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Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds, often created in honor or in memory of a loved one, award annual scholarships to deserving students of our local schools. Many often exemplify the goals and values of the person for whom the fund was established.

The information listed below is as-of March 31, 2018. 

        Joshua Allyn Engineering Scholarship Fund
This fund, established by Joshua Allyn, awards an annual scholarship to children or grandchildren of full-time employees of Welch Allyn, Inc. at its Skaneateles Falls facility. Scholarship recipients will attend colleges or universities in pursuit of a degree in the field of engineering.

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Fund
The local chapter of the African American Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority established this permanent endowment for scholarships for college-bound youth.

    Valerie Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund
Valerie Armstrong always had a self-motivated nature. After studying for three years at UC Berkeley, she returned to complete her degree at University College many years later. She later received her Master’s degree to become a math instructor at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. This memorial fund was established by herfamily to benefit women going back to school later in life, just as Valerie had done. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a woman attending University College, with priority given to those studying math or science.

    Buzz Ballway Scholarship Fund
Buzz Ballway’s uncle was a teacher at Cazenovia High School and encouraged Buzz to attend college despite many obstacles. Awards are given to graduating Cazenovia High School seniors, one male and one female, who have been successful despite significant challenges in their lives.

    John D. (Bucky) Bennett Scholarship Fund
The parents and many friends of Bucky established this scholarship fund in 2000 to provide educational opportunities for a Cazenovia High School graduate in recognition of this unique individual who touched the lives of so many in his community.

    Blasland, Bouck & Lee Scholarship Fund
Seeking to provide an incentive for young people to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, technology or the natural sciences, George W. Lee, Jr. and the firm of Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. established this scholarship fund in 1999 for children of current or retired employees of the company.

    G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 1953 Scholarship Fund
This fund supports students graduating from high school in Fulton who demonstrate leadership qualities that help unify their class and reflect a true desire to build strong connections among their classmates.

  Robert F. Borgognoni Memorial Scholarship Fund
The children of long-time Canastota High School coach and teacher Robert F. Borgognoni established this memorial scholarship to perpetuate their father’s commitment to Canastota’s student-athletes.

    Laurie Kennedy Bosso Memorial Scholarship Fund
Laurie was a Rochester-area social worker full of kindness, compassion and caring, who lost her life to cancer. Her brother initiated this award for a graduate of their hometown high school in Sharon Springs, NY.

  Pamela S. Braund Memorial Scholarship Fund
In 1987, one year after Pamela Braund’s tragic death in an automobile accident, classmates, relatives and friends established a fund to remember this Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduate. Each year a scholarship is presented to an F-M graduate pursuing a career in teaching, social studies or journalism.

  Peter A. Brevett Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth T. Brevett established this scholarship in 1999 in memory of her husband, Peter, a Cortland area lawyer for over fifty years. The fund provides an annual scholarship to a Cortland High School graduate.

  Dr. James and Mary Ann Brod Scholarship Fund 
Dr. James Justin Brod graduated from DartmouthCollege and McGill University’s Faculty of Medicinein Montreal and served in the US Navy as chiefmedical officer for the Underwater OrdinanceStation in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1965 Brodmoved his family to Oneida, NY, where heestablished the first orthopedic practice atOneida City Hospital. He later served as an assistant professor ofClinical Orthopedics at Upstate Medical Center for many years. Healso worked as the team doctor for the Oneida High School footballteam for nearly 20 years. It was a position that he deeply enjoyedbecause he truly loved working with young people. The fund willsupport a scholarship to benefit students in the Greater OneidaArea pursuing trade or medical vocations.

  William & Helen Burke Memorial Fund
William and Helen Burke, long-time residents of Tully, raised their six children to understand the importance of personal values and involvement in the community. During the last years of their parents’ lives, the family became aware of the need for qualified social and medical services at all levels of the provider scale. The family established this fund to support the aspirations of graduates from Tully High School who are interested in nursing, social services, health sciences, medicine or related areas of study.

