Scholarship categories are listed below. The color-coded icons below make it easy to scan the page to find scholarships of a particular interest.

A number of additional scholarships are available for Elk County Students at Elk County Community Foundation Website

Gloria V. Anderson Scholarship, Sponsored by the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus


Gloria was a much admired Music Teacher and is also the founder and director of the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus. Because of this, the Singing Dutchmen are now highly acclaimed. They established and dedicated this scholarship in honor of her and the hard work she has put into music.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: High school students from Elk and Cameron Counties, and Bradford Area High School.  Must be an area or community where Singing Dutchman member resides.   

Category: Music education or performance

  • High school students from Elk and Cameron Counties, and Bradford Area High School.  Must be an area or community where Singing Dutchman member resides.
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree in music education or music performance.

ARG Employees Scholarship

The ARG Employees Scholarship Fund was established by the ARG Employees Scholarship Committee in recognition of the hard work and determination demonstrated by its many employees, Leadership Team and owner. ARG will support the scholarship from proceeds raised through the annual ARG Golf Tournament  and/or any other fund-raisers established for this purpose.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: ARG employees’ children, grandchildren or legal dependents

Category: General

  • Graduating senior and anyone enrolled in a post-secondary program

Tyler Bender EMS Scholarship Fund

Tyler Bender EMS Scholarship Fund

Tyler Bender recently graduated from the Center for Emergency Medicine, and he felt compelled to give back by starting this scholarship to encourage other individuals to consider the EMS field. There is a constant demand for well-trained and qualified EMS professionals. Tyler hopes that this scholarship fund will help attract individuals to the field and alleviate a shortage of EMS personnel.

Amount:          $500 annually

Eligibility:        Applicant must reside within the EMS region (Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Potter, Washington and Westmoreland.


  • Registered and accepted into an EMR, EMT, AEMT or paramedic program.
  • Proof of affiliation within an EMS agency within EMS West Region. (signed letter from services manager/director with their contact information).

Judy Enstrom Blumle Memorial Scholarship

Judy Enstrom Blumle Memorial Scholarship Fund

Judith (Judy) Enstrom Blumle passed away in 2021. Though often soft-spoken, Judy had a strong will and personality and put a high value on education. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Muskingum College in 1961 and later moved with her husband in 1976 to Emporium, PA. She was very commited to her family, friends, and to the town of Emporium.

For many years, Judy worked as her husband’s (Dr. Charles A. Blumle – “Chuck”) partner in his dental practice. She proved many of the accompanying services crucial for the success of the office: she cleaned, did bookkeeping, and helped care for both the staff and the patients. The success of the practice was truly built by both Chuck and Judy.

Over her years in Emporium she volunteered locally including on the board of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Emporium Art Festival committee, and fundraising to build the Emporium Library. She assisted in various educational efforts including helping students prepare for their GED tests, helping school-age children learn to read, and assisting with other events and committees. Many of these projects underlined the value she placed on education.

Her family and friends wish to honor her educational commitment by endowing a scholarship in her honor to assist many students over time in furthering their educations in the Nursing field.

Amount:              $1,000

Eligibility:             High School Senior from Cameron County High School or students who have received this award as a graduating senior in high school can reapply for a future scholarship.

Category:            Post-Secondary nursing degree or a Certificate in Nursing

  • Be active in school and community
  • Demonstrate need
  • Pursuing a nursing degree or nursing certificate

Leo and Margaret Blumle Scholarship Fund

Leo and Margaret Blumle Scholarship Fund

Margaret and Leo Blumle placed a high emphasis on their family and were active parishioners in their church: The Church of the Holy Family. Throughout their life they enjoyed being with other people and helping people in need including to build a vital water pipeline in Haiti.

They married in 1969. During their life they lived in many places Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania before moving to Virginia Beach in 1979. After Margaret’s death Leo decided to move back to Emporium, PA where he was born.

Their final wishes included a request to set up a scholarship to help students from Cameron County to pursue higher education.

 Amount:          Approximately $1000, determined annually

Eligibility:      High School Senior from Cameron County or students who have received this award as a graduating senior in high school can reapply for a future scholarship.

Category:        Pursuing a post-secondary degree or certificate       

  • Active in school and community
  • Show academic merit 

Gilbert Gibby Buerk Memorial Scholarship

Gilbert J. “Gibby” Buerk was a graduate of SMAHS and was employed by St. Marys Ambulance. He was an EMT and had recently earned his certification as a paramedic. Gibby was a hard worker and an old soul at heart. His hand was always extended in a bid of friendship and helpfulness. His legacy will long live on in the many friends he had, and the kindness he showed to so many throughout his life.

