Two area graduates recently received the inaugural Cattaraugus County Trappers Memorial Scholarship, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Kameron Ramadhan and Mason Snyder received the first-ever awards from the Cattaraugus County Trappers Memorial Scholarship, $500 each.

Established by the Cattaraugus County Trappers Association, this fund provides two $500 awards for graduating high school students in Cattaraugus, Allegany or Chautauqua counties with preference for students who plan to pursue degrees in natural resources conservation, fish and wildlife management, forest management or similar areas of study at two- or four-year colleges. In their goal statements, applicants must include lists of outdoors sports in which they participate, statements on importance of the role of sportsmen in conservation and management of fish and wildlife and natural resources, and information on their career paths.

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The scholarship will be made annually in memory of a member of the trappers' association who left a lasting impact on the sport in the area. This year’s scholarship awards are made in memory of Barry Andrews.

Ramadhan, of Ten Broeck Academy/Franklinville Central School, plans to study biology at Houghton College with the ultimate goal of a career in conservation and protection of natural resources. Snyder, of Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School, plans to study environmental engineering at Alfred State College.

Donations can be made to the Cattaraugus County Trappers Memorial Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 N. Union St., Suite 203 in Olean, 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).