John C. Robertson and Flora S. Whiteman Scholarship

Loretta Whiteman Robertson lived in Cuba, NY and worked as a marching band teacher at Hinsdale Central School. Her life was devoted to her students, her family and her community.

She passed away in 1972 and in her will provided a scholarship fund. Local attorney, Wesley J. Serra was the trustee  of that will until his death, and  thereafter his wife, Anne became the voluntary administrator of the will. Her desire was to carry out the wishes of her good friend, Loretta Whiteman Robertson. In 2012, Anne then was given notice of the petition by Assistant Attorney General William Maldovan to relieve her of the management of the trust.

In 2012, Terri L. Ross, Allegany County Treasurer was assigned the role of trustee by the Honorable Terrence M. Parker. Upon the completion of the administration of the trust, the trust shall be terminated and the assets distributed to the Allegany County Area Foundation, Inc. to be administered in perpetuity as the John C. Robertson and Flora S. Whiteman Scholarship Fund as directed by the will of Loretta Whiteman Robertson.

Terri Ross advised Carolyn Miller, president Board of Directors of the ACAF, in December 2012 that the Foundation would be receiving custody of the scholarship trust. Terri presented Carolyn Miller and Warren Emerson, development chair of the Board of Directors a check for $44,000.00 on December 18, 2012. Several guests attended the celebratory luncheon at the Fountain Bistro in Belmont, NY. Guests included: Anne Serra, and Duff Serra as well as representatives from the Allegany County Area Foundation.

The scholarship fund provides for students from the Cuba-Rushford School District who are pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree and are enrolled beyond their freshmen year in a college or university.