Two ALCS underclassmen receive Ratanawongsa Scholarship

Two Allegany-Limestone Central School underclassmen recently received the Ratana Ratanawongsa Scholarship, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The scholarship provides funds for students to pursue enrichment programs during the school year or for summer programs following the completion of grades 7-10.


Sullivan O’Dell

Sullivan O’Dell, a sophomore at ALCS, received $500 to attend the University of Notre Dame Vision Saints & Scholars Program.

The two-week, residential program includes a week spent at Notre Dame participating in a leadership and self-discovery program and the second week at Holy Cross College (next to Notre Dame) pursuing theological study with an emphasis on core areas of interest, such as health, media, science, business and more.

Emmy Li, also an ALCS sophomore, received a $225 award to participate in the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) New York West Seminar at the University of Rochester.


Emmy Li

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop youth and volunteers to a dedicated life of leadership, innovation and service, according to its website.

The scholarship in memory of Dr. Ratana Ratanawongsa, a former pathologist at both St. Francis and Olean General hospitals, was established by her family to give students the opportunity to explore new and interesting opportunities before college.

“This scholarship provides amazing opportunities for ambitious students outside the normal high school curriculum,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “Those opportunities not only equip them to be better students but, we hope, prepare them to impact their community in special ways.”

Donations can be made to the Ratana Ratanawongsa Scholarship Fund 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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