Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF), the community foundation serving Clarion, Forest, Venango, and Jefferson counties, will award over $250,000 in college scholarships to local students for the 2018-19 school year.

 

“These scholarships would not be possible without the many generous donors who established a scholarship or have given to these scholarships over the years. Their generosity cannot be overstated.” Moulin continued: “Each year, we receive hundreds of excellent applications–it makes it difficult to choose, but it is a demonstration of the talented and dedicated students in our area.” said Trenton Moulin, Executive Director of BBCF. “We are proud of these local students and honored to be able to carry out the donors wishes and assist these students as they go on to further their education and equip themselves to be lifelong learners.”

 

The students receiving scholarships graduated from Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Cranberry, Forest County, Franklin, Keystone, Oil City, Punxsutawney, Redbank Valley, Rocky Grove, and Titusville school districts. A total of 181 scholarships will be given out and all are funds and endowments that have been created through Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

 

The following students will be receiving scholarships:

 

519Strong-Jeremy Coast Memorial Scholarship

Natalie Barcinas
Elizabeth Kiefer
Emily   Luther
Jeremy Troup

 

Adam Weeter Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Cotton

 

Alexander Bud Marks Scholarship
Dajere Harris

 

Anna M. Ewalt Memorial Scholarship
Emily Steigerwald

 

Anna Marie (Lanzendorfer) Jordan, RN, Nursing & Healthcare Professions Scholarship
Kristin Lowmaster

 

Arthur (Bud) Van Nort Memorial Scholarship
Emily Everett

 

Bracken Scholarship

Jenna Breth

 

Chester A. & Beulah A. Baum Memorial Scholarship

Natalie Barcinas

Zachary Beichner

Tifany  Berry

Trevin  Chittester

Lauren Conkle

Abigail Cowles

Cheyanne Crispin

Morgan Cross

Elizabeth Dailey

Taylor  Dailey

Hannah Duncan

Grace Ecklund

Gabrielle Garmong

Ian Hepler

Ember Hockman

Jenna Huegel

Emily Irwin

Hope Johnson

Elizabeth Kiefer

Erin Merryman

Oleksandr Pryimuk-Pearsall

Rachel Root

Jayne Wolbert

Kaila Yashinski

Kelsey Ziegler

Kera Zimmerman

 

David W. Humphrey Scholarship
Nicholas Cherico

Hannah Frederick

Spencer Miller

 

Dustin A. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship
Debilea Chapel

 

Eugene F. Hanna Scholarship

Emily Jones

Emily Luther

Emily Steigerwald

Adam Taylor

Tyler Weiss

 

Floyd E. and Anna E. Carbaugh Memorial Scholarship
Emily Everett

Samantha Stoltz

 

Forest County Taxpayers Association Scholarship
Emily Everett

 

Francis E. Gibbons Memorial Scholarship
Drew Martin

 

Francis Jones Weber Scholarship
Sheila Roos

 

Franklin High School Alumni Scholarship

Quincy Adams

Taylor  Aylesworth

Loren Baseler

Alexandra Emrick

Kurtis  Hingl

Alex Huff

Tyra McGarvie

Chelsea McKenzie

Becca Spencer

Adam Taylor

 

Franklin Rotary – Jay French Miller Scholarship
Zane Baughman

Matthew Heasley

Justin Heller

Maria Kleck

Zachary Lyons

Drew Martin

 

George Francis Rouault Memorial Scholarship
Hayley Byers

 

Grace Woods Nellis Scholarship
Hannah Young

 

Gwendolyn Smith Scholarship
Dakota Hetrick

 

  1. Bowman Proper Memorial Scholarship

Steven Barnett

Seth Berlin

Aimee  Haslet

Ben Kaltenbach

Bryant Niederriter

Lorraine Pedersen

Rachel Stubler

Danielle West-Habjanetz

Kaitlinn Young

 

Janet L. Henc Scholarship
Haley Karns

Elizabeth Dailey

 

James D. Schwab PhD Scholarship
Hannah Kapp

 

Jean Lucille Frank Scholarship
Truman Littler

 

Jefferson County 4-H Scholarship

Megan Snyder

Amberley Spicher

Staci Wolfe

 

Jensin Michael Potts Scholarship
Ashley Finch

Caden  Highfield

Jordan Long

 

John R. Loeffler Memorial Golf Scholarship

Zachary Lyons

Kayla McCandless

 

Kami Dinger Memorial Scholarship
Kendra Gadley

 

Kinnear West Forest Scholarship

Seth Berlin

Aimee  Haslet

 

Margery Himes Memorial Scholarship
Madeline Boyle

Debilea Chapel

Hannah Frederick

Emily   Gourley

Bryan  Layton

 

Marsha Beichner Memorial Scholarship
Samantha Stoltz

 

