The Believe 271 Foundation Inc. has announced the recipients of its Gregory J. Wilsey Scholarships in conjunction with the New York State Tool Company.
This year the Foundation received 34 applications from graduating high school seniors and those in post-secondary education. The donation for the scholarships in the name of Gregory J. Wilsey, founder of New York State Tool, was made to the foundation by Matthew and Lisa Wilsey in honor of Gregory J. Wilsey, an advocate for the youth of the area and a mentor to many through his founding of the New York State Tool Company in Chadwicks.
The winners of the four $500 scholarships this year are:
Austin Smith, a graduate from Holland Patent High School, is the son of Melissa and Marcus Smith. He will attend Clarkson University and major in mechanical engineering. Smith is a member of the Barneveld Volunteer Fire Department.
Dawson Dunn, a graduate from the Town of Webb Union Free School District, is the son of Jennifer and Tory Dunn. Dunn will pursue a degree in disaster management and response from Paul Smith’s College. Dunn is a member of the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department.
Alison Russell, a graduate from the Town of Webb Union Free School District, is the daughter of Patrick Russell and Karen and Clint Otto. Russell will pursue a degree in disaster management and response from Paul Smith’s College. She is also a member of the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department; and
Kayleigh Voce, a graduate of Herkimer High School, is the daughter of Tracy and Daniel Voce. Voce will major in nursing at Herkimer County Community College this fall.
“It is with great pride that New York State Tool and Believe 271 join forces to assist these four students with a scholarship in Gregory J. Wilsey’s name,” said the Believe 271 Foundation announcement.” The competition for these scholarships heightens every year, and we feel we have four of the best from Oneida and Herkimer County. On behalf of the Believe 271 Foundation Board of Directors and the Wilsey Family, we wish them the best as they pursue their dreams.”