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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 Title (currently sorted in Descending order) Scholarship Description
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.                                                                                                                                                

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

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.

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.

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.                        

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.                                      

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.