Karen G. Luderer Memorial Scholarship Fund Announcement

Karen Luderer lived her life as a devout Christian. Throughout her life, Karen epitomized the values of Christianity.  She always looked past someone’s indiscretions and valued the person.  Karen spent years helping the less fortunate.  Whether it was her prison ministry, 4th Avenue Adventure ministry, or any of the many committees in which she partook, she was always willing to listen, counsel and help.  She never sought the spotlight.  In fact, she went out of her way to avoid it.  Helping others was her reward.  In this light, the family of Karen Luderer wishes to establish the Karen G. Luderer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

-A high school GPA of 2.50

-SAT score of 800 or an ACT score of 16
-A member of the United Methodist Church, an active member of the Youth Group of the United Methodist Church or a former member of the Youth Group
-Traditional and Non-traditional students are encouraged to apply

Selection Process
Interested persons will give a short presentation to the Selection Committee. In the spirit of Karen,
the selection committee wants to learn of the person beyond a resume. The presentation should provide the committee sufficient information to get to know the person. Topics may include: any hardships/challenges in life, the role of religion in their life, specific experiences of volunteer work, specific experiences of Youth Group/work camps, or any life experiences that will provide insight into the person. This list provides
examples only. The presentation need not include these topics. The scholarship will not just focus on grades and accomplishments, but the person as a whole. The presentation should be about 10 minutes and no more than 20 minutes. An interview will follow the presentation.

Recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship that will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution.
The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of 4 years, so long as the student maintains a GPA of 2.50.

An application form can be found HERE, or picked up at the First United Methodist Church Office, 600 Wood St, Clarion, PA 16214 or may be requested via email at