From our Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Allegany County Area Foundation
Thank you very much for the Belva Waite Memorial Scholarship! These funds will help me greatly as I further my education. I will be attending Roberts Wesleyan College in the fall to pursue a degree in childhood and special education. I can’t wait to have a classroom of my own someday and educate the next generation of world-changers. I appreciate all that you do for students like me. – Alyssa

“Thank you so much for my award. This will help so much for my last two years of college. Receiving the Marion Green Scholarship was such an honor. I found out that Marion was my Grandma Coat’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher, so getting this award was very special to both myself and my grandmother. Thank you again for this scholarship.”   – Nichol

Dear ACAF Dollars for Scholars Board,

Thank you for the ACAF General Scholarship of $1000. This scholarship will help me further my education to study Early Childhood/Special Education at St. Bonaventure University. I can’t wait to become a teacher and tell kids to apply for scholarships at ACAF. Thank you again for helping students like me go to college.
Sincerely, – Heidi


The Wellsville Montessori School strives to offer quality preschool and daycare programs to the Wellsville area. Your recent donation will help to improve the security of our building, keeping the children in our care safe and their parents’ minds at ease. Thank you again for your generosity.   ~Wellsville Montessori School Teachers

“Again, I would like to thank the Scholarship Committee for helping me with this opportunity. To give you some updates. I am still a NCAA athlete on the crew team and on the rocket team. We are putting the finishing touches on the rocket we are going to take to the national competition. This coming semester I have decided to try another company instead of going back to Boeing. I will be building rockets for Space X out in Los Angeles! I am very excited, as Space X is the dream company for all aero/astro space engineers! I recently met Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Solar City, Tesla Motors and Space X while he was a guest speaker here at MIT! I also will be working in a lab this coming semester with Buzz Aldrin!

So things here are very exciting! I have included the following link as I was just chosen as a Burchard Scholar!?

Thanks again!

Dear ACAF Board of Directors (and Volunteers)
Thank you for selecting me as the winner of the Kane Family Scholarship. My family and I are additionally grateful that Cazenovia College will match that scholarship. Again, a sincere thank you. We certainly appreciate your help in my education. – Bailey

“I would like to take the time to say that my dreams of being the first in my immediate family to go straight from high school to an undergraduate college at Edinboro and then someday law school became possible with the help of scholarships . Thank you for your generous support and donations. Without these programs and scholarships in Allegany County many students would not have the opportunities that we now have. Thank you so much for making this possible. I hope to someday give back to the communities that helped me so much with the further schooling I am about to receive.”


“Just a short note on behalf of the Genesee Valley Central School District to thank you for your generous donation to First Book. Because of donors such as yourself, we were able to purchase 205 books to distribute to PK – 4.

We will be distributing our books by grade level on March 2nd. This is our first day of our “Read Across America” week; we are excited to begin our celebration with free books!”

Carol McCarville
Genesee Valley Central School

Thank you so much for sponsoring my participation in the 2020 Leadership Allegany program. It is something I’ve been interested in for a number of years now and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. I care a great deal about our county and desire to continue to invest in its thriving. Many thanks – Rebecca

“This letter is in reference to the Daniel McCarthy Scholarship that I was awarded by the Allegany County Area Foundation. I want to take this opportunity again and thank all who are involved with this wonderful project. I am pleased to say that my first semester at Alfred State College was successful, and I am looking forward to what next semester has to offer.


Thank you for the Highway Superintendents scholarship. I appreciate it and will do my best.

~ Carter


To the Allegany County Area Foundation Members,
I would like to extend my sincerest thank you for the generous award I have received for the 2019-2020 school year. It means so much to me that I was chosen for a scholarship dedicated to teaching, which is a true passion of mine. As I go into my senior year at Keuka College, this will significantly aid in my payments before my Master’s year. I would also like to thank the Foundation for maintaining such a wonderful program which support students of Allegany County, as many of our college careers would not be possible without it. Thank you again.

Dear Allegany County Area Foundation
Thank you for generously awarding me the Mary A. Bishop Memorial Scholarship at this year’s Dollars for Scholars program. This is the fourth year that you given me such a substantial award, and you have provided tremendous support in helping me pay for my studies in both biochemistry and piano at SUNY Geneseo. I cannot thank you enough for this scholarship as it will allow me to finish my undergraduate education without a large burden of student debt, which is something I’ll always be grateful for.  Thank you again – Rachael (Wellsville Class of 2017)

Dear ACAF Board
Thank you for selecting me for the Delores Ackerman Scholarship. It will be put to good use while I’m attending Alfred State for my BBA. – Autumn

Thank you for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. The scholarship will help me pay for books and tuition. I am attending Alfred State College. I study machine tool technology to become a machinist. – Jacob

To the ACAF
Thank you for awarding me the Walter F and Louisa A. Sibley Memorial Scholarship. With this scholarship, I will have incredible opportunities. I am planning on attending the University of Buffalo and studying computer science and history. This award will help me further my education and pursue my dreams. Thank you. – Connor

Thank you for your generosity, which has allowed me to pursue a nursing career. I plan to attend Jamestown Community College in the fall. I am honored to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship.

To the Allegany County Area Foundation

Thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship of $3000. I am so excited to continue my education at Nazareth College, and I know this this award will greatly help me finance my education. Thank you for your kindness and help. – Grace

Dear Friends at the Allegany County Area Foundation

Thanks ever so much for your generous funding for our Backpack Program under the COVID assistance program. You really helped keep the program going during such a great time of crisis. Families in Cuba, Friendship & Belfast appreciate it. Best, Suzanne Kroll, Cuba Cultural Center

“Thank you so much for coming to our Baker’s Bridge Meeting House and presenting the check for $500 that the Allegany County Area Foundation granted to us to help us have a new deck and ramp built in memory of our retired Charter Member, Lyle Palmiter. This grant will help very much toward our goal of having a deck area with both stairs and a handicap accessible ramp. Please convey our appreciation to your Foundation Board.”

Mary Lou Cartledge, Treasurer
Baker’s Bridge Historical Association

Dear ACAF Board of Directors  

On behalf of the Allegany County Association for the Blind, thank you for your support and generous $400 grant. With this grant we can continue to provide Pre-K amblyopia screening in our local Allegany County schools.  The screening program helps identify visual problems at an early age, which can often be treated and corrected with less invasive procedures. 

~Allegany County Association for the Blind 

I’d like to thank the Allegany County Area Foundation Board of Directors for the scholarship. This money will go towards furthering my education in the welding field at Alfred State College of Technology. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Allegany County Area Foundation
6087 State Rt 19
Belmont, NY 14813

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