2017 Scholarship Recipients


Sunday - May 20, 2018
​@ the Cuba-Rushford Middle School/High School

To view pictures of our 2017 Scholarship Program please visit the web site for Peter Mangel's Photography!


 Mikayla Rix Wins National Award 
   The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program is pleased to announce that Mikayla Rix has received a Student Volunteer Award from Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars. Mikayla was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her postsecondary education and was chosen for her dedication and service to her community, as well as strong academic achievement at the Cuba-Rushford High School. Fifteen students from across the country were chosen to receive this $1,000 scholarship based on volunteerism, community service and academics.
     During the past four years in high school, Mikayla has also participated in many community service activities including: teaching Karate, helping with St. Mary's Church Events, Cuba Little League Events, Cuba Youth Football Events, Blue Devils Basketball, Single Tree Ranch, United Way Drives, Cuba Rod & Gun Club Events, School Lock-Ins, Karen Landcastle Cancer Corner, New Hudson Fire Department Events, Youth Court, CRCS Outdoors Fisheries and Wildlife Events and Cub Scouts.
Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, stated, "Mikayla Rix plans to attend Hibert College in the fall and is planning to pursue a degree in criminal justice. We wish her much success!"
     "On behalf of Scholarship America, we are honored to be able to award such a talented and giving young woman with this scholarship," said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America. Mikayla Rix embodies exactly what Scholarship America and our Dollars for Scholars program is about-serving communities at a grassroots level to improve the lives of local citizens from the ground up.

Caleb Holmes - Guest Speaker 
When I first got the email asking me to be the guest speaker at this ceremony, other than my palms immediately breaking out into a sweat, I did what every grown up 23 year old does….called my Mom! She did the mom thing of saying "Oh honey that's such an honor, I think you should do it, but if it's too much with everything you have going on or you're too nervous, I understand." And then my Dad did the dad thing and said "Man up, you should do it." …...View Caleb's full speech!

About Our Dollars for Scholars Program
The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars® program was established in 2004 to build scholarships for students in the Allegany County area who want to go onto college.  All students attending schools in Allegany County in New York State may participate in and benefit from this program.  We do have a few scholarships that some students from outside Allegany County may apply for.  Please see our Who may match to our affiliate? document for this list. The ACAF Dollars for Scholars® program will help build the future of the Allegany County area and its youth by making higher education a possibility and successful careers an attainable goal for any young person with a dream.


As a Scholarship America® affiliate, the Allegany County Area Foundation is able to offer:
- Potential matching Gifts through participating Colleges and Universities
- Security from loss of other financial aid
- One standard Dollars for Scholars application for multiple scholarships

You can benefit from our partnership with the largest Scholarship Search Company!  
We are pleased that students in the Allegany County area can take advantage of the partnership between Scholarship America®, the parent organization to the Allegany County Area Dollars for Scholars, and Fastweb, the leading website for scholarship and financial aid information.

All students who create a profile through our website will be able to opt in to Fastweb and match their data with roughly 1.5 million other scholarship listings from Fastweb. If you meet the applicant criteria for a Fastweb scholarship, upload any additional requirements, such as an essay, and submit your profile to apply for the scholarship!  No need to complete an additional application form.

"One Stop Shop" for Scholarships!
This partnership between Scholarship America and Fastweb is literally a million-scholarship upgrade for local students. Students who fill out just one profile through our website will be matched not only to our chapter opportunities for scholarships, but to every eligible opportunity through Fastweb's database. This is a great time saver for our students who are searching for scholarships.

The Allegany County Area Foundation
6087 State Route 19N
Belmont, NY  14813
Phone:  585-808-8444
E-Mail:  director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org

We serve the students in the Allegany County area in New York State.