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Two area seniors receive Shinners Team Player Scholarship

Fri, Jun 18th 2021 11:00 am

Two area graduating seniors recently received the Patrick Shinners Memorial Team Player Scholarship, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation

Braedyn Palmatier of Ellicottville Central School and Zechariah Padd of Maple Grove High School each received awards from the Patrick Shinners Memorial Team Player Scholarship Fund for $250.

Established in memory of Salamanca-native Patrick Shinners by the Southwestern Chapter of the New York State Association of Certified Football Officials, this award is for players in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties who are a graduating senior and have participated in football for at least one school year. The ideal candidate is a player who was there for the team; a player who was not the team hero, but who came to practice knowing that he may not be in the game on Friday night. All applicants for the award are nominated by their high school football coaches.

The scholarship is not restricted to those planning to attend an institution of higher education after graduation; nominations of those entering the Armed Forces or pursuing technical trades are also encouraged. The award is given as a scholarship or educational stipend that can be used toward college, trade or technical school or job-related expenses such as uniforms or equipment or travel costs if entering the military.

Palmatier will attend St. Bonaventure University to study sports media. Padd will study business or biology at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Donations can be made to the Patrick Shinners Memorial Team Player Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, Olean, NY 14760 or online at cattfoundation.org.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation 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).