Genesee Community College Foundation Volunteers Raise $599,779

Robert L. Boyce of Le Roy, broker for Tompkins Insurance Agencies and general chair of the 2009-2010 Genesee Community College Foundation Annual Campaign, announced that the campaign raised $599,779 surpassing its goal of $459,000.

Robert L. Boyce of Le Roy, broker for Tompkins Insurance Agencies and general chair of the 2009-2010 Genesee Community College Foundation Annual Campaign, announced that the campaign raised $599,779 surpassing its goal of $459,000.

“The lure of the matching grant from the United States Department of Education certainly was a factor in the extraordinary success but the total generosity of our contributors must be acknowledged,” said Mr. Boyce at a development meeting at the College. “The joint effort of our campaign volunteers covered individuals and businesses in our four counties, alumni, and faculty and staff of the College”.

He added that the campaign is organized into divisions each having a volunteer chair and an alumni phone and mail campaign. The chairs serving were:
•Associates division: Jane Scott of Stafford, branch manager, Five Star Bank, Batavia
•Faculty and Staff division: Marirose Ethington of Pavilion, professor of biology, Genesee Community College
•Genesee division: Michael Grammatico of Batavia, vice president, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors
•Heritage division: Patrick Forsyth of Batavia, CPA, John J. Forsyth, CPA, PC and Foundation board director
•Leadership division: Roger Christiano of Batavia, president, Christiano Cellular and Foundation board director
•Livingston division: Les Cole of Caledonia, president, Commodity Resource Corporation and Foundation board director
•Orleans division: Wendy Kelly of Albion, branch manager, HSBC Bank, Albion
•Wyoming division: Richard Fish, Sr. of Perry, president, Complete Payroll Processing and Foundation board director and co-chair Brianna Stone of Castile, branch manager, The Bank of Castile, Warsaw

“The extraordinary opportunity to lead in this year’s annual campaign truly has reinforced my belief in the impact of scholarships and strengthened my commitment to the College, to its programs, but most of all to the students and the mission of providing a higher education to as many academically talented and deserving students as possible,” stated Mr. Boyce. “The focus of the campaign is to attract excellent students to the College, to provide access to higher education by all qualified students, to vitalize our community by educating and training the labor force in needed skills. This year tuition is $3,400 and books and fees can push that up $500 to $600 more. We do not want a single qualified student to back away because of tuition, fees, or textbook expenses. Every avenue of financial help is explored with the student and sometimes the additional support provided by the Foundation can make the final step possible.” The Foundation provided scholarships to worthy and deserving Genesee Community College students last year, totaling $263,707.

In addressing the need of increasing assistance to deserving students the College applied to the United States Department of Education for an Endowment Challenge Grant and is fortunate to have been awarded one last fall. The challenge is to raise $80,000 a year for five consecutive years for students in need and the Department of Education will match the gifts dollar for dollar. The Foundation qualified for the match in this first year and will strive to continue to meet the challenge for the next four years. It is a superb opportunity to build an endowment to aid needy students who face unplanned emergencies and/or obstacles to enrolling and remaining enrolled at Genesee Community College.

Prospective and current Genesee students may receive information on scholarships at the College website,, through the Financial Aid office or at each of the six campus centers. This year’s campaign is already underway and in addition to the annual scholarship campaign, it will again strive to meet the challenge grant for the second of five years. Contributions may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 345-6809 or

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Editor’s note: A photograph of a GCC Foundation scholarship recipient and donor:

Photo Caption: Genesee student and Jane Porter Memorial Photography Scholarship winner, Justin Potter (left), meets with Dennis Wood (right), husband to the late Jane Porter and donor to the scholarship fund at Genesee’s annual Discover the Stars scholarship reception.