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Glen Richey Fireman’s Rec Park receives CCCF Grant Funding

Pictured Front L-R, Rec Park Committee Members Shirley and Paul Snyder, Kathy and Rodney Collins, Roger Mays and CCCF Exec Director Mark McCracken.   Row 2 Softball Team Players who use Rec Park Fields L-R, Brooke Doan, Lily McBride,  Dalayni Kushner and Ellie McBride, Back Row, Area kids enjoying the new playground equipment Jackson Ludwig and Ethan Vezza.

The Glen Richey Fireman’s Recreation Park recently received $3,000 grant funding from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation to complete the installation of new playground equipment at the park.     $1,500 of the funding came from the Kurtz Clearfield, Curwensville, Lawrence Township Fund that was established by Robert and Marilyn Kurtz to assist in community improvement and recreation projects in the 3 named municipalities.

In accepting the grant, Kathy Collins said “the committee continues to make improvements to the Rec Park because so many children and young people, not only from the Glen Richey community, but from surrounding areas utilize the facility.   There are softball games almost every evening and weekends here.   The playground itself sees heavy use by the kids and the entire grounds is used for walking and exercising by people of all ages”.      Rodney Collins noted “we were able to order the new equipment and got a great price on everything, but it needed to be properly and safely installed.    With the grant funding from the Charitable Foundation, we were able to bring in a firm to assemble and install the equipment meeting all safety requirements.   They used cement to properly secure the equipment and put down a base of wood chips so the kids will be safe”.      Roger Mays said “this equipment will be here for many years for the community to use and enjoy.    We appreciate the support from the Charitable Foundation”.

Charitable Foundation Executive Director Mark McCracken said “The CCCF Grant Committee ranked the Glen Richey Fireman’s Recreation Park project very high in the list of grant requests last year, and, because of the funds specifically available from the Kurtz Clearfield, Curwensville and Lawrence Township Fund, the Charitable Foundation was able to fully fund the grant amount requested”.    There is additional significance in the funding from the Kurtz CCL Fund because the Kurtz family has a long history of supporting and funding community playgrounds throughout the greater Clearfield area.   McCracken added “I’m sure this is the type of project Bob and Marilyn Kurtz had in mind when they set up the Kurtz CCL Fund”.      McCracken also reports the Charitable Foundation’s 2022 grant cycle will be opening in August and the Charitable Foundation Board is excited to announce that a new online grant application system will be up and running for the 2022 grant cycle.    Further information will be announced in late July about how organizations can utilize the online system to file their 2022 grant application requests.

2022 Marsha Novey Scholarship reconnects 3 families and brings back memories.

Pictured L-R, Marty Novey, Lora Vaow, Riley Vaow, Hannah Salvatore-Trinidad, Wendy Salvatore and Alane Seidel

The annual student scholarship awards ceremony held at the Clearfield Area High School on May 25th saw a reunion of 3 families that brought back over 40 years of memories.   For 2022, the Novey family selected Class of 2022 Salutatorian Riley Vaow and classmate Hannah Salvatore-Trinidad as the recipients of the Marsha Novey Memorial Scholarship.    Established by the Novey family to honor the memory of Marsha Novey, the scholarship is awarded annually to graduating seniors of Clearfield Area High School who have excelled in their academic courses while participating on the swim team.

In early May, the Novey family selected their 2 scholarship recipients for 2022 and Marty Novey made phone calls to the 2 recipients to share the news.     At the Vaow home, Riley took the call and informed her mother Lora that she was going to be one of the 2022 recipients of the Marsha Novey Memorial Scholarship.    Lora said “hearing this, I immediately had a strong emotional response.    I knew and remembered Marsha as a teammate on the Clearfield swim team when I was in high school.    I was a year behind Marsha, but I remembered her as a team leader and that we had taken the lifeguard course together and got our certifications at the same time.     I also flashed back to the sadness everyone who knew Marsha felt when she died at such a young age’.

The connection between the Novey and Salvatore family was even closer.     Marsha Novey and Wendy Salvatore both were members of the CHS Class of 82 and this is the 40th Reunion year for their graduating class.    Wendy recounted “When Marty called, I was so proud to hear that Hannah was being awarded Marsha’s scholarship by the Novey family, but it also reminded me of the loss and grief both our families shared together.   Marty was close friends with my brother Richie who died in an automobile accident in 1987 and he mourned that loss with our family.    Then, just 5 years later, the Novey family suffered the same loss when Marsha also died in an automobile accident.   We have a special bond of growing up together, graduating high school at the same time, and then helping each other through the loss of a sibling”. 

