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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
Pennzoil Scholarship Endowment

Scholarships are made available by the foundation through an endowment account established by Pennzoil. Award criteria are based on academic achievement and financial need.

Oil City Second Presbyterian Women Scholarships

Several scholarships provided annually to the Venango Campus Scholarship Committee by this organization. Candidates must be health science majors. Priority is given to Venango County residents with financial need. The award may be renewed in succeeding years.

Oil City Rotary Club Scholarship

Awarded by the Oil City Rotary Club through the Clarion University Foundation. Recipient must be a graduate of Oil City, Cranberry, or Venango Christian high schools. Selected on the basis of academic record, financial need, and participation in extracurricular activities.

Oil City Lions, Lillian (Shaw) Shinkle, and Ted Shaw Scholarship

Established by the Oil City Lions Club in honor of Lillian Shaw Shinkle and Ted Shaw. Eligible candidates must be recent graduates of Oil City or Venango Christian high schools and must be entering their first year of study at the Venango Campus. Scholarship recipients may reapply in their second year of study at either Venango Campus or Clarion Campus.

In Memory of William J. McFate & Judge William E. Breene, by the trustees of the Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust

Mr. McFate and Judge Breene served for many years with distinction as trustees of the Dr. & Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust and were highly respected in the region for their leadership and integrity. The purpose of the scholarship is to benefit Clarion University students entering fields of study in health-related professions, including students enrolled in the School of Nursing & Allied Health at the Venango Campus. Recipients shall have demonstrated financial need and academic merit.

Dr. Glenn McElhattan Scholarships

Established to honor Dr. McElhattan, a Clarion alumnus and Chemistry Department faculty member at the Venango Campus. Eligible candidates must be high school seniors enrolled at the Venango Campus for their freshman year. Awards are granted based upon academic achievement.

William Huber Sr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by friends of William Huber, a Venango County resident, who was an exceptional guitarist and extremely active in the community. Eligible recipient must be an active community member.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Scholarships

Several scholarships awarded annually to high ability recent high school graduates and academically promising returning adult students.

Paul M. Goldberg Memorial Scholarship

Established by the family and friends to assist Venango Campus students pursuing a business related degree. Academic talent and financial need are criteria. Preference is given to students from the Oil City area.

Gent, Gent & Snyder Scholarship

Established by the Gent, Gent & Snyder Law Firm, the annual scholarship is awarded to candidates with academic merit and financial need.

Dr. Thomas A. Gardner Radiologic Sciences Scholarship

Established in honor of Dr. Gardner by family and friends. Candidates must be enrolled in the baccalaureate degree program in radiation technology at the Clarion University Venango Campus.

Galaxy Federal Credit Union Scholarship

Established by Galaxy Federal Credit Union and awarded annually through the Venango Campus Scholarship Committee to a Venango County resident.

Derrick Publishing Company Scholarship Endowment to honor Edward P. Boyle

Mr. Boyle helped nurture the growth and development of Venango Campus, serving as director and vice president of the Venango Campus Advisory Council. To be eligible, candidates must be a resident of Venango, Clarion, or Forest County and be attending Clarion University-Venango Campus. Academic merit and demonstrated financial need is evaluated. First priority will be given to an employee or child/spouse of an employee of the Derrick Publishing Company, who meets the criteria for the scholarship.

The Frank Clark Scholarship

Established by Mr. Frank Clark who taught in the Speech & Theater Department at Clarion University from 1967 through 1995. The intent of the scholarship is to award an incoming freshman from a Venango County high school planning to attend the Venango Campus. Second preference will be given to incoming freshman from a Clarion County school district. Academic criteria include a minimum SAT score of 950 and graduated in the upper half of class.

Ronald E. Black Endowed Scholarship

Provides an award to a student at the Venango Campus. Preference is given to adult students who are residents of Venango County.

Louis D. Adelson Venango Student Housing Scholarship

Established to assist the following groups of students residing in the student apartments at Clarion University Venango Campus: disabled veterans enrolled full-time, veterans enrolled full-time, non-traditional students enrolled full-time. Students must also demonstrate financial need. To be considered for the award in subsequent years, the student winner must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Special Education/Rehabilitative Science Freshman Scholarship

This endowed scholarship established by the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences and is offered each year to a freshman majoring in special education or rehabilitative science. The recipient of the award will be selected based upon academic achievement (minimum SAT 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component), top 20% of class), leadership, and community service. Contact the chair of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences at 814-393-2325 for additional information. Deadline date is March 15.                                                                                         

Jean Blake Ferguson Library Science Scholarship

This scholarship established by Dr. Jeffrey & Janet Ferguson in honor of his mother, Jean Blake Ferguson, Class of 1948. Jean influenced her children with her strong belief in the importance of education as each has earned advanced degrees. It is their desire to pass on her passion for learning through the availability of this scholarship. To be considered, candidates must be incoming freshman, first generation student, a library science major, dual major, or concentration, and have financial need. If you feel you meet criteria for consideration, please contact the scholarship administrator in the Admissions Office at 814-393-2306. It is possible to receive the award in subsequent year if student maintains a certain grade point average in studies.

