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Friday, August 12, 2016

Four ALCS students receive renewable CRCF scholarships

Allison Forness
OLEAN, NY, August 11, 2016 — Four graduating Allegany-Limestone Central School students recently received renewable scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Allison Forness received the Joseph and Cecily Higgins scholarship.

The scholarship, established by Joseph and Cecily Higgins, is for an Allegany-Limestone Central School or Archbishop Walsh Academy senior who intends to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) degree. The scholarship, $10,000 in total, is given in $2,500 yearly disbursements over four years.
Jeffrey Seamon

Forness will study chemical engineering at the University of Rochester.

Jeffrey Seamon, Taylor Smith and Rajiv Thandla received the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship.

Taylor Smith
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.

Rajiv Thandla
Seamon will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering. Also attending Rochester Institute of Technology, Smith will study industrial engineering. Thandla will study business at New York University.

Donations can be made to either 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 CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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