74 Scholarships Awarded at Annual Education Reception

The Foundation recognized the achievements of 74 local high school students at the annual education reception held on June 4 at the Amity Rescue Squad Building in Belmont, NY. Carolyn Miller, president and Warren Emerson, development chair spoke eloquently about each award recipient.  Awards totaled over $168.000.00. Patricia Oliver, Scholarship Coordinator distributed letters of recognition to scholarship winners. Each student writes and essay about their most influential educator. This essay, class rank, SAT scores provide the scholarship committee with the evidence to select the winners of the scholarships. Many area teachers attend the event and are recognized for their excellence. An independent committee of volunteers selects the recipients.

Judge Peter Sprague, founder of the ACAF in 1983 and honorary chair of the reception received a gift of a painting of the Angelica Bridge from the Foundation. Theresa Heinze, artist and niece of Warren Emerson donated the painting to Judge Sprague and his wife Mary Lou.

Stephen V. Ambroselli and his wife Jean established a scholarship in his name for Genesse Valley Central School graduates who attend St. Bonaventure University. Mr. Ambroselli was a 1960 graduate of Belmont High School. The Foundation presented a plaque to Mr. Ambroselli in appreciation for his generous donation to the Foundation.

Keren Rohe was the keynote speaker. Karen was a former scholarship recipient and Centerville resident  who recently graduated from Harvard University. Keren’s speech touched the hearts and minds of the almost 300 people in attendance. Her thoughts reflected a cautionary tale of those of us who may never have experienced failure and do not have the resiliency necessary to keep going when the going gets tough.  She reminded the new graduates that failure is necessary to grow and mature.

The education reception has a threefold purpose. The first being to honor and encourage the new award recipients. The second to thank parents and influential educators for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the students. The third purpose is to tell the story of the work of the Foundation. Over the past 30 years many donations small and large are sent in to support funds and scholarships. This year marks the 30th year of the Foundation. We are fortunate to have accumulated almost $7.5 million dollars in assets. These funds provide a legacy for all time and ensure the Foundation’s place in the lore of Allegany County.

Thank you to all donors, parents, teachers and students for making this year exceptional.