GV Youth Mentoring Sept 27 2018 photo

New Scholarship will help Friendship, Genesee Valley students

Family, friends and coworkers of the late Penny Jo Hooker-Cavanaugh have established the Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship with the Allegany County Area Foundation. Honoring Penny’s memory, the award will go to a Friendship and/or Genesee Valley Central School senior who has overcome adversity and is planning to pursue college or a trade or technical school course of study. ACAF anticipates awarding the first Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship in the spring of 2020.

Raised in Angelica and graduated from the former Angelica Central School, Penny lived a life of service to others, both in her work and in the community. Many came to know her through her involvement the Friendship House Community Center. She also participated in FCS’s Merry Little Christmas and was a founding organizer for the Allegany County Breakfast with Santa activities through Literacy West, NY Inc. A single mother of four, Penny was familiar with challenge and perseverance, and used her experience and insight to support others.

Donations to the Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship can be directed to the Allegany County Area Foundation at 6087 State RD 19N, Belmont NY 14813.

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ACAF Grant Supports Youth Mentoring Programs

Programs serve Whitesville and Genesee Valley students

The Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) recently presented a grant of $850 to Family Service Society to support the agency’s youth mentoring programs at Genesee Valley and Whitesville Central Schools. This award came about through the foundation’s Allegany Fund – an endowment that supports a variety of local projects each year.

According to FSS Youth Services Director Mike Foster, the grant will be used for a mural project at Genesee Valley, and also to fund pottery classes at Whitesville. “Genesee Valley used last year’s funding for pottery classes, and the children loved it” Foster noted. “We wanted to give Whitesville students that same opportunity. Both programs,” he added “will use the funding for yoga classes. This is a brand new opportunity for our youth to learn important coping skills and relaxation techniques.”

The GVCS and WCS mentoring programs are expected to serve 20 and 40 students, respectively. Participants and high school student mentors are identified through GVS/WCS faculty and staff recommendations. Ms. Erica Grantier serves as coordinator for both sites.

Family Service Society is now affiliated with the New York State Mentoring Program (formerly affiliation with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program). Research has demonstrated that students involved in a mentoring program are more confident and caring, and significantly less likely to fight, skip school, or abuse drugs or alcohol.

pictured (L to R): Bruce Campbell and Erica Grantier (Allegany County Program Coordinator).

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Andover and Scio Libraries Benefit from ACAF Grants

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented grants to the Andover and Scio Free Libraries. Both organizations benefit from funds established with the foundation for their benefit; the Hydramec Fund (Scio) and the Doris O. Church Fund (Andover). The Foundation holds and invests these endowments, with the earnings providing annual support.

Andover will use its grant for programing, while Scio board member Carolyn Miller noted that its grant funds will likely be devoted to a floor replacement project. Donations to the Church and Hydramec funds are tax deductible.
The Andover and Scio libraries, founded in 1898 and 1906, respectively, continue a long tradition of vital service to the public, embracing new technologies to support a variety of programs for children, families and the broader community.

Both libraries are open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. See their web sites for hours. The Scio Library is directed by Sue Moyer, while Linda Adams heads up the Andover Library. The current Andover Library building was funded by a 1911 gift from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

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New Scholarship will Support Wellsville’s Aspiring Teachers

Thanks to the generosity of retired teacher Anne McAndrew, Wellsville’s future educators will get some extra financial support as they prepare for the teaching profession. Working with the Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF), Anne has established the Anne McAndrew Teaching Scholarship. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academics, recommendations and overall potential to become an outstanding teacher, with priority for those planning to teach at the elementary level. The award may be renewed for up to four years, and through ACAF’s membership in Dollars for Scholars will be matched by some colleges.

For Anne, the scholarship is an acknowledgement of the teachers that inspired her interest in the field, and a way for her to encourage and assist a WCS graduate with an interest in the career she so enjoyed. “As a teacher” she notes, “I experienced the satisfaction, joys and challenges of being part of the learning of and growth of students. I wanted to create a scholarship that would assist a Wellsville graduate in pursuit of a teaching degree.”

Anne devoted almost thirty-five years to Wellsville Schools, twenty-four and a half of those teaching grades 3-6 – spending the most years in 5th grade; she also served for ten years as district wide reading supervisor

A graduate of Andover Central School, Anne earned her bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State College, and her master’s degree at SUNY Geneseo. She completed her school administrator credential through St. Bonaventure.

Wellsville seniors take note – you may apply for this award through the ACAF scholarship application found here on this web site.

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Scholarship Application is Open

The application to the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars scholarship program is now live. The deadline for application submission is January 31, 2019.  The application can be found at the link below. Click on the Students & Parents tab and then on the CLICK to LOGIN in the center of the page to start the application. Contact ACAF if you have questions about the process.

Scholarship Application


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