Amount: Minimum: To determined annually. 
Eligibility: Elk and surrounding High School seniors and non-traditional students in Elk and surrounding counties
Category: EMT or Paramedic or other related health fields

  • Active in school and community activities/service
  • Demonstrate financial need

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Military Scholarship

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Military Scholarship Fund

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis was born and raised in Florida but had generational family ties to the McKean County area. He was passionate about the outdoors and was an expert at hunting and fishing in northern Pennsylvania when he visited his family.  He studied at Florida State University where he received a Bachelor Degree of Science in Environmental Studies and a Master Degree in Business Administration. After college he enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Pararescuemen, this is an Elite team of Guardian Angel Airmen.

Staff Sgt. Enis died at the age of 31 in a helicopter incident on the Syrian Iraq border and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Staff Sgt. Enis lived by the Pararescue Creed: “These things we do, that others may Live.”

To honor Staff Sgt. Enis, they renamed the Tally Ho Bridge in the Kinzua Creek region on Route 219 as the Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Memorial Bridge.

Amount:          Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility:      High School Senior or an adult learner

Category:        High School senior at McKean, Cameron, Potter or Elk County High Schools or an adult learner. Adults must be a member of the National Guard, reserves, active duty in any branch of the service. Adults or high school seniors enrolled in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC). Must be serving under honorable conditions.

  • Attending a post-secondary program, certificate program or any qualified trade school
  • Active in school and community
  • Show academic merit

Greiner/Roof Law Scholarship

The Greiner/Roof Memorial Law Scholarship was created in memory of the Honorable Paul B. Greiner and the Honorable Vernon D. Roof, past President Judges of the 59th Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Judge Greiner served as President Judge from 1964 until 1986, after which he served as a senior judge until his death at age 83 in 1999. Judge Roof’s tenure on the bench was much shorter, as he served as President Judge from 1996 until 2002, when he died at age 51. Both Judge Greiner and Judge Roof were respected and renowned as fair and impartial jurists not only in Elk and Cameron

Amount: Minimum: Approximately $500, to determined annually. 
Eligibility: Graduate Level, Elk and Cameron counties
Category: Law

  • Applicant must be accepted or in attendance at an accredited law school
  • Must be permanent resident of Elk or Cameron Counties, or a graduate of one of the high schools located in these counties
  • Award based on academic standing and achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and general life experience. 

Blair Hornung Memorial Scholarship

The Blair Hornung Scholarship has been awarded to honor Blair who was tragically killed in an automobile accident shortly after his high school graduation in 1989. Although a serious injury shortened his football career and deprived him of an opportunity to play in the Big 30 All-Star Game, everyone knew of his talent. In track that spring he was the District 9 Class AA champion in the 100-and 200-meter dashes for the season.

Amount: Minimum: Approximately $500, to determined annually. 
Eligibility: Cameron County
Category: Sports Participant

  • Must be a graduating senior of Cameron county High School
  • Must be accepted into a 2 0r 4-year post-secondary program
  • must have participated in 2 varsity sports during their senior year (band and cheering considered varsity)
  • Must show academic merit. 

Kaylee Marie Hostetler Memorial Scholarship

Kaylee Marie Hostetlar Memorial Scholarship

On February 5, 2022 Kaylee Hostetlar passed away from a tragic ATV accident. She was a 9th grade student at Cameron County High School and a high honor student excelling in all subjects. Kaylee loved animals and her smile was sure to light up any room and she had the purest kindest heart.

Amount:              $550

Eligibility:           Graduating senior from Cameron County High School

Category:            Post-secondary education or certificate program

  • Senior Cameron County High School
  • Post-secondary education or certificate program
  • Active in the school and community

Kelley Hritz Memorial Arts Scholarship

Kelley Hritz Memorial Arts Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Kelley Hritz. Kelley (Musselman) was a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School in New Paris, PA, Class of 2001, and a graduate of the Pittsburgh Technical Institute class of 2003 with a degree in Graphic design. Kelley moved to St. Marys in 2006 with her husband and son.

Kelley wore many hats during her time living in the St. Marys area. She worked for the non-profit Life and Independence For Today (LIFT) helping people with disabilities, JIT Tool & Die as their Quality Manager, Guardian Home health/Aveanna healthcare helping provide in home healthcare, and most recently at Northwest Bank.

Kelley was an artist at heart. She loved all music (except country) and was a member of her high school concert and marching band, playing the clarinet. She loved cinema and theater, and portrayed Glinda the Good Witch in her high school production of “The Wizard of Oz”.  She wrote poetry and loved drawing and painting. She was a talented photographer and loved capturing memories for people. She owned her own photography business, Twilight Photography and Design. She took classes at the Winkler Gallery in 2019 to learn how to make stained glass.  Kelley shared her love for art with her family, doing projects with nieces and nephews, and taking her family on trips to museums frequently.

Kelley’s love for the arts will live on through this scholarship, helping future artists to create amazing and beautiful things, and she would love that.

Amount:          $1000, determined annually.

