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LeRoy G. Erickson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline to apply: May 3, 2021 3:00 pm CT

The LeRoy G. Erickson Memorial Scholarship is designed to aid and assist promising young students who have resided a minimum of the past two school years in the City of Bradford, the Borough of Lewis Run, or the Townships of Bradford, Foster, Lafayette or Corydon; and who require financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education. Under Mr. Erickson’s will, substantial scholarships (from $500 to several thousands of dollars) are awarded annually over four years of college or the appropriate number of years for a technical or undergraduate degree.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

WHO WAS LEROY G. ERICKSON?

LeRoy G. Erickson was born in England on April 20, 1912, and moved to Bradford at the age of three. His father died when he was young and he lived with his maternal family in Riterville (Mt. Alton area) graduating from Bradford High School in 1930 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1934. He worked in the Bradford National Bank from his school days until his premature death in March 1963 at the age of 50. At that time he was a Vice President and Cashier of the Bradford National Bank, now PNC Bank on Main St. in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He was married to Marcia Parkhurst Erickson Lorch who died in November, 1990. They had no children.

In an effort to determine what motivated Mr. Erickson to establish a scholarship fund for Bradford Area students, numerous people who knew him were contacted. These included a previous Bradford National Bank Director, his secretary, other bank employees and friends. The comments were universally the same. He was described as quiet, conscientious, warm, sympathetic, concerned about those in need and interested in helping others. Bank employees did not hesitate to share problems with him and often bank customers seeking loans would wait to talk to Mr. Erickson because of his tendency to “go the extra mile.” He had a work ethic and apprised students to “work hard because it pays to get along in school.”

With such a profile, it is not surprising that Mr. Erickson left a will that provided for his wife and then arranged for the remainder of his estate to assist promising young people who need help in attaining advanced education. Bradford is fortunate to have such citizens who care for their young and look to the future.

Applicants to the LeRoy G. Erickson Memorial Program must:

  • Be high school seniors from Bradford Area High School who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $500 to several thousands of dollars. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon 3.25 GPA in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

The primary consideration for the scholarship will be the academic worth and the promise of the individual. It will be awarded to a person in financial need whose records show evidence of the development of those qualities of mind and personality which are essential to achievement in life and the effective discharge of their responsibilities to their self and to the community life of which they were a part.

A Committee has been appointed under the terms of Mr. Erickson’s will. They will evaluate each applicant by applying a rating scale to the criteria stated above. The top candidates will be interviewed by the Committee prior to the final selection.

Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

Awards will be announced by Mid-June.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship checks are processed in two equal installments in mid-August and mid-December. The checks are payable to the school and mailed to the recipient’s permanent home address.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete, official, school transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Provide a copy of your parents’ latest IRS 1040 Form (For parents who are divorced, separated, or otherwise do not file a joint tax return, financial information is required from both parents.)
  • A completed Financial Assessment Form. This form is to be completed by the Student Financial Aid Office of the school you will be attending. The form can be accessed here.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than May 6, 2021 3:00 pm.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

PNC Bank in Bradford, PA, serving as Trustee of the Leroy G. Erickson will, has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!