Wyoming's GCC Foundation Scholarship Drive Underway You Can Make A World of Difference

The annual campaign of the Genesee Community College Foundation’s Wyoming County Division is off to a dynamic start. With the campaign theme, “Genesee at 40,” organizers hope to celebrate the past but concentrate on the future forty years or more.

“The astounding economic impact of the proximity of the College in the county is the focal point of the campaign,” said Charlie Brown of Arcade, chair of the Wyoming Division at a volunteer leadership meeting at the Warsaw Campus Center this week. “It reflects the desire to support our local economy by training our workforce in needed skills, to provide access to higher education for all worthy and deserving students, and to promote excellence in the classroom through scholarship incentives to students who have the potential for high academic achievement.”

He added that through the Foundation, President’s Scholarships are awarded to excellent students to raise the level of classroom discussions and enhance learning experiences. Starting higher education locally entices students to eventually settle in our region. For fall 2007, over 1000 residents of Wyoming County registered for classes at GCC, and four of eighteen President’s Scholarship recipients graduated from Wyoming County High Schools. In the past academic year $301,513 in scholarships and grants were awarded by the Foundation.

“Scholarships ‘make a world of difference’ to our students. Closing the gap between financial aid and financial need can be exasperating for Genesee Community College students. While state and federal financial assistance helps many students, some students experience a fiscal gap that prohibits them from enrolling or finishing their degree,” said Brown.

Other community volunteers and Foundation campaign leaders in the Wyoming Division include:

• David DeLaVergne of Pavilion, vice president, Bank of Castile, Perry Office
• Bruce Camp of Attica, president, Attica Auto Supply,
• Susan L. Elmore of Attica, vice president, Five Star Bank, Attica office
• Mike Boza of Chaffee, consultant, Boza Enterprise
• Deborah Di Noto of Ellicottville, associate dean GCC Arcade Campus Center
• Richard Fish of Perry, president, Complete Payroll Processing
• Marty Griffith of Arcade, senior vice president, Five Star Bank, Warsaw Office
• Scott Meidenbauer of Varysburg, president, Byrncliff Resort
• Robert Sixt of Chaffee, vice president, Sixt Lumber & Son, Inc.
• Marty Mucher of Warsaw, director, Community Action for Wyoming County
• Nancy Clark of Attica, branch manager, Five Star Bank, Warsaw Office
• Pat Standish of Perry, director, Community Action for Wyoming County
• Frank Vitagliano of Warsaw, vice president, Tompkins Insurance Agency
• Eric Parker of Perry, vice president and branch manager, M & T Bank, Perry Office
• John Witkowski of Warsaw, regional president, Five Star Bank, Warsaw Office
• Dawn Griffith of Batavia, branch manager, HSBC Bank, Attica Office

The Genesee Community College Foundation was formed in the mid-eighties to provide philanthropic support to the College, and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service and support to Genesee. It is led by a thirty member board of directors comprised of business and civic leaders. Donors may choose to support general or specific programs or remember a relative or friend with a memorial gift. All donors are recognized in the Foundation’s annual report and donors with cumulative gifts over $1,000 are recognized on the Wall of Honor in the William W. Stuart Forum at the Batavia campus. Gifts to the campaign may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information call (585) 345-6809 or foundation@genesee.edu.

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A photograph of Charlie Brown, chair of the Scholarship Drive for Wyoming Division is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Charlie_Brown.jpg
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