Karen A. Kunz Memorial Scholarship

karenkunzKaren A. Kunz Memorial Scholarship

Karen A. Kunz was a life-long resident of Allegany County and a graduate of Cobleskill and Houghton Colleges. She worked in the school business field for over 30 years. At the time of her death, in 2007, she was serving as the School Business Executive for Hinsdale Central School, but she had also served in the Friendship, Portville and Limestone School Districts, along with the Allegany-Cattaraugus BOCES.

As a tribute to her stellar career in school finance, this scholarship has been established by her family as a way to encourage those who would seek to follow her footsteps in the accounting and/or business profession.

Mrs. Kunz was a leader in the school business field. She was well-respected by her colleagues and had a tremendous work ethic. She was creative in finding financially responsible and ethical solutions to her schools’ money woes in their effort to fund sound educational programs for K-12 students. She greatly enjoyed mentoring many prospective school business officials in the course of her career.

One of Mrs. Kunz’s best traits was her marvelous sense of humor. By her example, she disproved the stereo-type that accountants are always boring, humorless “bean counters.” She was a great wife, mother of two, and friend to so many.

Mrs. Kunz was active in the Cuba United Methodist Church, serving as senior high Sunday School Teacher and Youth Group Advisor for many years. She was currently serving on the church Board of Trustees. For helping with the FFA State Convention, she was the recipient of Cuba-Rushford’s Honorary FFA Chapter Degree in 1999. Other interests during her life were gardening, cooking, golfing and walking. She also enjoyed traveling with her family.