Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarships awarded

Kurt Maytum and David Ortolano, representatives of the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship Committee, recently presented two scholarships from the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Fund held at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

Erica Alaimo and Nicholas Munella were each awarded a $500 scholarship to further their education in law enforcement.

Alaimo, daughter of Sam and Melissa Alaimo, is a 2013 graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School. She is attending Erie Community College with plans to continue on to SUNY Brockport College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

In the essay which accompanied her application to the scholarship, Alaimo stated, “Many decisions youth make are quick and cut-throat. I believe that the majority of decisions made should have been thought out before put into action. If I could help at least one troubled juvenile turn their life around for the better, I would reach a successful goal in my career.”

While attending high school, Alaimo volunteered for the Breast Cancer Walk for 2011 and 2012, Kindness Counts and the Key Club.

Munella, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Munella Jr., is a 2013 graduate of Frewsburg High School. He is attending SUNY Fredonia for law enforcement.

In his essay he stated, “There are other careers in this world that I have a little bit of interest in, but law enforcement is where my heart is at. Everything about it makes me want to do it even more. The hard work and dedication you have to put in displays a lot of interest to me.”

Munella’s volunteer activities included helping to build a t-ball field at the Willis Hale Park in Frewsburg, helping at the Italian American Golf Tournament, and assisting at a dinner benefit for a family that experienced a house fire.

The Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Fund was established at the NCCF in the fall of 2001. Its central purpose 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.

To support and encourage those who are interested in careers in public safety, scholarships from this fund are awarded on an occasional basis. Applicants must be pursuing a career in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency medical services.

The NCCF was incorporated in 1986 as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed more than $9.4 million in the community through its various grant programs. It is an organization inherently committed to enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy.

For more information on the NCCF, visit or call 366-4892.