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

ARG Employee 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

Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) Scholarship

One of BCPAC’s goals is to encourage and promote interest in the arts among area young people in the belief that it will foster their lifelong support of, and involvement in the creative and performing arts. For this reason, they have established a scholarship for students in McKean County School Districts.

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: A McKean County graduating high school senior

Category: Creative and Performing Arts

  • A graduating senior from any McKean County High School
  • Candidate must be planning to or has enrolled in an accredited college/university pursuing a post-secondary 4-year-degree in a creative and performing arts program 
  • Be active in school and community activities related to the arts

Paul Robert & Frieda Roberta Calkins Rolfe Scholarship

This scholarship was established and funded by Paul and Frieda’s son Scotty who wanted to honor his parent and the neighborhood he grew up in. This scholarship is given in both Johnsonburg where he was born and raised and also a student from Mt. Jewett where Scotty made his home.

Amount: $1,000 per year for four years ($4,000 potential), if minimum 2.5 GPA is maintained

Eligibility: Kane Area High School Senior, residing in borough of Mt. Jewett

Category: 

  • Graduating Senior from Kane Area High School
  • Must reside in borough of Mt. Jewett
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree with preference to nursing or engineering field. If no candidate, other fields will be considered.

Cinderella’s Closet of Kane Scholarship

Cinderella’s Closet of Kane Scholarship

The Cinderella Closet of Kane was a community based program that provided low cost new and used prom/formal attire rentals to high school girls in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in McKean, Elk, Warren, Forest, Cameron and Potter counties. Due to a variety of reasons the board decided to close their doors in the summer of 2021. After everything was liquidated in the store, the remaining funds have established this one-time scholarship program for graduating senior girls in 2022 in Elk and McKean Counties.

Amount:            Eight $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2022

Eligibility:         Graduating female seniors from all Elk and McKean County high schools

Category:          Post-secondary education

  • Female senior students from Elk and McKean Counties
  • Post-secondary education
  • Be active in school and community
  • Demonstrate financial need

Chuck Daly Memorial Scholarship

Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly (July 20, 1930 – May 9, 2009) was an American basketball head coach. He led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships in 1989 and 1990, and the 1992 United States Men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team") to the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Chuck Daly was an athlete and a scholar. He participated in Basketball, Football and Track while attending Kane Area High School. His daughter Cydney described him as very accomplished and a true superstar in his line of work. Mr. Daly was proud of his hometown of Kane He never forgot his roots and for this reason his daughter wanted to honor him with this scholarship at his alma mater of Kane Area High  School.

Amount: Approximately $1,000 each (one male, one female), determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Must be graduating senior of Kane Area High School
  • Must have participated in at least two sports during junior and senior year
  • Must be pursuing a post-secondary degree
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA

Joanna C. Fecek Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by CD of A Court 66

The Joanna C. Fecek Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 by Thomas MacDonald to honor the memory of his mother Joanna. Joanna was a long time member of Court Callistus #66 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Having served that organization in many different offices including as Grand Regent several times, Joanna viewed the CDA as central to her life as a woman of faith. The Joanna Fecek Memorial Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to students from St Callistus Church who are pursuing careers in the human services.

Amount: $500

Eligibility: Kane Area High School Senior

Category: General, Education, Health Care

  • Pursuing a 2-4 year post-secondary degree in human services such as social work, education, health care or related field
  • Be active in school and community activities
  • Preference given to female applicants
  • Kane High School senior
  • Member of St. Callistus Parish in Kane

Thomas E. Frair Scholarship

Thomas Frair is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Forest Science and a M.S. in Forest Resources. He had a 38-year career as a private Forestry Consultant working primarily with private landowners in achieving short and long term forest management objectives. Tom is a lifelong resident of Lafayette Township in McKean County. He is the owner/operator of the Frair Haus Greenhaus & Gardens since 1995, growing wholesale and retail annual and herbaceous perennial flowers and vegetable plant starts. 

