Scholarships

519 Strong-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:

  • To provide an annual scholarship to a student that has graduated from Oil City High School or successor
  • 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 Main Campus.
  • 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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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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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-year scholarship awarded based upon to financial need. The Scholarships are awarded to students planning to attend colleges, universities, technical 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 based on the following criteria:

  • The award will be made to one (1) female and one (1) male Venango County graduating 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 advised fund 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:

  • 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; and
  • The following criteria is to be considered when making the scholarship award:
    • Academic Merit
    • The upper 50% of the class (based on a weighted scale)
    • Potential for success in his or her field of study
    • 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.
  • 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 need and 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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Franklin Area School District Foundation

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 Elks-R. Jay Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

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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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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GEMS in Venango & Forest County

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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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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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 accredited four-year college or university.
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James D. Schwab PhD Memorial Scholarship

The James D. Schwab PhD Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of James D. Schwab by his family and friends.
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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 from the 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 educational institution.
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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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John R. Loeffler Memorial Golf Scholarship

This scholarship Fund was established by friends in memory of John R. Loeffler who was the long-time golf 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 an accredited college or university. This is a one-year scholarship.
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Margery L. Himes Memorial Scholarship and the Helen Lytle, Leslie Himes Memorial 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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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 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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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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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-year college 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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Ruth Persons Bear and 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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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 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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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-year scholarship. 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 of Donald K. Slick in 1998.
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Troopers Patterson & 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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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) months after 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 intention to 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-year scholarship. Applicants must apply for a Baum Scholarship to be eligible for the Venus Telephone Corporation Scholarship.
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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 Pennsylvania and 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 Aging
  • 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 all the 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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Wood-Noble Memorial Scholarship

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 Wood-Noble Memorial Scholarship 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

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 Young Wood 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 graduation from 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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