    Sharon L. & Thomas F. Cavanaugh Fund

  Suzanne Civitello Memorial Scholarship Fund
After Suzy’s sudden death in July 2000, her parents established this scholarship for a Fayetteville-Manlius High School graduate who exemplifies dedication to community, especially through service to children, the underprivileged or disabled, and a spirit of compassion and loyalty.

    Communities United to Rebuild Fund

    R. Burkett & Kathleen H. Curtiss Fund
This fund awards an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of the Pulaski Academy & Central School who is of good moral character, has exemplary academic performance and will be furthering his or her education.

    Anne L. Lawrence D. Daley Scholarship Fund

    Delta Sigma Theta Fund
In an effort to engage people of color in activities of the Community Foundation, the Syracuse Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta accepted a Community Foundation challenge to expand the group’s philanthropic activities in the community.

    Robert DiFlorio Scholarship Fund
Established by the developers of the Carnegie Building Project in honor of the former Syracuse superintendent of schools, this fund provides an annual scholarship to a Syracuse city student who demonstrates academic excellence, interest in the community and college potential.

    Trooper William G. Doyle Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund remembers a New York State trooper slain while trying to apprehend two felons escaping in a stolen car. Since 1968, Trooper Doyle’s fund has awarded scholarships to outstanding graduates of his alma mater, Oswego High School.

  Deb Duethorn Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deb Duethorn, a registered flight nurse, paramedic and teacher, is remembered by the community with this scholarship, created after her untimely death in 1996. Each year an award is made to a person serving in the nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement or firefighting fields.

  Zach Emerton Memorial Scholarship Fund
A lover of the saxophone, Zach played in the Liverpool High School marching band and jazz band. In memory of Zach, his family created a scholarship to support a Liverpool High School band student showing academic promise, community service and demonstrating qualities of leadership and financial need.

    Borer Family Education Fund

Leslie Feldmann   Leslie Feldmann Memorial Scholarship Fund
From the time Leslie was two years old, cut her own hair and called herself “Ya Ya,” it was clear that she had very definite ideas about her life. One of her dreams came true when, as ayoung adult, she became a flight nurse for the AirLife teamin Denver, CO. Though she was not scheduled to work, Leslie volunteered to take a flight out to help save an accident victimon December 14, 1997. The helicopter crashed, leaving no survivors. This fund was established in memory of Leslie, by her parents, to provide scholarship awards to graduating students of Skaneateles.

  Jessica Rikki Flegal Memorial Fund
Following a tragic automobile accident, Jessica’s parents established this fund in 2002 to support scholarships and youth programs for students of LaFayette Junior-Senior High School. It serves as a reminder of Jessica’s youthful spirit and love of sports.

    Mary & Eddie Giemza and Richard Balduzzi Scholarship Fund
This fund, established in 2007, provides a scholarship annually to one student graduating from Solvay High School and one student graduating from Westhill High School who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.

    Sean M. Googin Scholarship Fund
This award was established on behalf of Sean’s family by the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department and the Class of 2002 from Cazenovia High School. The scholarship is presented to a graduating senior who strives to make the most out of life, as Sean did.

  Jenna Christine Grieshaber Scholarship Fund
Jenna’s parents established this fund in memory of their daughter, who became a victim of violence in the fall of 1997. Scholarships will be awarded to first-year college students who are receiving assistance from On Point for College with the goal of obtaining a college degree.

    The Carol Hansen & Ethel Bauder Fund
By naming the Community Foundation as the beneficiary designee of his IRA, Robert E. Hansen established this scholarship fund in memory of his wife and mother-in-law to benefit children of members of the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department.

    Heman Street Superior Effort Scholarship Fund
The Heman Street Superior Effort Scholarship was establishedby Rhoda Sikes, a former teacher who instructed at Heman StreetElementary for 30 years. She established this scholarship toprovide awards to graduating students of East Syracuse-MinoaHigh School to support tuition and expenses associated with theirattendance at an accredited college, university, or technical school,with a preference for those with average academic performancebut who wish to continue their education beyond high school.

