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Scholarship Recipients 2014

ACAF SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS In 2014 the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $239,300 in scholarships to ...

Lori Dzielski Becomes New ACAF President

Lori & CarolynThe Allegany County Area Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Dzielski as their new president. Dzielski will replace Carolyn Miller, who is stepping down after serving as president of the foundation for more than five years. Miller, a member of the foundation for more than thirty years, will now serve as the vice president of the Foundation and chair of the development committee.

Carolyn Miller, out-going president of the Foundation, stated, “I have had the privilege of serving on the board of this foundation for upwards of twenty years, and what a dedicated and upbeat group it is! It’s my opinion that an exceptional board of directors is made up of long-time members who remember an organization’s history and enthusiastic new members with lots of energy and ideas.  I hope to be a part of that former group for a while yet.  It has been an honor to serve as president, and I am sure that Lori will find it as fulfilling an experience as I have.

Mrs. Dzielski has been a member of the ACAF Board of Directors since 2008. She has served on the foundation’s Investment and Grants committees.

“Serving on the board has been a great experience. I get to interact with so many wonderful people, both on this board and the people we get to help,” said Dzielski. “I am proud to work for an organization that does so much good for so many people throughout Allegany County and surrounding communities.  With the two primary goals of grants and scholarships we have a positive influence on a lot of lives. I want to help make sure that continues.”  

For the last twenty-five years Dzielski has worked for the Community Bank, NA in Olean, Cuba, Houghton and the Wellsville Branch.  Lori is currently the branch manager of the Community Bank on the Bolivar Road in Wellsville. One of her first jobs was with WMNS/WBJZ in Olean.

Dzielski is a graduate of the Leadership Allegany Class of 2014.  She also serves on the Allegany/Cattaraugus Legal Services Board. In her spare time she enjoys photography, scrap booking, spending time with her family and traveling with her husband.

“I look forward to many more years with this wonderful organization and I hope I can do as well as my predecessors,” Dzielski said. Her term as President officially began on January 1, 2015.

Dzielski has lived in the town of Genesee for the last twenty-five years with her husband Kevin. They have two grown children: Victoria (Bruce) Gayton of Olean and Brittany (Jay) Williams of Portville. They also have seven grandchildren.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of our citizens here in Allegany County. If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship or create a legacy for a loved one, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444.

In the picture (L to R): Lori Dzielski and Carolyn Miller.

ACAF Scholarship Web Portal Now Open!

PrintThe Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars web portal is now open to accept scholarship applications for 2015.  The web site address is: http://www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollarsforscholars.org.

Last year the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $239,300 in scholarships to students throughout Allegany County.  We hope to award even more money this year!

All students will complete their applications online this year including those applying for the Dresser-Rand Scholarships.  Students are urged to begin working on their application prior to March 1st in order to meet the April 1st deadline.  This will give their counselors and their reference people time to complete their pieces of the application.  Those who applied last year can log back in and update the information they entered last year to apply again.

Developed by Scholarship America, our Dollars for Scholars web portal (ChapterNet) allows students to input their general information and have it all in one convenient place while going through the application process.  ChapterNet’s simple, straightforward design also helps students find scholarships they might not have found otherwise— and since all of the student’s basic information is already in ChapterNet, applying for multiple scholarships is faster and simpler.

ChapterNet isn’t just an application portal, either. In the Student Dashboard, students can view their progress and explore local chapter opportunities, scholarship listings and matches; there are also links to national news and resources that provide help with the college process. Finally, ChapterNet helps students find volunteer and internship opportunities, additional financial aid tools, college success resources, and even allows students to export a resume!

WHO WILL MATCH TO OUR AFFILIATE?
Our scholarships are primarily for applicants who attend or have graduated from a high school in Allegany County in New York State.
The following students may also match to our affiliate:
– family members of current employees or retirees of the Dresser-Rand Company in Wellsville, NY.  (for a Dresser-Rand Scholarship)
OR
- high school seniors who attend either the Hinsdale High School or the Portville High School and who plan on majoring in business and economics or accounting or finance. (for a Karen A. Kunz Memorial Scholarship)
OR
– students from Cattaraugus County in NY who plan to pursue one of the following fields of study: accounting, business management, office technology, administrative medical assistant, administrative assistant, paralegal, or computer technology at a college in either Cattaraugus or Allegany County. (for the Daniel R. McCarthy Scholarship)

For more information about the ACAF Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program please e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.

