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Fredonia Credit Union awards a record five scholarships to area seniors
Thursday, June 07, 2018

Fredonia Credit Union awards a record five scholarships to area seniors

Allyn Skinner (far left), displays the SUNY Fredonia Credit Union scholarship awards on behalf of his twin sons, David and Timothy. He is joined by Linda Granata (second from left), daughter of Frances Granata, a former stenographer in Administration at Fredonia who has been memorialized with a scholarship named in her honor. Also shown are three additional scholarship recipients: Peyton Popard, Rachel Proffitt and Sydney Aldrich.

Scholarships totaling over $2,500 were awarded to five area high school seniors by the SUNY Fredonia Credit Union at its 43rd annual meeting, held May 22 at the Williams Center.

“This is a special year for our scholarship recipients because this year the credit union is able to award five deserving high school seniors a scholarship,” Laura Proffitt, credit union assistant manager, announced at the meeting.

Two additional Frances C. Granata scholarships were awarded due to very generous donations made in the memory of Mrs. Granata, a retired principal stenographer in Administration at Fredonia who passed away on Feb. 4. A lifelong resident of Dunkirk, Granata was a founding member of the Mothers for Fair Child Support and an avid gardener, and received many awards for workplace performance.

In 1974, Granata was elected as the first president of the credit union. The scholarship was established by the credit union in her honor 18 years ago. Two of the three Granata scholarship recipients are twin brothers: David and Timothy Skinner of Brocton Central School. They are sons of Laurie and Allyn Skinner.

David Skinner plans to study liberal arts at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His extra-curricular activities include varsity soccer, track and field, Rotary-Interact Club, Drama Club and membership in the National Honor Society. Timothy Skinner will attend Niagara University and major in Life Sciences. He is also the recipient of a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. His extra-curricular activities included track and field, soccer, Rotary Interact Club and Quest Backpacking Club and membership in the National Honor Society.

The third recipient of a Granata scholarship was Peyton Popard, daughter of Kelly Olkowski and Michael Popard. She plans to major in Biology at the University of Florida and pursue a career in radiology. Popard has received numerous academic awards at Forestville High School. She is treasurer of the senior class and student council, a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society and has been a volunteer in her school and community.

The Paul T. Schonhart Scholarship was presented to Sydney Aldrich, daughter of Ann and Brian Aldrich. She has enrolled in rigorous Advanced Placement courses and is on track to receive an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors in math and science. Extra-curricular activities include Student Council, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, Santa’s Workshop, Big Buddy Program and Bioinformatics Club, and membership in the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Grove City College and major in Biology.

Mr. Schonhart was the credit union’s longest-serving president, holding that office from 1983 to 1998.

The Patricia M. Rushboldt Scholarship was presented to Rachel Proffitt, daughter of Laura and Todd Proffitt. At Fredonia High School, she is president of the Tri-M Honor Society and National Art Honor Society and has been a member of the art club and orchestra. She plans to major in Music Education, specializing in voice, at the State University of New York at Fredonia and become a teacher.

The credit union has awarded a Rushboldt scholarship for the last 16 years to honor Ms. Rushboldt, a dedicated employee of the credit union for 28 years from 1978 to 2006.


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