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Holy Family High School Alumni Augment Scholarship at CCC

DATE: 06-23-2010

When the stock market dropped in 2008, many scholarship funds at the Cayuga Community College Foundation fell significantly. It seemed that some would not be awarded. In response to this need, the graduates of Holy Family High School raised $4,471 for their scholarship at CCC. This paid for the Holy Family High School Alumni Scholarships in 2008-09 and 2009-10, while also adding to the value of the fund.

Holy Family High School served Roman Catholic students in Auburn from 1930 to 1957. In 1997, alumni Paul and Roberta "Bobbie" Bellnier organized a celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of the school's closing. This event raised more than $10,000 to create the Holy Family High School Alumni Scholarship. This is awarded annually to a Holy Family High School descendent who is a returning student at Cayuga.

Then in 2008 the stock market nosedived. "Our endowed scholarships rely on the value of our investments," said Foundation Executive Director Jeff Hoffman. "The Holy Family fund wasn't generating enough funds to cover its scholarship."

"When Jeff told us that our scholarship couldn't be awarded, the Reunion Committee decided to ask our alumni to give again," said Mrs. Bellnier. "The response was fantastic. We raised enough money to award the scholarship for the 12th year in a row, and to increase the value of our endowed fund."

"The CCC Foundation is grateful for the generous support of Holy Family High School's alumni," said Hoffman. "It is an honor to keep the memory of Holy Family alive and vibrant for future generations of Cayuga's students."

The CCC Foundation provides more than $282,000 annually for scholarships. It also supports faculty projects, equipment purchases, cultural programming and capital projects at CCC. For more information contact Hoffman at 255-1743, ext. 2327 or