Six area students receive John J. Murphy Family Scholarship


Six area students will each receive up to $10,000 in scholarship aid from the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

2013 John J. Murphy Family Scholarship recipients include:

  • Francesca Bartimole of Olean High School, pursuing Engineering and Management at Clarkson University;
  • Kyle Brown of Randolph Junior-Senior High School, pursuing Nursing at Alfred State College;
  • Curt Monkhouse of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing Aerospace Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology;
  • Jade Nolan of Bolivar-Richburg Central School, pursuing Nursing at Murray State University;
  • James Andrew Scanlan of Bradford Area High School, pursuing Mechanical Engineering at Brown University; and
  • Kyle Stover of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy) with a concentration in business at Thiel College.

Named in honor of John J. “Jack” Murphy, Olean native and former CEO and Chairman of Dresser Industries, this scholarship was established initially through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas.

“This scholarship has awarded 32 students more than $170,000 since it was established at the Foundation in 2008,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, Community Foundation executive director.

“Mr. Murphy has been extremely generous in his efforts to help our area’s best and brightest students to continue their educations and we are glad to administer this scholarship and support him in those efforts,” she added.

Each year the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship is awarded to six graduating area high school seniors, according to Ms. Buchheit.

Preferred candidates are students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in

nursing, engineering or business.   Preference is also given to a student whose family members are employed by or have retired from Dresser-Rand in Olean, Ms. Buchheit noted.

More information on the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship is available at

Established in 1995, The Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support nonprofits and programs in many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development. To learn more, call, email or visit us online at

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