The Central New York Community Foundation Scholarships
The Central New York Community Foundation is an independent, private, nonprofit organization serving Central New York. They are dedicated to enhance the quality of life of those who live in their community. They are supported by private and public donors and seek contributions primarily from the community they serve.
Founded in 1927, the Foundation encourages philanthropy in Central New York and using money they have collected, they offer scholarships to students to further their education. Although the bulk of the scholarships are offered to high school seniors, some funds may be available for advanced study.
The funds held by the foundation come from individuals, families, companies, and nonprofit groups. The funds are often established to memorialize or honor an individual and the guideline for each scholarship is different. Therefore, you should read them carefully to see if you qualify.
Below is a list of scholarships currently available:
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.
Abraham Altman Scholarship Fund
The Cazenovia Central School District entrusted the administration of this scholarship fund to the Community Foundation. A bequest from the estate of Abraham Altman in 1998 produces annual scholarships to benefit graduates of Cazenovia Central High School.
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 her family 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.
Binghamton Patriot Educational Scholarship Fund
Since 1985, an anonymous donor has made scholarships available to members of each graduating class of Binghamton High School.
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.
Adam Bouchard Scholarship Fund
Adam completed one semester at SUNY Morrisville before he lost his life in a tragic snowmobile accident. This sensitive and quiet young man is remembered through this annual scholarship to a Cazenovia High School graduate who demonstrates commitment and enthusiasm.
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.
Rocco Bufano Scholarship Fund of Konosioni Lodge #950
In 1994, this Masonic lodge continued its long history of charitable fundraising by establishing this fund, which provides annual scholarships to worthy Fowler High School graduates and perpetuates the ideals of faith, hope and charity in the fraternity’s name.
William & Helen Burke Memorial
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.
Camillus Optimist Community Service Awards
The Optimist Club of Camillus established this scholarship award to recognize West Genesee High School seniors who have shown an interest in volunteering their time and participating in school activities.
Frederick P. Cargian Jamesville-DeWitt Memorial Scholarship Fund
It was because of Fred Cargian’s dedication to all students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, exhibited by his 23 years of service as a member and past president of the Board of Education, that his family chose to establish a scholarship in his memory. The recipients display entrepreneurial spirit with an interest in business.
Cazenovia College/Leland Stanford Scholarship Fund
Seeking a means of celebrating the contributions of Leland Stanford, a distinguished Cazenovia College alumnus and first president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Jim and Karlene Webster established a scholarship fund to benefit Cazenovia College for students who display similar qualities of entrepreneurial spirit and social commitment.
Cazenovia High School Scholarship Fund
The Cazenovia Central School District transferred several smaller scholarship funds to the Community Foundation to establish this one fund for the benefit of its graduates.
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.
CURN Scholarship Fund
Established in 2007 in the name of Communities United to Rebuild Neighborhoods (CURN), this scholarship will distribute an annual award to a graduating African American from the southside of Syracuse who plans to further his or her education.
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.
Daily Orange Minority Journalism Scholarship Fund
The Daily Orange, an independent student newspaper at Syracuse University, established this fund in 2006 to provide assistance to a minority student-employee attending Syracuse University’s Journalism Program.
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.
Stan Derdzinski Memorial Scholarship Fund
This memorial fund was established to honor the life of Stanley John Derdzinski, III. Stan was a 2010 graduate of Cazenovia Central School and was attending SUNY Morrisville. This fund was established by his father to commemorate the joy he experienced while living and working alongside him. This fund will award one scholarship a year to the Cazenovia Central School graduating senior who demonstrates the most improvement during their high school career.
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.
Dennis Dowdell Scholarship Fund
The Chi Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, a predominantly African American fraternal organization of college graduates whose main goals and purposes are community service and scholarship, established this fund in memory of the much-loved and well-respected community leader, Dennis Dowdell.
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.
Express Mart Scholarship Fund
Established in December 1997 by the President of Express Mart, this fund provides educational scholarships for the company’s employees, their spouses, children and grandchildren.
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 a young adult, she became a flight nurse for the AirLife team in Denver, CO. Though she was not scheduled to work, Leslie volunteered to take a flight out to help save an accident victim on 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.
Jack Gallaher Workforce Preparation Helping Hand Fund
This fund was established by a benefactor in 1997 to recognize Jack Gallaher, a retired OCM BOCES Deputy Superintendent, and his many contributions to learners. Scholarships are awarded to adults pursuing continued training or workforce preparation.
Jon E. Gammage, Jr. Scholarship Fund
The Syracuse community was shaken by the senseless death of Jon E. Gammage, which occurred after he was stopped by police in a Pittsburgh suburb. His friends and family established this fund as “a symbol of Jonny’s warmth and encouragement toward others.” The annual scholarship is awarded to a Henninger High School graduate who shares Jonny’s passions in life.
