Friday, February 3, 2012

Community Foundation announces 2012 scholarship application deadline

Photos:  Ben and Rose Schwabenbauer, founders of the Ben & Rose Schwabenbauer Educational Scholarship, Ralph A. Anastasia and Kaleigh E. Wilday

Applications for the 2012 scholarships administered by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are now available.  This year’s deadline is April 1.

There are three new scholarships at the Community Foundation this year, according to Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director. They are:

  • Ben & Rose Schwabenbauer Educational  Scholarship – This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from either Olean High School or Otto-Eldred High School who will be attending a 4-year college. Preference will be given to a student 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. This scholarship was established by Ben and Rose Schwabenbauer, former long-time teachers in the Olean City School District.

  • Ralph A. Anastasia Music Scholarship – A special scholarship for this year, this award will benefit an Olean High School graduate of the class of 2012 who intends to pursue a degree in music. It was established in memory of long-time musician and life-long Olean resident Ralph A. Anastasia by his children and grandchildren.

  • Kaleigh E. Wilday Memorial Scholarship – A one-time scholarship for this year, this award will be given to a Cuba-Rushford High School graduate of the class of 2012 in memory of Kaleigh E. Wilday, who would have been a graduate of this class. Established by her parents through the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund.

            Last year the board of directors of the Community Foundation awarded 23 students $85,500 in scholarships from 12 different funds along with more than $41,000 for 24 continuing scholarship students, according to Ms. Buchheit.

The Community Foundation is able to offer area students financial assistance to further their education thanks to the tremendous generosity of donors who have established named scholarship funds, said Ms. Buchheit.

She noted that some scholarships target students graduating from specific high schools, some for specific areas of study and others for financial need. Each scholarship is tailored to the donor’s wishes.

            Applications are available online at the Community Foundation’s website at, at the Community Foundation’s office and through area high school guidance offices.

            The list of available scholarship for 2012 also includes:

·    Burt Scholarship – A scholarship awarded to one student each from Olean High, Allegany-Limestone Central, Hinsdale Central and Portville Central schools and based solely on a student’s financial need. Established by the Burt Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Olean in memory of Dr. Rudy Burt.

·    Hinsdale Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship – A $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior at Hinsdale Central School. Applicants should have an average of 80 percent or higher, demonstrate qualities of good citizenship and good character, and have definite educational goals. Established by the Hinsdale Alumni Association.

·    Mohammad & Sakeena Iqbal Health Care Award – A $500 scholarship for a senior 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 healthcare field. Established by Drs. Ahmad and Naheed Hilal in memory of Dr. Naheed Hilal’s parents.

·    Kothari Family Fund Healthcare Scholarship - A $500 scholarship for an Allegany-Limestone senior pursuing a healthcare-related degree. Established by Drs. Ashok and Yogini Kothari as part of the Kothari Family Endowed Fund.

·    Pat McGee Nursing Scholarship –Two awards are given each year to students, traditional or nontraditional, in the 57th State Senate district who are pursuing nursing degrees. Students must maintain at least a C average. Students previously receiving the award also can reapply. Established through the Pat McGee Endowment, this fund is named in memory of the former late New York State Senator representing the 57th district.

·    John J. Murphy Family Scholarship – A $10,000 scholarship awarded over four years at $2,500 per year. First preference is given to graduating students from Olean, NY, area high schools which include Olean, Allegany-Limestone, Hinsdale and Portville schools and Archbishop Walsh Academy. Second preference is given to high schools in the following communities - Cattaraugus County: Salamanca, Franklinville, Ellicottville, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, West Valley, Randolph and Gowanda; Allegany County: Alfred-Almond, Belfast, Bolivar-Richburg, Cuba-Rushford, Friendship, Richburg, Scio and Wellsville; McKean County (PA): Otto-Eldred, Bradford, Port Allegany and Smethport; and Potter County (PA): Coudersport, Austin and Galeton. Preference also will be given to a student whose family members are employed by or have retired from Dresser-Rand in Olean, NY. Preference will be given for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, engineering or business.  Selection criteria shall include scholastic achievement, school and community participation, demonstrated leadership potential and financial need. Named in honor of John J. “Jack” Murphy, Olean native and former CEO and Chairman of Dresser Industries, this scholarship was established initially through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas.

·    Olean Business Institute/Daniel McCarthy Scholarship –Awarded to any student from New York or Pennsylvania who currently attends or plans to attend OBI and pursue a degree in business. Students previously receiving the award also may reapply. Given through the generosity of the Catherine M. Cridler Trust and named in honor of one of the founders of OBI.

·    Otto/Otto-Eldred Alumni Scholarship – A $500 scholarship for a senior graduating from Otto-Eldred High School who has a GPA of at least 2.75 and be accepted to an accredited 2-year school. Established by the Otto/Otto-Eldred Alumni Association.

·    Mark J. Prockton Memorial Scholarship – A $500 scholarship for graduating a senior from Hamburg High School who has lettered in track and has the highest GPA. Established in memory of Mark J. Prockton, a former New York City School teacher, Hamburg High School alumnus and runner, by his brothers, Gregg and Mike Prockton.

·    Norman “Pete” Schussele Scholarship – A $500 scholarship awarded to an Olean High School senior who has maintained an 85 percent or higher grade point average through high school and demonstrates financial need and good character. Established by the family of Norman “Pete” Schussele in his memory.

·    Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship – Awarded to a graduate who has faced challenges while maintaining a positive attitude. For each year of continued education, $625 is given for a total of up to $2,500 over 4 years. One scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from each of the following high schools: Allegany-Limestone, Hinsdale Central, Olean High, Portville Central and Archbishop Walsh Academy. Established by Steven and Donna Teuscher in memory of their son, Jonathan.

·    JoAnn Wehmeyer English Scholarship – Awarded to an Olean High School senior who intends to pursue a four-year degree, has excellent writing skills and has the potential to make a difference. Include recommendation from English faculty. Established by former students in memory of Mrs.Wehmeyer, who taught English at Olean High School for 42 years.

            For more information on the Community Foundation and its funds, visit, email or call (716) 372-4433. Find us on Facebook at

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