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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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Scholarship TitleScholarship Description
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Foundation Honors Scholarships

Academically talented students at Clarion who participate in the Honors Program are eligible for multi-year Honors Scholarships. Students are selected on the basis of academic achievement and evidence of leadership and motivation. The scholarships are renewable, provided that students maintain the academic standards required by the program. Contact the Director of the Honors Program at 814-393-2585 for additional information.

Foundation Non-Instructional Staff Scholarship

Annually the foundation makes available six $500 scholarships to be awarded to university staff members and their dependents. Contact the Clarion University Office of Scholarship Administration at 814-393-2306 for additional information.

Lois Borland Fulmer Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship fund established by the family and friends of Mrs. Fulmer to honor her dedication to teaching. The awards will be made to an entering or continuing adult student (full-time or part-time) of any major. Application information can be obtained each spring from the Financial Aid Office at 814-393-2315. Deadline date is April 1.

Helen Gendler Memorial Scholarship

This award established by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Gendler in memory of Helen Gendler. Funds provide an annual scholarship to a student with a disability who is registered with Special Services. Selection is based upon academic achievement, service to the university or community, and financial need. Contact Student Support Services at 814-393-2347 for additional information.

Interhall Award

These scholarships are available to residence hall students who have contributed positively to the residence hall environment. For further information contact the advisor to Interhall Council at 814-393-2355.

Linnan/Brown Recognition Scholarship

This scholarship established by Tony Linnan, Class of 1989 and Kathy Linnan, Class of 1973, in recognition of their parents George & Virginia Linnan and Dale & Mary Lou Brown. Eligible candidates must be a full-time student, have earned a minimum of 32 credits toward the completion of a specific baccalaureate degree, have a grade point average of 3.0 in the previous semester, be a Pennsylvania resident, and have financial need as demonstrated by the filing of the FAFSA form. Contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 814-393-2306 for additional information. Deadline for consideration is March 17. Include a letter of interest with resume of college activities.

Dean James D. Moore Scholarship


Scholarships in memory of Mr. Moore, dean of academic affairs at Clarion from 1943 to 1972, are available to members of the university's Student Senate. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and leadership. For further information contact the vice president for student and university affairs at 814-393-2351.

The Panos and Pavlos Award

Established by Mr. Panos Theodoridis, Class of 1990 and Pavlos Ignatiades, Class of 1986 & 1988, for international students originating from Greece or Cyprus. For consideration, contact the Clarion University International Office.

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Scholarship (Freshmen)

The Clarion University chapter of Phi Sigma, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, offers one cash award each year. The candidate must be a member of the Honor Society, which requires a minimum 3.5 QPA after one or two semesters. Selection is based on academic record and participation in extracurricular activities. Contact the Phi Eta Sigma faculty advisor, Jodi Hagan.

President's Commission on the Status of Women Award

This fund was established through contributions from retired and current faculty, as well as friends of Clarion University, to encourage gifted students to travel and present results of their independent work while still at Clarion University and to promote gender equity across disciplines.  To be eligible, a student must have a paper, presentation, or creative activity accepted for presentation in a field in which his/her gender has traditionally been under-represented, OR have a paper, poster, or other creative project related to gender issues accepted at a conference.  The selection committee consists of the members of the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

Richard Redick Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Clarion student Richard A. Redick. The awards are available to full-time students who are active in the Returning Adult and Commuting Students organization. Selection criteria include financial need, academic performance, and community service. Additional information may be obtained from the RACS organization advisor at 814-393-2272.

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.

John S. Shropshire Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of John S. Shropshire, Dean of Enrollment Management & Academic Records at Clarion University, Clarion alumnus Class of 1961. John had a strong affinity for the Pittsburgh city public school system, having graduated from Westinghouse High School, and a strong affection as well for the Harrisburg city public school system, having taught at Central Dauphin East High School for many years. The following are the criteria for a student to be eligible for the John S. Shropshire Memorial Scholarship: student must demonstrate evidence of financial aid via the FAFSA form, must be a second semester freshman or above with at least 12 credits earned with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must have graduated from Pennsylvania city public school listed with the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. An essay is required on the topic, "How will you use your education to make the world a better place?" Essay is not to exceed one page in length, typewritten. Applications are available in the Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office. Deadline for applications is the first Friday in April and the award is made for the following fall and spring semesters.

Sigma Tau Gamma/Sigma Tau Scholarship Endowment:

This scholarship was established in 2002 by the brothers of Sigma Tau Fraternity.  The fraternity promotes academic values and has decided to establish this award as a way to give back to the university.  Many of its members participated in extra curricular activities whose participation and contributions helped establish the rich tradition at Clarion University.  To be considered, students must have accumulated 48 credit hours and be enrolled in the Honors Program.  Students must have a cumulative gpa of 3.4 or above, show financial need per FAFSA documentation, and be involved with a service related extra curricular activity.  Contact the Director of Honors Program for further information.

Sitzman International Student Award for Outstanding Achievement

An annual award will be presented to the outstanding foreign student of the year based on services and activities performed for the university, the Clarion International Association, civic and professional groups, and other activities of academic and/or cultural enrichment. Students selected by a faculty committee. Contact the Office of International Programs at 814-393-2340 for more information.

Trout Unlimited Conservation Scholarship

This scholarship has been established with the foundation through the sponsorship of the Iron Furnace, the Oil Creek, and the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited. It provides a $1,000 annual award to support the education of a senior student who displays a keen interest in conservation of natural aquatic resources, especially cold-water. The award will be based first on a written statement of the student's conservation goals and second their academic record. For additional information contact Dr. Andy Turner Department of Biology room 235 Peirce Hall. Application deadline is April 22.

Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

This endowed scholarship will provide one annual scholarship to an undergraduate student (of junior standing or higher) majoring in any area of the arts and sciences. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic performance and financial need. Contact the dean of the College of Art and Sciences at 814-393-2225 for more information. Students need to be first nominated by faculty to be considered for this scholarship. Nominated students will need to submit a "Goals Statement". Deadline date for nominees is March 29.

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.