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 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).

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

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

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 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

Martin K Henneman Scholarship Fund

Martin K. Henneman Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Martin K. Henneman Scholarship Fund was established by the family and friends of Marty Henneman, husband, father, brother, friend, and hero, who passed away in 2022. He had a strong passion for providing service to others, caring deeply about the safety and protection of those around him and all he met. This scholarship, established in his name, honors his lifelong dedication to service.

Marty, a 1985 graduate of Wellsboro High School, enlisted in the United States Army and worked as a Military Policeman in Germany until he was honorably discharged in 1987. He received the Army Service Ribbon, Army Medal Achievement, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge in rifles, grenades, and handguns. He then attended Mansfield University, majoring in Criminal Justice. In October of 1992, he enlisted at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. He worked all across Pennsylvania during his time in the State Police. He served as a Trooper, Fire Marshal, Corporal, Patrol Unit Supervisor, Crime Unit Supervisor, Staff Services Section Supervisor, Sergeant, and his final assignment was Station Commander as he retired in 2016.

Martin was an active supporter of his community. He was Chief Deputy Coroner of McKean County; former adjunct professor at Pitt-Bradford teaching criminal justice; former president and member of the Seneca Law Enforcement Association (SLEA); owner and operator of IOA Consulting, LLC, which provided training for self-protection and private investigation services; former member of the Rotary Club of Bradford and former member of the Bradford Area Choral Boosters. He was a man of many hobbies as well including hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, amateur radio operator, and spending time with his friends, family, and many Weimaraners.       

Amount:          Minimum $500
Eligibility:       McKean County High School graduate: graduating senior or adult learner
Category:        General, vocational, public service

  • McKean County High School Senior and/or currently enrolled and/or adult learner who is a graduate of any McKean County High School
  • Pursuing a post-secondary degree, certificate or license in the field of criminal justice, paramedic, EMT, police officer training or an emergency public servant
  • Be active in in school and community activities
  • Submit a short essay


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

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


  • 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.

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


  • 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