Local Funds

Albaugh Paranick Charitable

The Albaugh Paranick Charitable Fund was established to provide support for a variety of charitable purposes primarily benefiting Venango County.

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Allegheny Valley Trails Association Endowment

The Allegheny Valley Trails Association established this endowment to strengthen the regions “rails to trails” projects, organizations and programs.The endowment that will enable donors to promote, build and sustain a growing network of recreation trails and provide a permanent and growing endowment for Allegheny Valley Trails Association.The Fund will be used to:•Provide the opportunity for residents to contribute to a permanent Fund that will support and sustain existing recreation trails in the region; •Maintain and improve existing recreation trails;•Acquire new right-of-way or properties for new trails;•Construction and/or improvements needed to open new trails and•Promote the use and public support of rails to trails in the Allegheny Valley Region.

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Autism Stands

The Autism Stands fund is for holding the financial resources for the Autism Walks project to raise awareness for issues relating to autism in Venango County.

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Ben Franklin Trust of the Venango County Area Community Foundation

The Ben Franklin Trust Fund was established as a field of interest Fund in the Venango Area Community Foundation by a grant from the Ben Franklin Trust in 1993. The Venango Area Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee is to decide on the use of income from the Ben Franklin Trust Fund based upon current needs in Venango County and Northwest Pennsylvania that would be appropriate to award grants from a Fund in memory of Ben Franklin. Current priorities are:•Leadership Development•Emerging Technologies•Quality and Caring•History and Heritage

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Caring for the Caregiver Jackie's Chapter

Caring for the Caregiver Jackie’s Chapter is a support organization under the Venango Area Community Foundation. Caring for the Caregiver was created to be a living, active memorial to our beloved Venango County caregiver, Jackie Runge whose life and caring spirit was truly inspirational. Jackie’s Chapter exists to meet the needs of Venango County caregivers by providing funds and other types of support to address their individual and collective needs from the perspective of a “whole” being –physical, emotional and spiritual. The Caregiver Fund is an opportunity for the people of Venango County to contribute to the support of Jackie’s Chapter. The Caregiver Fund will be used to:•Provide the opportunity for Venango County residents to contribute to the future of and the caring purposes served by Jackie’s Chapter;•Show community leadership and shared commitment to our caregivers by being there for them in their time of need;•Enable an expanding number of persons from all walks of life to participate by sharing the concept of Caring for the Caregivers -Jackie’s Chapter; •Work in cooperation with other agencies and groups which have a kindred purpose and receive, maintain, and accept as assets, any property, whether real, personal or mixed, by way of gift, bequest, devise, or purchase from any person, firm, trust, or corporation to be used for the purposes of Jackie’s Chapter.

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Carl L. Trauterman, Jr. Charitable

This donor designated fund was established with two missions: 1)To provide aid and assistance to individual(s) residing in Venango County, Pennsylvania; who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces and who have experienced or require one or more of the following: economic distress, natural disaster, catastrophic loss, sudden loss of income, handicapped access, transportation, or emergency dental care; and 2)Toprovide financial assistance to the Shriners Hospital for Children of Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Charles E. and Eleanor T. Stubler Memorial

The Charles E. and Eleanor T, Stubler Memorial Fund is a donor designated fund that will support various charitable cause in Venango County in memory of Charles E. and Eleanor T, Stubler.

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Chicken Coop-Studio 306

The Chicken Coop-Studio 306 Fund was established to support the furtherance of the Project’s mission. The mission of Chicken Coop-Studio 306 is to unify our small towns in the Allegheny-Clarion River Valley by organizing our artistic endeavors and the many talents our residents possess.This non-profit organization will encourage both young and old alike to share their skills and abilities on a small town, family, and community level. To do this the Chicken Coop will promote creativity, critical thinking, education, and any other outlet, within reason, to better enhance the communities. Community outreach would be in the form of workshops open to the public, local and traveling, as well as a yearly event showcasing the previous year’s works and efforts. The core group members will share responsibilities and duties to establish a sense of community with a common goal: to unify.

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Child Development Centers Endowment

The Child Development Centers Endowment was established to accept and generate funds to improve and enhance the programs provided by Child Development Centers of Venango County, a non-profit organization. The Child Development Centers Endowment Fund was established to provide a permanent and growing endowment for Child Development Centers located in Venango County, Pennsylvania. The Endowment will be used to:•Support charitable activities, services and events provided by CDC in Venango County;•Enhance existing services; •Support new services or initiatives and•Preserve the quality of services and facilities operated by CDC

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City of Franklin Family of Funds

The City of Franklin Family of Funds was established to support worthy and charitable endeavors of the City of Franklin.The initial funds are: •Imagine Franklin Legacy

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City of Oil City Family of Funds

The Oil City Family of Funds was established to support worthy and charitable endeavors of the City of Oil City. This agreement creates three specific initial funds and provides a framework for the creation of additional funds. The initial funds are:•Bike Path Completion Fund•Marina Project Fund•General Charitable Fund

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Community Services of Venango County Endowment

The Community Services of Venango County Endowment was established to accept and generate funds to improve and enhance the programs provided by Community Services of Venango County, a non-profit organization. Community Services ofVenango County is dedicated to improving the lives of Venango County residents. The Community Services Endowment Fund was established to provide a permanent and growing endowment for Community Services of Venango County.

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Cooperstown Public Library

The Fund shall be used to meet the operational and capital needs that further the not-for-profit mission of the Cooperstown Public Library.

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DeBence Operation

To provide unrestricted income to the ongoing operations of the DeBence Antique Music World Museum.

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Focus On Our Future Endowment

The Focus on Our Future Collaborative Board established the Focus on Our Future Fund in 2000 to support the ongoing process to initiate and improve prevention programs and initiatives in Venango County. This Fund is to support the vision that: “We in our community will all work in concert and the capstone value will be the nurture of Families and children.” The purpose of this permanent and growing endowment for children and families will be to:•Assess community needs and develop a local action plan; •Facilitate collaboration and information sharing among the various systems that serve families;•Promote education and understanding designed to shift thinking from treatment to prevention;•Actively work to build and strengthen the community’scapacity to serve children and families

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Franklin Civic Operetta Association

The Franklin Civic Operetta Association Fund was established in 2017 to maintain the operations of the Barrow-Civic Theatre.

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Franklin Public Library Association Endowment

The Franklin Public Library Endowment is a Fund within the Foundation to accept and generate funds to insure and to enhance the growth of Library programs and services for the betterment of area communities. The Endowment Fund provides the opportunity for the people of Franklinto contribute to the support and renewal of Franklin Public Library services, programs and facilities.The Fund is used to:•Provide the opportunity for residents to contribute to the future of the Library and the educational and cultural purposes served by the Library; •Instill a sense of pride and commitment by Library patrons;•Enhance existing Library services; •Support new Library services or initiatives and•Preserve the quality services and facilities that are our Library heritage.