Tom established this fund to help aspiring students in the fields of interest that he has had for his entire life: forestry, horticulture, apiculture, plant science and general agriculture. He also hopes this scholarship will help a deserving student to defray some of the cost of pursuing their education. At the time of his undergraduate education Tom was seriously concerned about how he would ever be able to satisfy those financial obligations and he wants to assist another undergraduate student with some of his/her college expenses.

Amount:      $1,000
Eligibility:   McKean County High School and non-traditional students
Category:    Post-Secondary degree

• Post-secondary degree 2 or 4-year degree in forestry, agricultural horticulture, plant science, general agriculture, animal sciences with a preferable emphasis in apiculture or similar disciplines
• Be active in school and community activities
• Show academic merit - minimum GPA of 3.0
• Students are eligible to apply after high school even if they won in a previous year

The In The Game Gentilman Family Scholarship

“In The Game” Gentilman Family Scholarship

This award began with the children of Victor and Elinor Cairns Gentilman as a celebration of their parents on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996. Donations by the family, friends and employer matches helped grow the fund (formerly held at the Kane Area School District) over many years.  

Vic and Elinor both served in WWII, then met at and received bachelor and master degrees from Penn State University. Both taught physical education. Vic was a teacher and coach in the Kane Area School District for 36 years. Before their marriage Elinor taught for 6 years in State College and then was a substitute teacher in Kane. They raised three children, Rick, Ruth and Bill, all proud Kane High School graduates.

Their lifelong commitment to education led them to direct the Elementary Grade School Playground program for many years, create and organize the annual Grade School Track Meet, successfully lobby for the inclusion of a swimming pool during the planning period of the “new” high school, serve as Cub Master and Den Mother, actively participate in the West Side School PTA, and work with the Head Start program in its beginning years.

Both Gentilman parents answered Uncle Sam’s call, serving during WWII. As officers, Vic and Elinor were invited to be interned at Arlington National Cemetery where each received full military honors at the ANC Columbarium.

Amount: $1,000 per year up to four years

Eligibility: Graduating Kane Area High School Senior

Category: Education, Health

  • Pursuing a career in health, physical education and recreation, or teaching of the same
  • In a year when there are no candidates, eligibility may extend to those pursuing a career in physical therapy, medicine or nursing
  • Selection criteria include personal qualifications, academic performance, and financial need

The STEM Gentilman Family Scholarship

The "STEM" Gentilman Family Scholarship

This award began with the children of Victor and Elinor Cairns Gentilman as a celebration of their parents on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996. Donations by the family, friends and employer matches helped grow the fund (formerly held at the Kane Area School District) over many years.  

Vic and Elinor both served in WWII, then met at and received bachelor and master degrees from Penn State University. Both taught physical education. Vic was a teacher and coach in the Kane Area School District for 36 years. Before their marriage Elinor taught for 6 years in State College and then was a substitute teacher in Kane. They raised three children, Rick, Ruth and Bill, all proud Kane High School graduates.

Their lifelong commitment to education led them to direct the Elementary Grade School Playground program for many years, create and organize the annual Grade School Track Meet, successfully lobby for the inclusion of a swimming pool during the planning period of the “new” high school, serve as Cub Master and Den Mother, actively participate in the West Side School PTA, and work with the Head Start program in its beginning years.

Both Gentilman parents answered Uncle Sam’s call, serving during WWII. As officers, Vic and Elinor were invited to be interned at Arlington National Cemetery where each received full military honors at the ANC Columbarium.

