Four OHS grads receive CRCF scholarships

Four Olean High School graduates recently received scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

T.J. Magro

T.J. Magro, who will be attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, received the Paul & Betty Hanson Career/Technical Scholarship and the Thomas W. Conklin Sr. Scholarship.

The Paul and Betty Hanson Career/Technical Scholarship is a new scholarship for graduating students of Olean High School who are pursuing post-secondary career or technical education at a trade or technical school. Paul and Betty Hanson also established the Paul and Mary Janowicz Memorial Scholarship in memory of Betty’s parents.

The Thomas W. Conklin Sr. Scholarship, given over two semesters in $500 disbursements, is for a graduating senior of Allegany-Limestone Central or Olean High School attending the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The student must have maintained an overall grade point average of 85 or above during his or her high school career and exhibited high academic effort. The student must exhibit certain intangible qualities including: kindness to others, leadership, positive attitude, and sense of humor. The student must demonstrate past involvement in the community. Mr. Conklin’s family and co-workers at KOA Speer Electronics in Bradford, PA established the scholarship in his memory.

Magro will study radiological science.

Montgomery Shoemaker received the Thomas & Robert Smythe Scholarship and the inaugural Laurie Anzivine Memorial Scholarship.

Montgomery Shoemaker

The Smythe scholarship 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. Established as part of the Olean City School District Scholarship Fund through the estate of Phyllis G. Cridler Family Trust, the scholarship is named in memory of Mrs. Cridler’s sons, Thomas and Robert.

The Anzivine Memorial scholarship, $250, is awarded to a graduating senior from any high school in Cattaraugus County, first preference, or any high school within a 30-mile radius of Olean, NY, who will be attending a four-year college and who has had an immediate family member or guardian face cancer treatment. The student must submit an essay describing what he/she learned from his/her family member or guardian who struggled with cancer and the impact of the experience. Laurie Anzivine’s nieces and nephews established the scholarship in memory of their aunt.

Shoemaker will study nursing at Utica College.

Grace Wroblewski

Grace Wroblewski received the Anthony Iacovino American History Scholarship.

The Iacovino scholarship memorializes Mr. Iacovino, a former Olean High School educator and coach. Mr. Iacovino inspired students in and out of the classroom. He engaged students with his love for American history and shared his passion for sports, leading teams to victory on the baseball diamond and basketball court. The $1,000 scholarship is given to a student who excels in the classroom and is active in extracurricular activities. The fund was established by Mr. Iacovino’s son, James.

Wroblewski will attend St. Bonaventure University to study political science.

Victoria Certo received the Jack and Muriel Fogarty Memorial scholarship.

Victoria Certo

Established as part of the Olean City School District Scholarship Fund and the DJH Foundation the Fogarty scholarship is a $500 award for a senior graduating from Olean High School with a GPA of 80 or above, accepted to a four-year college. The student must demonstrate the ability to balance academics with extracurricular activities and work.

Certo will study accounting at Penn State University.

Donations can be made to any of these scholarship funds at 301 North Union Street, Suite 203 or online at

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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