Because of the special connection with the 2 scholarship recipients and their families, Marty Novey and his sister Alane Seidel made the 4 ½ hour drive from their homes in Maryland to present this year’s scholarship awards.     Marty and Alane see in Riley and Hannah qualities that Marsha would have appreciated in both academics and athletics.     Lora and Wendy both agreed that Marsha was a role model and a person they would want their daughters to pattern their lives after.   They said “Riley and Hannah can both look at the example Marsha set as she was working in the field of human services helping foster children in the Harrisburg area at the time of her death”.      As they reminisced, Marty, Alane, Lora and Wendy noted “40 years ago, we were all getting ready for Marsha and Wendy to graduate high school and Lora was finishing her junior year.    Marsha and Richie were both still with us and our future was ahead of us.   We could never have predicted that we would be together here in 2022 celebrating Riley and Hannah while also sharing some precious memories”.

The Marsha Novey Memorial Scholarship is one of the many scholarships established with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation.     CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken said “this story of the 2022 recipients of the Marsha Novey Memorial Scholarship is a prime example of the positive impact that a memorial scholarship fund can have on families and communities.    The Novey family established Marsha’s scholarship to keep her memory alive and to provide deserving students with financial assistance.    This year, the connection with the recipients and their families made the scholarship presentation even more special for everyone”.      The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is available to help any family or organization establish an endowment or scholarship funds to benefit people and communities in Clearfield County.     For more information or to make a donation to any of the scholarship funds, visit the website www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org or email any questions to cccfexecdir@outlook.com

CCCF Announces New Scholarships Available for 2022

The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation has added 4 new scholarship funds that will award scholarships to graduating seniors in 2022.    This is in addition to the existing 24 scholarship funds that awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to over 40 student recipients in 2021.     The new scholarship funds and the criteria for each are as follows:

SCOTT BEERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Established by the parents, family and friends of Scott Beers, this scholarship honors the memory and life of Scott who died in an ATV accident in October of 2018.   Scott was a 2017 graduate of CCCTC and was attending Edinboro University on a full scholarship from First Energy Corp pursuing his dream to become an electric line worker at the time of his death.   The Scott Beers scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center who is enrolled to continue their education in a post secondary college, trade or technical school.    The Beers scholarship committee is looking to award the scholarship to a student who has completed their course work at CCCTC in good standing, has a financial need and has experienced and overcome some obstacles in life.    Applicants will need to submit a letter of recommendation and complete a 500 word essay describing a life obstacle they have overcome and the impact it had on their life.    Applications for the Scott Beers Memorial Scholarship will be available after March 1st in the Guidance Office at CCCTC.

        

ARDELL BRESSLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Established by Mr. Bressler’s niece and his estate, this scholarship honors his 25 years as an English teacher at Clearfield Area High School.   Many of Mr. Bressler’s students fondly remember the positive impact he had on them.     To continue his impact on current and future Clearfield High School students, the Ardell Bressler Scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of Clearfield Area High School who achieved good grades in their English studies throughout their high school career.    Staff members of the CHS English Department will form the committee who will annually review the scholarship applications and award the scholarship to a graduating senior.     Applications for the Ardell Bressler Memorial Scholarship will be available after March 1st in the Guidance Office at Clearfield Area High School.

ARNOLD AND ETHEL CAMERON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Established by the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, the Cameron Scholarship Committee will be accepting applications submitted by 2022 graduates of the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center and Jeff Tech.    Criteria the committee will be considering include applicants must be graduating in good standing with the CCCTC or Jeff Tech, have a financial need and are enrolled and accepted into a trade or technical school to continue their education in the fall of 2022.   Interested students can pick up an application for the Cameron Scholarship after March 1st in the Guidance Departments at CCCTC and Jeff Tech.    The application will require letters of recommendation be submitted.

REITZ THEATER PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP – The Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship has been established by Cultural Resources Inc., to provide scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors who have been involved in productions or programs at the Reitz Theater.   The scholarship selection committee will give special consideration to a student who is pursuing further education and a career in the performing arts.    Applications for the Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship are available at www.reitztheater.com and hard copies will be available after March 1st at the guidance offices of high schools in the DuBois area.

Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Executive Director Mark McCracken said “The Charitable Foundation is excited to add these 4 new scholarship funds to our existing portfolio of available scholarships.    Adding these new funds gives even more scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors in high schools throughout Clearfield County.    The Charitable Foundation Board of Directors thanks the families and friends who have entrusted us to manage and grow these scholarship funds that will benefit graduating seniors for many years to come”.

Anyone interested in donating to the 4 new scholarship funds or any of the existing scholarship funds can visit www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org, click the heading ONLINE DONATION TO A SCHOLARSHIP FUND and then scroll and select the blue button for the scholarship fund you want to donate to.  Or you can mail a donation check to the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation and write the scholarship fund name in the check’s memo field.   Send the donation check to: Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830 

Clearfield Skate Park Committee Completes Installation of New Ramp



Mark McCracken, left, Executive Director Clearfield County Charitable Foundation presents Dalton Kendrick from the Clearfield Skate Park Committee a CCCF grant to help fund the ramp purchase and installation. The new ramp can be seen in the background.

The Clearfield Skate Park Committee recently added a new mini ramp to the back corner of our local skate park. 

In late August, a 3 1/2 foot tall by 16-foot wide mini ramp was purchased from Keen Ramps, a specialty ramp manufacturer based out of Long Beach, California. The ramp arrived in late October and was completed during the first week of November. 

This is the first ramp that the committee has constructed since starting its fundraising efforts in the summer of 2020. Designed to serve all patrons from beginner to advanced, the ramp offers a unique experience that has already brought visitors from surrounding counties despite the change in weather and available daylight. 

The project was funded through various contributions including a grant from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation for $445 which was supplemented with an additional donation from the foundation. 

The committee raised additional funds through various events. An ongoing GoFundMe campaign and various donations from local supporters generated the final monies needed to complete the purchase. 

The ramp was unloaded with the help of borough road crew and constructed with the help of Fred Weaver, Dalton Kendrick, Brian Graham, Andy Moore, and Issac Maines.

The mission of the Clearfield Skate Park is to provide a safe and sustainable facility for skateboarders, bicyclists, scooter riders, roller skaters, and roller bladers in the Clearfield area. 

Improvements to this facility will continue to support local youth through providing a creative and physical outlet while also providing opportunities for mentoring as these activities connect individuals of all ages.

The Clearfield Skate Park Committee is planning future projects for the spring of 2022 and it is still seeking financial and material donations to complete the next phase of construction.  If you are interested in donating, please consider visiting www.GoFundMe.com/f/clearfield-skatepark or sending a donation to Clearfield Skate Park Fund, 6 S. Front Street, Clearfield PA, 16830.

Checks should be made payable to Clearfield Borough with a memo “Skate Park”.  Donations that are designated for the skate park are eligible to be claimed as charitable donations on income taxes. 


To follow the Skate Park Committee’s progress and receive information about future events, follow their Facebook and Instagram pages @clearfieldskatepark.

Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Announces 2021 Grant Awards



Presenting a 2021 CCCF Grant to the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association is  CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken with (from left to right) Pool Association members, Margaret “Lady” Putt – Pool Assoc. Vice President, Tristen Buck – Pool Manager, Becky Johnson – Pool Assoc. Treasurer and Brian Marshall – Pool Assoc. President pictured with one of the new replacement filters. Accepting the grant, Marshall said “The Clearfield Swimming Pool Association appreciates the $3,000 grant award from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation. The grant will help us pay the cost of much-needed new covers for the pool filters, which should last about twenty years.  The support of the community, including the Foundation, helps us keep the pool affordable for the people of Clearfield County”. 

For the 2021 grant cycle, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation received 27 applications from community organizations requesting funding plus four applications from Osceola Mills community organizations that are eligible to apply annually for funding from the Sara Jane Mattern Fund.  

All 31 applications were turned over to members of the CCCF Grant Review Committee for their individual review and scoring. On October 15th, the Grant Review Committee members met to rank all applications and complete funding recommendations to the Charitable Foundation Board.  

