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Heroes scholarship recipients named

Seated, from left, are Fredonia Fire Chief Kurt Maytum, NCCF Scholarship Coordinator Victoria Howell-Siracuse. Standing are scholarship recipient Connor Dispense, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano.

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation recently assisted the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship committee in presenting the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship awards. This year the committee proudly awarded scholarships to Connor Dispense and Justin Powell.

Dispense, a graduate of Brocton High School, is attending Hilbert College to study Criminal Justice. Growing up watching his mother in her career as a corrections officer, he has aspired to a career in law enforcement “for as long as I can remember.” In his application essay, he described such a career as providing an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

Powell is attending SUNY Fredonia, majoring in Criminal Justice, following his graduation from Fredonia High School. Justin is an Eagle Scout and credits his time in Scouting for teaching him the values of nature and the importance of preservation. He is pursuing a career as a Conservation Officer. A Conservation Officer helps manage and protect natural resources, wildlife, and ecosystems or enforces environmental and conservation laws and policies.

The Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Fund was established at the NCCF in the fall of 2001. The primary purpose of this fund is to provide support to the families of county heroes – firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS personnel, and other local uniformed heroes – who have been killed or critically debilitated in the line of duty. The fund also provides scholarships to students interested in careers in public safety. To qualify, applicants must be pursuing a career in law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency medical services.

For additional information on this scholarship, visit www.nccfoundation.org/fallenheroes-1 or e-mail vhowell@nccfoundation.org. A list of other scholarships is available on the website www.nccfoundation.org/scholarships-home.

Since its incorporation in 1986, the NCCF has invested more than $17 million in northern Chautauqua County through strategic grantmaking, targeted scholarships, and leadership and community collaborations. The NCCF is a tax-exempt charitable organization inherently committed to enhancing the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy. As a Nationally Accredited Community Foundation, the NCCF has proven compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, demonstrating integrity, equity, accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in meeting the needs of their community. For more information on the NCCF, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call 716-366-4892.

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