ACAF Dollars for Scholars Set to Award $247,500

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars will hold its annual Scholarship Program on Sunday, May 21st. This program will be held at the Genesee Valley Central School beginning at 3:00 pm. All recipients should report by 2:40 pm. A dessert reception will be held immediately following the program. The public is invited to attend.

This year the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars will award a total of $247,500 to 124 recipients representing all of the high schools in Allegany County. These recipients were chosen from a total of 248 applicants.

Caleb Holmes, a 2012 graduate of the Cuba-Rushford High School, will be the guest speaker. He graduated from Daemen College in 2015 and is currently a dental student at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars manages thirty different scholarships.  This year two different scholarships will be awarded for the first time. They are the Ann Swift Memorial Nursing Scholarship and the Betty Embser Wattenberg Community Service Scholarship.

The Ann Swift Memorial Nursing Scholarship was created by Ellsworth Swift to honor his wife who passed away in 2014. Ann Swift had worked for the State of North Carolina at the Caswell Developmental Center for several years nursing mentally handicapped patients. The recipients of this scholarship must be a graduate of the Cuba-Rushford High School who is pursuing a degree in a nursing program.

The “Betty Embser Wattenberg Community Service Scholarship Fund” honors Elizabeth “Betty” Embser Wattenberg who passed away in March of 2016. This scholarship has been created by her husband, Marc and her son, Brendon. It will be awarded to a Wellsville High School senior aspiring to become a social worker or in pursuit of a career in Community service or healthcare related fields.

For more information about the Allegany County Area Foundation, please call 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to:  director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.