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November 13, 2017 - 4:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, scholarships, education, discover the stars.

Press release:

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the annual Discover the Stars Scholarship Reception will take place in the Conable Technology Building's south lobby and in room T102 on GCC's Batavia Campus at One College Road in Batavia.

This reception brings together GCC's scholarship recipients, members of the College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors, College administrators and the many donors who made the recipients' academic dreams a reality. The reception will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a special presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Genesee Community College Foundation scholarships recognize academic excellence, make higher education accessible to all students, and promote economic vitality in the GLOW region. There are nearly 200 scholarships available at GCC and applications, which can be completed online, are accepted throughout each year.

For nearly 20 years, the Discover the Stars event has been a special occasion that grants scholarship recipients and their families, Foundation and Board of Trustee members and community leaders the opportunity to meet, chat and celebrate stories of success and career achievement, while inspiring the next generation of students.

The 2017 celebration will feature guest speaker, Kathleen "Kitty" E. Maerten, who graduated from GCC in 1975. She earned a bachelor's degree from The College at Brockport (SUNY), her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration also from SUNY Brockport.

Maerten spent her long career working with children and their families in a variety of settings including as a marriage and family counselor and a school social worker. She served as the chairperson on the Special Education Committee and as site administrator for the Alternative High School in the Lockport City School District. In 2000, Maerten became the school principal at Alexander Central School District, and from 2008 - 2017 she served as the superintendent.

A 2003 graduate of Leadership Genesee, she also served on the Board of Directors at GCASA and the Board of Directors of the Genesee County Business Education. Currently, Maerten is working with a steering committee to begin a Leadership program in Orleans County. She and her husband, Max, are enjoying retirement and when they aren't out exploring the beautiful countryside, they spend time with their two sons and four grandchildren. 

In addition, the family of the late, Ann Reid will share a special presentation honoring her life, musical legacy, and her philanthropic contributions to GCC's Scholarship Program. Reid, born in Buffalo, graduated from Immaculata Academy in Hamburg and earned her Bachelor of Music from Boston University. Reid appeared in "Funny Girl," starring Carol Lawrence, and played "Sheila" in the Italian production of "HAIR" in Rome, Italy. Reid traveled the world developing her singing and composing career with jobs in Saudi Arabia and Communist Poland.

In the late 1970s, Reid found herself in Los Angeles and earned her Master of Arts in Music with a minor in Conducting from California State University Los Angeles. Reid's love for teaching and her students brought her to GCC in 1996. She received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2004 and retired in 2013.

Composer, musician, and former GCC professor of Music, Reid's contributions to the performing arts and music programs at GCC impacted the entire community. Her original production, "AElinor," premiered in 2011, marking the first time in 62 seasons the Genesee Symphony Orchestra premiered the work of a local composer. In her honor, the Richard and Maribell Scholl Reid Musical Theatre Scholarship, named after Reid's parents, was established and continues to provide financial assistance and encourage Fine and Performing Arts students to pursue their dreams and passions, as Ann Reid did. 

For more information about Discover the Stars Scholarship Reception, or to RSVP, call (585) 345-6809, or email: [email protected].

July 11, 2017 - 5:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, batavia, ellen della penna, scholarships.

Press release and submitted photo:

ALBANY, NY -- The New York State School Facilities Association announced that Allison Della Penna, a junior at Utica College, is a recipient of the Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship.

Della Penna, a graduate of Batavia High School, is studying Child Psychology. She is a member of the Division 3 NCAA Women's Volleyball Team; acts as a resident assistant; and is an honors program member, scholar athlete and recipient of the College's President's Award. She has been on the dean's list four times.

Allison is the daughter of Matthew and Ellen Della Penna, of Batavia. Her father is director of safety, security and operations for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.

The Fred Hack Memorial Scholarships were established in the mid-1990s in honor of the association's first executive director. six scholarships are awarded each year to children of NYSSFA active and affiliate members who are enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time program of study at an accredited post-secondary school.

The New York State School Facilities Association is a professional organization of more than 600 school facilities directors, facilities managers, head custodians, health and safety coodinators, and other key school facilities personnel. It's headquartered in Albany.

March 9, 2016 - 1:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, scholarships, GC Fair.

Press release:

The Genesee County Fair announced today that seven $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to current New York State high school seniors and also students enrolled in college.

