New Health Career Scholarship at Genesee to be Funded by Assets from Genesee-Orleans Homemakers Agency

Although the not-for-profit Genesee-Orleans Homemakers, Inc. recently dissolved, its goal of providing high-quality home health care will continue through a $23,112 gift to the Genesee Community College Foundation, Executive Director Richard Ensman announced today.

The $23,112 gift represents the remaining assets of the organization, which ceased operations two years ago. The funds are being used to endow a new Genesee-Orleans Homemakers Scholarship Fund. Earnings from the endowment will be used to fund scholarships for Genesee and Orleans county students pursuing health care degrees at Genesee Community College and who have an interest in geriatric care.

Genesee-Orleans Homemakers provided health care services, primarily in the home, to numerous residents of the two counties over the years. Most of the agency's clients were elderly.

"Genesee Orleans Homemakers was very much a pioneer in providing home health care to the region," Mr. Ensman said. "Although other agencies have now taken over the work of Homemakers, home health care is still very much a growing and changing field, and in need of new pioneers. We believe that our students, who will benefit from this scholarship, will be these new pioneers. And we believe that they will continue the long tradition of caring and innovation that marked the Genesee-Orleans Homemakers for so many years. We feel very honored that the Homemakers Board chose the Genesee Community College Foundation to help continue this important work."

The first scholarships will be awarded for the 2004-2005 year. Students will be able to apply by completing forms available in either the Financial Assistance Office or through the College's health care programs.

The Genesee Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides philanthropic and volunteer support to Genesee Community College. It awarded more than 500 scholarships and financial assistance grants last year. Four years ago, the Foundation sponsored the Investing in Our Future campaign, which raised funds in support of the construction of the Conable Technology Building and other improvements. Almost two years ago, the Foundation purchased the former College Meadows Apartments, renamed the complex College Village, and began a new student residence program for out-of-area students.

The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of civic and business leaders throughout the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. Robert J. Bennett, Vice President of the Bank Castile and a 1974 graduate of Genesee, serves as the Foundation's President.