Mary E. Shaner Scholarship
Taylor  Geer

 

Nicholas R. Sanford Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Alyssa Nardozzi

Cassondralee Schwalm

 

Nicholas R. Sanford Memorial Scholarship
Gabrielle Garmong

 

Oil City Mayor’s Scholarship
Truman Littler

 

Paul and Ellen Flickner Girls Basketball Scholarship

Alyssa Beichner

Danica Hurrelbrink

Madison Winger

Abbigail Yeager

 

Roy E. Sanner Memorial Scholarship
Tifany  Berry

Kylynn Boley

Trevin  Chittester

Justin Heller

 

Ruth Persons Bear and Robert H. Bear Memorial Scholarship
Emily Steigerwald

 

Ruth and Vernon Taylor Scholarship
Bryant Niederriter

 

Scotty Bashline Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Cotton

 

Sherman Memorial Scholarship

Brooke Black

Bryant Niederriter

 

Susan L. Daniels Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Heasley

Maria Kleck

 

Susie McConnell Memorial Scholarship

Truman Littler

Jasmine Long

 

Thomas D. Fulton Memorial Scholarship
Bryant Niederriter

 

Thomas E. McNamara Scholarship
Kaitlinn Young

 

Troopers Patterson & Richey Memorial Scholarship

Grace Ecklund

Ryan Sines

 

Tut Toth Memorial Scholarship
Dakota Hetrick
Bryan Layton
Kaia Rearick
Jeremy Troup

 

Venus Telephone Corporation Scholarship

Hannah Duncan
Jenna Huegel
Elizabeth Kiefer
Erin Merryman

 

Vera A. Lamey Scholarship
Lillian Anthony

Debilea Chapel

Ivy Chen

Brentley Moffett

Destiny Weiser

 

Virginia Gordon Russell Scholarship
Brian Jiang

 

Walter H. Flinchbaugh Memorial Scholarship

Rebecca Chittester
Ashley Finch
Bethany Hart
Nicholas Howard
Hannah Kapp
Matthew Meehan
Morgan Meehan
Skye Mitchell
Alexia ONeil
Benjamin Orrvick
Kylie Shaffer
Samuel Weaver
Matthew Weaver
Kelsey Ziegler

 

Washington Township Community Association Scholarship
Grace   Ecklund
Erin Merryman

 

Will Fabry Memorial Scholarship

Emmalie Dickey
Jessika Lindsey
Alyssa Nardozzi

 

William H. Locke Scholarship
Lillian  Anthony
Haley Bechtel
Peyton Bontz
Debilea Chapel
Ivy Chen
Caroline Deeter
Caden  Highfield
Amber Horner
Megan Hudson
Rhiannon Kenniston
Jillian Kutchravy
Madison Lawrie
AnneFrances   Lenze
Truman Littler
Jenna Loll
Jordan Long
Benjamin Mizerak
Brentley Moffett
Justin Moffett
Maggie Motter
Hannah Schettler
Destiny Weiser
Lauren Womer

 

Young Wood Scholarship

Chelsea McKenzie

The scholarship application process begins each year in January and ends in April, and awardees are chosen based on criteria of each scholarship.

“Our vision is to provide an effective way of serving donors and communities by creating and growing endowments that serve the needs in our area,” said Moulin. “Distributing these scholarships is not just about providing funds to students to pay for college, it’s an opportunity to empower young people–the future workforce and leaders of our community.  We believe this is what the donors intended when they established these scholarships”

Bridge Builders Community Foundations has its main office in the Historic National Transit Building in Oil City. The community Foundation was created in 1975 to unify the community foundations serving Clarion, Forest, Venango, Jefferson and other adjacent counties and provide an effective way of serving donors and communities by creating and growing endowments that serve the needs in our area.

 

The Second Annual Week of Giving has begun and Northwest Bank is once again supporting this event as the Lead Partner in Giving.

“Thanks to the generosity of Northwest Bank, we were able to match $20,000 during last year’s Week of Giving,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF). “We look forward to having them on board again, as we prepare for an even more successful week of philanthropy in our region.”

Additionally this year, BBCF welcomes the Paul & Ellen Flickner Charitable Fund as the Legacy Sponsor and Erie Insurance as a Community Leader Sponsor. The total of matching funds for this year’s event is $40,000.

BBCF has seen a significant increase in participants this year, with more than 125 local nonprofits and funds in a variety of categories signed up.

Week of Giving prizes will be offered during the week, in which two $100 prizes will be awarded for one small and one large organization each day. These prizes will be live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the organization who brings in the most unique online donations during those two hour time periods will receive an additional $100 donation.  There also will be one prize sponsored by Baytree Farm,of Emlenton, that will give the nonprofit with the most unique online gifts for the duration of the whole Week of Giving an extra $500.