  Carroll A. Hennessy Scholarship Fund
A bequest from the estate of Carroll A. Hennessy, a native of Syracuse and graduate of Syracuse University, created this scholarship fund in 1998 to support graduates of Nottingham High School who are commencing undergraduate studies in mathematics or science.

  Gordon and Kathleen Hershberger Fund
The ‘Gordon  Hershberger Principal’s Medal of Achievement Award’ was established in June 1988, by Corcoran High School in recognition of Dr. Hershberger’s outstanding service as the principal of Corcoran High School for 17 years. This fund, established by Kathleen and Gordon Hershberger, will continue to make the award possible for graduating seniors of Corcoran. The chosen recipient must demonstrate a high level of achievement in academics and community involvement.

  Jack Holmes Scholarship Fund
Jack Holmes, a lifetime resident of Livingston County, established this permanent scholarship fund to encourage students of Keshequa High School to achieve excellence by furthering their education.

  Kara Hood Memorial Scholarship Fund
Danielle Hootnick, a high school friend and classmate of Kara’s, realized, like most in her community, that Kara’s tragic accident in Africa changed lives – not only because Kara left, but because she had touched so many. Danielle and Kara’s family established this memorial scholarship in 2001 to be awarded to a graduating female student involved in athletics at Jamesville-DeWitt High School who closely modeled Kara’s spirit and concern for community.

  Hudson Family Foundation
The family of George C. Hudson established this scholarship in his memory to benefit students graduating from Waterville High School who wish to pursue higher education, and who demonstrate financial need, are within the top 13 students of their graduating class, participate in extracurricular activities, and who exhibit honesty.
  Peter P. Huntington, MD Nursing Scholarship Fund
Dr. and Mrs. Huntington established this scholarship in 2001 for a second or third-year nursing student at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center School of Nursing. The recipient must demonstrate commitment to the nursing profession and financial need.


  Robert & Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund
In 1993, Roberta Hurd, through the gift of a life insurance policy, established this four-year renewable scholarship to benefit a deserving graduate of Phoenix High School pursuing higher education.

  Jeff Iannuzzo Memorial Karate Scholarship Fund
Brothers Rick and Jeff Iannuzzo dedicated their lives to martial arts. After Rick opened the Iannuzzo Black Belt Academy, his brother joined him to help build the school’s reputation as a premier karate institute in Central New York. In 2007, while traveling through Pennsylvania for his job, Jeff was killed in a tragic automobile accident at age 39. The memorial fund that bears his name will provide scholarships for students of Iannuzzo Black Belt Academy. Funding will support tuition and expenses associated with their attendance at an accredited college or university, with a preference for those who are involved in community service and who demonstrate the values and principles set forth by the Academy.

    Kappa Alpha Psi/M. Gilbert Kirkland Scholarship Fund
The local chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, a predominantly African American fraternal organization of college graduates whose main goals are community service and scholarship, established this endowment fund to augment its philanthropic efforts.

  Monica L. Keator Scholarship Fund
Lynn and Shelley Keator established this fund in memory of their only child. It provides two annual scholarships, one each to a male and female athlete, who is graduating from Cazenovia High School and pursuing a career in physical education, sports medicine or a related field.

'   Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Endowed Fund
This endowed educational fund was established in 2002 by Evelyn Klenk, who served as executive secretary for Frederick Kilian, founder of Kilian Manufacturing Corp.

    John H. Koerner, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
This memorial fund remembers a 1972 graduate of Cazenovia High School who was killed in an automobile accident in 1974. It provides annual scholarships to Cazenovia High School seniors who have shown motivation toward the ideals of self-improvement and citizenship.

