Projects and Scholarships to be Supported
by the Fund
Sandy Cochran's vision for forestry was both wide and deep.
It included the entire forestry community. He wanted people
to work safely, to apply best management practices in the
woods, to cultivate the most promising markets for forest
products, to learn the most recent research results and
technologies, and to work in a policy environment created
by informed political leaders. He wanted the best and brightest
youth to study for forestry and related careers. His friends
and colleagues created this fund to further all those ends.
The Sandy Cochran Fund Committee will give
the highest priority to projects directly affecting the
Northern Allegheny Region, a 17-county area of northwestern
Pennsylvania and southwestern New York (see below for a
list of counties). Similarly, scholarship applicants must
be from within the area.
An applicant might seek funding to provide
safety training to a group of loggers or sawmillers. Another
might seek a scholarship to a two- or four-year forestry
program. Another might seek funding for a tour for decision-makers
interested in forest policy, or to develop a training video
or slide tape, or to produce a publication.
Each application must show the connection
between the proposed project and Sandy Cochran's vision,
as described here and interpreted by the members of the
Sandy Cochran Memorial Fund Committee. Applicants must also
provide a clear budget and indicate other sources of support.
They must demonstrate the timeliness and uniqueness of their
We accept applications throughout the year.
The forms indicate what kind of supporting documentation
- letters of support
or recommendation, for example - are required for projects
and scholarships. Funding available annually depends on
markets, and the Committee reserves the right to defer funding
until another year when available funds are low or if no
applications meet the fund criteria. All applications are
reviewed in July, and in years when awards are made, applicants
should receive funding in August or September.
The Northern Allegheny Region includes Cameron,
Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson,
Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren counties
in Pennsylvania and Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chatauqua
counties in New York.