When Fulton’s A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital closed in 2009, its administration wanted to ensure that the scholarships awarded each year by the Hospital Auxiliary would be able to continue in memory of those for which they were named. Annual distributions are awarded to Cayuga Community College Foundation to be used for the benefit of students from Oswego County attending CCC and majoring in nursing or paramedics.
Gertrude Case Kesterke Memorial Scholarship Award
This scholarship was founded in memory of Gertrude Case Kerterke, a nurse and auxiliary volunteer at the hospital. Serving as director of volunteer services and the candy striping program for many years, she was well-respected for her compassion and caring for others.
Yvonne Arnold Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Yvonne Arnold, a 35-year resident of Fulton, served as a registered nurse at the hospital for many years. This scholarship was created in her memory after she passed away in 1970. It was established with proceeds from the then highly-anticipated Cracker Barrel Fair, the auxiliary’s annual fundraising festival.
Adolph Kalafarski Memorial Scholarship
Adolph “Kal” Kalafarski, a highly-regarded member of the Fulton community, served in various roles on the hospital’s Board for 30 years and was an active supporter of the community and high school athletics. This scholarship was funded by public and hospital employee donations to honor his memory when he died in 1998.