Amount: $1,000 per year up to four years

Eligibility: Graduating Kane Area High School Senior

Category: Science, Engineering, Math, Education

  • Pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) or the teaching of same
  • Selection criteria include personal qualifications, academic performance, and financial need

Jerry and Nancy Haberberger Memorial Scholarship

The Jerry and Nancy Haberberger Memorial Scholarship Fund was started by their children, Tom and Karen, and their families, to honor their parents. Jerry and Nancy resided in Kane for the majority of their married life. Nancy was an English teacher in the Warren County School District for over 32 years and Jerry was employed by the Kane branch of UPS for over 30 years. Jerry and Nancy were both very involved with their church, St. Callistus, and their community. They both enjoyed bowling at the Elks Club where they bowled for decades. Hard work, determination, and giving back were at the forefront of everything they did. For many years, they volunteered at the Lutheran Home in Kane, where Jerry's mother, Margaret, was a resident, and later on when Nancy's father, Louie, was a resident. Nancy was a graduate of Kane High School with the class of 1960.

Amount:      $500 scholarship, determined annually

Eligibility:    Graduating high school senior from KAHS

Category:    General, Post-secondary education

• KAHS senior

• Post-secondary education 2 or 4-year degree or certificate program

• Be active in school and community

Hannold Family Memorial Scholarship

Hannold Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

In the process of establishing this scholarship Charles “Butch” Hannold passed away suddenly and this scholarship will now be in memory of Judith, Eric and Charles Hannold. Originally this scholarship was created in memory of Judith and Eric Hannold by Charles “Butch” & Peggy Hannold. Eric’s mom Judith passed away at a young age and Eric had wanted to do something to honor his mom. Upon Eric’s passing his family fulfilled his wish by honoring his mom and Eric. Eric worked as an international tax account with Marriott Hotels, PNC and Highmark. He was an avid fisherman and a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a member of the Kane High School Class of 1992. Butch worked at Kane Handle for over 40 years and was also an avid sports fan and a lifelong NY Yankees fan since the 1950’s. Butch will be remembered by his family as a homebody with a warm and generous heart.

 Amount: 2 awards: $500 and $1000

Eligibility: Member of the Kane High School Cross Country Team during their senior year or any senior at Kane High School

Category: Post-Secondary Degree

  • Be active in school and community activities
  • Financial need

$500 award: Cross Country/Track Team

  • If there is not a senior member of the Cross Country Team, a senior member of the Track and Field team will be considered.
  • First award for $500 will be awarded for a post-secondary degree 2 or 4-year or vocational certificate

$1,000 award: Business Field

  • A second award for $1,000 will be for someone pursuing a post-secondary 2 or 4-year degree or vocational program in any business field

Scott M. Hickey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established by Scott’s wife Jeanne to honor a man with an incredible integrity, a strong work ethic, honest, fair and fun loving. Scott was a Licensed Master Electrician, owner of Hickey Electric. Scott was professionally trained and an expert in the electrical field, his well-known motto was “Wiring is No Hobby”.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category: Vocational or Trade School

  • High School graduating senior from Kane Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary diploma or certificate from a vocational or trade school with preference given to those pursuing a field in electrical studies.
  • Be active in school and community activities
  • One letter of recommendation is required

Diana J. Hulings Memorial Scholarship

The Diana J. Hulings Memorial Scholarship Fund was set by her husband and daughter. Diana J. Hulings worked for 22 years at the Kane Community Hospital in Kane, PA. She worked there as a nursing assistant taking care of people whether sick or not and she loved caring for people especially children. The reason for this scholarship is to honor her and provide a student with some funds to continue their education in the field of medicine.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduating Senior from Kane Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education in the medical field. Preference given to an interest in pediatric care.
  • Based on academic record, community service, and financial need

Ellen Marie Hulings Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Ellen Hulings was a dedicated health professional and a loving mother and wife. Ellen’s family wanted to honor the work of their mother as a Nurse and established this scholarship in her memory.

Amount: Minimum $500 each, determined annually. 
Eligibility: Kane Area High School
Category: Nursing

  • Must be a graduate of Kane Area High School and/or currently enrolled and/or adult learner with a Kane residence
  • Pursuing a post-secondary nursing degree (any level, LPN, RN or other.) Based on academic record, community service, and financial need

John & Donna M. Hulings Memorial Scholarship

Donna and John understood the importance of receiving a high school diploma and they saw to it that each of their 12 children obtained theirs. They were able to watch all of her children and  any of their grandchildren receive their Kane Area High School diploma. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from the Kane Area High School who meets the eligibility requirements.

