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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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William and Elizabeth Hart Scholarship

This scholarship established to honor former chemistry professor Dr. William Hart. Currently, two scholarships are awarded and can be used to pay for tuition, room, board, and some miscellaneous fees, including books. Applicants must major in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography/earth science, or biology and have completed 45 credits. They must have a QPA of 3.0 overall and 3.3 in mathematics and science course work. Selection shall be made by competitive examination, testing the student's ability in mathematics and English. Application deadline is late February. Contact the Scholarship Committee chair, Dr. Ben Freed, at 814-393-2592 for additional information.

The Ruth Bleakney Montgomery Science/Mathematics Scholarship

This scholarship established by Ron and Judy Montgomery in memory of Ron's mother Ruth. This endowment encourages students from Armstrong, Jefferson and Clarion Counties (preference given to Armstrong) with high achievement measured by their high school class rank and SAT score and also excellent academic performance at Clarion University to seek higher education. They must be of sophomore, junior or senior standing (with preference given to sophomores). Candidates must have declared a B.S. in a traditional science or mathematics major. Previous recipients may receive the award up to a total of three times. Applicants must apply no later than one week after grades are available for the spring semester. Please contact the office of the Dean of Arts and Science at 814-393-2328.

Paul Shank Award for Excellence in Physics

Two awards are made annually in honor of Dr. Shank, a former physics professor. The scholarships are awarded based on grades in physics, mathematics, and computer science and are presented to junior physics majors. In addition, recipients' names are inscribed on a plaque in the department office. See the Physics Department chair for further details at 814-393-2571.

Outstanding First-Year Physics Award

This endowed scholarship was established by friends of the physics department to honor emeritus faculty.  It is given annually to the most outstanding physics major enrolled in the introductory physics sequence (PH 258/ PH 268 and PH 259/PH 269).  The award is based on academic achievement within these courses as well as evidence of scholarly commitment to physics.  See the Physics chair for further details.

Mary Jane Collins Meenan Scholarship

This scholarship established through the estate of M. Clyde Meenan in memory of his wife, Mary Jane. Awarded annually to a deserving student in the cooperating Engineering program at Clarion University. Criteria includes overall 3.0 q.p.a, carry a "B" average in mathematics, physics and chemistry courses, provide a recommendation from a science or mathematics instructor, and have financial need. Contact the Chair of Physics for further information. Award made at the end of March.

Karl and Inge Sendler Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship established in the memory of Karl and Inge Sendler for students with the desire and will to learn the world of physics. Mr. Sendler had an impressive career that included making major contributions to the development of US manned space capabilities. Mr. Sendler retired from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 1974 as Director of Instrumentation Systems. Mrs. Sendler, a physics graduate in her own right, worked for the US Army. One of her assignments was to compute flight trajectories. To be considered for this scholarship, you must be an incoming freshmen student majoring in Physics or Secondary Ed Physics and demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA form. Upon admissions acceptance, you are automatically considered for this award.

Jack N. Blaine Scholarship Endowment

Created by the board of directors of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc. in honor of Jack Blaine. Mr. Blaine, a Clarion alumnus ('66) and a member of the physical science faculty (1966-1984, 1992-1997), was the first director of the Donald D. Peirce Planetarium, director of the university foundation (1979-1992), and the university's first vice president for development and institutional advancement (1984-1992). This endowment will fund scholarships for incoming freshmen in the sciences, first preference physics & astronomy. Incoming freshmen will be automatically considered based on their academic achievements in high school.

Harold William Ferguson Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Jeffrey & Mrs. Janet Ferguson in honor of Jeffrey's father, Harold William Ferguson, Clarion Class of 1947 with bachelor's degree certifications to teach the physical sciences, social studies, and mathematics. Harold met his wife Jean (Blake) at Clarion and along with their four children all with doctoral degrees, have a strong belief in education and passion for learning. In addition to being a United States Army Air Corp veteran, Harold spent

31 years teaching and especially loved teaching Chemistry. It is the intent of this scholarship to assist students interested in the physical sciences, (mathematics, chemistry, physics) who wish to teach upon graduation. Incoming freshman automatically considered with preference for a first generation student, a physical science secondary education major with financial need as determined by FAFSA. If you are a first generation college student in one of these majors, please alert Sue McMillen in the Admissions Office by April 1.