2016 AHSAF Scholarship Recipients

logoThe Albion High School Alumni Foundation takes great pride in Making a difference for a lifetime for the Albion Central School District community – alumni, students, teachers, and friends. The main focus of the Foundation is a Scholarship Program that continues to grow and benefit more students each and every year.

Each year at the Class Night celebration, the Foundation presents scholarships to graduating seniors who meet the criteria of each specific scholarship. These awards provide financial assistance so that our bright young scholars may continue their educational goals and be successful in their future endeavors.

The funding for the scholarships are made possible through memberships and gifts from AHS Alumni, as well as individuals or organizations that contact the Foundation to establish a scholarship. The Foundation manages the funds and awards the scholarships annually during the Class Night event, along with other scholarships that are awarded that evening.

And, our scholarship list continues to grow! In 2015, the Foundation added four new scholarships and we’re already working on at least three more for the 2016 awards.

Congratulations to all scholarship recipients…..your achievements make us proud!

This year, the Foundation awarded:

24 scholarships to 32 students totaling: $51,650.

This represents a $12,000 increase over scholarships awarded by the Foundation in 2015! 

Here are the results of the 2016 scholarships managed and awarded by the Albion HS Alumni Foundation and a few photos from the Class Night celebration.

Albion High School Alumni Foundation Scholarships

These $1500 (4) scholarships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement, school and community activities, and potential for future accomplishment. Originally established in memory of those alumni who have given their lives in the service of our country, these scholarships are awarded on behalf of more than 10,000 people around the world that have graduated from Albion High School. Four awards of $1500 each will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipients are:

Daniel Beam

McKayla Hastings

Kyle Thaine

Mikayla Yaskulski

Paul R. Haines Memorial Scholarship

This $1500 scholarship, awarded annually by the Foundation, is made possible through gifts from the Haines family and friends. It is awarded based on academic achievement, community involvement, and potential for future accomplishment. When possible, preference will be given to a student pursuing a career in international relations or a similar field. An award of $1500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Meredith Patterson

Smith Foundation Challenge

Two $1000 scholarships are awarded annually by the Foundation to students entering the second year of college. The awards were made possible through gifts from the Edwin J. and Blanche K. Smith Foundation, Inc. All recipients of first-year scholarships from the Alumni Foundation are eligible. Preference is given to students pursuing a course of study in engineering or science.

This year’s recipients are:

Charlyne Olick

Brittany Francis

Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, Inc. It is awarded to a student who has shown academic achievement, participation in community and school activities, and potential for future accomplishment. Preference is given to a student pursuing a major in engineering or finance. An award of $1000 will be presented by the Alumni Foundation upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Randal Eblacker

Elizabeth Balcom Smith Scholarship

This $500 award is presented by the Foundation in memory of Elizabeth Balcom Smith. Mrs. Smith graduated with the AHS Class of 1939 and was a highly respected family therapist. This scholarship, made possible through a generous contribution from Barbara Balcom, is awarded in recognition of academic achievement, school and community activities, and potential for future accomplishment. An award of $500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Matthew DeCarlo

Golden Performance Award

This $500 award was originally established in 2003 through funds raised by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation as part of Amanda Haines’ and Samantha McGrath’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project and has been continued by the Foundation. It is awarded to a person who has been involved in the performing arts throughout high school. Preference is given to a student who is pursuing further education in the performing arts.

This year’s recipient is:

Elijah VanEpps

Jim and Susie Fraser Health Careers Scholarship

This $500 scholarship has been established by Jim Fraser (Class of 1970) and Susie Glassner Fraser (Class of 1972) to provide financial assistance to students who aspire to enter the healthcare field and demonstrate financial need. This $500 scholarship is administered by the Albion HS Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Kassidy Hastings

Dr. Lee Minier Science Scholarship

This $500 scholarship, established in 2008, is in memory of Lee N. Minier, Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy. Because of Lee’s lifelong thirst for knowledge and for a deeper understanding of the complexities of the universe, this scholarship shall be presented to a senior who demonstrates a true love and respect for the sciences, in particular Biology, Paleontology, Astronomy, and Chemistry. This scholarship is now administered by the Foundation. An award of $500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Miranda Allen

Albion Alumni Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship was established in 2010 by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation and is given annually to the senior who has shown the greatest achievement in multiple facets of the performing arts at Albion High School. Preference will be given to a student who is continuing a post high school education in the performing arts or a related field (i.e. Music Education, Music Performance, Drama, Theater Arts, Music Business, etc.) The winner will be determine by the AHS music and theater faculty. An award of $1000 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Zachary Shaffer