Amount: Minimum $500 each, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduating senior of Kane Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education
  • Two scholarships awarded
  • Determining factor financial need

Steve Jerman Memorial Scholarship

The Steve Jerman Memorial Scholarship was created by his friends and family to honor the life and service of Officer Jerman. Officer Jerman was a Kane Borough Police Officer that made the ultimate sacrifice in 1999 when he was killed in the line of duty.

Amount: To be determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduating seniors of Kane Area High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary education in the area of elementary education, criminology, social services or health-related fields of study
  • The awardee should demonstrate their dedication to helping people and document their current community service
  • Two letters of recommendation are required

The Jeff and Shelli Johnson Memorial Scholarship

The Jeff and Shelli Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established by a group of his classmates. Jeff was a very determined individual who was plagued by a disease that severely disabled him. Jeff asked a group of his friends to help him to achieve his personal goal of staying in school and just being a "normal" kid. He was always happy and kept everyone laughing. Jeff lost his battle and passed away in 1990. Jeff is remembered for the strength he displayed and the things we learned about ourselves and our own lives through watching him accomplish so much through such adversity.

Amount: Minimum $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduate of Kane Area High School

Kane Day School Alumni Scholarship

The Kane Day School is a learning environment dedicated to educating, caring about and nurturing the children in Kane and surrounding areas; its goal is to prepare students for kindergarten.  Now the staff and school board wants to help alumni when they are ready to start their post-secondary education

Amount: Minimum of $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School, Kane Day School Alumni

Category:

  • Must be graduating senior of Kane Area High School
  • Graduate of the Kane Day School
  • Must be pursuing a post-secondary 2 or 4 year degree or vocational program
  • Be active in school or community activities/service (must provide an activities resume')
  • May be determined by financial need

Sashy and Gladys Kane Perpetual Scholarship

The Sashy and Gladys Kane Permanent Memorial Scholarship Fund provides two scholarships to Kane Area High School seniors. Sashy Kane was the eldest grandchild of General Thomas L. Kane, the town's founder. He was a veteran of both World Wars, retiring with the rank of the Colonel. Gladys was a registered nurse at the Kane Hospital. Together they established and operated the Kane Manor until moving to Florida in 1954.

Amount: Approximately $1,000 each (2 scholarships, one female, one male), determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Open to graduating seniors from Kane Area High School
  • Preference to students living within the borough. May consider other students who intend to return to the Kane area.
  • Demonstrate an active role in their school and community
  • Above average grades
  • May be determined by financial need

Gary Meckley Scholarship

The Gary Meckley Scholarship Fund provides one scholarship to Kane Area High School senior that is on the track team. The track athlete should set a good example of living a healthy life-style which emulates that of Gary Meckley, and what he expected of himself as an athlete and the athletes he coached. This scholarship will be awarded to either a male or female graduate from Kane Area High School.

Amount: Approximately $1,000, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduating senior from Kane Area High School
  • Student must be on the track team as a 2-year letterman, including senior year
  • Must set good example of living a healthy-living style as an athlete

Carrie B Sauers Memorial Scholarship

Carrie B Sauers was a dedicated nurse and mother to Tristan Sauers. Carrie was in the National Honor Society and graduated from KASH in 1987. Carrie began a medical career as a Candy Striper and an EMT. Her nursing career spanned over 27 years and much of her career she served hospice patients at the Regional Home Health and Hospice in Erie. Carrie believed in education and helping others and for that reason her parent Ted and Carol Snyder established this scholarship in her memory.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduating senior from Kane Area High School
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program
  • Preference given to those in a health-related field