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Frank M. and Eleanor R. Miese

This donor designated fund was established to be devoted to the benefit of underprivileged, orphaned, dependent, neglected, delinquent and disadvantaged children first in the Cooperstown Borough, then in Utica Borough, Jackson Township and Canal Township inVenango County, Pennsylvania; and then within a five (5) mile radius thereof.

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Galena Rew Harrington and Mary E. Rew Trust

This discretionary fund, established in June of 1976, was the first Fund created in the Venango Area Community Foundation. Four gifts to the Community Foundation by Galena Rew Harrington and Mary E. Rew inaugurated this discretionary fund. As a discretionary fund the Community Foundation Board and Foundation Distribution Committee may decide upon the use of this Fund.

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GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math & Science)

GEMS stand for Girls Excelling in Math and Science, and STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As you can see, there is a great deal of overlap. We want to see more children, and especially more girls, in these fields. That’s what GEMS is all about.

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Glen L. Mohnkern Newsroom

The Glen L. Mohnkern Newsroom Fund was established to honor Glen’s commitment to journalism;to ethics and integrity;to Oil City, his hometown;and to the cultivation of future lovers of the news. Glen was a mentor to those he worked with in his many years at The Derrick. This Fund will serve as a continuation of that cultivation and mentorship by providing opportunities for students interested in journalism and the dissemination of information.

 

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Imagine Franklin Legacy

The Imagine Franklin Legacy Fund was established by Dr. Stephen and Marie Cenedella, who wanted to leave something to a community that, in their words, “gave them far more than they could ever give to it.” This Fund supports Franklin’s economic progress while sustaining its beloved cultural and historical character.

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Jene and Milton Rosen Charitable

The Jene & Milton Rosen Charitable Fund was established by family members of Jene & Milton Rosen, generous community activists. The purpose of the Rosen fund is to promote opportunity in the community, education for those in the community, economic empowerment within the community and scholastic support for those in need, also within the community.

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Kenneth H. Messer Charitable Remainder Trust

This discretionary Fund was established within the Foundation pursuant to a charitable trust remainder agreement. The Messer Fund is used for unrestricted purposes.Distributions are made in accordance with the “Allocation Policy” adopted by the Board of Directors for component Funds of the Foundation and the Foundation’s Board of Directors have sole discretion in awarding grants from this Fund. Any other person may make a contribution to the Messer Fund at any time.

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Kenneth R. Best & Louise A. Best Charitable

This donor designated fund was established with two missions: 1)To provide financial assistance to the Oil City Public Library; and 2)To provide financial assistance to the Venango County Area Agency on Aging to be used exclusively for the purposes of its Retired Senior VolunteerProgram.

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Koos Endowment Fund

The Koos Endowment was established from the proceeds from a charitable trust established by Marietta “Mayme” Koos in memory of her parents, Daniel and Carolyn WeymanGrimm. The endowment is intended for any charitable purpose inVenango County, Pennsylvania.

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Kopchak Family Charitable Fund, in Memory of Myron and Tillie Kopchak and their daughters, Jeraldine and Virginia Kopchak

The Kopchak Family Charitable Fund was established to provide funds for various nonprofits that serve in and around Franklin, Pennsylvania. Specifically, this fund will help to support the following organizations: Oil Region Library Association (Franklin Branch), Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Community Services of Venango County, Franklin Civic Operetta Association, St. Patrick Church (Food Pantry and Building Fund), Venango Region Catholic School, Young Men’s Christian Association of Franklin & Grove City, American Red Cross, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

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Kugler Legacy

The Kugler Legacy Fund was established by Mr. William Bowen for various capital projects for 501(c)(3) human service organizations serving the Oil City community.

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Mary Ann Richardson Endowment

A subfund of the Franklin Civic Operetta Association Fund. This fund’s purpose is to support the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Mary Ann Richardson’s honor.

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Mike & Nancy Baker Charitable

This donor designatedfund was established with the following missions: 1) To provide aid and assistance to individuals residing in Venango County, Pennsylvania, who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces and who have experienced or require one or more of the following:economic distress, natural disaster, catastrophic loss, sudden loss of income, handicapped access, transportation, or emergency dental care; and 2) To provide financial assistance to the Shriners Hospital for Children of Erie, Pennsylvania; and 3) To provide financial assistance to the Venango County Humane Society; and 4) To provide financial assistance to the Kirtland Foundation of Franklin, Pennsylvania.

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OCMS/OCHS Food Pantry

The Oil City Area Middle and High School has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie to provide OCASD students with access to a food pantry. This fund supports that food pantry.

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Oil City Artists Special Projects

The Oil City Artists Special Projects Fund was established to provide financial support to professional and viable arts related projects conducted by individual artists in the Oil City Community.

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Oil City Arts and Cultural Endowment

A volunteer group of interested citizens created the Oil City Arts and Cultural Endowment with the mission of strengthening the city’s Arts and Cultural Commissions programming and the revitalization of the city by creating an endowment that will enable donors, organizations, and groups to promote, sustain, enrich, and revitalize the City of Oil City through the arts and cultural endeavors. The purpose of the fund is to provide a permanent and growing endowment for the Oil City Arts and Cultural Commission and to: •Provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and non-profits to contribute to the revitalization of the City through the arts and cultural endeavors•Build the bridges needed to strengthen the City’s arts and cultural community•Enhance existing programs•Encourage the development of new programs•Support and sustain the Arts and Cultural Commission and its current and future programs•Initiate new programs that promote arts education or broaden participation in existing programs•Augment, support, or continue Oil City Area School District, Elementary, Middle, or High School programs that promote interactions between students and adult/senior artists in the Oil City Area•Enable Oil City Area non-profits to build capacities through arts and cultural initiatives

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Oil City Civic Center Endowment

The Oil City Civic Center Endowment was created to accept and generate funds to improve and enhance the Oil City Civic Center, a non-profit facility housing artists, charitable, civic, and public service organizations. The Civic Center located in the National Transit Building, a national historic landmark, will be dedicated to improving the lives of Oil City Area residents. The Fund will be used to: •Provide the opportunity for residents to contribute to a permanent Endowmentthat will support the operation of and improvements to the buildings and facilities of the Oil City Civic Center•Support the National Transit Building facility as a hub for civic, charitable and cultural activity in the Oil City area•Preserve the historic and architectural structure of the National Transit Building as a significant part of our heritage

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Oil City Library Endowment

The Oil City Library Endowment Fund will create the opportunity for the people of Oil City to contribute to the support and renewal of Oil City Library services, programs, and facilities.