Coach Richard Diminuco Scholarship for Athletic Excellence

This $1500 scholarship will be awarded annually by the Foundation in recognition of Coach Richard Diminuco, who served as AHS head varsity football coach for 30 years and athletic director for 26 years. It is awarded to an outstanding athlete who displays good character and academic achievement. Preference will be given to a student who will be participating in college level athletics and/or pursuing a career in physical education. An award of $1500 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Kyle Smith

Harry W. Salchak Science Scholarship

A $2500 scholarship, established in 2012, is in memory of Harry W. Salchak, who taught earth science, chemistry, and physics at AHS for 35 years. It is awarded annually by the Foundation. This scholarship was established by Earl and Reva Smith, who lived in the Albion district for 29 years and appreciated his contribution to education, and by the Salchak family in honor of excellence in his life and teaching. It will be awarded to an outstanding graduating senior who demonstrates a passion for the sciences and who will be enrolled in college majoring in and pursuing a career in a science or engineering field. This $2500 award will be presented upon successful completion of the first semester of college.

This year’s recipient is:

Miranda Allen

A.B. “Dick” Eddy “Service Above Self” Scholarship

This $1250 scholarship is awarded in memory of Dick Eddy, a community leader, businessman, and Rotarian, who committed his life to the principle of Service Above Self. Established in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Albion, this scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service and leadership, and displays high potential for future accomplishment. An award of $1250 will be presented upon successful completion of college by the Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Elizabeth Goff

The Nancy Elaine LaGamba Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship has been created in honor of Nancy Elaine LaGamba’s life by her husband, Ron. Nancy was a school teacher in the public school system and lived in the Albion area for over 30 years. Nancy devoted her life to helping all children meet and exceed their educational goals. Nancy was a proud American and she relished any opportunity to express her love for her country. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving Albion High School student who has demonstrated commitment to Albion High, church and community, and self-improvement over the student’s high school career. An award of $1000 will be presented upon successful completion of one year of college or trade school by the Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Bethany Bowman

The Dr. Paul Mahany Family Scholarships

These $2500 (up to 5) scholarships have been created in memory of Kathryn Mahany Kerrigan, who grew up in Albion. Her father, Dr. Paul Mahany, died when Kathryn was only 13 years old and it was the Albion community which stepped in to help her mother raise Kathryn and her brother Paul. With scholarship assistance from the community, Kathryn went on to become a nurse practitioner and nurse mid-wife, with an additional degree in public health. She spent her life helping under-served women and children in areas of greatest need from New York to California. It was her wish to return in some measure the kindness and support that she received when she was growing up in Albion. These scholarships are awarded to seniors based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is pursuing further education in nursing and other service-oriented professions. An award of $2500 will be presented to each recipient upon successful completion of one year of college or nursing school by the Foundation.

This year’s recipients are:

Cheyenna Eagle

Meghan Hurley

Chlow Weis

Raven White

Hoag Scholarship

TWO $10,000 four-year scholarship was first awarded in 2013. The scholarship has been established by Courtenay and Maurice (Class of 1961) Hoag to provide financial assistance to a student so as to earn a Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Engineering. The Foundation awards two scholarships annually at $10,000 over four years and is paid at $2,000 per year upon successful completion of each year of college - one for Chemical Engineering and one for Engineering. The recipients must continue in an engineering major over the four year scholarship period.

This year’s recipient is:

Matthew Flanagan - Engineering Scholarship

* The Chemical Engineering Scholarship was not awarded this year

Panek Family Farm Agriculture Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship was started in 2014 by the Panek Family Farm through the Albion High School Alumni Foundation. It assists students pursuing an agriculture degree or entering the agriculture industry. The Panek family started farming in 1982 and have been active members of the agriculture community ever since. The Panek family strongly believes in the Albion Agriculture Program and in supporting young people in their pursuit of agriculture careers. An award of $1000 will be given annually and presented upon successful completion of one semester of college or, for those entering agriculture directly, following a review of career progress after 6 months.