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.
Catherine L. Golden Memorial Scholarship Fund
This annual scholarship is awarded to a female student-athlete graduating from Marcellus High School in remembrance of Catherine’s love of sports.
Tucker Goodfellow Memorial Scholarship Fund
Tucker’s goal to complete his college degree at SUNY Morrisville was cut short by a car accident in 2000. Tucker’s family established this scholarship for a Cazenovia High School graduate pursuing a career in agriculture or the automotive field.
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.
Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce Goodsight Scholarship Fund
This fund was established as continued evidence of the Chamber’s service to the community and to recognize local graduates as the future leadership in local business and other vital professions. This award was instituted in December 2000 for a high school senior who is an employee or child of an employee of a Chamber member business.
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 students who have served at least two years as “Mentors for Jenna” under the direction of The Jenna Foundation.
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.
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.
Frederick M. Holmes, DVM Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of one of Cazenovia’s best-loved citizens, this fund provides scholarships annually to Cazenovia High School graduates pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, veterinary science or related animal science studies.
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.
Daniel Frederick Holt Memorial Scholarship Fund
A group of Dan’s friends, learning of his untimely death in 2001, established this scholarship for a graduate of Fabius-Pompey High School interested in continuing college study in the sciences or the arts.
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.
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.
Earl & Kay Hurd Memorial Scholarship Fund
To recognize a life-long family connection between the Hurds and the West Genesee Central School District, the three Hurd children established this fund in 2000. Earl was a student, teacher and school board member in Central New York. The children, all graduates of the West Genesee district, felt the establishment of a memorial scholarship fund best reflects their parents’ commitment to the community.
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.
Victor Kalilec Memorial Scholarship Fund
Victor Paul Kalilec, a 1969 graduate of Cortland High School, was known for his unique ability to balance the practicality of engineering with the vision of an artist. Carrying a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Victor spent his career moving up into increasingly important engineering positions. He was an avid designer of audio equipment. Several of his pieces were displayed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Victor spent considerable time teaching young people the magic of design and the importance of developing the tools required to turn a vision into reality. This scholarship fund was established in Victor’s memory by his brother to encourage others to follow in his path. The fund will award one scholarship each year to a Cortland High School graduate pursuing a career in engineering or design.
Jamesville-DeWitt High School Reunion Scholarship Fund
In 2000, the “Reunion of the ’60s” at Jamesville-DeWitt High School honored their school memories by establishing an opportunity to provide educational funding in college or a trade school for the child of a J-D graduate.
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.
Kiwanis Club of North Syracuse Scholarship Fund
To provide a permanent source of college financial aid for the residents of the North Syracuse School District, the Kiwanis Club established this fund in 1995 to benefit Cicero-North Syracuse High School seniors.
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.
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.
Lambda Kappa Mu/Eunice Randle Fund
Lambda Kappa Mu uses this fund to award a scholarship to an adult African American woman who returns to school to further her education. It is awarded in memory of Eunice Randle, a dedicated Syracuse City School District teacher, who taught at the Adult Basic Learning Center.
Aurelia Crespo-Carlos Lavezzari Latinoamericano Scholarship Fund
To provide a permanent and meaningful gift to the Greater Syracuse area’s Latino community, the 1995 Latinoamericano Festival Committee established this fund with revenues from the festival.
A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Scholarship in the Names of Gertrude Case Kesterke, Yvonne Arnold and Adolph Kalafarski
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.
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.
The scholarship funds were transferred to the Community Foundation to ensure they would be awarded into perpetuity. The new fund will provide scholarships annually to a graduating senior from Fulton, Hannibal or Phoenix High Schools pursuing a career in the paramedical field.
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.
Earl L. Levesque Scholarship Fund
Earl Levesque had a special relationship with St. Paul’s United Methodist Church where he participated in the adult choir and as a trustee. As a lasting tribute to Earl, this annual scholarship was created to benefit a St. Paul’s student pursuing higher education.
Dr. Sanford & Claire Levy Fund
As the residual beneficiary of the estate of Claire Cunningham, the Community Foundation maintains this fund, named for her daughter and son-in-law, to assist students or organizations that advance the field of optometry.
Eddye Hurley Hooper Logan Scholarship Fund
Eddye Hurley Hooper Logan passed away on December 4, 2005, at the age of 102. Her daughter, Gloria Hooper-Rasberry, along with friends and relatives, established this scholarship fund in her name, to be given to a student attending her alma mater - Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina - with plans to study teaching or health care.
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.
Yates Mahaffey Scholarship Fund
Through the establishment of this fund, an annual scholarship is awarded in memory of the family of John Yates Mahaffey to a Pulaski High School senior who displays good citizenship, active community interest and spirit throughout his or her four years of high school.