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Oil City's East End Fountain Endowment

This fund was established in order to provide support for the East End Fountain project.

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Oil City Sign

This fund was established in order to provide support for the Oil City Sign.

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Oil City Take Pride

This fund was established in 2009 by a volunteer group of citizens including the North Side Business and Neighborhood Associations, the South Side Neighborhood and Business Associations, and the Siverly Neighborhood Association in order to support the initiatives, activities, and events of Oil City Take Pride, to help meet the needs identified by volunteer neighborhood and business associations in Oil City, and provide a means for residents and those who live or work in Oil City to improve their neighborhood and the business environment in Oil City. The Oil City Take Pride Board decides distributions at least yearly from the fund.

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Oil City Town Square Endowment

The Oil City Town Square Endowment was created to provide away for individuals to contribute to the ongoing expenses of the Oil City Town Square in Venango County, Pennsylvania.

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Oil Creek Railway Historical Society

The Oil Creek RailwayHistorical Society Fund was created to further carry out the educational and charitable uses and purposes of The Community Foundation. This Fund will promote growth and betterment within the Venango County Region and to further the charitable mission of the Oil Creek RailwayHistorical Society.

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Oil Region Library Association Endowment

The Fund shall be used to meet the operational and capital needs that further the not-for-profit mission of ORLA, Oil City, PA. The purpose of ORLA is operations of public library service currently comprised of three locations: Oil City Library, Franklin Public Library, Cooperstown Public Library. The mission is that ORLA is dedicated to enriching the lives of our community, encouraging lifelong learning and providing access to information and resources. ORLA nurtures a diverse, educated and inclusive community in all of Venango County.

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Oil Valley Disc Golf Society

This fund was established in order to provide resources for the Hasson Disc Golf course.

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Paul and Ellen Flickner Charitable

The Paul & Ellen Flickner Charitable Fund was established to support Oakland United Methodist Church of Venango County, PA; Saint Stephens Church of Oil City, PA; Oil City YMCA; Oil City Salvation Army; the Venango County Humane Society and other charitable organizations and programs in Venango County.

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Presbyterian Homes Endowment

Presbyterian Homes Endowment Fund was established to support the Presbyterian Homes facility and programs at its Oil City, Pennsylvania Facility know as Oakwood Heights.

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Rainy Linn Memorial

The Rainy Linn Memorial Fund was established or the purpose of benefiting youth and/or youth programs in Venango County.

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Ray & Linda Stiglitz Charitable Fund

This Fund was established by Ray & Linda Stiglitz of Franklin, PA to support students pursuing vocational or technical training in Venango County by providing an annual scholarship andoffering other grants and support to students and programs within Venango County that encourage opportunities for individuals pursuing vocational or technical training.

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Reno Neighborhood Association

The Reno Neighborhood Association Fund was established to support the mission of the Reno Neighborhood Association Committee of Venango County, PA. Mission: To enhance the lives of the children and families of the residents of Village of Reno, PA by working to provide safe, fun, and community-oriented play spaces and activities.

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Reno Playground

The Reno Playground Fund is a subfund of the Reno Neighborhood Association Fund. This fund was created to support the construction of a playground in Reno, PA.

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Seneca Hills Bible Camp & Retreat Center Endowment

The Seneca Hills Bible Camp & Retreat Center Fund was established to assist the mission of Seneca Hills Bible Camp & Retreat Center: Transforming lives by leading people, especially youth, to a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and a life of dedicated service to Him.

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Shelly Lynn Wice and Jessica Ann Hart Memorial

The Wice and Hart Families created the Shelly Lynn Wiceand Jessica Ann Hart Memorial Fund within the Foundation. The Wice family sponsors an annual soft ball tournament to raise funds that are added to the Memorial Fund.The Fund is used to increase the opportunities for girls to participate in sports. Thepurpose is to provide a permanent and growing Memorial Fund dedicated to helping girls whose families are unable to afford the costs associated with participation in girls’ sports sponsored by the Oil City Area School District or the Cooperstown Athletic Association.

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Smedley Flowers

The Smedley Flower fund was established to create a perpetual flower fund to cover the cost of placing flowers upon the graves in the Smedley Family Lot in Grove Hill Cemetery on each Memorial Day.

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Terry M. Peterson Teachers Support

The purpose of the Fund shall be: Honor the memory of Mr. Terry M. Peterson and to provide financial assistance and support to the teachers and students of the Franklin Area School District in Franklin, Pennsylvania or successor Provide for the betterment of students of the Franklin Area School District in Franklin, Pennsylvania or successor.

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The Alma T. Weingard Employee Award Endowment

The Employee Award was established in the will of Alma T. Weingard. The annual employee award goes to the outstanding employee or employees of the Oil City Presbyterian Home. The award recipient is chosen by the residents and staff of the Presbyterian Home and is presented as recognition to the employee or employees of the year.

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The Charles and Anna Belle Kinnear Donor Advised Fund

The Charles & Anna Belle Kinnear fund was established to benefit Utica Elementary School Students in Venango County, Pennsylvania.

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The Lois and Carl Heinz Donor Advised Fund

The Lois and Carl Heinz Donor Advised Fund may be used for grants made to Venango County schools, non-profit corporations or other deserving and qualified charitable organizations. As a donor advised Fund, the Heinz Family advises the Venango Community Foundation at least annually about the award of grants from the Heinz Fund.

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The Williams Charitable

This donor advised fund was established to provide support for a variety of charitable purposes benefiting the Venango Area Community.

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Tree of Life Cemetery

The Oil City Tree of Life Cemetery Association Fund was established to provide for the following charitable benefits or purposes: •To provide for the maintenance, repair, and restoration of monuments, headstones, and grave markers in the cemeteries or burial places of the Association in Cherrytree and Cranberry Townships of Venango Country which are of historical or architectural significance to the communities in which they are located •To provide funds for the preservation, beautification, and maintenance of abandoned or deteriorating graves of said cemeteries or burial grounds•To provide for the maintenance of semipublic areas in and about said cemeteries and burial grounds whose maintenance would otherwise devolve upon government, thereby lessening the burdens of government•To provide for the preservation of Jewish history in Venango County in a suitable repository

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Two Mile Run County Park

The Two Mile Run County Park Endowment Board, a volunteer committee of Two Mile Run County Park, created this Endowment to accept and generate funds to insure and enhance Two Mile Run County Park and its services for the betterment of the area communities. The fund will be used to: •Provide the opportunity for residents to contribute to the future of Two Mile Run County Park and the educational, recreational, conservation, and historical purposes served by the Park•Generate a long-term funding stream to offset and eventually replace tax dollars currently being used to support the Park•Instill a sense of pride and commitment by Park patrons•Preserve the quality of services and facilities•Enhance existing Park services•Support new Park services or initiatives

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United Way of Venango County Endowment

This Endowment Fund was established with a bequest from Geraldine Ritchey to the United Way of Venango County in 1995. A gift from Mr. and Mrs. Carl Heinz was added to the Endowment. The Endowment income is used to support the United Way Mission: “The United Way of Venango County will improve the health and quality of life for local residents by coordinating a community-wide voluntary fundraising campaign and distributing resources to meet both current and emerging human service needs.”