This year’s recipient is:

Sarah Kuehne

The Rex & Marilyn Horton Scholarship

This $500 scholarship has been established in memory of Marilyn Horton by Rex Horton and Renovation Lodge # 97 of Freemasons. $500 will be presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service. Preference will be given to a student pursuing a career in culinary arts or a vocational trade. This $500 scholarship is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Allyson Irwin

The Wayne A. Burlison Memorial Scholarship

This $500 scholarship, established in 2014 by Wayne’s wife and son, is supported by Albion School employees, various musical groups that Wayne was involved in, the Albion Running Club, and family and friends. this is in honor of the memory and legacy of Wayne A. Burlison, a beloved music educator in the Albion School Community. The recipient of this award should be one that reflects the values and behaviors as modeled by Mr. Burlison. With a strong passion for music and the fine arts, he was also a person of integrity and perseverance, believing that all can achieve in ways they hope to grow. He sought to find ways to help others learn, especially when facing adversity. Mr. Burlison loved both the school and his community, showed compassion towards others, and was dedicated and committed to his family. Mr. Burlison was often quoted as having said “Everything we do is a choice, including how we react to the situations around us. What choice will you make?”; as well as “Can’t isn’t a word, try again”. Primary consideration will be given to students that are active in the fine arts or music in high school, and show good academic standing and/or growth. Applicants do not necessarily need to pursue a college degree in music or fine arts, but must state how they will continue to be active in music or fine arts as they attend college. This $500 scholarship is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipients are:

Meredith Patterson

Zachary Shaffer

Glassner Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the family of the late Jake and Dorothy (Dottie) Glassner to honor their parents who gave and in return received so much from the Albion community. Besides raising eight children in Albion, their tireless efforts in local government, community and social services, and service clubs were instrumental in making Albion a great place to live, work, and play. The scholarship is made possible through gifts from the Glassner family and is awarded based on financial needs of the student. The annual award is administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation and will be a minimum of $500 – this year the award is for $1,400.

This year’s recipient is:

Sarah Graham

John Panek Memorial Scholarship

This $2000 scholarship was established in 2015 in memory of John Panek by the Panek family. This award will be given to a student that has been very active in Agriculture classes and the FFA and is pursuing a degree in agriculture. John Panek believed that if you work hard and dream big you can achieve whatever you desire. This $2000 scholarship will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Kelsee Soule

Ronald L. Sodoma Memorial Scholarship

This $1500 scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Ron Sodoma, Superintendent of Schools and educator in the Albion Central School District for 35 years. The scholarship, made possible through gifts from the Sodoma Family and friends, is awarded to a senior who best demonstrates RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and OPTIMISM. These Character Education Traits were highlighted under Mr. Sodoma’s leadership in the Albion Central School District as it moved into the millennium. To be eligible, a senior must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 80%, and he/she must be pursuing some form of higher education (e.g. trade school, community college, college, or university) after graduation. This $1500 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Madeline Gibbs

Masonic Renovation Lodge # 97 Scholarship

This $750 scholarship has been established by Renovation Lodge #97 through the Albion High School Alumni Foundation, and has been enhanced by a gift in honor of Dick and Mildred Cook. It is presented to a graduating senior who is pursuing any type of training in a medical field. This $750 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Jason Downs

Edward B. Archbald Memorial Scholarship

This $1250 scholarship has been established by the Rotary Club of Albion in memory of Ed Archbald, a farmer, philanthropist, outdoorsman, and 70-year member of Rotary. It is presented to a graduating senior pursuing a college education who shares Ed’s love for sports, recreational activities, community service, and work experience. This $1250 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Kyle Smith

David R. Long Agricultural Scholarship

This $2500 scholarship was established by the Long and Pritchard families to honor the late David Long. Mr. Long, who graduated with the class of 1961, had a distinguished career in promoting the field of agriculture. The scholarship is awarded to an active member of the FFA who is pursuing higher education in agriculture or a related field. This $2500 scholarship was first awarded in 2016 and will be administered by the Albion High School Alumni Foundation.

This year’s recipient is:

Kelsee Soule

Again, the Albion HS Alumni Foundation congratulates all scholarship recipients and wishes the best of luck, happiness, and success in all future endeavors!

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To help support our scholarship programs:

  • You may contribute to our general scholarship fund or give to any specific scholarship by sending in a donation to The Albion High School Alumni Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 345, Albion, NY 14411. Specify “General Scholarship Fund” or the specific scholarship you wish to support.
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  • If you would like to establish a NEW scholarship, you may contact us in writing at The Albion High School Alumni Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 345, Albion, NY 14411 or scroll down to the bottom of this web page and use the contact feature to drop us a note.

Thank you to all who support our mission!