Just a few reminders.
  • Scholarships are sponsored by a range of companies, organizations and individuals that set the eligibility criteria for their scholarships so it can vary greatly.
  • These sponsors also set their own application window.  They decide when to begin advertising their scholarship and when to set the deadline. 
  • So what is posted or available to search can vary from day to day.
  • This means searching for scholarships is an ongoing process that can and should continue into college.
Here are a few Search Engines which include state and national scholarship opportunities. These engines request you to complete information about yourself and then match you up with scholarships of which you meet the criteria.
Students can use Scholar Snapp to share their information (such as name, address, email address, grades in classes and essay answers) to apply for many different scholarships.  The Scholar Snapp solution guides you through the application process and saves a lot of time in researching and applying to scholarships.

Also students can create a profile on to earn microscholarhips for activities or achivements while in high school

TuitionFundingSources @TFSscholarships on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts a new scholarship on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts every day.

**Here is a link to additional foundations and corporations that fund scholarships
(this will take you to Clarion University's page, but you do not have to be attending Clarion in order to apply for these scholarships)


Below are some local scholarships and other scholarships that have been sent to CAHS

Doug Mortimer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Doug Mortimer who served as a volunteer Assistant Marching Band Director for 16 years.  Seniors must have participated in marching band at Clarion Area for a minimum of 3 years. Submit a 2-3 page double spaced essay - “What Marching Band Has Meant to Me”. The award will recognize the marching band member who is in good standing academically, has a great attitude, always ready to help and considerate of others, and who marches with pride. Deadline for submission of essay to the counseling office is April 23, 2018.  

Clarion University Scholarships

Students who have applied to Clarion University should fill out the online application. This single application will channel you to other scholarships for which you may be qualified. There are some scholarships which require supplemental forms, letters of recommendation and/or an essay, but most scholarships will select students from this online scholarship application.You will receive an email confirmation when your application is complete. You will receive notifications through your My Clarion account, should you need any additional information or if you have been selected for a scholarship.
In order to apply, you will need your username and password for your My Clarion account. This account will be supplied to you once your application has been processed through our Admissions office.

Deadline - March 30.  The Alumni Association deadline is March 9.

Clarion Rotary Club Scholarships

*Amy Davis Scholarship - Two $1,000 scholarships available to Clarion County seniors.  Academic eligibility requirements and evidence of extracurricular & community service activities.  

Deadline - April 30, 2018

*Clarion University Rotary Scholarship - Endowed scholarship of $920 offered to Clarion County students accepted to Clarion University for the Fall 2018 semester.  Academic eligibility requirements. Deadline- April 30, 2018


                    ***Students are asked to complete BOTH the Kiser and Wein applications****

The Clara Louise Kiser Memorial Scholarship 

Available to students who are or were residents of Clarion County during their senior year of high school, plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year, and have completed the FAFSA.  Scholarships are awarded according to satisfactory academic achievement and financial need.  applications are available by clicking the link below or visit the counseling office for application and more information.  Children of PNC Bank employees are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.  Deadline - May 18, 2018

The Charles and Dorothy Wein Memorial Scholarship

Available to students who are current high school seniors or graduates from Clarion Area High School who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year and have completed the FAFSA.  The scholarships are awarded according to satisfactory academic achievement and financial need. Children of PNC Bank employees are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.  

Deadline - May 18, 2018 

***Students are asked to complete BOTH the Kiser and Wein applications****

Bernie Smith Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was established in 2007 by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, in honor of Indiana County Commissioner Bernie Smith.  Eligible students are those who have been involved in activities promoting the mission of the Drug and Alcohol commission and plan to attend a post-secondary or technical school.  Information and application available by clicking the bottom of this page or by visiting the counseling office.  Deadline -  March 16, 2018

Mechanical Contractors Association of Western PA

Foster McCarl, Jr. Scholarship Program offers four $1,000 scholarships.  Applicants must be accepted or enrolled in a 2 or 4 year program at an accredited college, university or technical college for the 2018-19 school year majoring in a Plumbing, HVAC, Mechanical Engineering, Construction/Project Management, Architecture, or other construction related major.  Applications available in the counseling office.  Deadline - May 1, 2018

S & T Bank  Student Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to four Checking & Student customers.  Applicants must have an S & T checking account (Minimum opening balance for a new account is $50), be enrolled in a college or technical school for Fall 2018.  More info can be found  at  Applications are available in the counseling office and  from the PDF below.

