Nicolas Pendl, an outstanding athlete, outdoor enthusiast and 2013 Allegany-Limestone Central School graduate, was a sophomore forestry student at Paul Smith’s College on track with many of his goals when tragically he passed away in August of 2014.
To help carry on his memory, his family and friends have established the Nicolas G. Pendl Memorial Scholarship at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.
“Nic’s loved ones, in choosing to remember him through this scholarship, will be helping students pursue their dreams and reach their goals by helping them pay for college,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF executive director.
The award, available beginning this year, will be for a graduating senior from ALCS, in good academic standing, who intends to pursue a two- or four-year degree in environmental science or other science-related field. The ideal student should have participated in a school-sponsored sports team or club for at least one season. Financial need may be considered.
“Paul Smith’s was the perfect college for Nic,” said his mother, Mary Pendl. “One reason he was able to go to school there was because of the scholarships he received. We are pleased to offer this scholarship so other students can have the opportunity to enjoy college as much as Nic did.”
According to Nic’s parents, Pete and Mary Pendl of Allegany, Nic enjoyed the outdoors, as well as participating in sports.
When the Pendls, along with their daughter, Bethany, other relatives in the Pendl and Potter families and volunteers for the Allegany Engine Company, established this scholarship they set the criteria to reflect Nic’s interests and intended career field.
“It was important to us to choose someone in a science-related field,” said Mr. Pendl. “Nic had so many ideas of how he could help the environment. Hopefully, the recipient will be able to carry on what Nic started.”
In high school and college, Nic excelled both on the field and in the classroom.
While in high school, Nic was a member of the cross country team and was a team captain during his senior year.
Indoors, Nic was Senior Class President and a member of the National Honor Society.
As a member of the Paul Smith’s College snowshoe cross country team, Nic competed in the International Snowshoe Championships in Granby, Quebec, where he earned two gold, one silver and one bronze medal to help his team retain the International Championship Title.
His results in the race earned him a spot at the U.S. Snowshoe Nationals at Prospect Mountain, VT, where his relay team took first place.
Nic also competed in three snowshoe events at the 2014 Empire State Winter Games at Lake Placid, where he earned one gold, silver and bronze medal each.
He was also a member of the Paul Smith’s College marathon canoe team.
In the classroom Nic was awarded the Trustee Scholarship and Provost Scholarship. Before his passing, he was also chosen to receive the Stephen O. Gehring-B.F. Dewey Conservation Scholarship for a student who is distinguished in forestry and conservation.
His most recent job was with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as a surveyor’s assistant where he made new friends and learned many new skills.
Applications are available online through the CRCF scholarship application portal at www.cattfoundation.org/scholarships.
Donations to the Nicolas G. Pendl Memorial Scholarship may be made care of the Community Foundation at 120 North Union Street, Olean, and online at www.cattfoundation.org. For online donations, on the “review donation screen” type in Nicolas G. Pendl Memorial Scholarship.
For more information about the Community Foundation, visit www.cattfoundation.org.