Dresser-Rand Increases Scholarship Fund

Dresser Rand 2014Back in 2006 Dresser-Rand of Wellsville created a scholarship endowment fund with the Allegany County Area Foundation.  Recently the company added another $25,000 to the endowment bringing their fund total to over $225,000.  In June of 2015 another round of scholarships will be awarded from the earnings of their endowment.

The Dresser-Rand Scholarships are designated for the Dresser-Rand employees and their families in Wellsville. These scholarships are available for children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and spouses of employees or retirees who are enrolled in a course of study at a college or trade school at the post high school level.  The Dresser-Rand scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic performance and selected by the scholarship committee of the Allegany County Area Foundation.  Preference will be given to those students who are pursuing a course of study in one of the following fields: Business, Manufacturing, and Engineering, Welding Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Drafting/CAD, Supply Chain Management, Accounting and IT.

This year students must apply online for the Dresser-Rand Scholarship by visiting the ACAF Scholarship Application link.   Applications will be accepted beginning January 5, 2015.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship or create a legacy for a loved one, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

Flanagan-Watson and Alessi Join ACAF Board

Alessi and FlanaganThe Allegany County Area Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members. They are Carrie E. Flanagan-Watson of Belmont and Evelyn Alessi of Belfast.

Carrie grew up in Hornellsville on a dairy farm. She attended the following colleges after high school: Alfred State College (associates), New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, SUNY Cortland (bachelors), Alfred University (Masters) and SUNY Brockport (CAS).

Carrie has lived in Allegany County for 17 years. She and her husband, Dean Watson, built the home they have lived in for the last five years. They have four children: Morgan, Darnell, Alexis and Grant.

Carrie is both a science teacher at the Belfast Central School and the Assistant to the Principal. She also serves as a board member for the Town of Ward. Before becoming a teacher, Carrie had worked as a chemist and a waitress. In her spare time, she loves reading, canning, gardening, and baking desserts.

When asked why she was interested in serving on the Allegany County Area Foundation Board Carrie stated, “I want to become part of a great charitable organization and meet interesting people.”

Evelyn Alessi has been a teacher at the Belfast Central School since 1988. She has filled different roles while at Belfast. There include: class advisor, soccer scorekeeper and basketball scorekeeper. She has also been a member of various committees.

Evelyn grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Rushford. After attending Houghton College she married her husband, Mark, and they moved to Summit, NJ for a year before returning to Allegany County. They have lived in Belfast since 1986. Evelyn and Mark have four children: Luke, Drew, Noah and Lacy.

“Since I was born in Allegany County and have lived most of my life here, I was interested in the goals of the ACAF. My children were recipients of scholarships from the ACAF, and when I was approached to help on the scholarship committee, I was happy to do so. It is wonderful to see people devoted to improving the lives of local people.” Evelyn stated.

Evelyn is involved in church and community activities in Belfast. She enjoys reading, cooking, and attending sporting events in her spare time.
For more information on the Allegany County Area Foundation please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the picture (L to R):  Evelyn Alessi and Carrie E. Flanagan-Watson.

 

First Book of WNY to Benefit from ACAF Grant

First Book Check Presentation 11-2014 The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $608.74 grant provided by the Thomas F. & Laura L. Moogan Family Fund to Team First Book of Western New York.  This grant will benefit students at the Genesee Valley Central School and the Bolivar-Richburg Central School. These two districts were eligible to apply for this program.

Elizabeth Mattson, Chair and First Book Ambassador, said, “This money will make it possible for us to purchase 240 new books to children in need in Allegany County.”

First Book of Western New York services children in low-income households in all eight counties in the Western New York Region. This organization works with local schools and programs around the country to provide them with new, quality books for children they serve. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. You can learn more about First Book at: http://www.firstbook.org.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people.  If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in your community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444.

In the attached picture: Denis Dahlgren (Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation) & Elizabeth Mattson (Chair and First Book Ambassador).