OLEAN – The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation scholarship process will open for applications from area students on February 1.
In 2021, 151 area students received 194 scholarships from CRCF-managed scholarship funds, totaling more than $200,000.
Scholarships are available for students from across the region, including Cattaraugus, Allegany, Chautauqua, and McKean Counties (Pennsylvania) – based on each fund’s criteria – for a multitude of interests and professional/educational goals.
Awards are available for students from specific high schools, students from different majors, students with different career goals, and more.
“The CRCF scholarship program has grown rapidly, particularly in recent years,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF’s Executive Director. “The scholarship program embodies our mission to “grow well” by furthering the educational and career dreams of students in our region. We are so proud to facilitate so many scholarships for deserving students in the region.
New awards this year include:
• Fred P. Baker Memorial Scholarship: for a student graduating from Otto-Eldred High School (Pa.) who will attend an accredited post-secondary institution, such as a trade school or a 2- or 4-year college that has demonstrated rigor work to overcome a challenge and a minimum grade of 2.0.
• Dresser-Rand Employee Scholarship: for the children of Dresser-Rand/Siemens Energy employees. Eligibility is determined by a minimum of 12 months of employment status on the Olean campus.
• Elias Eade Jr. Scholarship: For an Olean High School graduate with good academic standing demonstrating leadership skills and planning to continue their education at a trade school or 2-4 year college or university. Preference will be given to a student who has worked while in high school, needs financial assistance, and is considering business as an educational path.
• Don and Bern Holcomb Memorial Scholarship: For high school students at any school in Cattaraugus or Allegany counties who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution with a preference for a student majoring in a college-related field. agriculture or conservation or a woman pursuing an engineering degree.
• Hughey Bursary: for Ellicottville High School graduates attending 2-4 year college/university or trade school, with a preference for a student majoring in education.
• JF20 Bursary: for an Olean High School graduate who participated in a varsity sports team with a preference for a football player.
• Long/Vossler Family Scholarship: for Allegany-Limestone Central School graduates attending St. Bonaventure University, with a preference for a major in education or business.
• Kathleen Loop Snyder Memorial Scholarship: For a graduate student from the Smethport, Pennsylvania, Area School District, with a preference for a student pursuing post-secondary education in a vocational/vo-tech field.
• James A. and Joan E. Maguire Family Scholarship: for graduate students of Olean, Allegany-Limestone, Belfast Central High School or Archbishop Walsh Academy, with a preference for a hardworking student who shows potential and perseverance but who is not necessarily among the best in their class. Special consideration will be given to students who have faced a learning challenge.
• Lee W. and Jeremie I. Swartz Pitt-Bradford Scholarship: for graduates of Olean High School or Archebishop Walsh Academy attending the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania
• Two Joes Scholarship: For Cattaraugus County students interested in degrees related to technology, marketing and communications, or business.
Candidates will apply entirely online and submit supporting documents such as transcripts and recommendations of references chosen using the online portal.
Applications must be completed and submitted by March 20.
Students with questions may contact Tricia Oakley, CRCF Database and Scholarship Program Manager, at [email protected] or (716) 301-2723.
Anyone interested in creating a new scholarship fund can contact the foundation for more information.