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Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Scholarships

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:35 AM by Katie Sasala   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 8:36 AM ]
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Foundation Scholarships Available

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship applications are now available at The deadline for all applications is April 3.

Awards from 50 scholarship funds are available to area students in 2017. Last year area students received over $100,000 in awards. 

Students can access the application online using the scholarship portal that is located under the scholarship tab on the Foundation’s website. All applications must be submitted electronically.

A tutorial is available on the scholarship page to help students understand how to use the online portal.
Filling out the common application allows students to apply for all but one Foundation-managed scholarship, the Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship, which requires a separate application and is available to students from Olean, Allegany-Limestone, Hinsdale, Portville and Archbishop Walsh.The Teuscher Scholarship application is also available through the online portal.

Students should review the tutorial and all application submittal requirements. All supporting documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation must submitted as attachments through the scholarship portal. Some scholarships may require an essay specific to that scholarship.

A full list of scholarships can be accessed at

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New scholarships available for 2017
Laurie Anzivine Memorial Scholarship Fund
This $250 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from any high school in Cattaraugus County, first preference, or any high school within a 30-mile radius of Olean, NY, who will be attending a four-year college and who has had an immediate family member or guardian who has gone through cancer treatment. The student must be in good academic standing. Financial need is not a factor. The applicant must submit an essay of no more than 350 words explaining what the student learned from his/her family member or guardian who struggled with cancer and the impact it left on him/her and what advice the student would give to someone else who may face the same situation.

Albert A. Bennett Jr. Family Scholarship Fund
This award (amount varies) is for a graduating Otto-Eldred (PA) High School Senior pursuing a post-secondary degree at a 2- or 4-year college. Students should demonstrate academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities and strong educational/career goals. Established by Sue Bennett in memory of her husband.

Chautauqua Cattaraugus Board of Realtors Scholarship Fund
Two $500 scholarships each for students from Cattaraugus County and two $500 scholarships each for students from Chautauqua County planning to attend either a 2- or 4- year college, with preference for students who will be majoring in the business field. The student must also be in good academic standing. Financial need is not considered. Established by the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Board of Realtors.

Paul and Betty Hanson Career/Technical Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded annually to one or two students graduating from Olean High School who are pursuing post-secondary career or technical education at a trade or technical school. Academic merit and financial need will be considered. Trade or technical programs could include, but are not limited to, drafting, welding, air conditioning and heating technology, autobody repair, automotive technology, CAD, building/trade construction, heavy equipment technology, masonry, manufacturing technology, office technology, medical office technology, culinary arts and cosmetology.

Patricia “Ann” Heister English/Journalism Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from Ten Broeck Academy/Franklinville Central School who will be entering a four-year college or university. The first preference will be for a student intending to major in English, journalism or a related field and who submits a letter of recommendation from his/her high school English teacher. The second preference will be for a student with any major who submits a letter of recommendation from his/her high school English teacher. The student should demonstrate good academic standing. Financial need will be considered.

Bob and Barbara McCord Scholarship
Scholarships will be awarded to graduates of Otto-Eldred (PA) High School, with a preference for students attending post-secondary institutions (can be 1-, 2- or 4-year institutions) in the career/technical fields. Students should be in good academic standing, be involved in extracurricular activities (sports, music, etc. and demonstrate financial need. The award amount will vary. Students receiving an award can re-apply. The scholarship is named in honor of Bob and Barbara McCord, both graduates of Otto (PA) High School. Bob served at 27 years in the U.S. air force and Barbara worked as a secretary at many of the bases Bob was stationed. Established through the Bob and Barbara McCord Private Foundation, the scholarship carries on the McCord foundation’s goal of helping others achieve their educational goals.

Changes to existing scholarships 

Mohammed & Sakeena Iqbal Health Care/Education Award
A $1,000 scholarship, or two scholarships of $500, for seniors graduating from Allegany-Limestone High School, ranked in the top 25 percent of the class, and intending to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the health care field or education. Funded by the Drs. Ahmad and Naheed Hilal Family Fund
 in memory of Dr. Naheed Hilal’s parents.

Ben & Rose Schwabenbauer Educational  Scholarship
Two $1,000 awards for graduating seniors from either Olean High School, Otto-Eldred High School, or Bradford Area High School who will be attending a 4-year college. Preference for a student majoring in elementary education, any education field or criminal justice or law enforcement-related field, who has a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and/or is in top 25 percent of the graduating class, demonstrates financial need and has a record of community volunteerism. Established by Ben and Rose Schwabenbauer, former long-time teachers in the Bradford and Olean City School districts.

Norman J. "Pete" Schussele Scholarship
This scholarship fund has been retired and is no longer available to students.