At their October 29th board meeting, the Charitable Foundation Board reviewed the recommendations and approved the following grant awards:

Bilger’s Rocks Association -$2,636.00 – To pave handicapped parking and sidewalk

Bob Perks Fund -$1,200.00 – Financial assistance for citizens undergoing cancer treatments

Bucktail Council BSA -$1,000.00 – Workforce development and BSA Merit Badge Program

Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Serv. -$500.00 – Supplies for Pregnancy and Parenting Program

Central PA Community Action -$2,500.00 – Funding for new location for Clearfield Food Pantry

Central PA Food Bank -$1,000.00 – Fresh Express Mobile Food Distribution Program,

Clear-Centre Pool – Osceola Mills -$1,500.00 – Purchase pool vacuum

Clearfield Chamber of Commerce -$1,000.00 – Life Fast Forward Program – for HS Students

Clearfield County Cancer Support Inc. -$2,000.00 – To assist citizens undergoing cancer treatment

Clearfield County Public Library -$330.00 – To purchase wireless printer for mobile library

Clearfield Studio Arts Theater -$1,200.00 -Cost for 55 students to attend PSU Theater Arts Program

Clearfield Swimming Pool Association -$3,000.00 – Repair filtration system

Clearfield YMCA -$3,000.00 – Equipment to start Esports League for Youth

Cultural Resources Inc. -$750.00 – Projector for Reitz Theater

DuBois Area Historical Society  -$1,000.00 – Install interpretive panels for 150th anniversary

Glen Richey Fireman’s Recreational Park -$3,000.00- Playground equipment installation

God’s Cupboard – West Side UM Church -$1,000.00- Operate God’s Cupboard food program

Grampian Lions Club -$1,000.00 – Vision and hearing aid support

Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library -$2,500.00 – Replace public computers

Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Co #1 -$670.00 – Fire Prevention Education for Clearfield and Lawrence Twp.

Mature Resources Foundation -$500.00 – Produce video, “Aging Matters” for local use

Osceola Mills Presbyterian Church -$1,000.00 – Create handicapped parking and entry

PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited -$500.00 – Funding for PWHU Youth Field Day

REST Inc. $1,000.00 – REST Kinship Family Support Group Program

Salvation Army DuBois -$1,000.00 – Ark of Learning/Love in a Backpack Program funding

West Branch Elementary School -$1,000.00 – Reading books to give to elementary aged students

Young People Who Care -$900.00 -Emergency home repair projects in Clearfield

The following awards were made from the Sara Jane Mattern Fund to these organizations in the borough of Osceola Mills designated by the Mattern Estate to receive annual funding:

Columbia Fire Company -$2,807.25

Osceola Mills United Methodist Church -$2,807.25

Osceola Mills Community Library -$2,807.25

Osceola Mills Historical Foundation -$2,807.25   

The grant awards listed represent $27,622 from the CCCF Community Fund, $9,064 from the Kurtz Clearfield, Curwensville, Lawrence Township Fund and $11,229 from the Sara Jane Mattern Fund, for a total distribution of $47,915 to support community projects all over Clearfield County. 

The $47,915 in funding approved by the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Board of Directors represents an increase of $27,670 over the amount of grant funding released last year.

Since 2006, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation’s grant program has awarded over $202,000 to projects in communities across Clearfield County.

On behalf of the Charitable Foundation Board and Grant Review Committee, Charitable Foundation Executive Director Mark McCracken said “The projects awarded CCCF grant funding for 2021 represent many communities and some unique projects. The Grant Review Committee did a tremendous job ranking the applications and fairly distributing the available funding.  

“The projects receiving funding met the stated goals of the Charitable Foundation Board to support projects that will benefit youths, help those in need and promote projects that will improve communities”. 

Anyone who would like to contribute to help fund grants next year can do so by sending contributions to the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830 by designating the donation to go to the Community Fund, the Kurtz CCL Donor Designated Fund or the Sara Jane Mattern Fund. Donations may also be made online via secure PayPal at www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org .

The CCCF honors Robert and Marilyn Kurtz for their Support



Pictured L-R – Bob Kurtz is presented a plaque from CCCF Board Chairman Kevin McMillen in recognition of the leadership and support Mr. Kurtz and his wife Marilyn have provided to the Charitable Foundation.

To conclude a week of events to celebrate reaching the milestone $10 million value of all funds established with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, the CCCF board held a special recognition dinner for Bob and Marilyn Kurtz.  