The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and the New York State Showpeople’s Association (NYSSA) sponsor the scholarships.

The qualifying students must be active at the Genesee County Fair or The New York State Showpeople’s Association. All applicants from Genesee County must submit their applications through the Genesee County Fair or the New York State Showpleople’s Association no later than Friday, April 8.

Information is available through the Genesee County Fair at (585) 344-2424, through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County and from local high school offices. Applications must be printed and completed from the Web at www.nysfairs.org.

For more information, contact the Genesee County Fair Office at (585) 344-2424.

June 11, 2015 - 4:19pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, scholarships, education.

Press release:

The Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications from qualified students toward receiving scholarship assistance.

As a living memorial for two people who loved New York State and the outdoors, this fund assists students training in the field of wildlife management.

Paul and Janice were avid sports persons who wrote and lectured about the outdoors and founded and published the nationally recognized and respected "New York Sportsman Magazine."

A great loss to all those who appreciate the wonder of nature, Janice passed away suddenly in 1988 and Paul in July of 2005. They are greatly missed.

According to Scholarship Fund President Dave Hamilton, "These annual scholarship awards are available to any New York State resident who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning and is, or will be, working toward obtaining a degree in some facet of wildlife management."

The 23rd series of Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Awards will be distributed in December. To date, the fund has had the honor of distributing more than $29,500 in grants to deserving Wildlife Management students.

Any qualified individual interested in applying for these Scholarships may do so by sending a request for an application form, along with a stamped, self-addressed legal sized (#10) envelope to:

The Janice & Paul Keesler Scholarship Fund
C/o Bridget Keesler (sec/treas)
PO Box 485
Newport, NY 13416

An application may also be obtained by going to www.keeslerscholarshipfund.org and the application can be printed from the Web site. The completed application form must be returned to the committee no later than Sept. 1.

Individuals or clubs wishing to make a contribution to the fund may do so by sending their donation to the same address, with the sincere gratitude of the Scholarship Committee! In December of this year and continuing on an annual basis, a wonderful couple who cared deeply about our state's outdoor sports will be remembered in a meaningful way, thanks to the generosity of those same outdoor sportsmen.

For additional information about the Keesler Scholarship Fund, please visit this Web site:

www.keeslerscholarshipfund.org

Or send inquiries to:
[email protected]

May 13, 2014 - 10:43pm
posted by Diane Burroughs in dinner, scholarships, Service Awards.
Event Date and Time: 
May 30, 2014 (All day)

Last day to make your reservations for the June 5 Scholarship & Award Dinner. A buffet dinner served by Tom Roviso will be served at 6:15 at the YWCA, 301 North St. Cost is $15. Call Catherine at (585) 344-2160. All are welcome!

September 18, 2010 - 2:25pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Announcements, restaurants, GCC, scholarships.

Starting tomorrow, 32 restaurants in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties will be participating in "Dine-Out Days." A percentage of their profits this week will benefit the GCC Foundation, which provides student scholarships. This will last through Saturday, Sept. 25.

Select restaurants will offer discounts and featured menu items.

The following Genesee County restaurants are involved in Dine-Out days this year:

  • BATAVIA

Alex's Place, at 8322 Park Road

Bohn's Restaurant & Lounge, at 5256 Clinton St. Road

Miss Batavia Diner, at 566 E. Main St.

Delavan's, at 107 Evans St.

Pauly's Pizzeria, at 314 Ellicott St.

Subway, at 412 E. Main St. and 8351 Lewiston Road

Terry Hills Restaurant & Banquet Facility, at 5122 Clinton St. Road

T.F. Brown's, at 214 E. Main St.

  • OAKFIELD

Caryville Inn, at 25 Main St.

Oakfield Hotel/Scopano Lanes, at 49 S. Pearl St.

  • STAFFORD

Red Osier Landmark, at 6492 Main Road

  • LE ROY

D&R Depot, at 63 Lake St.

Scooters of Le Roy, at 140 W. Main St.

McDonald's, at 67 Main St.

The Ganson Inn, at 65 Lake St.

Le Roy Country Club and Golf Course, at 7759 E. Main Rd.

Pizza Land, at 131 W. Main St.

For more details, contact the GCC Foundation office at 345-6809 or e-mail [email protected]. For up-to-date information on Dine-Out Days, please visit www.genesee.edu/gcc/dineoutdays.

