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Students can apply for CRCF scholarships beginning February 1

by kwindus
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 09:00 am

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will open its scholarship application process to area students February 1.

Students can apply using the online scholarship portal at cattfoundation.org/apply-for-scholarships. Students can complete one common scholarship application to become eligible for awards from some 65 scholarship funds.

In 2020, 104 area students received 143 awards, totaling over $155,000, an increase of some $50,000 from 2019.

“As we all know, 2020 was a year full of challenges, but I am proud of how the scholarship process at CRCF was able to adapt despite school closures and changes to remote learning,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit.

“Scholarships remain integral to enable the many hardworking and talented students in our area to purse their dreams,” she continued. “The CRCF Scholarship program has continued to grow over the years, and we look forward to another successful scholarship season this year.”

Scholarships are available to students throughout the region (including, depending on the criteria of each fund, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Chautauqua and McKean (PA) counties) for a multitude of interests and career/educational goals.

Awards are available to students at specific high schools, students with different majors, students with different career goals and more.

New awards this year include:

  • Robert E. Hull VMD Memorial Scholarship – first preference for minority or female Olean High School students
  • Nelson M. Beard Memorial Scholarship – for graduating Salamanca High School students
  • Tim Bushnell Memorial Scholarship – for graduating Olean High and Portville Central School Graduates
  • Ginger D. Schroder Legislative Scholarship – for a graduating high school student residing in Cattaraugus County Legislative District 3 who will pursue a trade degree or 2-or 4-year college degree.
  • Kathy Jowsey Spirit Memorial Scholarship – for graduating Ten Broeck Academy/Franklinville Central School graduating students who have worked hard academically and embody school spirit.

Applicants will apply entirely online and submit supporting documentation such as transcripts and recommendations from chosen references using the online portal.

Applications must be completed and submitted by April 1.

Students and parents may contact CRCF Database and Donor Services Manager at [email protected] or 716-301-2723.

Anyone interested in establishing a new scholarship fund may contact the foundation for more information.

Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email [email protected], or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).