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College scholarships awarded to Herkimer-region students
graduating with vocational education experience

June 15, 2017




Scholarship award winners holding their certificatesh
The Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundationís 26th annual awards ceremony took place on May 31 at the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES William E. Busacker Complex. Scholarships were presented to local high school students and Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program students. Alternates for the scholarships also were recognized. Winners and alternates who attended are pictured here, from left, front row: Kristyn Abounader, of Mount Markham; Angel Holden, of Central Valley; Alyssa Campione, of Little Falls, and Roberta Roper, of Frankfort-Schuyler. Second row: Allison Shedd, of Central Valley; Kimberly Pelosi, of St. Johnsville; Jordan Roberts, of Central Valley; Jianna Brown, of Little Falls; Britanny Munch, of Frankfort-Schuyler; Jonathan Coons, of Mount Markham, and Jack Casler, of Mount Markham. Absent from photo: Shayla Staves, of Little Falls; Megan Grogan, of Little Falls; Emma Fenton, of Poland; Hilary LaPorte, of Ilion, and Alesha Miles, of Gloversville.



HERKIMER Ė Local students received a total of $9,250 in scholarships to help them with their futures during the recent Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundationís 26th annual awards ceremony.

The goal of the foundation is to expand access to higher education for students in the region who are in career and technical education fields, foundation Board of Trustees President Sharon Baisley said.

ďItís so great to see students who have goals in mind and a future planned ahead,Ē she said. ďCongratulations, everybody.Ē

The annual awards ceremony took place on May 31 at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES William E. Busacker Complex, with a dinner for award winners and their families prior to the awards being given out. To date, the Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 305 scholarships Ė totaling $160,000.

Baisley said all the money raised by the foundation stays local. She thanked the foundation Board of Trustees members, who are educators and local business leaders who volunteer their time. She also thanked everyone for attending the event and the sponsors of the awards dinner: M&T Bank, Human Technologies Corp. and attorney George Aney.

The general scholarship winners receive $650 for the first year and another $650 for a second year of college if they maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and provide a copy of their freshman year transcript and enrollment verification for their sophomore year. The scholarships are open to students who are majoring in vocational education in their high schools or at Herkimer BOCES and plan to go to college the next school year.

The following students won the foundationís general scholarships:
  • Kristyn Abounader, of Mount Markham;
  • Jianna Brown, of Little Falls;
  • Alyssa Campione, of Little Falls;
  • Jack Casler, of Mount Markham;
  • Jonathan Coons, of Mount Markham;
  • Angel Holden, of Central Valley;
  • Britanny Munch, of Frankfort-Schuyler;
  • Jordan Roberts, of Central Valley;
  • Roberta Roper, of Frankfort-Schuyler, and
  • Allison Shedd, of Central Valley.

Shayla Staves, of Little Falls, and Megan Grogan, of Little Falls, were named as alternates to receive scholarships.

There also are special incentive awards available each year for students pursuing careers in certain areas that awards were established for through donations.

The following students won special incentive awards of $100 each this year:
  • Brown won the Chris Brockway Memorial Scholarship, which goes to a student completing the criminal justice program at Herkimer BOCES and attending college for a career of the recipientís choice.
  • Campione won the Chester A. Scerra Memorial Scholarship, which goes to a high-school graduate who will pursue an education in the culinary/hospitality field and has shown improvement and growth while attending the culinary hospitality program at BOCES.
  • Casler won the Mower Family Farm Scholarship, which goes to a high-school graduate who will be pursuing occupations in the field of agriculture, and the Paul A. Bouck Memorial Scholarship, which goes to a student who will be attending college and majoring in an agricultural or related field.
  • Coons won the William E. Whitehill Jr. Scholarship, which goes to a student in the Herkimer BOCES Career Tech Center who has demonstrated perseverance and has set clear goals for the future.
  • Roberts won the Robert A. Moore Memorial Scholarship, which goes to a student who has completed the Herkimer BOCES visual communications media arts program with a final two-year average of at least 80 and consistently exhibits the qualities of cooperation and professionalism.
  • Roper won the Papaleo/Dady Family Scholarship, which goes to a student who has completed a two-year program at the Herkimer BOCES Career Tech Center with an average of at least 85 and has demonstrated good attendance, teamwork and commitment to a career field through participation in classroom activities, work experiences and/or community involvement.
  • Shedd won the William E. Busacker Memorial Scholarship, which goes to a student who displays characteristics such as the student plans to attend college, a career training institute or vocational licensure school; has been actively involved in school and/or community programs that promote political, religious or social ideologies and; has been actively involved in school and/or community activities that foster personal growth such as sports, theater, journalism or career/academic interest organizations, and has demonstrated leadership in causes that promote change to the status quo, compassion for the less-fortunate, animal rights or other issues.

Additionally, $650 scholarships were awarded to two adult licensed practical nursing program students: Emma Fenton, of Poland, and Kimberly Pelosi, of St. Johnsville. Hilary LaPorte, of Ilion, was named as the alternate for the nursing scholarships. Also, Alesha Miles, of Gloversville, received the $650 special nursing scholarship.

The foundationís largest fundraiser each year is the Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament, which takes place this year on Aug. 7 at the Cedar Lake Golf Club. Last yearís golf tournament raised more than $7,000.

For information on how to participate, donate or sponsor the golf tournament, call 315-867-2023.



William E. Busacker award winner with the Busackers
Central Valley student Allison Shedd won the William E. Busacker Memorial Scholarship, which is named after a former Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES district superintendent, during the Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundationís 26th annual awards ceremony on May 31 at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex, which is also named after Busacker. Busackerís children William Busacker Jr. and Aosta Busacker Edelman are pictured here with Shedd and a picture of William E. Busacker following the awards ceremony.


Mower Family Farm Award winner with his parents and Ed Mower
Mount Markham student Jack Casler won the Mower Family Farm Scholarship, which goes to a high-school graduate who will be pursuing occupations in the field of agriculture, during the Herkimer Region College & Career Scholarship Foundationís 26th annual awards ceremony on May 31 at the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES William E. Busacker Complex. Pictured, from left, following the awards ceremony: Ed Mower, a former BOCES board member, lifelong farmer and sponsor of the award; Jack Casler; Caslerís father Philip Casler, who is a Mount Markham Board of Education member, and Caslerís mother Tracey Casler.


Scholarship winner Jack Casler with Ed Mower and Mount Markham school officials.
Scholarship winner Jack Casler with Ed Mower and Mount Markham school officials.








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