    Steven M. Krause Scholarship Fund

    Honorable Beatrice Krupkin Scholarship Fund
The Central New York Women’s Bar Association chose to commemorate the Honorable Beatrice Krupkin, a founding member and past president, with the establishment of this fund, which provides scholarships to women pursuing law degrees.

    Dr. Matthew Krupp Memorial Medical Scholarship Fund
Over his lifetime, Matthew Krupp, MD, MBA overcame several health problems to achieve his lifelong goal to become a doctor. At the time of his death in 2011, Matt was in his second year residency in psychiatry at University of Arkansas for Medical Services. Matt had received support from many family and friends to achieve his educational goals and he had intended to “pay it forward” by setting up a scholarship fund after finishing medical school. Because his untimely death never afforded him the chance to see his vision come to fruition, his friends and family established this fund to benefit students attending medical school, especially those who have demonstrated both academic achievement and the ability to overcome adversity.

  John Joseph LaManche Scholarship Fund
In January 2002, John’s wife, Jennifer, established this scholarship in memory of her husband, who inspired her “to be a better person in all facets of life.” The recipient is a Marcellus High School graduate, planning to study engineering.

    LatinoAmericano Scholarship Fund

    Thomas E. Lempges Scholarship Fund
Thomas E. Lempges had a long and successful life working as an engineer and raising his family in upstate New York. This fund provides scholarship opportunities for Oswego High School students continuing their education in engineering or mathematics.

    Sarah Lombardi Pietrafesa Fund
The Sarah Lombardi Pietrafesa Scholarship for Mastery in Music is awarded annually to a Christian Brothers Academy student who possesses an innate musical talent, a commitment to musical progress, a capacity to work diligently in both academics and music and a strong desire to share music through performance. 

  Frederic Luther Memorial Scholarship Fund
Frederic Luther, a 1932 graduate of Pulaski Academy, was active in student government, orchestra, band and the school newspaper, and later was president of the National Microfilm Association. This annual scholarship is awarded to a Pulaski High School senior who demonstrated high academic achievement, outstanding attendance, good character and plans to attend an institution of higher learning to study the performing arts.

    Jean Hawley Lynch Memorial Scholarship
Jane Schum established this scholarship in 2018 in memory of her sister, Jean Lynch, who was a teacher in the Cicero-North Syracuse School District. Jean lived with a physical disability, and so to honor her perseverance and success, the Jean Hawley Lynch Scholarship is intended to support a female student graduating from C-NS who also has a physical disability, or (secondarily) a female student pursuing a career in education.

  The Martell Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial support to young writers at Clinton High School, Madison Central School District, St. Leo University and Syracuse University, who demonstrate a sense of humor and strength of character through their writing.

Vincent & Helen Mascette Scholarship Fund
On November 20, 1991, the Mascettes’ children honored their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with the gift of an endowed scholarship bearing their names. Each year, an award is presented to a Solvay High School graduate who has demonstrated superior academic achievement and community service.

  Kevin McCabe Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kevin’s parents established this fund in memory of their son, a gifted photographer, whose untimely death occurred in 1994. It provides an annual scholarship for a student to attend the Maine Photographic Institute and scholarships for the School Press Institute presented by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

  Bruce McCormick Music Scholarship Fund
Following Bruce McCormick’s accidental death in 1974, his family decided the best type of memorial would be related to music, a field in which Bruce was particularly interested. Since 1975, the McCormick Fund has made scholarships available to Fayetteville-Manlius High School seniors with exceptional musical ability and a need for financial assistance to attend music school.

  Christine M. McHugh Memorial Scholarship Fund
This memorial scholarship was established after Christine’s sudden death to reflect her strong commitment and advocacy on behalf of emergency medical services. The scholarship recipients are active Emergency Medical Service providers pursuing studies in healthcare or law.

