Six Portville graduates receive CRCF scholarships

Six Portville Central School graduates recently received scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Taylor North

Ronald Lott

Morgan Schoonover

Taylor North, Ronald Lott and Morgan Schoonover received the Dr. Donald A. Wormer Family Scholarship, $1,000 each this year.

The endowed scholarship, established in memory of Dr. Wormer by his wife, Elinor Wormer, is awarded to graduating seniors of Portville Central School attending a two- or four-year institution to pursue a degree in a health care-related field.

North will study biochemistry at Canisius College. Also studying biochemistry, Lott will attend Houghton College. Schoonover will attend Jamestown Community College to study nursing.

Riley Combs and Anna Wray received the Signe H. Johnson Scholarship.

Riley Combs

Anna Wray

The scholarship, established by the trust of Signe H. Johnson, is for a Portville Central School senior with preference for a student pursuing a degree in teaching or who has strong educational/career goals. Ms. Johnson taught for many years at Portville Central School and Olean High School.

Wray, who received $1,000, will pursue a degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Houghton College. Combs, who received $200 will study nursing at the University of North Florida.

Christian Morales received the Gregory D. Spring Perseverance Scholarship.

Christian Morales

Established in memory of Gregory Spring of Allegany by his family, this scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Olean High School, Allegany-Limestone, Portville and Hinsdale Central schools pursuing a degree or certification, preferably, in a trade or technical program.

Morales will study biology at St. Bonaventure University.

Schoonover, Lott and Combs also each received $400 scholarships from the Portville College Scholarships Fund. Wray received an $800 scholarship. Morales received $150.

The fund, established by Portville College Scholarships, makes possible scholarships for students who volunteer at the school store or annual Portville College Scholarship phonathon fundraiser.

Donations can be made to any of these scholarship funds at CRCF, 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 CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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