CCCF Board Chairman Kevin McMillen presented Mr. Kurtz with a plaque that read “On this occasion as we celebrate the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation passing the $10 Million milestone in combined value for our endowment and scholarship funds, we pause to recognize the role Robert M. Kurtz, Jr. played in founding and building the organization. From the initial meetings to discuss forming a community based charitable foundation, it was your vision, encouragement and leadership that was responsible for making the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation the success it is today. Building on the philanthropic legacy the Kurtz family established in the Clearfield community, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation’s mission is to support communities across Clearfield County and strive to make lives better for our fellow citizens. Thank you for all you have done for the community and the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation”.

Joining the Charitable Foundation board to honor Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz were members of community organizations that benefit from the various Kurtz funds including the Clearfield YMCA, the Clearfield County Historical Society, the Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library along with Mr. and Mrs. Monty Kunes representing Kurtz Bros. and several close long time friends of the Kurtz family.

Mr. Kurtz gave a brief speech to conclude the dinner where he stated “It was my vision back in the mid 1990’s to establish a community charitable foundation similar to what was being done in Centre County. While it took several years to get everything up and running in 2007, both Marilyn and I are pleased to see that our vision of a real community based charitable foundation is a reality.  

“We are thankful for all the volunteer work people like Kevin McMillen and the other CCCF board members put into making the organization a success. We know that the Charitable Foundation is in good hands and much will be achieved in the future. We thank everyone involved with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation”.

CCCF and Bob Perks Fund Partner to Provide Assistance to Local Cancer Patient


Pictured L-R – Marjann Young, Bob Perks Fund Development Coordinator, Bob Berg recipient of Bob Perks Fund assistance and Mark B. McCracken – Executive Director of the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation.

For several years, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation has partnered with the Bob Perks Fund by awarding CCCF Grant Program funding so the Bob Perks Fund can provide financial assistance through gift cards to Clearfield County residents undergoing cancer treatment.  

Recently Marjann Young, Bob Perks Fund Development Coordinator and Mark McCracken, Executive Director of the Charitable Foundation met with Bob Berg who is a recent recipient of assistance from the Bob Perks Fund.

Mr. Berg recently lost his flooring business due to the economic downturn brought on by the COVID pandemic.   While he was struggling to deal with the financial hardship, he was diagnosed with lung cancer.   

Mr. Berg has been a person who always donated numerous hours to raise funds for local charities and but now he was the person who needed help.    

Ms. Young learned about Mr. Berg’s situation and met with him to explain the mission of the Bob Perks Fund the assistance they could provide for him while he is undergoing cancer treatments.     

As part of their assistance to Mr. Berg, the Bob Perks Fund has provided him with a gift card purchased using grant funding from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation. With the assistance provided by the Bob Perks Fund and the support of his family and friends, Mr. Berg is able to fight his battle with cancer and concentrate on his recovery.

Ms. Young said “the Bob Perks Fund is appreciative of the support from the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation and thanks everyone involved that provides funding for the grant program”.      

Mr. McCracken stated “we are pleased to work in partnership with the Bob Perks Fund so they can assist people like Mr. Berg. We also wish Mr. Berg good luck and a speedy recovery”.   

Clearfield County Charitable Foundation 2021 Grant Applications Available



The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation awarded grant funding in 2020 to the Good Samaritan Center in Clearfield for a new sign in front of their Men’s Shelter. Pictured are CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken, Good Samaritan Board Chair Michelle Fannin, Good Samaritan Center CEO Douglas K. Bloom and Good Samaritan Board Member Brent Thomas.

The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is ready to accept applications for the 2021 CCCF Grant Program.  Last year, the grant program awarded over $20,000 to projects that benefited communities across Clearfield County and, since inception, has awarded over $122,000 in total funding.  

Application forms can be downloaded from the website at https://clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org/forms-downloads or can be requested by email at cccfexecdir@outlook.com. The deadline for submission of the completed applications is Friday, September 24th, 2021.    

After the applications are submitted, the CCCF Grant Committee will review and score the applications, then make recommendations to the CCCF Board of Directors who will award the grants during their October board meeting.

For 2021, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Board of Directors is encouraging community groups to submit applications that will have a real impact on communities. The Charitable Foundation specifically encourages projects that will have a positive impact on the youth in our communities and like to see participation from groups that have never applied before. 

CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken said “The CCCF grant program has funded some worthy projects in recent years and we want to continue helping with community projects all over Clearfield County.  

“The goal for the grants is to make an impact that will meet specific needs and provide solutions that will make our communities better. The CCCF Board and our Grant Committee is very interested in seeing new and innovative ideas submitted for consideration”.

To be eligible for a grant award, applying agencies/organizations must provide services in local communities and to citizens of Clearfield County. Priority is given to projects that have potential for long-term impact, support the county’s overall needs, do not duplicate other services and will aid residents not currently being served.   

Grant funding will not be awarded to cover ongoing operational costs for any organization.

The grants are funded by the Charitable Foundation’s Community Fund along with several individual endowment funds that were set up in the name of certain individuals interested in helping their communities and projects across the county.   

Additionally, the CCL Donor Designated Fund was established for projects in Clearfield Borough, Curwensville Borough and Lawrence Township and the Sara Jane Mattern Fund was established by the Mattern estate to fund annual grants to four specific organizations in Osceola Mills.  

For those interested in supporting the Charitable Foundation Grant Program or any of our endowment or scholarship funds, contributions may be made at the website https://clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org.   Online donations are processed through a secure Paypal account.  

Donations can also be mailed to: Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830 – please designate on the check memo line the fund you would like your donation credited to.   

We also welcome inquiries from those interested in establishing endowment or scholarship funds to benefit local communities and organizations.

Cultural Resources Inc and the CCCF Partner to Create the Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship



Back L-R: Justin Salada, CRI Board Member, Joe Sensor, Past President CRI, Chuck Johnson, CRI Board Member   Front L-R: Judy Smith,
CRI Board Member/Treasurer, Mark McCracken, CCCF Executive Director. 

Cultural Resources Inc., of DuBois and the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of the Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship.     

Plans are for the first scholarship to be awarded in the spring of 2022 to a DuBois area graduating senior who has participated in a theatrical event at the Reitz Theater with special consideration given to a student who is pursuing a career in the arts.

Joe Sensor of the Cultural Resources board stated “It has been the goal of CRI for several years to create a scholarship that would recognize the theatrical talents of our local young people and hopefully assist them in realizing their dreams of pursuing a career in the arts or a related field. The youth that participate in productions and workshops at the Reitz Theater are a huge reason for why we exist and have been successful for the past 29 years in our local community. This is a wonderful way to recognize that reality, and to give back to this very important demographic.”

The possibility of fulfilling the dream to create a performing arts scholarship came to the forefront earlier this year when Mark McCracken, the executive director of the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, paid a site visit to the Reitz Theater to review a project for which the Charitable Foundation had provided grant funding for.  

During the visit, McCracken discussed with Cultural Resources board members Joe Sensor, Judy Smith and Debbie Wirths other services the Charitable Foundation provides that could be beneficial, not only to the Reitz Theater, but to the DuBois community as well.   

It was out of these initial discussions that the Cultural Resources Board of Directors decided that partnering with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation would be the way to get the scholarship fund up and running.

McCracken stated “Community organizations like Cultural Resources and the Reitz Theater are the kind of organizations we like to be involved with.This new scholarship fits perfectly into our portfolio of scholarship funds and we are looking forward to working with the Cultural Resources Board to grow the value of the scholarship fund so multiple scholarships can be awarded in future years.”

Sensor and McCracken shared “We envision this scholarship fund will become an important award for future graduates in the Tri-County area and will be a way that the area community can recognize and encourage young people with special interest in the arts.”

Those interested in supporting the Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship can do so online at www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org by clicking ONLINE DONATION TO A SCHOLARSHIP FUND, then selecting the DONATE button specific to the CRI / Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship which will take you to a secure PayPal donation site to process a credit card donation. Also, donations by check can be mailed to Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.     Checks should be made payable to Clearfield County Charitable Foundation with Reitz Theater Performing Arts Scholarship noted in the memo line.    

All donations are tax deductible and the Charitable Foundation is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.

Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship or endowment fund with the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation can visit the website at www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org or request information at cccfexecdir@outlook.com.  

