Alumni Foundation Awards $172,525 in Scholarships to Class of 2024

Class Officers Lucy Rivers, Jacqueline Santiago Garcia, Gina Sidari and Meganne Moore.

The Alumni High School Alumni Foundation awarded $172,525 in scholarships to Albion High School Class of 2024 graduates during their Class Night ceremony on June 14, 2024. These awards provide financial assistance to seniors as they continue to pursue their educational goals.

The Foundations’ scholarship committee chose recipients for 54 academic, vocational, service, leadership, arts and athletics scholarships. The committee reviewed numerous applications and chose students that they felt best fit each scholarship’s criteria.

Board members were on hand to greet families and thank various donors who attended the event and handed out memorial scholarships.

The evening began with senior class officers greeting the audience. Traditional passing on of the gavel from the senior class president to the junior class president took place as well as musical selections from the chorus and band.

High School Principal Jennifer Ashbery announced scholarship recipients.

Junior Class President Zach Baron accepted the gavel from Senior Class President Jackie Santiago Garcia.

Three newly created scholarships were presented for the first time this year.  They are:

Alvin Smith Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in the memory of Alvin Smith.   The $600 award is given on Class Night to a student who has passion for the field they are pursuing. 

Speradino Foundation Family Scholarship – This scholarship has been established by Robert and Jackie Sperandio and The Sperandio Family Foundation to support two students who have achieved a strong academic standing and shown good judgment, citizenship and involvement in the student body or community. The Sperandio family “always believes in creating opportunities where everyone can flourish and contribute to society.” 

Lu Johnson Memorial Scholarship –  This scholarship has been established by the Albion School staff.  Lu was a long-time high school teaching assistant.  She was an eternal optimist who loved to help those who were most needy.  Lu thrived on watching students succeed and overcoming obstacles.  The scholarship goes to a member of the Class of 2024 who has financial need, has demonstrated kindness towards others, and has overcome academic challenges during High School. 

Chorus performs the Alma Mater.

The Alumni Foundation’s scholarship program continues to grow and benefit more students each and every year. Scholarship funding is made possible through memberships and gifts from AHS Alumni and community members, as well as individuals and organizations that contact the Foundation to establish a scholarship. The Foundation manages the funds and awards the scholarships annually during Albion High School’s Class Night.

The Foundation would like to thank the generous donors that work with us to create and sustain these scholarships. Our donors are helping to make a difference for a lifetime for Albion graduates. Contact Steve Hicks at to learn how you can create a scholarship. 

If you are interested in donating to any of the scholarships you can go to our donate button on the homepage of our website ( or write to us:

Albion High School Alumni Foundation

P.O. Box 345

Albion, N.Y. 14411

Jonah Karnynski and Kevin He receive the Hoag Engineering Scholarship. Finn McCue also received the scholarship.
Sara Thom receives the Wayne A. Burlison Award.
Flynn Morrison accepts the Alvin Smith Memorial Scholarship from Alumni Board Member Mollie Radzinski.

Congratulations to all 2024 scholarship recipients!

Albion High School Alumni Foundation – Lucy Rivers and Jason Anstey

Paul R. Haines Memorial Scholarship – Jacqueline Santiago-Garcia

St. Gobain Adfors Scholarship – Jordan Marshall

Elizabeth Balcom Smith Scholarship- Lucy Rivers

Golden Performance Scholarship- Willem DeRuysscher

Jim & Susie Fraser Health Careers Scholarship – Alison Gibson

Minier Family Scholarship – Meganne Moore

Albion Alumni Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship – Jason Anstey

Coach Richard Diminuco Scholarship for Athletic Excellence – Finnegan McCue

Harry W. Salchak Science Scholarship – Jonah Karnyski

A.B. Dick Eddy Service Above Self Scholarship – Meganne Moore

Nancy Elaine Lagamba Scholarship – Kayla Burgio

Dr. Paul Mahany Family Scholarships – Julia Fuller, Liana Flugel, Danielle Wyant, Hailey Warren

Hoag Engineering Scholarships – Jonah Karnyski, Finnegan McCue, Kevin He

Panek Family Farm Agriculture Scholarship – Sarah Thom

Horton Scholarship – Ben O’Connor

Wayne A. Burlison Memorial Scholarship – Jason Anstey, Sarah Thom

Glassner Family Scholarship – Natalie Printup

John Panek Memorial Scholarship – Gina Sidari

Ronald L. Sodoma Memorial Scholarship –  Kevin He

Masonic Renovation Lodge #97 Scholarship – Jacqueline Santiago-Garcia

Edward B. Archbald Memorial Scholarship – Gina Sidari

Dr. David and Anita Long Scholarship – Ella Papponetti

D’Andrea Family Scholarship – Ben O’Connor

Brandon Bruski Memorial Scholarship – Erin Weese

Ralph and Pearl Poelma Good Neighbor Community Scholarship – Autumn Flugel, Lucy Rivers

Jake and Anna Vreeburg Scholarships – Jett Conn, Blake Preston

Inge Hume Elementary Education Scholarship – Julia Fuller

Robert P. VanDeusen Memorial Scholarship – Zoe Marat

Moore Family Scholarship Fund – Skylar Draper

Sherman Awards – Jason Anstey (Moses Sherman Award) & Lucy Rivers (Margaret Sherman Award)

Benjamin Dennis Kirby Memorial Scholarship – Mark Ames, Finnegan McCue, Gina Sidari

Oak Orchard Bowl- Whittier Scholarship – Auston Johnson, Alison Gibson

Country Lane Veterinary Scholarship – Meganne Moore, Gina Sidari, Kayla Burgio

Babbitt Family Scholarship – Gina Sidari

Matthew K. Gardner Memorial Scholarship – Autumn Flugel

Scott H. Ward Memorial Scholarship – Gabriella Dobo

Craig Anderson Scholarship – Madison Hughson

Brennan Michael Carlyle Moody Scholarship – Lucy Rivers, Mark Ames

Jared M. Fearby Scholarship – Meganne Moore

Edward Fancher Memorial Scholarship – Lucy Rivers

Gil and Christine Pritchard Vocational Scholarship – Kayla Burgio 

Lamont Family Scholarship – Jacqueline Santiago-Garcia

Kelly Sidari Ricker Memorial Scholarship – Gina Sidari

Gwenyth Hughson Memorial Scholarship – Mark Ames

Nicholas Kovaleski Memorial Scholarship – Gina Sidari

Hoag Skilled Trades Scholarship – Jace Thrash, Ella Papponetti

Betty West Memorial Scholarship – Julia Fuller

Stewart New Scholarship – Max Bentley

Dick Tower Scholarship –  Blake Preston

Alvin Smith Family Scholarship – Flynn Morrison

Sperandio Foundation Family Scholarship – Autumn Flugel, Jett Conn

Lu Johnson Memorial Scholarship – Mason Lynch