ACAF Funds

Grants     Scholarships


Allegany Fund

The largest of the Foundation’s grant funds, the Allegany Fund was created by ACAF without restrictions. Accordingly, this fund gives us great flexibility in awarding grants where needed to meet emerging and long term needs in the county. 

Designated Funds

Cuba Chamber of Commerce Legacy Fund (2013)

Supports local projects and organizations.

Cuba Chamber of Commerce Cuba-Rushford Toys for Kids Fund (2013)

Supports annual Toys for Kids campaign.

Hydramec Fund (1989)

Created by Hydramec, Inc. to provide financial support for the Scio Free Library.

Doris O. Church Fund (1999)

Established by the family of Doris O. Church to provide financial support for the Andover Public Library.

SPCA Serving Allegany County Endowment Fund (1998)

Sponsored by the SPCA to provide permanent financial support to the SPCA for the care, shelter and adoption of unwanted or abandoned animals.

Cuba Memorial Hospital Endowment Fund (2005)

Established by the hospital to provide financial support for the Cuba Memorial Hospital.

Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Fund (2007)

Established by a gift from Kathryn Church to support in perpetuity the upkeep of trees in the Village of Andover.

Susan Foster Myers Memorial Endowment Fund

Established by Alan W. Myers of Friendship, NY in memory of his wife, Susan Foster Myers, for the purpose of supporting the Friendship Free Library so that it may continue to thrive and serve the community well into the future.

Fund for the Andover Free Library (2018)

Established in 2018, this fund will provide annual support for the Andover Free Library’s collection, programing, and facility.

Lester and Dorotha Harris Whitesville Cemetery Fund (2019)

This fund provides annual support for the maintenance of the Whitesville Cemetery.

Allegany Senior Foundation (2018)

This endowment, established by ASF, will provide support for the organization’s activities and programs that serve local seniors.

Field-of-Interest Funds

Thomas F. and Laura L. Moogan Family Fund (1993)

Endowed by long-time Wellsville residents Thomas F. and Laura L. Moogan for the purpose of promoting and assisting volunteer, charitable, and educational organizations in Wellsville and Allegany County.

Norbert Shear Memorial Fund (2001)

Created by the family of A. Norbert Shear to provide grants to groups serving Allegany County.

Bob Christian Fund (2012)

This fund was created by the Allegany County Area Foundation to honor Robert Christian for his service as executive director.  This fund will provide financial support for ongoing historical research and the display and enjoyment of historical materials related to the county.

Walter Taber Memorial Trust Fund (2019)

This fund will assist individuals and community groups that are working on projects and activities that will benefit the residents of Friendship, NY, and generally improve the community.

Wellsville Shop with a Cop Fund (2019)

This endowment will provide assistance to programs and activities that will make the holiday season more positive for disadvantaged kids. Priority will be given to projects that will help children and youth already receiving support from the Allegany County Department of Social Services.

Kenneth and Judi Van Dine Christian Service Grant (2019)

This grant will support a high school student or adult going on a short term missions trip. Priority will go to those planning to travel to Haiti.

Scholarship Funds

Marie Miller Gleason Scholarship Fund (2013): established by David Scholes in honor of his mother, this scholarship will benefit Belfast Central School graduating seniors who are in the first generation of their families to attend a four year college, and who aim to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM fields).

Stephen V. Ambroselli Scholar Incentive Fund (2013): established by Stephen and Jean Ambroselli to provide a one-time per student $5,000.00 scholarship for a Genesee Valley Central School student who is enrolled at St. Bonaventure University.

Mary A. Bishop Scholarship Fund (1989): established by the will of Mary A. Bishop to provide scholarships to students residing in Allegany County who demonstrate merit and need.

Sgt. Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship Fund (2013): established by the family of Ian Gregory Bole to provide a scholarship for a graduate of the Belmont Career and Technical Center who will pursue a career in a manufacturing/engineering field.

Dr. Robert G. Hutter Memorial Scholarship (2013): established to provide a student from Allegany County a scholarship to study performing arts or finance at Alfred University.

Daniel R. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund (1991): established to provide scholarships for students desiring to earn a degree in a business related program at a college in Allegany or Cattaraugus County. Award based on all-around merit and financial need.

Lois M. Lilly Scholarship Fund (1994): established by the will of Lois M. Lilly to provide college scholarships to worthy residents of Allegany County. Preference is given to a Belfast Central School graduate.

George and Ella Shear Scholarship Fund (1995): created by Ella Shear to provide scholarships to graduates of Scio Central School, with preference to students pursuing a career in elementary education.

