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Monday, August 8, 2016

Five Portville students receive CRCF scholarships

OLEAN, NY, August 8, 2016—Five Portville Central School students recently received scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, including one first-time scholarship available only to Portville students.

Mariah Bloise
Mariah Bloise, Taylor Lee and Darienne Slocum received the inaugural Dr. Donald A. Wormer Family Scholarship.
The endowed scholarship, established in memory of Dr. Wormer by his wife, Elinor Wormer, is awarded to graduating seniors of Portville Central School attending a two- or four-year institution to pursue a degree in a health care-related field. Recipients must demonstrate academic success and may reapply. The number of awards and dollar amounts may vary from year to year, but scholarships will be available in perpetuity through the endowment.
Taylor Lee

Lee, who will attend University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to study nursing, received a $500 scholarship. Bloise and Slocum each received $1,500 awards. Bloise will study chemistry at St. John Fisher College. Slocum will also attend St. John Fisher to study biology.

Robert Wheeler, who will attend Jamestown Community College for independent studies, received the Gregory D. Spring Perseverance Scholarship.

Established in memory of Gregory Spring of Allegany by his family, this scholarship is available to graduating seniors of Olean High School or Allegany-Limestone, Portville and Hinsdale central schools pursuing a degree or certification in a trade or technical program.

McKenzie Skroback, who will pursue triple certification in education at St. Bonaventure University, received the Signe H. Johnson Scholarship.
Robert Wheeler

The scholarship, established by the trust of Signe H. Johnson, is for a Portville Central School senior with preference for a student pursuing a degree in teaching or who has strong educational/career goals. Ms. Johnson taught for many years at Portville Central School and Olean High School.

Slocum also received the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship.
McKenzie Skroback
A $10,000 scholarship given in four yearly awards of $2,500, the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship was established through a grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas and was continued with donations from Mr. Murphy. Named in honor of John J. “Jack” Murphy, former CEO and Chairman of Dresser Industries, the scholarship is given with preference for a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, engineering or business. The scholarship is available to area students from Allegany, Cattaraugus, McKean (PA) and Potter (PA) counties, but first preference is for students from Olean area schools. Preference is also given to students whose family members are or have been employed by Dresser Rand.

Bloise, Slocum and Wheeler also each received $400 scholarships from the Portville College Scholarships Fund.
Darienne Slocum
The fund, established by Portville College Scholarships, makes possible scholarships for students who volunteer at the school store or annual Portville College Scholarship phonathon fundraiser.

Donations can be made to any of these scholarship 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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