Deadline - March 31, 2018

PA Association of Medical Suppliers

The purpose of this $1,000 scholarship is to recognize outstanding students who have been successful in their educational pursuits while overcoming physical challenges with the help of home medical equipment and supplies such as wheelchairs, walkers, respiratory devices, diabetes devices, asthma devices, etc.  Applications available in the counseling office.  Deadline - March 23, 2018

Clarion Hospital Foundation

Seven $1,000 scholarships available.  Only ONE application needs to be filled out.  
To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
1.  Be a graduate or future graduate of a Clarion County high school.
2.  Be accepted to a school of post-secondary health care education.
3.  Have a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent in the final three years of high school
4.  Plan to purse their education in nursing, inhalation therapy, lab technology, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical technology, or other medical field.
Applications are available in the counseling office, can be printed from the PDF below, or by visiting  Call 814-226-1257 with questions.  
Deadline - February 28, 2018   

Kiwanis Club of Clarion - Clarion County Community Service Scholarship

The Club will award two $500 scholarships to students enrolling in Clarion University for the Fall 2018 semester.  Print an application from Word Doc below or stop by the counseling office for an application.  Deadline - April 20, 2018

Words to be Heard 2018 Scholarship (Sponsored by Edgar-Snyder & Associates)
Seniors planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university in the Fall of 2018.  Applicants must fill our an application and submit a presentation that would discourage their peers from dangerous driving behavior (drunk driving, texting and driving, etc.).  It can be a video, a website, a creative writing piece - whatever you can create.  Gabrielle Stewart, a 2016 graduate, was the 2016 Grand Prize Winner of a $10,000 scholarship.  To find out more about this scholarship visit:  Applications are available online and in the Counseling Office.  All entries must be postmarked by March 23 to be eligible.

PA American Water - Stream of Learning Scholarship
Ten $1,000 scholarships available to seniors who currently live in a household that is served by PA American Water and plan to attend a two or four year college or technical school majoring in environmental science, biology, chemistry or engineering.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office or clicking the PDF below.  Deadline - March 23, 2018

National Federation of the Blind of PA
Over 30 scholarships granted to students each year.  Any legally blind person who will be a full time student during the 2018-2019 school year may apply.  Complete an online application found at  Deadline - March 31, 2018

Garden Club of Clarion County - Hannah Fox Memorial Scholarship 
Offering one annual $1,000 scholarship.  Applicants must be a resident of Clarion County or children, grandchildren, or legal dependents of a  Federated Garden Club Member.   Must be majoring in one of the following:  Agronomy, Agriculture Education, Floriculture, Horticulture, Landscape Design/Architecture, Botany, Biology (excluding medical), forestry, Wildlife Science, Plant Pathology, City Planning,  Environmental Concerns, or Land Management.  PDF application available to print by clicking below.    Paper copies are also available in the Counseling Office.  Deadline -March 31, 2018

Clarion VFW Auxiliary Scholarship - In memory of Ted Lawrence
Three scholarships will be awarded to a senior in a Clarion County High School planning to attend a post-secondary institution or technical school.  First place winner will receive $500, second $300 and third $200.  Student must have an immediate relative who is a veteran (this includes; parents, step-parents, grandparents and siblings).  Complete an essay of no less than  500 words  on the following statement:  "Do you stand for the National Anthem?"  Application and complete information available to print from  the PDF below or stop by the counseling office.  Deadline - March 1, 2018

Pittsburgh Regional Food Service Directors (PRFSD) 
Offering two $2,000  scholarships  to  high school seniors  planning to attend an institution of higher education majoring in a food service and nutrition related field.   Visit the counseling office for complete information and an application.  Deadline - April 27, 2018

American Legion Memorial Scholarship
$500 scholarship available to Clarion County veterans or Clarion County residents related to a veteran and acceptance by an accredited post-secondary institution or technical school.  An essay of 300 words or less on the following topic: "How will continuing my education prepare me to discharge my civic duty to my community and my country?"  Print an application by clicking the PDF below or stop by the  counseling office.  All scholarship applications must be received by April 30, 2018

Bridge Builders Community Foundations  Submit ONE electronic application!  Many scholarships available to high school seniors.  A complete list of available scholarships through Bridge Builders can be found on their website.  Deadline to apply is April 6, 2018

Kids' Chance of PA Scholarship
Scholarships available to children of Pennsylvania workers who have been seriously or fatally injured in a work-related accident.  The scholarship application can be completed online through the Kids' Chance website.   Deadline - April 15, 2018

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship offered by Nursing Schools Almanac.  Seniors who plan to pursue nursing, including LPN/LVN, ADN and BSN programs are eligible to apply.  This is an online application available at:  
Deadline - August 31, 2018

Clarion Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Five $1,000 scholarships available.  Applicant/Student must be a member of the Clarion Federal Credit Union, enrolled in a post secondary institution,  and have maintained a 2.0 or higher QPA (current high school or college).  Submit a complete application online at .  Stop in the counseling office to request an official transcript. You will submit your transcript by mail.  Deadline - March 31, 2018