Parma Dixon Mooney Scholarship

A scholarship is awarded each year to a freshman or transfer majoring in elementary education. Candidates must be residents of Clarion County or graduates of Clarion County High School. Selection is based upon academic record, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership skills. All Clarion County applicants for admission are automatically considered. Award offered prior to February 1.  

Margaret Elder and Truman W. Weiser Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by a bequest for the estate of Margaret E. Weiser. The purpose of the award is to fund scholarships for graduates of Clarion Limestone School District, Strattanville, PA., who major in elementary education at Clarion University.

Myra Dell (Singer) Strickler, Class of 1947, Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Myra by her husband, Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr, Class of 1947.  Myra Dell attended Clarion in a time when it was not the norm for a woman to pursue a degree in the sciences or science education as preparation for a career, and she pursued her dream in spite of hesitation by the administration.  Myra was recruited by high schools as a science teacher before she even graduated from college, and broke new ground for careers in science for women.  All Science and Science Education applicants for admission who have at least a 3.0gpa on a 4.0 scale in strong academic courses will automatically be considered.  First preference will be given to a freshman female student entering studies in science or science education.

Dr. Frank, Class of 1962 & Joyce Rocco Endowed Scholarship

Established by Joyce & Frank Rocco, who earned his Elementary Education from Clarion in 1962 and had a distinguished teaching career and outstanding service in 36 years as professor of special education at Winona State University in Minnesota.  Frank has served on the Clarion University Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2003.  First preference for the scholarship is a strong incoming freshman entering studies in teacher education who is a first generation university student.  Please notify by letter the scholarship administrator, c/o Admissions Office by February 1, if you are an incoming freshman education applicant who is a first generation university student.  Students' admissions files automatically considered for award.

Wilma Best Logue Education Scholarship

A scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming freshman planning to major in Education at Clarion University. To be considered, candidates must be seniors at Keystone High School. Knox, Pennsylvania. Student records are reviewed for this award via their admission material.

Class of 1953 Endowment Scholarship for Incoming Freshman Education Major:

This award was established by members of Class of 1953 to honor the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Clarion State Teachers College.  As an integral part of Clarion's rich tradition of excellence, members desire that this award will be an annual scholarship awarded to a Clarion University student.  All Education applicants for admission who have at least a 3.0 grade point average will automatically be considered for this award.  Student must also show financial need as indicated by FAFSA.  The scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 g.p.a. at Clarion University and remains an Education major.?

Class of 1950 Scholarship for Incoming Freshman Education Major

This scholarship established by the Clarion University Class of 1950. This class was known for having a large number of returning World War II U.S. Veterans. Most of the members of the Class of '50 went on to become distinguished educators. This scholarship perpetuates the long-term commitment of the class members to their Alma Mater and present day students. To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) or ACT composite score of 22, be a prospective education major, graduate in the upper two fifths of high school class, and be a descendant of a Clarion University Alumnus. Students who feel they meet the academic criteria need to submit a letter indicating they are a descendent of an alumnus with name and graduation year of the alumnus to the scholarship administrator in the Admissions Office, Clarion University. Award offered in February for the following school year.

Class of 1949 Scholarship for Incoming Freshman Education Major

This scholarship established by the Clarion University Class of 1949. This class was known for having a large number of returning World War II U.S. Veterans. Most of the members of the Class of '49 went on to become distinguished educators. This scholarship perpetuates the long-term commitment of the class members to their Alma Mater and present day students. To be considered for the scholarship, candidates must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 (combined critical reading & mathematics component) or ACT composite score of 22, be a prospective education major, graduate in the upper two fifths of high school class, and be a descendant of a Clarion University Alumnus. Students who feel they meet the academic criteria need to submit a letter indicating they are a descendent of an alumnus with name and graduation year of the alumnus to the scholarship administrator in the Admissions Office, Clarion University. Award offered in February for the following school year.

Donald E. & Bernadette Hugus Crooks Family Scholarship

This scholarship established by Bernadette (Hugus) and Donald Crooks for an incoming freshman who demonstrates strong work ethic and desire to excel. Candidates must be enrolled in the College of Business Administration with preference given to Marketing majors. This scholarship award is renewable for up to four years if the candidate maintains the required academic criteria while majoring in a program of the College of Business Administration. Student records are reviewed for this award via their admission materials.

William and Olive Barnes Scholarship

This scholarship established by Greg Barnes, professor of Accountancy, in honor of his parents, William and Olive Barnes, for an incoming freshman. Applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (combined critical reading & mathematics component), and rank in the upper 10% of their high school class. First preference will be given to accounting majors then other undergraduate business majors. Contact the Office of Admissions at 814-393-2306 for additional information. New students are automatically considered via their admissions materials. Award offered prior to February 1.

Edward G. Kriebel Family Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to attract students who demonstrate entrepreneurial skills, have the dedication to quality and hard work demonstrated by the Kriebel family and who demonstrate need not met by federal or state aid. First preference is given to an AC Valley or Union High School graduate, second preference to a graduate of other Clarion County high schools and last preference to other surrounding area high schools. This scholarship award is renewable for up to four years if the candidates maintain the required academic criteria while majoring in a program of the College of Business Administration. Student records are reviewed for this award via their admission materials. FAFSA must be on file.

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.