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Two receive scholarship awards for aspiring conservationists

Tue, Aug 8th 2023 11:00 am

Two recent area graduates received scholarship awards from funds managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation for aspiring environmental conservationists.

Ten Broeck Academy/Franklinville Central School’s Benjamin Brol and Olean High School’s Joshua Knight each received the Cattaraugus County Trappers Memorial Scholarship for $500.

Established by the Cattaraugus County Trappers Association, this fund provides two $500 awards for graduating high school students in Cattaraugus, Allegany or Chautauqua counties with preference for students who plan to pursue a degree in natural resources conservation, fish & wildlife management, forest management or similar area of study at a two- or four-year college. Applicants must include list of outdoors sports in which they participate, a statement on importance of the role of sportsmen in conservation and management of fish and wildlife and natural resources and information on their career path in their goal statement.

This year’s scholarship awards were made in memory of Bill White, a former member of the Cattaraugus County Trappers Association.

Brol plans to study fish and wildlife technology at Finger Lakes Community College. Knight will also attend Finger Lakes Community College where he will study Natural Resource Conservation.

Knight also received the Don and Bern Holcomb Memorial Scholarship for $500.

This scholarship, established in memory of Don and Bern Holcomb, is for high school students from any school in Cattaraugus County or Allegany County who plans to attend an accredited post-secondary institution with a preference for a student majoring in an agricultural or conservation-related field or a female pursuing an engineering degree.


Donations can be made to any of these funds at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, 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).