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Venango Area Community Foundation Unrestricted Endowment

Venango Area Community Foundation Outreach & Operations Fund is a fund established to fund and assist in the operations of Bridge Builders Community Foundations and promote the mission and awareness of the Community Foundation in its service area.

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Venango Area Community Gardens

This field of interest fund was established to further and support the community gardens in Venango County.

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Venango Chamber

This donor advised fund was established to provide support for a variety of charitable purposes benefiting the Venango Area Community.

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Venango County 4-H Endowment

This Endowment was created in November 2012 in order to be a resource for the Venango County 4-H program.

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Venango County Arts and Culture Endowment

To strengthen the regions arts and cultural organizations and programs by creating an endowment that will enable donors to promote, sustain and enrich our cultural heritage. The Fund will provide a permanent and growing endowment for arts and culture. The Fund will be used to:•Provide the opportunity for residents to contribute to a permanent Fund that will support and enrich programs, events and performances in the region; •Build the bridges needed to strengthen the regional arts and culture community;•Enhance existing programs; •Support and sustain arts and cultural organizations and•Advance the quality of offerings by helping to initiate new programs that promote arts education or broaden participation in existing programs.

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Venango County Economic Development

This fund was established to further and support economic development in Venango County, Pennsylvania.

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Venango County Fire Chiefs Association

The Venango County Fire Chiefs Association Fund was established to provide education to better prepare Venango County residents for fire prevention and emergency preparedness inthe Venango County Area.

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Venango County Humane Society

The Venango County Humane Society Fund was etablished to maintain the operations and programs of the Venango County Humane Society.

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Venango County Sheriff's Fund

This donor advised fund was established to provide support for a variety of charitable purposes benefiting the Venango Area Community.

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Venango Training and Development Center Endowment

The Venango Training & Development Center Endowment was established to support and augment the charitable purposes of the Venango Training & Development Center a 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Seneca, Pennsylvania.

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William & Elizabeth Charitable Fund for the Trades

The William & Elizabeth Charitable Fund for the Trades was established to be a perpetual fund to promote and support the trades, applied technology, apprenticeship and nursing careers, progams and projects in Venango County.

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Witherup Family Community Fund of Venango County

The Witherup Family Community Fund was established my Marty & Ann Rudegeair in honor of the Witherup family (Ann’s father and uncles: Bob, Fory, Foster and Louie) The Fund shall be intended for the following charitable purposes and restrictions in Venango County, Pennsylvania: •Arts & Cultural Initiatives & Programs•Entrepreneurial Support &Development •Technical Training•Healthy Living•Educational & Sports Scholarships•Downtown Development•Youth Sustainability•Matching Grants can be utilized to leverage community and organizational bye in. •One time grants to be made, not for ongoing operations etc.

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Women and Girls' Community

Mission: As a local movement for transformation of lives, the Women and Girls’ Community Fund accelerates women’s leadership and invests in solving critical social issues by developing economic security and nurturing independence and self-confidence.Vision:The Venango Community Foundation Women and Girls’ Community Fund envisions a county in which all women and girls can achieve economic security and live healthy, safe lives within their communities.Values:The Venango Community Foundation Women and Girls’ Community Fund is committed to the following values:•Focusing on solutions for women and girls who are poor or pushed to the margins•Achieving intentional lasting systemic change•Increasing earning potential through education and training•Encouraging collaboration and reducing competition for community resources

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YWCA of Oil City Endowment

The YWCA of Oil City Endowment was established to support the operation and purposes of the YWCA located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

519Strong

The 519Strong Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Jeremy Coast, a student from Franklin who passed away after a three-year battle with leukemia. This Fund will be used to provide annual scholarships to students from Venango, Clarion, Forest, and Mercer counties. The scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to attend accredited colleges or universities and who have overcome adversity in their lives and sustained positive attitudes.

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519Strong-Jeremy Coast Memorial Scholarship

The 519Strong Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Jeremy Coast, a student from Franklin who passed away after a three-year battle with leukemia. This Fund will be used to provide annual scholarships to students from Venango, Clarion, Forest, and Mercer counties. The scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to attend accredited colleges or universities and who have overcome adversity in their lives and sustained positive attitudes.

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Alexander 'Bud' Marks Scholarship

The Alexander “Bud” Marks Scholarship was established by Ardelle Marks in memory of her late husband in 2013. The following is the purposes of this scholarship:A.To provide an annual scholarship to a student that has graduated from Oil City High School or successorB.To provide a scholarship for students that have graduated from Oil City High School who are attending Venango College (for Sophomore year) for Business or related field in their second and/or third year (Sophomore and Junior years respectively) and have plans to attend Clarion University MainCampus. C.If a student received this scholarship their Sophomore year and they move on to Clarion University main campus,they may reapply and be an eligible recipient

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Alfreda Kurtich Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Alfreda Kurtich Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by John Kurtich to honor the memory of his wife Alfreda Kurtich, a woman of great faith and integrity who dedicated her life to working as a Registered Nurse, primarily in Pediatrics, by providing scholarships to students pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse.

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Anna M. Ewalt Scholastic Award

The Anna M. Ewalt Scholastic Fund was established to honor the memory of Anna M. Ewalt, Franklin High School Class of 1923, and elementary teacher for 44 years. The purpose of the Fund is:•To exalt the teaching profession to the young people of Franklin High School and•To provide an annual award to the Franklin High School graduating senior who ranks the highest academically.

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Bill Anthony Memorial Scholarship

The Bill Anthony Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the life of Bill Anthony, a Pleasantville, Pennsylvania resident and a longtime Zem Zem Shriner. The Fund shall providean annual scholarship of at least $500.00to a studentwho would like to further their studies in any field.

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Bracken Scholarship

This scholarship is for current graduates of Oil City High School or for graduates of the previous three (3) years who demonstrates financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the community and extracurricular activities.

