The Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown has presented its 2012 Education Fund Scholarships and the Tony LeVoie Memorial Scholarship to several area students, all of whom are former Boys & Girls Club youth members pursuing full-time college or university studies.
Boys & Girls Club Education Fund Scholarships offer $250 in financial assistance to be used for books or other expenses for up to four years of full-time study, making the total scholarship award up to $1,000 for each recipient.
The Education Fund was started through the efforts of the Jamestown Boys Club Alumni Association as a way to perpetuate its members' own lifelong memories as club members and to give something back to the organization. The Jamestown Boys Club was founded in 1939, with several of the original members still active in the association today after 73 years.
From left are Rex McCray, Boys & Girls Club board vice president, Sam Guiffreda, alumni association president, 2012 scholarship recipients Robert Newell, Savantuay Boyette, Rachael Rugg, Mercedes Breen, Carrie Parsons, Nicholas Holsinger, and Busty Guiffrida, alumni association recording secretary.
Receiving freshman year Boys & Girls Club Education Fund scholarship awards are Rachael Rugg and Robert Newell. Ms. Rugg is a 2012 graduate of Jamestown High School and the daughter of Stacy Rugg and Clifford Rosier. Her plan is to Jamestown Community College in pursuit of a degree in marine biology.
Newell is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern High School and the son of Gerard and Rita Newell. He will attend Rochester Institute of Technology in pursuit of a degree in molecular bioscience and biotechnology
Receiving sophomore year Education Fund scholarships are Carrie Parsons and Tommy Pezzulo. Savantuay Boyette received his junior year scholarship award. Mercedes Breen and Alexandria Frangione received senior year awards, completing the four-year scholarship program.
Given in memory of Anthony LeVoie, long-time aquatics director of the local Boys & Girls Club, the Tony LeVoie Memorial Scholarship offers a one-time award of $250.
Nicholas Holsinger is the 2012 recipient of the Tony LeVoie Memorial Scholarship. Holsinger is a 2012 graduate of Frewsburg High School and will attend Jamestown Community College in pursuit of a degree in computer graphic design.
The scholarship awards were presented at a ceremony attended by recipient family members, Boys & Girls Club board members, staff and Alumni Association members. New applications are accepted each year in April and early May, available through school guidance offices, the Boys & Girls Club office or the club website at bgcjamestown.org.