DUKE CENTER, Pa. -- Otto-Eldred High School seniors will have a new scholarship opportunity this year thanks to the Bob & Barbara McCord Scholarship Fund recently established at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

The scholarship fund, established through the Bob & Barbara McCord Private Foundation, will provide scholarships for graduating Otto-Eldred High School students attending one-year, two-year or four-year post-secondary institutions with preference for students pursuing higher education in a career/technical field.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Bob and Barbara McCord, both graduates of Otto High School.

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Bob McCord served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a chief master sergeant. Barbara McCord served as a secretary on many of the bases where he was stationed. Both are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

According to family members, while Bob McCord had not been known for academic achievement in high school, he advanced in his retirement to achieve a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering.

While the McCords had no children of their own, they have many extended family members in the Olean area and always felt at home in the community where they grew up.

Bob McCord died in 1988 and Barbara McCord, in 2013. Before their passings, they had directed for the establishment of the Bob & Barbara McCord Private Foundation to help others accomplish their educational goals.

This scholarship fund is a continuation of that mission and the couple’s family-like devotion to helping the community, family members said. Their family is happy to support young adults in the honor of Bob and Barbara.

The Bob and Barbara McCord Scholarship is one of two new scholarships available at CRCF for Otto-Eldred High School seniors.

Students applying for this scholarship should be in good academic standing, be involved in extracurricular activities and demonstrate financial need.

Award amounts will vary. Recipients may re-apply as long as they meet the criteria and remain in good academic standing in their programs.

Students can apply for all CRCF-managed scholarships beginning Feb. 1 at cattfoundation.org/scholarships.

Donations can be made to the Bob & Barbara McCord Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 N. Union St., Suite 203, or online at www.cattfoundation.org.

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 foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).