September 18, 2010 - 1:43pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, restaurants, GCC, scholarships.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2010 (All day) to September 25, 2010 (All day)

Today, 32 restaurants in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties will be participating in "Dine-Out Days." A percentage of their profits this week will benefit the GCC Foundation, which provides student scholarships. This will last through Saturday, Sept. 25.

Select restaurants will offer discounts and featured menu items.

The following Genesee County restaurants are involved in Dine-Out days this year:

  • BATAVIA

Alex's Place, at 8322 Park Road

Batavia Rotary Club Announces Scholarship Winners

The Batavia Rotary Club announced the winners of the Annual Rotary Club Scholarship.  The Scholarship Committee, chaired by Bill Fritts, received applications and interviewed students from Batavia High School, Notre Dame High School and BOCES.  Typically, one student from each school is selected to recieve the scholarship; $1,500 per year for four years.  This year, with two equally compelling applications, the scholarship for a BOCES student was split.  Resulting in two deserving students who will recieve $750 each for four years.  Sahil Jain, Batavia High School, Nicholas Bochicchio, Notr

May 27, 2010 - 10:16am
posted by Genesee ARC News in batavia, Announcements, scholarships, schools.

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Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship recipients Emily Hopkins, Danielle Hirtzel and Ashlea Harmon with Scholarship Committee Chair, Charles Graney.

Teens from Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama and Churchville-Chili High Schools are the recipients of the 2010 Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarships.  The $1,000.00 scholarship awards were presented May 25 at the Genesee ARC Community Center to Ashlea Harmon, Danielle Hirtzel and Emily Hopkins.

A member of the Batavia High School Class of 2010, Ashlea plans to attend Genesee Community College, then transfer to a four-year school to complete her course of study in Elementary Education, specializing in Special Education. Ashlea has given her time and talent to several volunteer opportunities such as Special Olympics, Challenger Sports, the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group Auction, Salvation Army and numerous Genesee ARC community events. She is also an active member of the National Technical Honor Society.

Danielle is graduating from Oakfield-Alabama High School and intends to pursue her career in Childhood Special Education. Danielle has dedicated many hours of community service helping with Challenger Sports, Stephen’s Table, Friends of Rachel program and other worthy causes. She is active in Girls Scouts, high school band, swim team, Library Club and a member of the National Honor Society.  She will be attending SUNY Brockport in the fall.

The third recipient, Emily Hopkins, plans to attend SUNY Oneonta, to study Psychology, with aspirations of obtaining her Master’s Degree in School Psychology.  A student at Churchville-Chili High School, Emily has volunteered many hours of service with Special Olympics, Batavia YMCA, Ronald McDonald House, Challenger Sports and Genesee ARC special events. She is very active in extra-curricular activities with her school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Three $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year interested in working in human services, special education or related fields.  The scholarship is in honor of Mary Anne Graney, a special education teacher, who died in 2004. According to Genesee ARC Scholarship Committee Chair, Charles Graney, “The scholarship is a living memorial, honoring Mary Anne’s commitment to Genesee ARC and enriching the lives of people with disabilities.”

June 1, 2009 - 10:52am
posted by Genesee ARC News in Announcements, scholarships.

Teens from Byron-Bergen and Batavia are the recipients of the 2009 Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarships.  The $1,000.00 scholarship awards were presented to Jessica Monroe, Nichole Longhini and Lindsey Penders. 

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Jessica, a member of the Byron-Bergen Class of 2009, plans to become a Special Education teacher in an elementary school to continue her desire to work with children with special needs.

 

 

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 Nichole, a senior at Batavia High, plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in neonatal intensive care. Nichole feels premature babies are at an increased risk for complications and future disabling conditions and she wants to help these babies early in their lives to be healthier and happier.

 

LINDSEY PENDERS.jpgLindsay, who is also a member of the Batavia High School Class of 2009, plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  Her desire to pursue this career field was sparked by an internship at the New York State School for the Blind.

Three $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year interested in working in human services, special education or related fields.  The scholarship is in honor of Mary Anne Graney, a special education teacher, who died in 2004. According to Genesee ARC Scholarship Committee Chair, Shelley Falitico, “The scholarship is a living memorial, honoring Mrs. Graney’s commitment to ARC and enriching the lives of people with disabilities.”

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