Three area students receive CRCF scholarships

Three area students recently received scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to aid with continuing education, including two current college students and one aspiring music student.

Megan Shumway

Megan Shumway received the Pat McGee Nursing Scholarship.

The $500 scholarship is given to traditional and non-traditional students from the 57th State Senate District, which includes much of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, who are pursuing nursing degrees. Established through the Pat McGee Endowment Fund, the scholarship memorializes the 57th district’s late state senator.

Shumway, a 2015 Olean High School graduat now attending Gannon University, will continue her pursuit of a nursing degree.

Collin Poorman received the Maryetta’s Mission Scholarship, $345 this year.

Collin Poorman

This scholarship, established by Maryetta’s Mission c/o of the First Church of Good of Eldred (PA), is awarded to students who are entering or currently in a post-secondary program for Christian-based ministerial studies. Student must submit a transcript from their first semester of study and must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Poorman, a 2015 graduate of Houghton Academy, will continue his studies in outdoor leadership and education/ministry at Toccoa Falls College.

Kerrigan Walters received the Alyn J. Heim Music Scholarship.

Kerrigan Walters

The $1,000 scholarship is for a graduating Cattaraugus County student majoring in music. Preference is given to a student recommended by the Cattaraugus County Music Teachers Association. The recipient must demonstrate academic success as well. Paul DeRitter, Mr. Heim’s former student at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, New Jersey and a musician and music educator at himself, established the scholarship to honor his former teacher. Mr. DeRitter taught elementary general music and instrumental music for 33 years in Franklinville.

Walters, of Randolph Central School, will study music therapy/education at Nazareth College.

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

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