Three Otto-Eldred grads receive CRCF scholarships


Three Otto-Eldred High School (PA) graduates recently received scholarships, totaling $8,500, from scholarship funds managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Ethan Flexman, Alyssa Shelander and Marhea Unverdorben each received the Bob and Barbara McCord Scholarship.

This scholarship, now in its second year is 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 a post-secondary institution (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.

All three students received $2,000 scholarships.

All three of the students also received a scholarship from the Otto-Eldred Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Shelander received a $1,000 scholarship. Flexman and Unverdorben each received $500.

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.

Shelander also received the Albert A. Bennett Jr. Family Scholarship.

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.

Flexman will study safety management at Slippery Rock University. Unverdorben will attend Jamestown Community College to study nursing. Shelander will study physical therapy at St. Bonaventure University.

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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