Ferdinand & Emilie Maltzan Memorial Fund
To Adeline Maltzan, responsibility and hard work were the keys to success in both academics and life. Before succumbing to cancer in 1996, she included a bequest in her will that awards annual scholarships to the top ten graduates of Sherburne-Earlville High School. Instead of naming the fund for herself, Adeline chose to honor her two greatest inspirations – her conscientious, hardworking parents.
Ralph G. Martell Scholarship Fund
Mr. Martell is a Central New York native, the youngest of seventeen children. A “free spirit,” he has traveled extensively and written several books chronicling his experiences and memories. His scholarship benefits young writers either graduating from Madison High School or Clinton High School or attending St. Leo University and Syracuse University’s Broadcast Journalism Program who illustrate Mr. Martell’s same sense of humor and strength of character through 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.
Robert W. Oliver Scholarship Fund
Robert W. Oliver served the Syracuse School District for 33 years, and was the principal of Henninger High School from 1964 until his death in 1966. To honor him, friends established a scholarship award recognizing each year’s outstanding Henninger High School graduate.
Gregory D. Peterson Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by family in memory of Gregory, a software engineer with Lockheed Martin. Scholarships are provided to Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduates who have been active in the football program.
Sarah Lombardi Pietrafesa Scholarship
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.
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.
N. James Polney Scholarship Funds
During his lifetime, the Rev. N. James Polney liked to recognize others’ good deeds and hard work. To continue his generous philanthropy, this Methodist clergyman established scholarship funds for students of Onondaga Community College, Copenhagen Central School and Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
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.
Pulaski Academy & Central School District Scholarship Fund
Proceeds from this fund provide annual scholarships to students graduating from the Pulaski Academy and Central School District.
Pulaski Academy Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
This fund awards scholarships to the Pulaski Academy students who have shown the greatest overall improvement in high school and who will profit most from further education.
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 STEM Scholarship Endowment Fund
Established with gifts from local firms Lockheed Martin, O’Brien & Gere, Anaren Microwave, and SRC, this fund will provide scholarships to Syracuse City School District students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in conjunction with Say Yes to Education Syracuse.
Say Yes To Education Fund
In conjunction with the Say Yes to Education Syracuse Demonstration Program, this fund will be able to provide full scholarships to Syracuse City School District graduates who attend SUNY/CUNY colleges and universities. Contributions to the Say Yes to Education Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Community Foundation up to $1,000,000 before the end of 2013. See page 5 for more details on the Say Yes to Education Fund.
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.
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.
The Lura M. Sharp Scholarship Fund
Established by the Pulaski Academy Alumni Association, this scholarship will help further the education of a student who shows specific interest and ability in any field of science.
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.
Sr. Camilla Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
Created in 2004 by Betty Kemz, this fund is in memory of her good friend, Sr. Camilla. Betty established this scholarship for students attending St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing to honor Sr. Camilla’s love of the field and St. Elizabeth’s.
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.
Allen Spaights Memorial Music Scholarship Fund
Twenty-four year-old Allen was a percussionist, like his father, with a special love for the drums. When Allen’s battle with cancer was over, his parents established a memorial scholarship for a graduate of Henninger High School pursuing a course of study in music.
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.
Susan Spencer Memorial Fund
Seeking to continue Susan’s love of painting after her death, her husband Michael established this scholarship in 2000 to provide an annual award at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center for a prize to a regional artist and children attending art classes.
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 Children’s Chorus – Dr. Donna Beth Price Fund
Established in memory of a very special friend of the Chorus, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus endowed this scholarship fund for its members.
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.
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.
James R. 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.
Mark J. Wright Young Artists Scholarship Fund
Mark Wright strongly believed that the arts play a significant role in building and expanding community. He wore many hats in the local arts community, working tirelessly to promote and strengthen the sector by mentoring organizations on the mechanics of grant writing, supporting collaborations between groups of various artistic disciplines, and promoting festivals that give youth an opportunity to perform and have their work critiqued. When Mark passed away, his friends and colleagues established this fund to continue supporting young artists in Mark’s name.
Harold Youker Athletic Scholarship
Established by the Pulaski Academy Alumni Association, this scholarship will benefit the most deserving senior varsity letter-winning male or female athlete. Selection is based upon sportsmanship, attitude, improvement and character.
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
Dr. Richard Zogby, after receiving his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, went on to become a well-regarded orthopedic specialist in Syracuse for more than 25 years. He was a dedicated father of four and volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader and assistant Troop Master of Troop 369. He played football for Dartmouth College and continued his love of the sport by supporting the Fayetteville-Manlius High School football team as an on-site team doctor during games. Richard passed away at the young age of 54 after a long illness, which he fought with courage, humility, resilience and grace. His wife Colleen established this fund to support the continuing education of a football student athlete at Fayetteville-Manlius High School who embodies grace and dignity, inspiring his fellow athletes to do their best.