CRCF scholarship applications accepted beginning February 1

Area students can begin applying for scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation on February 1.

Students can apply using the online scholarship portal at Filling out one common application allows students to apply for awards from more than 50 scholarship funds.

In 2017, 74 students together received nearly $130,000 in scholarship awards—the Foundation’s highest total yet.

“Our scholarship program has been rapidly growing,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “Just this year a number of new scholarships have been established at the Foundation, including new scholarships for students at Franklinville/Ten Broeck Academy, Ellicottville, Hinsdale, Olean and more.”

“It is an exciting time of year for us as we review the hard work of area students and match them with meaningful scholarships to help them on their way through higher education,” she added.

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

Applicants will submit supporting documentation such as transcripts and recommendation letters using the online portal as well.

Applications must be completed and submitted by April 2.

Students and parents are encouraged to contact CRCF Manager of Donor Services Ryan Michelle Wilcox with questions at 716-301-2723 or

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

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, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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