PACB Foundation Scholarship Program -Awarding $1000 renewable academic scholarship to dependent children of full-time employees or directors of member financial institutions.  (Clarion County Community Bank,  Community First Bank, Reynoldsville, Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, and First United National Bank in Fryburg all examples of  member financial institutions.) Scholarships are available to high school seniors attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis.  Stop by the counseling office to view the PACB Member Listing and to receive more information.  Deadline - February 23, 2018

Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation Healthcare Scholarships
Students pursuing a career in a healthcare or allied health field:  12 scholarships available totaling $30,000.  Apply online at:  Applications accepted until February 15, 2018

Community Foundation of Western PA & Eastern Ohio
Multiple scholarships available to high school students.  Apply online at 
Deadline - March 1, 2018 

Central Electric Cooperative of Parker - 2018 Good Neighbor Scholarship  Ten scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded in early May 2018.  High school seniors whose parents or guardians receive electric service from CEC area eligible to apply.  Home school and cyber students are also eligible.  Complete the application found online at under the Community tab.  A one-page essay on how the applicant has contributed back to their community is also required.  Complete details are available online or by visiting the counseling office.   Deadline - March 15, 2018

Northwestern PA Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Several scholarships available.  All award recipients must be a union member, dependent of a union member or grandchild of a union member in good standing of a local union affiliated with the NWPA ALF.  Essay topics and complete details available at  or call 814-360-8336.  You can also find information at the bottom of this page.  Deadline - April 23  

Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council Scholarships

 Seniors are eligible if they are a dependent child of a union member or grandchild residing in the home of a union member of a local union affiliated with Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council.   Information available in the counseling office.  Deadline - March 23, 2018

2018 Western PA Trial Lawyers Association's President's Scholarship, Essay Contest

Any student interested in this scholarship essay contest, please inquire in the counseling office by December 21, 2017.  This $1,000 scholarship is open to any senior and is awarded based on the submission of a 3 to 5 page essay on a provided topic; however, only one student from our school may be nominated.  Be sure to inquire by the deadline if you want to be considered.

The Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association Scholarship

Information on the PenSPRA 2018 scholarship program is now available. PenSPRA, or the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association, offers three $1,000 scholarships, one in each of its three regions, for public school students planning to major in communications or public relations.

 Applications and more information are available on the PenSPRA website at:

Deadline - March 9, 2018


The Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) welcomes all qualifying students to submit a scholarship application for the 2018 Hermine Solt Student Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship that was established in 1992 for the purpose of aiding students in Pennsylvania to pursue higher education in a business-related field.  This scholarship will be given to an eligible senior applicant graduating from a Pennsylvania High School or Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School to be used as either tuition assistance or as a school bookstore credit at any approved two or four-year post-secondary institution, college, or university majoring in the business field.  (Examples include but not limited to: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Communications, Business Management, Business Communications, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Computer/Technology, or Secretarial/Admin. Assistant)
Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website:   Applications can now be sent via email from your school guidance counselor ONLY or via regular mail to:  Applications must be complete to be considered.  
Deadline - March 1,  2018

The Jackie Robinson Foundation 

No one succeeds in college alone. That's why the Jackie Robinson Foundation offers promising minority students not only a generous four-year grant to assist with the costs of attending college, but a full support network of fellow scholars, alumni, and professional mentors to help them excel in school and beyond.  For complete eligibility requirements and application, visit
Deadline - February 1, 2018

The Coolidge Full-Ride Presidential Scholarship
A nationwide scholarship open to HS JUNIORS who plan to enroll in college in the fall of 2019.  The main criterion for the Coolidge scholarship is academic merit.  More information, including the application, is available at  Deadline is January 24, 2018.

PA American Legion Scholarships, Contests and Camp Opportunites available:
The following scholarships can be found at
Complete information can be found by clicking the pdf below.

The Semper Fidelis All-American Program

The Semper Fidelis All-American Program is a new honorary high school program that recognizes high school juniors from across the country who excel academically, athletically and within their communities. Selected students will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Battles Won Academy with a mentor of their choice.

The program provides the exclusive opportunity for these like-minded student athletes to win a scholarship, tour the nation’s capital, hear from industry professionals, visit the Marine Corps base in Quantico and network with one another. In addition, being honored as a Semper Fidelis All-American is a great resume builder and will get acknowledged amongst colleges.

Student athletes who fit the description of a Semper Fidelis All-American can complete their application at can nominate themselves or be nominated for this prestigious honor. Please note the application is only a single page and should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete, and there is no limit on the number of students that can apply or be nominated. 

