Foundation announces new scholarships, 2014 application deadline

Applications for scholarships administered by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are now available. This year’s deadline is April 1.

According to Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director, there are several new scholarships available for 2014, including the following:

Tyler Bihler Memorial Scholarship
This is a $1,000 scholarship for two students each year, one male and one female, graduating from Olean High School with GPAs of 80 or above. Preference is for students accepted to a four- or two-year college who demonstrate qualities of good citizenship and character.

Tyler Bihler of Olean lost his battle to cancer in 2005 just before beginning fourth grade at Washington West Elementary. Established by Tyler Bihler’s family, the first scholarship from this fund will be awarded this year to graduates of the class of 2014 – the year Tyler would have graduated from high school.

Jack & Muriel Fogarty Memorial Scholarship
This $1,000 award is for a senior graduating from Olean High School with a GPA of 80 or above, accepted to a four-year college. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and ability to balance academic standing with extracurricular activities and work. Originally established by OHS alum Derek Hernquist and the DJH Foundation in memory of his grandparents, this award is part of the Olean City School District Scholarship Fund.

Russell F. Greenawalt & Elizabeth Page Greenawalt Scholarship
This award covers the total of Cornell University tuition, room and board less any other scholarships received. Available to an Olean High School senior who demonstrates the strongest academic record of those accepted to Cornell, it is renewable up to four years. Awardees must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to renew.

Established as part of the Olean City School District Scholarship Fund through the estate of Russell F. Greenawalt, this award is named in honor of Mr. Greenawalt, a Cornell alumnus, and his wife, Elizabeth Page Greenawalt, who both attended Olean City Schools. His father, William C. Greenawalt was superintendent of Olean City School District for 20 years.

Signe, Svenborg, Agnes and Selma Johnson Scholarship
This $1,000 award is for an Olean High School senior who demonstrates financial need. Preference is given to a student pursuing a degree in teaching or who has strong educational/career goals. Established through the living trust of Signe H. Johnson, a former Portville and Olean high school teacher, this award is in memory of Signe and her sisters, Svenborg, Agnes and Selma, who also taught at Olean High School.

Signe H. Johnson Scholarship
Also established through the living trust of Signe H. Johnson, this $1,000 award is for a Portville Central School senior who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student pursuing a degree in teaching or who has strong educational/career goals.

Mary-Elizabeth Smith Scholarship
This $1,000 award is available to a graduating Olean High School senior who is attending college. Financial need will be considered. It was established by the estate of Mary-Elizabeth Smith as part of the Olean City School District Scholarship Fund.

Thomas & Robert Smythe Scholarship
This is a $2,500 award available to Olean High School graduating seniors pursuing a nursing degree. Awardees must agree to a three-year work commitment to Olean General Hospital upon graduation and may reapply for second year. Established as part of the Olean City School District Scholarship Fund through the estate of Phyllis G. Cridler Family Trust, this award is named in memory of Mrs. Cridler’s sons, Thomas and Robert.

Last year the board of directors of the Community Foundation awarded $88,000 for scholarships from 14 different scholarship funds to help 53 local students pay for college, including 28 students receiving new awards and 25 students receiving continuing scholarship awards given annually over four years of education according to Ms. Buchheit.

“The Community Foundation is able to offer area students scholarships thanks to the tremendous generosity of the donors who have established these scholarship funds and the people who support them through donations,” said Ms. Buchheit.

She noted that some scholarships target students graduating from specific high schools, some for specific areas of study and others for financial need. Each scholarship is tailored to the donor’s wishes.

Applications are available online, at the Community Foundation’s office and through area high school guidance offices.

The list of available scholarship for 2014 also includes:

  • Burt Scholarship
  • Hinsdale Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship
  • Mohammad & Sakeena Iqbal Health Care Award
  • Kothari Family Fund Health Care Scholarship
  • Pat McGee Nursing Scholarship
  • John J. Murphy Family Scholarship
  • Daniel McCarthy Scholarship
  • Otto/Otto-Eldred Alumni Scholarship
  • Michele Krahe Peace Olean High School Scholarship
  • Mark J. Prockton Memorial Scholarship
  • Norman “Pete” Schussele Scholarship
  • Ben & Rose Schwabenbauer Educational Scholarship
  • Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship
  • JoAnn Wehmeyer English Scholarship

For the full list of scholarship criteria, visit www.cattfoundation.org/scholarships.

Established in 1994, the Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.

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