Tristan Sauers Memorial Scholarship

The family of Tristan Sauers established this scholarship in his memory when he died because of a car accident in his senior year at the Kane Area High School. Tristan was a member of the Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Amount: Approximately $400, determined annually

Eligibility: Kane Area High School

Category:

  • Graduating senior from Kane Area High School
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary program
  • Preference is given to those in a trade or vocational program
  • Second preference will be given to nursing or health-related fields of study

Joe Stanko Memorial Scholarship

Joe Stanko died at the early age due to melanoma skin cancer and his family created this scholarship to memorialize his life. Joe was an active student and excellent in carpentry, drafting and welding. He was passionate about working with his hands and loved many sports. His strong work ethic began in high school. This scholarship will be awarded to the participant that resembles the qualities Joe valued most in life: family, friends, work, the outdoors and sports.

Amount: Minimum $1,000 each, determined annually

Eligibility: McKean County High Schools

Category:

  • Graduating Senior from any McKean County High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary 1 to 4-year degree, certificate, or vocational program
  • Be active in school and community activities/service (must provide an activities resume)
  • The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation and only one can be school related

Pastor Craig Smith Memorial Scholarship

Pastor W. Craig Smith, was the minister at both the Mt. Jewett and Hazel Hurst United Methodist churches. His ministry was his greatest passion. Before being called to the Methodist ministry, he worked on the LEF and C Railroad and studied at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He was the founder of the radio program “The Light on The Hill”. and also had been active as a coach and umpire in little league. He was a wonderful man of God and mentor to many children and young adults. He would be honored and thrilled to know that you have applied for a continuing education scholarship in his memory.

Amount: Approximately $500, determined annually

Eligibility: Resident of Kane or Smethport School District

Category:

  • High School Senior or 1st year non-traditional adult learner
  • Resident of Kane or Smethport School District
  • Pursuing a post-secondary 2 or 4-year degree or vocational program
  • Be active in school and community activities/service. Must provide an activities resume.

Verna Wooditch Memorial Scholarship

Verna Wooditch believed that education and determination provided opportunities that could change a person’s life. Born and raised in Ridgway, PA, she was the youngest of nine children. Her father died when she was four, and the family struggled for years. Lack of money didn’t stop Verna from dreaming of a higher education. She decided on nursing but it would take a full year working in the kitchen at the local hospital to earn enough money to attend Spencer Hospital School of Nursing in Meadville, PA.

She began her career as a registered nurse in the operating room of Elk County General Hospital in Ridgway. After marrying and moving to Kane, she worked at Kane Community Hospital where she spent the majority of her career as the dayshift supervisor. On the evening of May 31, 1985, the Kane Borough Police arrived on her doorstep to transport her to the hospital where she led the hospital’s disaster care team in response to the category F-4 tornado that swept through the region late that evening.

After family, her greatest love was patient care. She remembered everyone she cared for, not only their reason for admission, but even their hospital room number. Many times, friends, family members and others would call her at home…even in the middle of the night…for medical advice. At times she also made home visits. She performed telemedicine long before it became a recognized and necessary method of treatment. There are so many “Verna-wisdoms” that have brought strength and laughter to others and she would want people to remember them! Being an “old school nurse”, she recognized the value of good nutrition. She loved cooking for others, or as she called it

“nurturing the body and soul”. She enjoyed gardening (no one could grow basil like Verna), and she was an avid reader. For many years she traveled during the winter months to visit her sons in California. The other seasons were reserved for her daughters.

The Verna Wooditch Memorial Scholarship Fund is Verna’s way to offer a Kane High School graduate an opportunity that could change their life.

Amount: Minimum $500 each, determined annually. 
Eligibility: Kane Area High School
Category: General, Trade School or Business School

  • High School Senior
  • Resident of Kane School District
  • Pursuing a post-secondary 2 or 4-year degree, trade school or business school program
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be active in school and community activities/service. Must provide an activities resume.