Believe 271 Foundation awards scholarships


The Believe 271 Foundation Inc. has announced the winners of its scholarship in conjunction with New York State Tool Company.

This year the Foundation received 19 applications from graduating high school seniors as well as 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 was an advocate for the youth of the area and was mentor to many through his founding of the New York State Tool Company in Chadwicks.

Receiving a $500 scholarship are:

Sofia Marie Tagliaferri, Oriskany High School, daughter of Michelle and Jason Tagliaferri. She will be attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to pursue a degree in engineering.

Rylee Marie Yauger, Adirondack Central School, daughter of Laurie and Dean Yauger. She will be attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue a degree as a physician’s assistant.

Kaitlyn Marie Rieben, Utica College, daughter of Becky and Paul Rieben. She is enrolled in Utica College pursuing a degree in psychology child life education and childhood education.

Caitlin Reilly, Whitesboro High School, daughter of Nicole and James Reilly. She will be pursuing a degree in nursing at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Kiley Snow, Whitesboro High School, daughter of Jennifer and Jay Snow. She will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall to pursue a degree in special education; and

David Paul, Thomas R. Proctor High School, son of Cathy and Peter Paul. He will be pursuing a degree in engineering science from Mohawk Valley Community College. He is also a member of the Deerfield Fire Company.

“It gives us great pride to be able to work with Matt and Lisa Wilsey on this scholarship program. These six award winners exemplify the high caliber student that we have in Oneida and Herkimer counties. On behalf of the Believe 271 Foundation Board of Directors we wish them the best as they pursue their dreams,” said Brian Palmer, of the Believe 271 Foundation.


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