ALLEGANY, NY -- Applications for the Ratana Ratanawongsa Scholarship at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are now available for Allegany-Limestone Central School students in grades 7-10.

The scholarship provides funds for students to pursue enrichment programs during the school year or for summer programs following the completion of grades 7-10.

This scholarship in memory of Dr. Ratana Ratanawongsa, a former pathologist at both St. Francis and Olean General hospitals, was established by her family to give students the opportunity to explore new and interesting opportunities before college.

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Applicants must write a short, 200-word essay on why they chose to enroll in an enrichment program and provide a teacher or guidance counselor recommendation.

“This is a unique scholarship that provides opportunities beyond the typical high-school curriculum,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “For students with a thirst for knowledge and experience, this scholarship can go a long way in helping them pursue their goals.”

Applications are available at or at the school’s guidance office.

Donations can be made to the Ratana Ratanawongsa Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 N. Union St., 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).