Eligibility:        High school senior from Elk, McKean, Cameron Counties, and Chestnut Ridge High School in New Paris

Category:         Pursuing post-secondary education in an art related field

  • Be active in school and community activities.
  • Submit two pieces of the artwork either by uploading a slideshow, video, pdf or pictures.

Helene K Nawrocki Memorial Scholarship

Helene K Nawrocki Memorial Scholarship

Helene Nawrocki was born and raised in the Philadelphia PA region. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from LaSalle University. Helene was employed in the ICU and as Director of Nursing at Delaware Valley Hospital. She also authored a Nurses’ Book of Courage and lectured at nursing seminars throughout the country. In 1996 after 20 years in the medical field, Helene and her husband moved to Potter County where she served as the Executive Director of the Potter County Education Council (PCEC). 

The PCEC’s goal is to bring higher educational opportunities to the region. Helene never stopped learning and this scholarship is being offered for today’s students to continue their education through the Northern PA Regional College.

Amount:  TBD

Eligibility: Enrolled or will be attending Northern PA Regional College (NPRC)

Category: Pursuing a post-secondary 2-year degree or a work force development training or dual enrollment.

  • Priority will be given to students in Potter and McKean County, but if there are no eligible students all students within the NPRC footprint will be able to apply
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA average

Lisa Pecora Scholarship for NPRC Students Fund

Lisa Pecora Scholarship for NPRC Students Fund

This scholarship fund was established to honor Lisa Pecora’s dedication to the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegany (ECUA) and Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). 

Lisa Pecora is a founding member of the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegany, serving as Treasurer.  ECUA was established in 2009 with a goal to provide open admission, low-cost, high quality post-secondary education to communities that had never been served by these opportunities.  ECUA founding members worked with state officials to seek a permanent solution to provide affordable, accessible technical and associate degree programs in northwestern Pennsylvania resulting in a College Plan.  The College Plan approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education officially established the Northern Pennsylvania Regional college in May 2017.  NPRC began operating as an independent institution in January 2020.  NPRC is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to grant degrees and certificates, and is proudly pursuing institutional accreditation.  Lisa continues her dedication to the College’s mission currently serving as the Director of Human Resources. 

Amount:         TBD

Eligibility:        Enrolled or accepted to Northern PA Regional College (NPRC)

Category:        Pursuing a post-secondary degree or high school students attending NPRC classes through dual enrollment. Preference given to McKean County and Titusville High School.

  • Present student or future students attending NPRC
  • Dual Enrollment for high school students through NPRC
  • Preference for students in McKean or Titusville High School
  • Be active in school and community

Andrew Joseph Pingie Scholarship Fund

The Andrew Joseph Pingie Scholarship

The Andrew Joseph Pingie scholarship fund was established by his two daughters, Faith and Sarah, after his passing from glioblastoma brain cancer. Andrew was known for his gift of gab, quick wit, and humor, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. After graduating from Bradford High School in 1991, Andy was employed with Allegheny Bradford Forest Products, and ended his career working at Dresser Manufacturing in Bradford. He was a self-taught fabricator of wrought iron and many of his creations and designs are admired at many home and businesses within the area. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving learner that shares the same passions and values as Andy.

Amount:          Minimum $500
Eligibility:       Resident of Cattaraugus or McKean County
Category:        Technical

  • Any resident of Cattaraugus or McKean County
  • High School Senior or currently enrolled adult learner
  • Pursuing a post-secondary technical education with preference to the welding field
  • Be active in in school and community activities
  • Submit a short essay describing his/her career goals


Safran Family Donor Advised Scholarship Fund

Safran Family Donor Advised/Scholarship Fund

 This scholarship is being offered by the Safran Family to encourage employment in the trades that service McKean County.

Amount:          Approximately $1000, determined annually. Renewable annually by reapplying up to 3 times with a maximum of 4 years.

Eligibility:      McKean County high school senior or currently enrolled as an adult learner who is a graduate of any McKean County High School and a resident of McKean County

Category:        Pursuing a post-secondary certificate, trade or vocational program

  • Active in school and community
  • Demonstrate need
  • McKean County resident

Gladys Schultz Scholarship sponsored by the Singing Dutchmen Chorus

This scholarship is in memory of Gladys Schultz. Although born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she married Arthur Schultz and they made Emporium their home. During her residency in Emporium, she worked in the finance department of Sylvania. Gladys was an accomplished pianist/organist and shared her talents and love of music at many local events. She was the organist for Emmanuel Episcopal Church for over 50 years, piano accompanist for the Singing Dutchmen Men’s Chorus for over 45 years and was an accompanist for the Emporium Community Chorus for many years. Gladys died at the prime of her life- at the age of 94. Despite her age, she still continued to be very active in her community

Amount: Minimum: Approximately $500, to determined annually. 
Eligibility: Cameron County High School
Category: Music or English Preference

  • Graduating senior of Cameron county High School
  • Preference given to students pursuing a degree in Music or English field
  • Show Academic Merit
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

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