  Joel David Namy Scholarship Fund
Joel Namy, a graduate of Cazenovia High School, was a Class of 2009 cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point when he passed away. He persevered to succeed in everything that he did and embraced life in a way that positively affected those around him. Joel’s loved ones established this scholarship to memorialize his selflessness and professionalism. Recipients of this scholarship must possess qualities of altruism and resilience while demonstrating the ability to serve as a role model to the community and Cazenovia High School.

  Marshall A. Nelson Urban Minority Scholarship Fund
The richness of Marshall A. Nelson’s life is reflected by what he has given to others. He was an early crusader for civil rights. His bold and persistent efforts have benefited an untold number of females and minorities, helping them to gain access to corporate America. In an expression of appreciation, National Grid’s Minority Employees Advisory Council established this fund.

  Joan B. Nowicki Music Scholarship Fund
To honor her lifelong engagement with the Westhill School District, first as a student and then as a music teacher for 32 years, Joan Nowicki established this fund to support students who have shown exceptional talent and commitment in music. This fund will award an annual scholarship in support of college tuition and expenses to a Westhill High School senior who plans to major or minor in music or a music-related field.

Barbara A. Pfefferle Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by friends of BarbaraPfefferle at the occasion of her retirement fromBishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School.Barbara worked as a teacher and basketballcoach at the school for nearly 50 years beforeshe retired in 2015 at the age of 74. In honorof her positive impact on the thousands ofstudents she inspired throughout her tenure, a group of alumnicame together to set up this fund. It will award scholarships eachyear to two female student-athletes at Grimes. One award will begiven to a rising senior to help with the tuition cost of the privatehigh school and one will be awarded to a graduating senior toassist with her college tuition.
    Nettie D. Plummer Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating Pulaski High School senior who has an interest in business and will be attending college to study that field.

    Poole Scholarship Fund
This fund, created in 1939 by the will of Eleanor Witherspoon, was transferred to the Community Foundation in 1996 by Marine Midland Bank. It provides scholarships to graduating students of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

  Holly Prentice Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in memory of Holly Prentice, a unique music educator who inspired in her students not only knowledge and appreciation of music, but new confidence in themselves. It provides an annual scholarship to a graduating Marcellus High School student who is a member of the school chorus.

    Mary-Jo Tout Rosenblatt Scholarship Fund
Mary-Jo Tout Rosenblatt, a graduate of the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Class of 1983, was a caring and compassionate person whose grace and humor touched all who knew her. In 2006, this fund was endowed in her honor by her many friends and devoted family. It benefits a Jamesville-DeWitt graduating senior who demonstrates academic or artistic talent, financial need and compassionate service to others or the community.

    Clyde E. Rutherford Leadership Scholarship Fund
When Dairylea Cooperative Inc.’s board president, Clyde Rutherford, completed his service last year, the company’s board of directors established this fund as a lasting tribute to his selfless service and dedication. This annual scholarship recognizes outstanding youth who exemplify a cooperative spirit, leadership and commitment to their community; all of which are core characteristics exhibited by Clyde.

    Say Yes Education Fund

    Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund

    KeyBank Say Yes STEM Scholarship Fund

  NYS Syracuse Promise Scholarship Endowment Fund
This fund was established through funding received from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative to fully endow the Say Yes to Education college promise. This will ensure that last-dollar scholarships are available for every eligible graduating student from the Syracuse City School District.

  The Say Yes Reisman Scholarship Endowment Fund
Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman owned the Wine Merchants, Ltd. Companies for more than 50 years. Throughout their lives, the Reismans were passionate supporters of community organizations of Central New York, including the Community Foundation. A successful entrepreneur in many business ventures, including wholesale wine distribution, janitorial services, car rental franchises and a number of other endeavors, Marshall was always willing to give an opportunity to someone who had a desire to succeed. The fund will be used to benefit the Say Yes to Education Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to graduates of the Syracuse City School District.

