CCCF’s 2019 “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Recipients

The Crawford Central Community Foundation recently awarded its 2019 “Pay It Forward” Scholarships to seniors Sydney Cole (Cochranton Jr.- Sr. High School) and Wade Clark (Meadville Area Senior High School). Each $250 “Pay-It-Forward” Scholarship recognizes one graduating senior from each Crawford Central School District high school who best exemplifies the spirit of giving back to his or her school and community.  Scholarship winners are nominated by their High School Guidance Counselors.

Sydney Cole (Cochranton) has organized a Pennies for Patients Drive in conjunction with Hoss’s, a Support Our Troops Drive, and has also helped obtain donated items for an auction to benefit the American Heart Association. Sydney is planning to major in Elementary Education at Columbus State University in Georgia.

Wade Clark (Meadville) is a lifeguard and has been a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, MASH Track Team, and the Swim Team, where he was a District 10 and State Qualifier. Wade is currently in the United States Air Force.

Congratulations and best wishes to our scholarship recipients!


CCCF’s Recent Grant Recipients!

The Crawford Central Community Foundation has recently awarded grants totaling over $10,500 to classrooms and programs in our district schools.  We’re pleased to announce the following grant recipients:

  • MASH Football Travel Suits- MASH/Ray Collins
  • Meadville High School Caring Closet- MASH/Natalie Stearns
  • Let’s BARK the First District Way- First District/Kathleen Hootman
  • West End Sensory Room- West End/ Emily Achenbach
  • Guitars In The Classroom- MASH/Molly Caprara
  • Maker Space- Cochranton Elementary/Dustin Castiglione
  • Elementary Music Ukuleles- First District/Stephanie Chiocchi
  • Cochranton HS Marching Band Trip to Disney- CHS Marching Band Boosters/Desiree Dennis
  • Cochranton HS Trap Team Equipment- CHS/Desiree Dennis
  • Cochranton Elementary Magic STEAM Project/ Cochranton Elementary Shyra Clayton
  • Ukulele Project- Cochranton Elementary/Leslie Jensen
  • Visionaries Derby- MAMS/Shane Ream and Christopher Oblich
  • Courtyard Garden Club Project- Cochranton Elementary/ Cindy Nahay
  • Flexible Seating Grant – First District/ Jennifer Chiocco
  • Tasty Edible Math Activities- Cochranton Elementary/ Stacey Thompson

All CCCF grant recipients participate in a “Pay it Forward” project to spread the spirit of giving into our communities.  This group’s “Pay It Forward” Projects include donating Holiday Food Baskets, Ukulele concerts at assisted living facilities and pre-schools, a Spring Community Concert, Blessing Bags, assisting Veterans Fair Week and Veteran’s day, creating decorative place mats for residents of area nursing homes throughout the year, and presenting STEAM Activities to a local pre-school and Kindergarten Class.

With the addition these newest grants, the Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded over $45,000 since it was established in 2012.


Announcing: Our 2018 Pay-It-Forward Scholarship Recipients!

The recipients of this year’s CCCF Pay-It-Forward Scholarship are Kaylen Steadman, Cochranton High School (photo on left), and Nicolle Long, Meadville Area Senior High School (photo on right).  The 2018 scholarships, in the amount of $250 each, are given in memory of Ruth Moutsos Shreck, a dedicated member of the CCCF Board and of our community, until her passing last year.

The Pay-It-Forward Scholarship recognizes a graduating senior from each Crawford Central high school who best exemplifies the spirit of giving back to his or her school and community.

For several years, Kaylen Steadman has been actively involved in community service with her 4-H club and has volunteered in various community events. She is considering attending the new community college in our area after graduation and hopes to become a Corrections Officer in the future.

Nicolle Long has been served as a section leader in MASH Marching Band and as the editor of the MASH Yearbook.  She has also served on Senior Council and has participated in French Club, National Honor Society and the Gifted and Talented Program.  Nicolle’s community activities include Key Club;  she also works part-time at the Meadville REC Complex and at Tim Horton’s. This year, Nicolle organized a Special Needs Prom for students. In the future, Nicolle plans to attend Allegheny College to study biology and to prepare for a future career in pharmacy.

Kaylen (left) is pictured with Jim Miale, CCCF President, and David Lindeman, Cochranton Jr-Sr High School Guidance Counselor.  Pictured with Nicolle (right) is Tina Achenbach, CCCF Board member, and Mary Lynne Peters, CCCF Secretary.

“Spring Fever” Spelling Bee!

The Crawford Central Community Foundation presents its 3rd Annual “Spring Fever” Corporate Spelling Bee, Saturday, April 21st, at the Italian Civic Club, 869 Water St., Meadville. Doors Open at 5:00 pm with the Spelling Bee starting at 7:00 pm. Admission is FREE (attendees must be at least 21 years of age) and features basket raffles and silent auction items. Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, as well as a limited food menu are available for purchase.

Join us at this “fun”draising event as we continue to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12.

Second District Welcome Rug

One of the grants the Crawford Central Community Foundation awarded this fall went to Second District Elementary School.  Teacher Terri Amato applied for funds to purchase  a  “Welcome Rug” to boost school spirit and catchFirst District Elementary Rug drips from winter boots and wet shoes.  For the “Pay It Forward” component of the grant,  the Life Skills Class at Second District will make tie blankets to donate to Women’s Services, Inc., for use by the families it serves.


As the Crawford Central Community Foundation celebrates its fifth year- anniversary of awarding grants and scholarships, it has presented a special $6,500.00 gift to the students of the Crawford Central School District.

A special gift of $1,500.00 was presented last week to the Caring Closets of both Meadville Middle and High Schools and Cochranton Jr-Sr High School. Funds will help them to meet the clothing needs of students in their buildings.  In addition, each school nurse in the district received $500.00 to use as they see fit to provide for the special needs of their students.

The Crawford Central Community Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation (501c3) established in 2012 to provide educational and extracurricular experiences for students in grades K-12 who attend Crawford Central schools. It supports students, teachers, coaches, and other individuals through its Project Fund. The Foundation also awards grants through its Emergency Fund, which is designed to help individual students whose economic situation would make it impossible for them to participate in academic, artistic, or athletic activities.

Applicants include a “Pay-It-Forward” component in their grant proposal.  This component explains how those who benefit from the grant will in turn do something for the community at large.  In this way, the CCCF hopes to “Grow a Pay-It-Forward Tradition” that our future leaders will embrace.

In addition, each spring, the Foundation awards a “Pay It Forward” scholarship to a Meadville Area Senior High School senior and to a Cochranton Junior-Senior High School senior who are nominated by their guidance counselors for their community service efforts.

With the inclusion of the Anniversary Gift, the Crawford Central Community Foundation has awarded well over $30,000.00 to our CCSD students.  Forty-eight grants have been awarded, which have resulted in forty-eight Pay-It-Forward community service projects.

Photo identification:

Front row- Susan Baker, Kim Snedeker, Tami Miles, Olivia Tracey, Cindy Catlin, Jen DeVaul, Sue Mulvey. Back row, Linda Cogan, Matt Feleppa CCCF, Lisa Ramirez, Natalie Stearns, Beth Knight, Lisa Hutz, Jim Maile CCCF.

CCCF 10 2017

Our Mission and Core Values

Founded in the summer of 2012, the mission of the Crawford Central Community Foundation is to provide financial resources to enrich academic, artistic, and athletic experiences for Meadville and Cochranton students in grades K-12.

To this end, our work is supported by our core values, expressed in our commitment to

  • A well-rounded education
  • Equal opportunity for all
  • Community service