More than a dozen Rome Free Academy June graduates will get some help on their college journeys, courtesy of the Dyett Fund Grant of the Rome Community Foundation.
A reception to highlight recipients of the awards was held Wednesday at the Teugega Country Club.
The funds, which are granted through the Rome Community Foundation, were awarded to
16 graduating RFA seniors.
The grants, which vary in amount, can be up to $5,000 to help pay for college expenses.
The awards were presented by John Grow, grant fund president, and Marion Bartell, vice-president.
Applicants must rank in the top third of their graduation class. Consideration is given to a student’s scholarship, character, leadership, contribution to school and community life, and need.
Applicant’s records and recommendations are sent to the fund’s scholarship committee and interviews are held to determine the recipients. Serving on the interview committee are Bartell, Megan Adey, Susan Davidson, Holly Amidon and Dusty Shields.
Herbert T. Dyett, a founder of Rome Cable Corp. who was a nationally know industrialist and community leader, established and financed the Herbert T. Dyett Foundation to carry on the
support of young scholars.
In 2013 the Dyett Foundation was dissolved by the trustees and its assets transferred to the Rome Community Foundation.
The Dyett Grant Fund was established to continue awarding the grants to qualifying students.
This year’s recipients and the colleges they plan on attending are:
Olivia Bauer, Nazareth College;
Elena Davis, SUNY Oswego;
Evan DeLutis, St. John Fisher College;
Chandni Desai, Middlebury College;
Gianna DiMaggio, Mohawk Valley Community College;
Thomas Dunn, Utica College;
Lily Fleming, Boston College;
Peyton Guy, St. John Fisher College;
Lauryn Haag, Nazareth College;
Jace Hunzinger, Houghton College;
Alexander Linderman, Wooster College;
Isabella Iannotti, Nazareth College;
Jordan Purrington, University of Buffalo;
Mariah Taylor, SUNY Geneseo;
Adelina Rivera, Vassar College; and
Rafael Rivera, Rochester
Institute of Technology.