    Say Yes STEM Scholarship Endowment Fund

Stephen C. Schmidt Memorial Foundation
Steve died suddenly at the age of 61, too young for someone who embraced life as much as he did. His high school friends established this fund in his memory because they will always remember him, and they want others to know his generous spirit even if they cannot know him personally. The fund will provide a scholarship to a graduating senior from Fayetteville-Manlius High School who is both an athlete and a musician and exemplifies the positive attitude, mentoring and leadership that Steve was known for.
    Sam & Julia Selkowitz Community Fund
This fund was established by charitable bequest in 1959 to provide scholarships benefiting worthy and needy graduates of Norwich High School.

  Michael J. Sheridan Memorial Scholarship Fund
After Michael’s murder in 1989, friends of this high school track star collected contributions to form an annual scholarship in his memory. Endowed since 1991, this fund awards scholarships to Marcellus High School seniors who are also avid competitors.

    Henry C. & Dorothy R. Shoudy Memorial Scholarship Fund For Foreign Language Education
Dorothy Shoudy, a 1947 graduate of Syracuse University, taught Spanish at Jamesville-Dewitt High School until 1972. Teaching the Spanish language and culture was one of the great pleasures in Dorothy’s life, so for many more years she continued teaching adult education classes at local universities and companies. Established in memory of Dorothy and her husband Henry, this scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of the Syracuse City School or Jamesville-Dewitt School Districts intending to pursue a career in foreign language education, especially Spanish.

  Carleton B. Simon Scholarship Fund
Carleton Simon grew up on a family farm on Fly Road and taught science classes at East Syracuse-Minoa High School. Through a bequest received in 1999, a scholarship was established in his name to support future graduates of East Syracuse-Minoa High School who demonstrate similar interests in furthering their education.

  Sarah E. Smith Scholarship Fund
This fund was created in memory of Sarah Elizabeth Smith, an honor student at Auburn High school who died tragically in 2007. The scholarship will award funds to students who desire a college education.

    Snow Community Service Scholarship Fund
Scholarships are awarded each year to two Pulaski Academy & Central School sophomore students who agree to spend the next three summers performing community service at Pulaski not-for-profit organizations. They receive a stipend for this work and, when they attend college, receive scholarship funds during each year of attendance.

    Southern Cayuga Scholarship Fund
The Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation in Aurora was founded on the belief that all of the school district’s graduates deserve the opportunity to continue their education and that costs should not limit the pursuit of their dreams. The foundation’s goal is to solicit donations from the community in order to make as many financial awards as possible to support worthy district students who wish to pursue further education or training. The Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation considers applications from Southern Cayuga seniors as well as past district award recipients seeking financial support to continue their undergraduate college studies. In addition, applications from non-traditional students, such as adult district graduates returning to school or entering specialized training programs are also welcome.  

    Spanfelner Scholarship Fund
John Spanfelner, a graduate of Galway High School, established a scholarship in 1999 to provide for future Galway High School graduates. The scholarship provides an annual distribution to a graduating senior pursuing a college degree.

  Dr. Edward Sprague Scholarship Fund
Dr. Edward W. Sprague was a graduate of the Class of 1896 of the Pulaski Union School and Academy. Established in 1956, this fund provides annual scholarships to assist Pulaski Academy students who are of good character and who have capabilities and the desire to obtain a college education.

    Stickley Scholarship Fund
J. G. Stickley, Inc. initiated this scholarship for the benefit of its employees. The purpose is to provide two scholarships a year to graduating high school students who are the children of full-time employees of the company with more than three years of service. The awards are given in honor of Alfred & Aminy Audi. In addition, one scholarship a year will be awarded in memory of Pat Daniel, Stickley’s long-time director of human resources, whose legacy lives on in the many Stickley leaders he helped train and mentor. This scholarship will be awarded to a recipient who demonstrates an interest and participation in the fine arts.

    Syracuse Women’s District Golf Association Girls’ Scholarship Fund
The Syracuse Women’s District Golf Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1933to promote interest and fellowship in the game of golf, promote good sportsmanship and friendly rivalry among members, and foster the best traditions of the game. This scholarship was created by members of the Association to aid young women who are active participants in golf and are in need of financial assistance to achieve their educational goals.