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Brown Chapel A.M.E. Memorial Scholarship

The Brown Chapel A.M.E. Memorial Scholarship was established to provide an annual scholarship to African American students that are from Venango County with a primary focus on Oil City residents. The Scholarship Committee considers the following when awarding a scholarship:•African American•Financial need is the primary factor in determining the recipient•A graduating senior from Venango County

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Chester A. and Beulah A. Baum Memorial Scholarship

Established in the Trust Agreement of Chester A. Baum in 1981 the Baum Scholarships are for students currently graduating from Cranberry Area High School. The Baum Memorial Scholarship is a one-yearscholarship awarded based upon to financial need. The Scholarships are awarded to students planning to attend colleges, universities, or trade schools, nursing schools, or business colleges. The Baum Scholarship Committee considers scholastic achievement, test scores, and participation in school and community activities when selecting scholarship recipients.

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Coach Steven B. Rood Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Fund shall be to honor and the memory of Steven B. Rood by providing an annual scholarship basedon the following criteria: •The award will be made to one (1) female and one (1) male Venango Countygraduating senior;•The recipients must be students that are graduating seniors at Venango County high schools and have been enrolled at a Venango County high school for at least three (3) years prior to graduating;•The recipients should exhibit characteristics of leadership, work ethic, commitment, and sportsmanship in the areas of athletic programs, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement;•The scholarships awards will be for one year.•The scholarships will be awarded in amounts of at least $500 each for one year, based upon the availability of funds as determined by the scholarship committee.•This scholarship award will be granted only to persons who attend an accredited post-secondary certificate program, technical school, vocational school, trade school, or college that is less than a four (4) year program (i.e. a non-baccalaureate program). Scholarship awards will be granted only to persons who attends a college, university, technical or trade schools that are described in the Internal Revenue Code Sec 170(b)(A)(ii). Scholarship grants will be disbursed only for the benefit of applicants who are accepted by and in actual attendance at such institutions.

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Cranberry Area School District Charitable

The purpose of the Cranberry Area School District Charitable Fund is to support worthy endeavors of the Cranberry Area School District and its students. This agreement creates five specific initial funds and provides a framework for the creation of additional funds. The initial funds are:•General Scholarship Fund•Athletic Fund•Science & Technology Fund•Arts & Humanities Fund•Undesignated Fund

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Daniels McConnell Scholarship Development

The Daniels McConnell Development Fund is a donor advisedfund that will support the Susan L. Daniels Memorial Scholarship and the Susie McConnell Memorial Scholarship.

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Dustin A. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship

The Dustin A. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the life and impact that Dustin had in his community and the people that surrounded him. The fund shall provide an annual scholarship of at least $500.00 to a student who would like to further their studies in any field.The following is the criteria that must be met for eligibility:I.The recipient shall be a graduate of Oil City High School. If Oil City High School should cease to exist, the candidate should be selected from within the current geographical boundaries of the school district; andII.The following criteria is to be considered when making the scholarship award:a.Academic Meritb.The upper 50% of the class (based on a weighted scale)c.Potential for success in his or her field of studyd.An essay of 500 words or less will be provided related to the following:Dustin was a sensitive, caring and thoughtful young man, liked by everyone who met him. With that in mind, briefly explain why you think you are deserving of this award and how you plan to use it.III.Financial need is primary consideration.

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Eugene F. Hanna Scholarship

Established under the Will of Eugene F. Hanna, this scholarship is for graduating seniors at Franklin High School that are planning to attend a college, or university in the United States. The Scholarship Committee will consider the needand ability of applicants when awarding a scholarship. The following will be considered:•Grade point average •Financial need •Occupational plans

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Francis E. Gibbons Memorial Scholarship

The Gibbons Scholarship was established in memory of Francis E. Gibbons who died in a fire at the Pennzoil Refinery in 1997. Applicants must be graduating seniors at Franklin High School who are attending the Venango Area Vocational Technical School and are studying carpentry. Applicants must be planning to attend a college, technical school or trade school. The Scholarship Committee will consider the following when awarding a scholarship. •Grade point average •Financial need•Occupational plans

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Francis Jones Weber Scholarship

The Frances Jones Weber Scholarship has been established by Presbyterian Women of Second Presbyterian Church, Oil City, PA to honor the dedication and service of Frances J. Weber to the Nursing Program of Venango Campus of Clarion University now known as Venango College. The purpose of the Fund shall be: To provide an annual scholarship to a student attending Venango College for a female student matriculating in a nursing or health related field.

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Frank & Eleanor Miese Scholarship

The Frank & Eleanor Miese Scholarship was established to provide one or two annual scholarships and enhance educational opportunities for students in the geographical area mentioned in the Miese Fund document map, with priority given to Cooperstown Borough. Students will answer in essay format the following three questions: •What does Cooperstown area mean to you? •What have you done to benefit the Cooperstown area? •How long have you lived in Cooperstown?

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Franklin Area School District Endowment

The purpose of the Franklin Area School District Endowment is to support worthy endeavors of the Franklin Area School District and its students. This agreement creates five specific initial funds and provides a framework for the creation of additional funds. The initial funds are:•General Scholarship Fund•Athletic Fund•Science & Technology Fund•Arts & Humanities Fund•Undesignated Fund•Artificial Turf Fund

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Franklin High School Alumni Development

Supports the development of The Franklin Alumni Scholarship, which was established by generous Franklin High School Alumni in 2012 to support a Franklin High School senior or a graduate of Franklin High School

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Franklin High School Alumni Scholarship

The Franklin Alumni Scholarship was established by generous Franklin High School Alumni in 2012 to support a Franklin High School senior or a graduate of Franklin High School. The following will be considered when making a selection in order of preference:•Financial need •Likelihood of success as a college or university or trade school student and•Participation in community and extracurricular activities.

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Franklin Rotary - Jay French Miller Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was established in memory of Jay French Miller by a gift from his wife Mrs. Ruth A. Miller and a contribution from the Franklin Rotary Club. The Franklin Rotary Club is offering this scholarship for Venango County high school seniors with outstanding community service in order to reinforce the development of a commitment to volunteer services among our high school students. The priority criteria for selecting Scholarship recipient(s) is:•Demonstrated community service activities;•Involvement in high school activities including awards and honors and•Academic achievement including: class standing, course grades and SAT scores.The Committee may also consider the following in selecting Scholarship recipient(s):•Rotary Club membership by parents•Future educational plans

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George Francis Rouault Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was established in the Will of Charles Louis Rouault in memory of his brother George Francis Rouault. The scholarship is for graduating seniors at Franklin High School who will be entering either Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey or Pennsylvania State University and who will be majoring in mechanical engineering. The Scholarship Committee will consider the following when awarding a scholarship. •Grade point average •Financial need and•Occupational plans

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George J. Vergis Family Scholarship

This Fund was established by Mary Denk to honor the memory of George J. Vergis and his family, by providing scholarships to Franklin High School graduating seniors who are attending an accredited university.