Clearfield County Charitable Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients



Pictured are Rev. Thomas Young, President of the Golden Bison Alumni Association, Jason Stanko recipient of CAHS Class of 62 Scholarship and the Gerald Read Memorial Scholarship and Matt Bailor recipient of one of the Golden Bison Alumni Association Scholarships.

The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation, along with the scholarship committees representing 24 different scholarship funds including the Clearfield Education Foundation, are pleased to announce the award of over $50,000 in scholarships for the year 2021.    

In announcing the scholarship awards, CCCF Executive Director Mark McCracken stated “the scholarships listed below are awarded to an outstanding group of young people representing the graduating Class of 2021 from many local and area high schools.   

“Several of our scholarships were established to honor the memory of some exceptional people, and it is the hope that the scholarship recipients will carry on the legacy of the people named on their scholarships. The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation congratulates all the recipients and wishes them success with their post high school education.”      

Valarie Dixon, Acting Director of Clearfield Campus of Lock Haven University noted “the Clearfield Education Foundation(CEF) is awarding over $14,000.00 this fall, and almost $30,000 for the year, to LHU Clearfield campus students. The Clearfield campus is thankful to the CEF for their invaluable contributions to the success of the campus”.

New this year to the CCCF scholarship list is the Harry W. Rowles Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Golden Bison Alumni Association.   

Early in 2021, the Charitable Foundation was notified by the Harry W. Rowles Charitable Trust in Chamberburg PA that funding was allocated to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of Mr. Rowles who was a graduate of Clearfield Area High School. The Golden Bison Alumni Association agreed to award the annual Harry W. Rowles Memorial Scholarship in addition to the annual scholarships already awarded by the Golden Bison Alumni Association.    

With the addition of the Harry W. Rowles Scholarship, the Golden Bison were able to award $7,000 in scholarships for 2021.

The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2021 scholarship recipients chosen by the individual scholarship fund committees.  CAHS Class of ’62 Scholarship: Jason Stanko Clearfield High School, CAHS Class of ’75 Scholarship Fund: Seth Visnofsky – Clearfield High School,

Cunningham Scholarship: Christina McGinnis – Clearfield High School, Meghan E. Deininger Scholarship Fund: Dana L. Heltzel – Central High School and Gabriella A. Finn – Bellwood Antis High School, DuBois Rotary Club Scholarships: Brockway High School: Sydney Manno, Benjamin Glasl, Noah Bash, Morgan Lindemuth, Dubois High School: Lakin Smith, Kaylee George, Anna Wingard, Taylor Smith,

Eileen C. Withey Memorial Scholarship: Chasey Howell – Curwensville High School, Gerald Read Memorial Scholarship: Jason Stanko – Clearfield High School, Golden Bison Alumni Association Scholarship:          Katelyn Hullihen, Megan Durandetta, Matthew Bailor, Christina McGinnis

Harry W. Rowles Memorial Scholarship presented by the Golden Bison Alumni Association: Hunter Dixon, Seth Visnofsky, Ethan Yarger, Kenneth McMillen Endowment Scholarship: Joscelyn Narehood – Clearfield High School, Marsha Novey Memorial Scholarship: Joscelyn Narehood – Clearfield High School, T-Harp / Taylor Harpster Memorial Scholarship: Kyle Henry Reese and Abigail Lonjin –  Philipsburg Osceola High School

Additionally, the Clearfield Education Foundation Scholarships for LHU Clearfield Campus Students are awarded as follows: Belin Family: Derek Strouse, Elijah Williams, Morgan Glace, CNB : Curtis Caldwell, Kristen Chew, Judith Peale Strattan Memorial: Derek Strouse, Samantha Bromley, Elijah Williams, Emma Morlock, Philip Rowles, Miranda Warner, Judith Riley Hale Memorial: Morgan Glace, Jennifer Gardner

Kurtz Brothers: Erica Linsenbigler, Grace Young, Ashley Folmer, Penn Highlands Clearfield: Samantha Bromley, Emily White, Alexandra Smith, Olivia Sager, Riverview Bank: John Arnold, and Spring Only: Carl Dawes, Woodward Pharmacy / City Drug:  Nora Campbell, Jacey Williams, Jessicarain Griffith.


Pictured L-R John Harpster , Abigail Lonjin – 2021 recipient of T-Harp Scholarship, Kyle Reese – 2021 recipient of T-Harp Scholarship, Macy Neideigh (Harpster) and Bobbi Harpster