“This is truly a community effort, with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members all coming together,” said Moulin. “Not only are we supporting local organizations through donations, but we’re spreading the message of the importance of giving. Creating and cultivating a culture of giving in our area is a main goal of the Community Foundation.”

Contributions can be seen in real time this year, allowing the community to watch live as organizations raise money. Giving began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 19, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. To learn more about the Week of Giving and for a listing of participating nonprofits, visit bbcfgives.org.

Multiple libraries will be participating in this year’s Week of Giving from throughout the region.

In addition to offering common library services, such as book rental and computer usage, libraries have truly become community centers, providing a variety of print resources, numerous digital databases, meeting spaces, events, programming, and even equipment rental, such as metal detectors and eReaders.

Libraries participating include:

Clarion Free Library
Cooperstown Public Library
Foxburg Free Library
Franklin Public Library
Knox Public Library
Marienville Area Library
Oil City Library
Punxsutawney Memorial Library

Hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations, the Week of Giving begins on March 19 and will run through March 23. Donations can be given by visiting bbcf.org, where a live feed of contributions can also be accessed during the week.

Updates during the Week of Giving can be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page, too, at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

More than 125 local organizations have signed up to participate in the Second Annual Week of Giving, hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

The Week of Giving will run from March 19 through March 23 and provides the opportunity to make donations towards nonprofits responding to needs in the community.

Many of the organizations signed up for the Week of Giving focus their attention on shaping those who are the future of our area–children and youth. These organizations work to educate, build skills and character, provide necessities, and inspire.

Nonprofits in the children & youth category include:

519Strong
Blessings Kids Project
Boy Scouts of America French Creek Council
Boys and Girls Club Along The Allegheny
CASA of Venango County
Child Development Centers, Inc.
Child Evangelism Fellowship of PA, Jefferson-Elk & Clearfield Chapter
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Venango Forest and Clarion Counties Chapter
Clarion County 4-H
Clarion County YMCA
Clarion County’s Promise, Inc.
Community Services of Venango County
Family Friendship Bags
Family Service & Children’s Aid Society
Forest County 4-H
GEMS–Girls Excelling in Math and Science
Heavenly Gaits TRC, Inc.
Jamie’s Kids
Jefferson County 4-H
Josh Smith Memorial Playground
Junior Achievement of Western PA, Northwest Region
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center
Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County
Oil City YMCA
Oil Region Ballet
Pennies From Heaven Inc
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania
Two Mile Run County Park
Venango Co. Association for the Blind
Venango County 4-H
Venango County Fair Inc.
Venango Vipers
Venango Youth for Christ
Youth Alternatives, Inc.
YMCA Camp Coffman

If you would like to make a donation to these organizations who are giving to the children in our community, visit bbcfgives.org during the Week of Giving. Donations can be paid with a credit or debit card or checks made out to Bridge Builders Community Foundations, with the name of the organization included.

Watch donations being made live during the Week of Giving at bbcfgives.org and stay updated by also visiting the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

More than 300 community members made donations towards last year’s Week of Giving, and Bridge Builders Community Foundations encourages you to consider becoming a donor for the second annual event, to take place the third week of March.

Whether it’s $25 or $1,000, any contribution towards the Week of Giving supports the organizations making a difference in our region. Giving is easy–just visit the website at bbcfgives.org anytime between March 19 and March 23.

Donations can be made to a variety of nonprofits, including organizations providing personal care and healing to community members.

Nonprofits in the healthcare category include:

Clarion Hospital
Northwest Hospital Foundation
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Oakwood Heights
The Salvation Army
Venango VNA Foundation
VNA Extended Care

To make a donation during the Week of Giving, visit bbcfgives.org. More information and updates can also be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

Last year, almost $104,000 was given to local organizations through Bridge Builders Community Foundations’ Week of Giving, and in less than two weeks the event will take place for a second year, with an expected significant increase in donations.

The 2018 Week of Giving will take place from March 19 through March 23 and provides a way to respond to needs in our community through collective philanthropy.

Over 125 nonprofits and funds in a variety of categories have signed up to participate, including those making a difference through historical and heritage education, preservation, and appreciation.

Nonprofits in the historic & heritage category include:

CDCA-Lyric Theatre Project
DeBence Antique Music World
Forest County Historical Society
Franklin Preservation
Friends of Drake Well, Inc.
Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism
Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association
Redbank Renaissance, Inc.
Redbank Valley Trails Association
Transit Building & Annex (Oil City Civic Center Inc)
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry

To make a donation during the Week of Giving, visit bbcfgives.org. More information and updates can also be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

With more than 125 nonprofits and funds participating in this year’s Week of Giving, community members have an opportunity to make a huge impact on the local organizations making a difference in our area.

Hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations, the Week of Giving will take place from March 19 through March 23 and donations can be made on the website at bbcfgives.org.

Education plays a significant role in strengthening the community, both young and old, and a variety of organizations are categorized as so, including community centers, libraries, headstart facilities, 4-H clubs, school districts, and missionary organizations.

Nonprofits in the education category include:

519Strong
Allegheny Valley Conservancy
Autism Stands
Boys and Girls Club Along The Allegheny
Brandon’s Dad
Catholic Rural Ministry- Sisters Marian & TIna
Chicken Coop Studio 306
Child Development Centers, Inc.
Christian Life Academy
Clarion County 4-H
Cranberry School District Foundation
Forest County 4-H
Friends of Drake Well, Inc.
GEMS–Girls Excelling in Math and Science
Immaculate Conception School
Jamie’s Kids
Jefferson County 4-H
Junior Achievement of Western PA – Northwest Region
Keystone Community Education Council
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center
Mill Creek Coalition of Clarion and Jefferson Counties
Next Step Pregnancy Solutions & Services
Oil City Area School District Foundation
Oil City Arts Council
Pennsylvania Firefly Festival
Precious Paws Animal Rescue
Punxsutawney Garden Club
Punxsutawney Memorial Library
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center
Venango Area Community Gardens
Venango Catholic High School
Venango County 4-H
Venango County Fair Inc.
Venango Youth for Christ
Winds of Trade Community Center
WQLN Public Media
Zacherl Outstanding Diesel Award

The website at bbcfgives.org presents a live feed of donations during the Week of Giving. Find updates on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page, too, at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

The Second Annual Week of Giving is less than two weeks away and Bridge Builders Community Foundations encourages community members to give back to the organizations making an impact in our area.

Donations can be made to more than 125 local organizations and funds in a variety of categories, including arts and cultural.

There are many organizations in the area gathering the community together and educating through art forms, including traditional arts and crafts, music, theatre, woodworking, and even gardening.

Nonprofits in the arts & cultural category include:

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts
Barrow-Civic Theatre
Chicken Coop Studio 306
DeBence Antique Music World
Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance
Forest Area Arts Council
Oil City Arts Council
PRIDE: Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing
Punxsutawney Garden Club
Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center
Redbank Valley Trails Association
Sawmill Art Center
Venango Area Community Gardens
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry
Winds of Trade Community Center

Donations can be made online during the Week of Giving, taking place March 19 through March 23, by visiting bbcfgives.org.

The website will be updated live as donations come in during the Week of Giving and more information and updates can be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

The Week of Giving, a community philanthropic event hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations, has seen an increase of almost 40 nonprofit participants signed up this year.

Organizations in a variety of categories will receive donations during the Week of Giving, which will take place from March 19 through March 23.

Advocacy and human services are two of the categories with a significant amount of participants. The efforts of these organizations contribute to community needs involving animals, youth, individuals with disabilities, low income families, domestic abuse victims, individuals with blindness/vision impairment, elderly, and much more.

Nonprofits in the advocacy and/or human services category include:

American Red Cross Venango & Clarion
Autism Stands
Blessings Kids Project
CASA of Venango County
Catholic Rural Ministry- Sisters Marian & TIna
Clarion Area Agency on Aging
Clarion County’s Promise, Inc.
Community Action, Inc.
Community Services of Venango County
Cooperative Ministry Committee
ESWCPA – Easterseals
Family Friendship Bags
Family Service & Children’s Aid Society
Franklin YMCA
Heavenly Gaits TRC, Inc.
Hope 21 Ministry
Hope For Your Future
Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry
LifeSpan Family Services of PA, Inc.
Lisa’s Ladybugs
Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County
Next Step Pregnancy Solutions & Services
Oil City Library
Oil City Middle School – High School Food Pantry
Pennies From Heaven Inc
Precious Paws Animal Rescue
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Oakwood Heights
Shepherd’s Green Community Food Pantry
St. Michael’s Harbour Inc.
Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE)
The Open Door Cafe
The Pointe
The Salvation Army
Tri-County Animal Rescue Center
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce Endowment Fund
Venango Co. Association for the Blind
Venango County Humane Society
Venango County Sheriff’s K-9 Fund
Venango Training and Development Center, Inc.
Venango VNA Foundation
VNA Extended Care
Youth Alternatives, Inc.
YWCA of Oil City

Community members can easily give and learn more about these organizations during the Week of Giving by visiting bbcfgives.org and clicking “organizations” on the homepage. Donations can be paid with a credit or debit card or checks made out to Bridge Builders Community Foundations, with the name of the organization included.

This year, through a partnership with Contributary, an online Giving Day platform headquartered in State College, community members have the opportunity to watch the Week of Giving donations live on bbcfgives.org. Updates and live videos will also be posted on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.