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Grace Woods Nellis Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Carol N. Maurer in memory of her mother. An annual scholarship of award $1,000 is made to the Rocky Grove High School senior in the academic course of study who has achieved the second highest grade point average upon graduation. The recipient must be a graduating senior student who has been in attendance at Rocky Grove High School for at least one full year, and the scholarship award recipient must enroll in and attend an accreditedfour-year college or university

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Howard G. Lehman and Joyce K. Lehman Education Scholarship

The Howard G. Lehman and Joyce K. Lehman Education Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Matthew Lehman’s parents, Howard G. and Joyce K. Lehman, who both held various education positions throughout their lives. This scholarship will honor Howard and Joyce by providing financial support to students in the Oil City School District pursuing a degree in Education.

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James D. Schwab PhD.- Clarion University of Pennsylvania Scholarship

The James D. Schwab Scholarship Fund was established at the direction of Dr. Schwab as he was a strong proponent of continuing education. Further, he wanted to provide an opportunity to a deserving youth from his home area at a university where he got his start. Growing up in Fertigs, he was the 4th of 5 children, beginning his education in a one-room school house in that community. He is a 1944 graduate of Cranberry Area High School and subsequently received his BS from Clarion University and his Masters of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed further graduate-level study at the University of Pittsburgh, Westminster College, and the Pennsylvania State University, which contributed to his earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1979 at the University of Delaware through Walden University. Dr. Schwab started his professional career in education at the West Hickory Elementary School in 1950. Subsequently, he was on the faculty of the Cranberry Area School District, where he taught elementary and secondary classes, and later served as Supervisor of Elementary Schools for 5 years. He joined the Oil City Area School District in 1960 as a Junior High School Counselor. Following that, he served as Assistant Senior High School Principal for 5 years, and then as Director of Guidance for 15 1/2 years – the position he held until his retirement in 1986. As a lifelong resident, he was extremely proud of the local area and displayed that fact by participating in various boards and community organizations. In conjunction with this, he continued to be a strong supporter of Clarion University, serving on the Advisory Council at Venango College and was the recipient of Clarion University’s “Distinguished Volunteer” award in 1998.

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Janet L. Henc Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Robert Henc in memory of his wife Janet. Scholarship applicants must be high school graduates who are members of the Galloway United Methodist Church. The applicant must be continuing their secular education beyond high school at a four (4) year college or university. The Scholarship Committee fromthe Galloway United Methodist Church will consider the following when awarding a scholarship. •Grade point average and•Financial need

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Jean Lucille Frank Scholarship

This Fund was established in the will of Jean Lucille Frank. The Fund is to be used for a scholarship to the “outstanding senior soprano from Oil City High School to further her classical music education”. The scholarship is to be for the outstanding soprano” who, without such assistance, might not be able to continue her education”.

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Jene and Milton Rosen Memorial Scholarship

The Jene and Milton Rosen Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to graduates of Oil City High School who are planning to attend a post high-school educationalinstitution.

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Jensin Michael Potts Scholarship

The Jensin Michael Potts Scholarship was established to honor Jensin Potts memory by providing a scholarship for graduates of Oil City High School, Cranberry High School or Venango Catholic High School who have participated in extracurricular activities and have demonstrated a financial need to continue their education.

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Jessica M. Stephens Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was established by Troy Marsh to honor the memory of Jessica M. Stephens and to assist community-minded students attending Oil City Area School Districtin their pursuit of a 4-year degree.

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John R. Loeffler Memorial Golf Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was established by friends in memory of John R. Loeffler who was the long-timegolf professional at Wanango Country Club. To be eligible for a Loeffler Scholarship, the applicant must be a graduate of a high school in Venango County or Titusville Area High School, Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School or Clarion Area High School. The applicant must be proficient in the sport of golf and may desire to pursue a career in golf and plan to attend a college or university with a golf team. The scholarship will be awarded to assist such a student in furthering his or her education at anaccredited college or university. This is a one-year scholarship.

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Margaret Feldman Educational Memorial

The Feldman Foundation was established by friends and associates, in memory of Margaret Feldman, a teacher and community leader in the Franklin area.The Foundation’s purpose is to improve education and develop the potential of youth in Venango County by creating an endowment that will enable donors to promote, sustain and strengthen literary education through the pursuit of excellence in the language arts by teachers and youth.The Foundation provides a permanent and growing endowment for literary education.The Feldman Foundation is used to:•Conduct an annual writing competition -The winning essays entries to receive a cash award;•Provide tutorial services -College preparatory tutoring in the language arts for students desirous of expanded knowledge of classic works of literature or of concentrated writing skills and•Award a Scholarship to pursue a college degree -To a deserving Venango County student who has achieved excellence in the language arts.

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Margery L. Himes Scholarship

These scholarships were established by Margery Himes in memory of her parents, Helen Lytle and Leslie Himes. This generous gift established a scholarship for the benefit of students from Venango, Clarion, Armstrong and Butler Counties.

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Mark and Rita Hale Charitable

The Mark and Rita Hale Charitable Fund was established to provide support for a variety of charitable purposes benefiting Venango County.

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Mary Louise Brown Whiting Memorial

Mr. Gifford E. Whiting created the Mary Louise Brown Whiting Memorial Fund within the Foundation in memory of his wife, a long-time teacher. The Whiting Memorial Fund was established to accept and generate funds to insure and enhance the teaching knowledge of Franklin Area School District teachers. The Fund willsupport the opportunity for the teachers of the Franklin Area School District to take collegiate courses in mathematics or science and will be used to provide the opportunity for Franklin School District secondary school teachers to improve their talents and ability to provide instruction in mathematics or science by: •Providing stipends as an incentive to take advanced college courses and•Providing awards for the incidental expenses related to taking college courses.

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Nicholas R. Sanford Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Nicholas R. Sanford Memorial Journalism Scholarship for any Venango County, Forest County, Clarion County, or Titusville Area High School graduate who has plans to study journalism and has maintained a 3.6, 85% or B+ grade point average in high school.

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Nicholas R. Sanford Memorial Scholarship

The Nicholas R. Sanford Memorial Scholarship for academically high achieving graduates of Cranberry High School.

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Oil City Area School District Endowment

This Fund is established in cooperation between the Venango Area Community Foundation and the Oil City Area School District to accept and generate the resources to insure, enhance and grow the educational goals and purposes of the Oil City Area School District. The OCASD endowment will create the opportunity for people to contribute to the support and renewal of Oil City Area School District educational programs and facilities.The initial funds are: •General Scholarship Fund•Athletic Fund•Science & Technology Fund•Arts & Humanities Fund•Undesignated FundThis Fund also allows for the creation of additional funds such as the OCMS/OCHS Food Pantry Fund.