    Sarah Theiner Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Sarah Theiner, who was killed in a 1983 automobile accident, this fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors at Nottingham High School.

  Shannon Elizabeth Thomas Memorial Fund
Cheerleading presented an opportunity for Shannon to share her enthusiasm for life with her friends. Gifts from Shannon’s family and friends established this scholarship to be given in the names of Shannon, her friend Jessica Flegal and cousin Liane West after their deaths in an automobile accident in 2002.

 William & Mary L. Thorpe Say Yes Scholarship Fund

  William & Mary L. Thorpe Say Yes Scholarship Fund
Although she had no formal higher education, Mary Thorpe believed that educational opportunity was the path forward in today’s world. Mary and her brother, William, focused their charitable work on supporting the educational aspirations of Central New York residents. Trustees of their estate set aside a portion of the William & Mary L. Thorpe Charitable Fund to establish this permanent endowment for students in the Say Yes to Education Syracuse program.

    Marcia & William Travis Scholarship Fund
William Travis established this scholarship with a bequest fromhis estate to provide financial support for students who areeconomically disadvantaged, who work hard and want to continuetheir education beyond high school. Scholarship recipients willbe selected from both Geneva and North Rose-Wolcott highschools. This award provides four years of financial support toattend the educational institution of the student’s choosing.

    Trufant Family Scholarship Fund
Donald Trufant, an Auburn native, served in the Air Force for four years before working in the banking and financial services industry and retiring in Virginia. A 1950 graduate of Union Springs High School, Donald decided to give back to his alma mater in the form of a scholarship. The annual scholarship will be awarded to one student graduating from Union Springs High School. Award winners will possess leadership qualities, be in the top one-fifth of their class and believe in facing challenges head-on.

    Tully Central School District Scholarship Fund
The Board of Education of the Tully Central School District established this fund in 1999 to provide assistance to members of the Tully Central School District high school graduating class.

    L. Ted Utter Family Scholarship Fund
Established by a bequest from Donald H. Utter, scholarships from this fund benefit graduates of Cuba Rushford Central School.

    Anita Waite Memorial Scholarship
Anita Waite taught special education in the Canastota School District for almost 40 years. She was a dedicated teacher who cared deeply for her students and fellow teachers. Her husband established this fund in her honor to provide scholarships to students graduating from Canastota High School who have educational challenges and/or require special education services. Scholarship awards will support tuition and expenses associated with the students’ attendance at an accredited college or trade school.

    James & Linda Ward Memorial Scholarship Fund
A physics teacher at Henninger High School, Jim Ward was well known among his students and for his love of teaching. Appropriately, Jim’s family established this scholarship in his memory for students graduating from Henninger High School who successfully completed a course in physics.

  Michele J. West Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2007 in memory of Michele West, a 1977 graduate of Union Springs Central School, to benefit a Union Springs student who is well-rounded and possesses exceptional academic and leadership qualities.

    Dorothy Wheeler Scholarship Fund
Kurtis P. Wheeler established this fund in 2000 to honor the memory of his mother, and to recognize a graduating senior from Cazenovia High School who has demonstrated “gifts of the spirit” as exemplified by Dorothy.

    Peter N. Whitcher Scholarship Fund
Peter Whitcher was one of the original organizers of the American labor movement. He was district representative of the International Association of Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers for 39 years. Peter created this fund to distribute scholarship awards to eligible sons and daughters of members and deceased members of the Iron Workers District Council of Western New York.
    Stanley F. & Arlene H. Young Memorial Education Fund
This scholarship was established in 1999 by the Arlene H. Young Revocable Living Trust to provide financial assistance to a Central New York student pursuing a graduate degree in the field of engineering at Syracuse University.

    Dr. Richard G. Zogby Memorial Fund

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