Friday, July 15, 2016

Allegany County students receive CRCF scholarships

OLEAN, N.Y., July 15, 2016—Two Allegany County students recently received scholarships from the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. 
Zachary Sortore, a 2015 Houghton Academy graduate, received the Pat McGee Nursing Scholarship.  
The $500 scholarship is given to traditional and non-traditional students from the 57th State Senate District, which includes much of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, who are pursuing nursing degrees. Established through the Pat McGee Endowment Fund, the scholarship memorializes the 57th district’s late state senator. 
Sortore will be attending Roberts Wesleyan College. 
Adalia Bilotta, a Cuba-Rushford Central School graduate this year, received the Kaleigh Wilday Scholar Athlete Award. 
This scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a scholar athlete who is part of a scholar-athlete team during her or his senior year. The Cuba-Rushford Athletic Awards Committee chooses the recipient of the scholar-athlete award, which includes the $1,000 scholarship.  
The Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund, established by Cuba residents Ward “Skip” and Greta Wilday in memory of their daughter, makes possible this annual scholarship. 
The Kaleigh Wilday Fund also makes possible annual grants to a number of youth-related programs including the Cuba-Rushford School District Alaska Trip Fund, which helps students take educational trips to various locations in the U.S. or others countries. 
Bilotta will be attending Kent State University to study biology/pre-med. 
Donations to the Pat McGee and Kaleigh Wilday endowment funds can be made at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 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).