Wellsville Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship

(March 2016) The Wellsville Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship Fund has been managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation since 2016. The program provides college scholarships to WCS graduates who show an exemplary record of community service along with a solid academic record.

This fund was originally created by the Wellsville Rotary back in the 1930’s, and was set up to award scholarships as loans to graduating seniors going on to college. The first such scholarship grant was awarded in 1941. For about the next 25 years the policy was to award a mixture of loans and outright grants. During that period the Rotary Student Loan Committee dispersed about $22,000 to about 50 students. In the 1960’s a policy of grants only was adopted and that continues until the present day – with about $116,000 being awarded to 233 students. In recent years three annual recipients have been selected.

Various Rotarians have administered the fund over the years. Mr. Frank Jensen was chairman of the Scholarship Committee from 1970 until 1990 and was succeeded in the position for 25 years to date by Art Van Tyne.
Current seniors from the Wellsville High School who are planning to attend either a two- or four-year college are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applicants may apply online for the Wellsville Rotary Club Scholarships through the Allegany County Area Foundation at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollars for scholars.org.