Recently representatives from Farmers National Bank’s St. Marys and Ridgway branch offices presented St. Marys Catholic Elementary School a contribution of $2,000 and St. Leo Catholic School $7,500 through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC).  The STAR Foundation, a non-profit entity created by the Diocese of Erie, receives funds through the EITC program and allows businesses to make contributions for educational purposes to the school of their choice.  

Through this donation, scholarship funds will be made available to students in need that attend St. Marys Catholic Elementary School and St. Leo Catholic School.  Farmers National Bank is proud to support local organizations that share in its mission of helping to improve the lives of its neighbors and their organizations.  

STAR Foundation scholarships are a central part of the effort to make Catholic education possible for all students in the Elk County area.  ECCSS thanks them for their commitment to our community.  

Pictured (from left to right) are Eric Funk, Farmers National Bank Regional Manager, Lynne Kucenski, St. Leo School Principal, Deb Slay, St. Marys Catholic Elementary School Principal, Shawn Gouldthread, Farmers National Bank Ridgway Branch Manager, and Sue Jansen, ECCSS Director of Advancement.  

Any business interested in contributing to ECCSS through the EITC program may contact Sue Jansen at the ECCSS Advancement Office at 814-834-1480 x 232 or visit

The PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Scholarship Program offers tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-k Scholarship Organization.