmen that have declared a History major. To be considered, students must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) and be in the upper two-fifths of his or her high school graduating class. Student records are reviewed for this scholarship upon receipt of their admissions materials; no scholarship application is required.

Gilbert Neiman Scholarships

These scholarships were established in memory of Dr. Gilbert Neiman, former professor of English at Clarion University. Three awards are made each year, one each to a junior, sophomore, and freshman who major in English, liberal arts, or secondary education English. Freshman applicants must submit a creative writing or critical essay, recommendation from a senior English teacher, and a high school transcript. Scholarship application should be submitted after the student has been accepted at Clarion with the English Department at 814-393-2482.

Ronald B. Lucas Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Ronald, Class of 1982, and Debra Lucas for deserving Clarion University students in either Computer and Information Science or Business. To be considered, student must demonstrate financial need and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average in high school with plans to attend Clarion University. First preference will be given to a student in Computer Information Science. Next preference will be a student entering a department in the College of Business Administration in Administrative Science, Finance, or Accountancy. Eligible students will be notified.

CIO Scholarship

Created by a gift from the Chief Information Officers Scholarship Foundation facilitated by Mark Egan, Clarion Class of 1978, the CIO Scholarship Fund supports scholarships for incoming students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in information technology.  Candidates for consideration must demonstrate financial need as determined by FAFSA.   All admissions freshmen applicants will automatically be considered; award will be offered by April 1.

Outstanding Biology Scholars Award

These scholarships are awarded annually to freshman biology, secondary-education-biology, molecular biology, environmental biology or medical technology majors. To be considered, students need SAT scores higher than 1200 (combined critical reading & mathematics component), and class rank in the top 20%. The awards are continued if requirements are met each year. Contact the Biology Department at (814) 393-2273 for additional information. Deadline date is February 15.

Oleta B. Amsler Scholarship

Mrs. Amsler established this award to recognize a freshman Liberal Arts/Studies major who displays eclectic activities and interests during his/her high school years. Award is renewable as long as student winner maintains a 3.0 gpa at Clarion and remains a Liberal Studies major. This scholarship is available at least once every four years. Students are automatically considered via their admissions materials when the scholarship is available.

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.