Otto-Eldred students receive CRCF scholarships

Five Otto-Eldred High School (PA) graduates recently received scholarships, totaling $9,000, from scholarship funds managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Janelle Housler

Zachary Murphy

Janelle Housler and Zachary Murphy received the Bob and Barbara McCord Scholarship.

This is a new scholarship for graduating seniors of Otto-Eldred High School, established at CRCF through the Bob and Barbara McCord Private Foundation.

The scholarship is for students attending post-secondary institutions (can be one-, two- or four-year institutions) preferably in the career/technical fields. Recipients must also be in good academic standing and be involved in extracurricular activities.

Murphy received a $5,000 scholarship and will study communications at St. Bonaventure University. Housler, who received $2,000, will attend Penn State Behrend to pursue a master’s degree in nursing.

Seth Drummond and Alexis Reitler each received a scholarship from the Otto-Eldred Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Drummond received a $1,000 scholarship, and Reitler received $500.

Seth Drummond

Alexis Reitler

The Otto-Eldred Alumni Scholarship is a scholarship given annually to Otto-Eldred High School graduating seniors who have maintained at least 2.75 GPA and received acceptance to, preferably, a two-year college or a four-year program.

Drummond will study pre-med at Gannon University. Reitler will attend Houghton College to study biology with a forestry emphasis.

Sarah Batt received the inaugural Albert A. Bennett Jr. Family Scholarship.

Sarah Batt

Sue Bennett established the scholarship, $500 this year, in memory of her husband to benefit a graduating Otto-Eldred senior pursuing a post-secondary degree at a two- or four-year institution. Recipients should demonstrate academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities and strong educational/career goals. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and their four children all graduated from Otto-Eldred.

Batt will attend Canisuis College to study biology/pre-med.

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