PSECU (PA State Employees Credit Union) 2018 Scholarship Program

To qualify for one of six scholarships awarded for up to $8,000 the student must be a PSECU members or become a member by December 31, 2016.  Students who qualify may apply at  Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications must be received by noon on February 28, 2018.  

Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania
Scholarship program offered to students who have epilepsy/seizure disorder.  This year the foundation will award eleven $1,000 scholarships.  Details and applications are available in the counseling office.  Deadline - March 16, 2018

Great Clips Scholarship Program
Aims to promote careers in cosmetology.  High School seniors and current cosmetology school students are eligible for tuition assistance or cosmetology tools.  Complete details and applications are available at  Deadline - March 31, 2018

ACT Award - Available to students that have taken the ACT:
Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. 

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. 

Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply: 
  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications can be found at Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application. 

All questions may be directed to

Pennsylvania JCI (Junior Chamber International) Senate Scholarship - The Pennsylvania JCI Senate annually sponsors a scholarship for senior students who are residents of Pennsylvania.  We will be awarding two $500 scholarships this year.  The applications of these two recipients will then be forwarded to the United States JCI Senate Foundation for consideration to receive an additional national grant of $1000.  

The scholarship application is available on the U.S. JCI Senate website.  Go to  and click on "Scholarship Program" in the top header/drop down box for the link to the application. 

Each student needs to submit only one copy of the completed application and appropriate attachments to me at the address below(via postal mail), for judging.  

Nancy Salopek                                                                                                                                                                                    46 Longvue Circle                                                                                                                                                                Ambridge, PA  15003                                                                                                                   

If chosen as a Pennsylvania recipient, I will submit that application to the United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Committee.  (The same application is used for both PA and US judging.)

There is no limit to the number of student applications that can be submitted by each school district.

The completed application, with all appropriate attachments, must be returned to me postmarked by January 5, 2018

Lucy A. Valero Memorial Scholarship  PSEA (PA State Education Association)
Eligible Education Majors may visit for more details.  Click at the bottom of this page for a brochure detailing this award.  Deadline - January 31, 2018

SeniorAdvisor.comFuture of Assisted Living ScholarshipThree $2,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university. Each eligible student must submit a 500-750 word essay response to the question: How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town? Deadline is December 31, 2017. Scholarship award recipients will be announced January 31, 2018.

Essay topic and scholarship details can be found on the Assisted Living page.  This is an annual scholarship and will be offered every year.

Hagan Scholarship Foundation
A nationwide, need based, merit scholarship helping rural students graduate college debt free.  This is a multi-step process with the possibility of receiving up to $40,000.  Information is available in the counseling office.  Visit for eligibility requirements and to apply.  
Deadline - November 15, 2017

AXA Achievement Scholarship

The AXA Achievement Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.  Applicants to the AXA Achievementsm Scholarship must: 1.  Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico  2.  Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.  3.  Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. Apply online at  Deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.

Pennsylvania Society Scholarship (In Partnership with the Maguire Foundation)
To apply a student must be a current high school senior in PA, have a minimum 3.0, planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited, nonproprietary, four-year college or university in PA for the entire 2018-19 academic year, demonstrate financial need, have been and continue to be an active participant in community service. Apply online at  Deadline - November 1, 2017

Blackwood Music Scholarship
$20,000 in scholarships available for 2018!  Criteria - Seniors intending to pursue a college degree and a career in music performance, musical talent, instructor recommendation, academic record, motivation, essay and financial need.  Apply online  Deadline - February 1, 2018

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.
Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association has awarded over $10 Million in college scholarships to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Scholarship criteria also include high school graduation in spring/summer,  commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree, and United States citizenship.  Apply online at from August 1-October 25, 2017.  Please visit the counseling office if you are applying so that Mrs. Pennington can complete an online form.

2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
This program recognizes students who have participated in community service activities over the past year.  Have you made a difference in the lives of other through volunteer service?  If so, apply online at by November 7, 2017, and then submit application to high school counselor or principal.

Melissa Wetzel,
Oct 18, 2017, 9:02 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Feb 6, 2018, 11:41 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Dec 22, 2017, 10:55 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Jan 11, 2018, 10:55 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Jan 23, 2018, 7:37 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Feb 16, 2018, 12:08 PM
Melissa Wetzel,
Dec 5, 2017, 8:30 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Jan 18, 2018, 10:10 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Jan 23, 2018, 7:11 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Feb 16, 2018, 7:45 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Nov 7, 2017, 6:25 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Feb 13, 2018, 7:06 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Oct 16, 2017, 9:44 AM
Melissa Wetzel,
Feb 16, 2018, 7:43 AM