Alfred Wood Scholarship Fund (1997): established by the will of Alfred Wood to provide scholarship support to worthy graduates of Cuba-Rushford Central School

Highway Superintendents Scholarship (2013): This program provides two $1500.00 scholarships for students pursuing studies in heavy equipment or related fields at Alfred State College of Technology at Wellsville.

Kirby L. Jensen Memorial Scholarship Fund (1998): established by family and friends of Kirby L. Jensen for students graduating from Wellsville Central School pursuing a career in science and technology. Financial need is considered.

Mary Lou Canessa Memorial Scholarship Fund (2013):established in memory of former Wellsville Central School counselor Mary Lou Canessa, provides $500.00 annually for a Wellsville student chosen in consultation with Wellsville Central School guidance counselors.

William F. Farnsworth Memorial Scholarship Fund (1998): established by friends and family of William F. Farnsworth for graduates of Genesee Valley Central School, with preference to students pursuing a career in education. Financial need is considered.

Belva A. Waite Memorial Scholarship Fund (2000): established by the will of Belva A. Waite for students residing in Allegany County. Award is based on all-around high school performance.

Joseph W. and Inez A. Hupp Scholarship Fund (2002): created by a bequest from Inez A. Hupp to award scholarships to students graduating from Cuba-Rushford Central School.

Walter F. and Louisa A. Sibley Scholarship Fund (2005): established by the will of Louisa A. Sibley for graduates of Cuba-Rushford Central School.

Fisk Non-Traditional Education Scholarship Fund (2006): established by a gift from a concerned citizen for residents of Allegany County covering up to 75% of the total cost for those seeking to improve their current skills. Financial need is considered.

Dresser-Rand Scholarship Fund (2006): established by a gift from Dresser-Rand for the benefit of children and family of current and retired Dresser-Rand Wellsville employees. Preference is given to those pursuing a technical, manufacturing or business course of study. Financial need and academic performance are considered.

Edward Brewster Memorial Scholarship Fund (2007): established by the will of Pauline Brewster in honor of her husband Edward; provides scholarships for Whitesville Central School graduates who exhibit a strong work ethic and financial need.

Joseph E. Presutti Memorial Scholarship Fund (2008): established by family and friends in honor of Joe Presutti. Preference for Genesee Valley Central School graduates and those in Public Service and/or Veterans. Financial need is considered.

Marion W. Green Commitment to Community Scholarship Fund (2008): established to encourage students in the Scio Central School District to continue their education. Financial need is considered in making these grants to students that will complete a degree or certification within two years. Students must show maturity, a commitment to sharing their skills and resources, and an interest in community service.

Karen A. Kunz Memorial Scholarship Fund (2012): established to support a student who intends to pursue an associate’s degree in accounting and who has financial need. The scholarship will be renewable for the second year.

 John C. Robertson and Flora S. Whitman Memorial Scholarship Fund (2013): established for the benefit of a Cuba-Rushford graduate.

Julianne Doyle Bentley Memorial Scholarship Fund (2013): 
established for the benefit of a Cuba-Rushford or Wellsville student entering her or his sophomore, junior, or senior year in college.

Leslie Newland Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund (2018): Seniors at/graduates of Wellsville Central School may benefit from this scholarship. Priority is given to students pursuing music education or teaching, and who have shown a commitment to community service.

Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship (2018): This scholarship will assist students from Friendship or Genesee Valley Central School.

Leonard and Margaret Kelley Scholarship (2019): This memorial scholarship will provide assistance to graduates of Genesee Valley or Fillmore central schools that are attending a SUNY college or St. Bonaventure University.

Allegany County Deputy Sheriff’s Scholarship (2019): Supports high school seniors, with priority for those planning a career in a field related to criminal justice or law enforcement. This is a spring semester award. A 3.00 or higher GPA is required at the end of the fall semester.

Wellsville  Area Homeschoolers (2020): Provides support for college students who’ve completed at least 50% of their high school program through the Wellsville Area Homeschoolers organization.

Carl Atwell Memorial Scholarship (2020): Honors Andover native Carl Atwell. This award goes to an Andover Central School senior showing a record of involvement in athletics and service to the Andover community.

Barbie Ludden Scholarship (2021): This scholarship was established in memory of Barbie Ludden and will provide a scholarship to a Cuba-Rushford Central School senior pursuing college study in a health or medical field.

Interested in setting up a scholarship or grant fund? Contact ACAF at 585-296-5616 for information.

Grant funds may be established to benefit a specific organization (e.g. SPCA) or a cause (e.g. local history, or the arts).

Scholarship funds may be set up to help a student from a specific high school, or attending a specific college, or in a particular academic program.