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Oil City Eagles Aerie #283 Scholarship

This scholarship fund,established by the Oil City Eagles #283 is intended to enhance educational opportunities for students associated with the Oil City Aerie. A preference will be given to members(in good standing), children and grandchildren of Oil City Eagles #283. The children or grandchildren must be a graduating senior or have graduation in the last 3 years.The following criteria are to be considered when selecting recipients:•Likelihood of success; and•Preference given to displaced workers and veterans; and•Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in high school; and•Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in post-secondary education; and•Participation in community and extracurricular activities; and•Financial need.

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Oil City Mayor's Scholarship

The Oil City Mayor’s Scholarship was established by Mayor William P. Moon in 2016. This Fund was created to provide annual scholarships to graduating seniors who reside in the City of Oil City, Pennsylvania and who have demonstrated a commitment to their community through service (minimum of 50 hours of service).

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Oil Region Astronomy Education Endowment

Oil Region Astronomy Education Endowment Board, a volunteer committee of the Oil Region Astronomical Society, created this Endowment as a Fund within the Foundation to inspire the understanding of our universe through the promotion of the astronomical sciences. The Endowment Fund is an opportunity for individuals, businesses and community groups to contribute to the support of the Oil Region Astronomical Society services, programs and facilities. The Fund will be used to:•Provide the opportunity for residents to contribute to the future of the Oil Region Astronomical Observatory and the educational purposes served by the Observatory;•Instill a sense of pride and commitment by Observatory patrons;•Enhance existing Oil Region AstronomicalSociety programs;•Support new Oil Region Astronomical Society services or initiatives and•Preserve the quality of Astronomical Society programs and facilities.

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O'Neil Family Scholarship

The O’Neil Family Scholarship was established: •To honor the life of Eric O’Neil (Big E), and to honor his parents, Floyd and Suzanne O’Neil, for their years of volunteerism and civic duty, by providing an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of Rocky Grove High School •To provide the opportunity for residents to invest in the futures of students from Rocky Grove High School •To garner community prideand community involvementof Rocky Grove High School students, alumni and district residents •To enhance the educational opportunities for Rocky Grove High School students.

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Paul & Ellen Flickner Girls Basketball College Scholarship

This Fund was established by Paul and Ellen Flickner to provide two annual scholarships to students graduating from Oil City and/or Keystone High Schools. The recipients must also have played girls basketball their senior year.

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Rainy Linn Memorial Scholarship

The Rainy Linn Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide a scholarship to a deserving Venango County 4-H youth member in Venango County wishing to pursue higher education or advanced training.

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R. Jay Reynolds Memorial Scholarship - Franklin Elks Lodge 110

This scholarship Fund was established in the Will of Jane B. Reynolds in memory of her son R. Jay Reynolds. The income from this Fund is distributed annually by the Foundation to the Charity Committee of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Franklin Lodge 110. The Charity Committee is responsible for awarding scholarships to students that are graduates of the Franklin Area School District or Valley Grove Area School District.

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Rockland Township Community Scholarship

This scholarship is for a graduating senior from Cranberry Area High School who is a resident of Rockland Township. The Scholarship Committee will give preference to students who have participated in outside activities, extra-curricular activities, and scholastic sports, and students must also complete an essay in order to be considered as a recipient of this scholarship.

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Roy E. Sanner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for any graduating senior at Rocky Grove or Cranberry High School who has plans to attend an accredited 2-or 4-yearcollege or university after graduation. The Scholarship committee will consider the characteristics of leadership, work ethic, commitment, and sportsmanship as displayed in the high school athletic program, high school environment, and community when awarding the scholarship.

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Russell G. Coast Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Fund shall be: To memorialize Russell Coast, a former teacher at Franklin High School, who never let his disability get in the way of living life to the fullest. Russell embodied the spirit of independence and always had a positive outlook. This fund will provide an annual scholarship of $1,000 annual to a Franklin High School graduating senior in Russell’s memory.

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Ruth Persons Bear & Robert H. Bear Memorial Scholarship

The Ruth Persons Bear and Robert H. Bear Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to the highest placed math student graduating from Franklin High School.

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Shawn Rehberg Memorial Scholarship

This Scholarship Fund was established by Stacey Salsgiver of Oil City, PA to honor the memory of Shawn Rehberg by providing an annual scholarship to a Cranberry High School student seeking to further his or her education.

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Susan L. Daniels Memorial Scholarship

The Daniels Scholarship Fund was established in her memory by her many friends and associates and is dedicated to her interest in music and the arts. This scholarship is awarded to the graduating senior who has done the most to better the music department and themselves during their years at Rocky Grove High School. The Scholarship Committee considers the following when awarding a scholarship: •Academic and extracurricular activities in music or related fields;•Musical abilities and contributions to performances and•Possible plans to pursue an education in music.

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Susie McConnell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who attend Oil City High School or Franklin High School. Preference will be given to students who have contributed to their English Department or who have contributed to their community in a literary manner.

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The William H. Locke Memorial Scholarship

Established in the Trust Agreement of Mildred T. Locke in 1976, the Locke Scholarships are for students currently graduating from the Oil City Area High School. The Locke Scholarship is a one-yearscholarship. The scholarships are awarded according to financial need to students planning to attend colleges, universities, technical or trade schools, nursing schools, or business colleges. The Locke Scholarship Committee gives consideration to scholastic achievement, test scores, and participation in school and community activities when selecting scholarship recipients. An addition was made to the Locke Fund from the estate ofDonald K. Slick in 1998.

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Troopers Patterson and Richey Memorial Scholarship

Troopers Patterson & Richey Memorial Scholarship Fund is a scholarship to honor the memory of Pennsylvania State Troopers Patterson and Richey. This scholarship is for graduating seniors from either Franklin or Titusville High Schools, who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement or criminal justice.

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UPMC Northwest Medical Staff Scholarship

The UPMC Northwest Medical Staff Scholarship was established to give back to the community by providing a $1,000 scholarship to a student from Venango or Clarion Counties, who is entering a Direct Health field of study.

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Valley Grove School District

This Fund is established incooperation between the Venango Area Community Foundation and the Valley Grove School District to accept and generate the resources to insure, enhance and grow the educational goals and purposes of the Valley Grove School District. The VGSD endowment will create the opportunity for people to contribute to the support and renewal of Valley Grove School District educational programs and facilities. The Fund will be used to:•Provide the opportunity for residents and other persons to contribute to the futureof the Valley Grove School District and its educational purposes;•Instill a sense of pride and commitment by School District patrons;•Enhance existing educational opportunities provided by Valley Grove Schools; •Support new Valley Grove School programs or initiatives and•Preserve the quality of educational programs and facilities.

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Venango Applied Technology Scholarship

This Fund was established by Venango County in order to provide a permanent endowment to provide financial assistance to select students enrolled in the Applied Technology at Venango Campus of Clarion University of Pennsylvania; and therefore, to support economic growth in Venango County by helping grow a technology trained workforce. The eligibility requirements for this scholarship include: residency in Venango County, PA for at least two years prior to application, graduation from high school, applicant must be pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in the Venango Campus of Clarion University of Pennsylvania Applied Technology Program, and have completed at least six (6) credits or two courses of the AT Program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, completion of any required internship or relevant work experience with a company located in Venango County, PA, begin employment in Venango County within six (6) monthsafter completion of studies and remain employed in Venango County one year for each year that the scholarship was awarded, and finally, apply for a Federal Pell grant and Pennsylvania State Grant.

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Venango County Bar Association, Judge William E. Breene Memorial Scholarship

The Venango County Bar Association, Judge Williams E. Breene Memorial Scholarship was established to provide an annual scholarship to students that are legal residents of Venango County with preference for those that declare an intentionto practice law in Venango County after graduation. The following will be considered when awarding this scholarship:•Admitted to a law school accredited by the American Bar Association•Financial Need•Preference for those applicants declaring an intent to practice law in Venango County after graduation•The applicant shall provide an essay, not to exceed 1000 words, that relates to a current event in law

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Venus Telephone Corporation Scholarship

The Venus Telephone Corporation makes an annual gift to the Foundation for this scholarship. The Venus Telephone Corporation Scholarship is for graduating seniors from Cranberry Area High School planning to enroll in college and who live in the Venus Telephone Corporation Service Area (354-xxxx). This is a one-yearscholarship. Applicants must apply for a Baum Scholarship to be eligible for the Venus Telephone Corporation Scholarship.

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Vera A. Lamey Memorial Scholarship

Established under the Will of Vera A. Lamey this scholarship is for worthy students from the senior class at the Oil City Area High School. Scholarships are awarded to students planning to attend colleges, universities, technical or trade schools, nursing schools, or business colleges or other job related education or training. The Foundation Distribution Committee is to select financial needy students that hold promise for academic and personal achievement and success in their endeavors. Using the discretion allowed the distribution committee has decided that the Lamey Scholarship will be used to assist students facing special challenges and provide scholarships that will complete the financial aid needed for a student to attend a school for up to four years.

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Virginia Gordon Russell Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was created by Virginia Gordon Russell as a Fund within the Foundation.Persons who plan to prepare for a career in engineering, science or mathematics who are Franklin High School graduates and/or the lineal descendants of Samuel Gordon or George Dewoody, pioneer settlers in Venango County, Pennsylvania, may apply for this scholarship. Proof of relationship as a descendant can determine by researching two books at the Franklin Public Library: Gordons of Western Pennsylvaniaand The Dewoody Family of Venango County Pennsylvania. Birth records for the applicant, parents, and (if needed) for grandparents and previous descendants will be accepted as proof of decent. Applicants are required to submit an essay of 250 words on how their education in engineering, science, or mathematics will be of value to their Community and Country.

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Walter H. Flinchbaugh Memorial Scholarship

This Fund was established in the memory of Walter H. Flinchbaugh. His will allows the Foundation discretion in distributing the proceeds from the Flinchbaugh Fund with the following prioritized preferences.1.The primary preference is to provide scholarships for graduates of Cranberry Area High School who are planning to attend a college, technical school or trade school. Preference will be given to students attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania, at Clarion Pennsylvania. The Scholarship Committee will consider the following when awarding a scholarship: •Academic achievement including –courses taken and grade point average; •Extracurricular activities in Cranberry Area Schools; •Financial need; •Likelihood of success as a college or university student and•Community activities.2.The second preference is for distributions to the following charities that are to be used in Venango County to benefit Venango County Residents.•The Salvation Army•Good Hope Lutheran Church•Boy Scouts and Boy Scout Troops•Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Troops•Visiting Nurses of Venango County•Red Cross of Venango County and•Venango County Area Agency on Aging3.The Foundation may make distributions to other charities located in and benefiting residents of Venango County as the Foundation determines to be in the best interest of the community. These other distributions are allowed only after considering allthe needs and requests for Flinchbaugh Memorial Scholarships and the charities named above.

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Will Fabry Memorial Scholarship

The Will Fabry Memorial Scholarship, established by his parents, is to benefit Franklin High School Students in Venango County, Pennsylvania, through grants made to Venango County schools, non-profit corporations, or other deserving and qualified charitable organizations. As a donor advised Fund the Fabry Family advises the Venango Community Foundation at least annually about the award of grants from the Fabry Fund.

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William & Elizabeth Scholarship

The William & Elizabeth Scholarhip was established to provide a significant scholarship for an individual who resides in Venango County who wishes to further their education in the trades, apprenticeships, applied technology or nursing. The following will be considered: •Has graduated from a high school in Venango or is a current Venango County resident •Had a GPA of 2.5 or above at time of graduation •Pursuing higher education or apprenticeship programs for trades, applied technology or nursing •Special consideration for an individual who attended a vocational education program in high school (i.e.Vo-Tech) • A 3.0 shall be required for current post secondary students

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Wood-Noble Memorial Scholarship (Defined by Julia Wood Smith Charitable Trust)

National City Bank of Pennsylvania petitioned the court to have the Venango Area Community Foundation became the trustee of the Julia Wood Smith Charitable Trust in 2000. The will of Julia A. Smith calls for two permanent Funds. The Wood-Noble Memorial Scholarship Fund–Honors the ancestors of Julia A. Smith, Barnard Wood and Mark Noble. The Wood-Noble Scholarship is given annually to the students from the Franklin and Rocky Grove High Schools who are awarded the Good Citizen’s Award and the American History Award presented annually by the Venango Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.The Scholarships provide financial aid in the event that the Award winners desire to go to college, university, technical or trade school, nursing school or Business College.

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Young-Wood Scholarship (Defined by Julia Wood Smith Charitable Trust)

National City Bank of Pennsylvania petitioned the court to have the Venango Area Community Foundation became the trustee of the Julia Wood Smith Charitable Trust in 2000. The will of Julia A. Smith calls for two permanent Funds. The Young Wood Scholarship Fund–Scholarship applicants must be high school students from any high school located in Venango County who are planning to attend an educational institution beyond high school. The applicants must be students that had grades in the upper twenty (20%) percent of their high school class for at least two years prior to their graduationfrom high school. Scholarship applicants are to be selected from an economic group who otherwise might not be able to attend an institution of higher learning. The Scholarship Committee considers the following when awarding a scholarship.•Grade point average •Financial need and•Occupational plans

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