ONEONTA _ Tough economic times have been no deterrent for a local scholarship foundation.

Forty-five Oneonta High School students were awarded scholarships of $500 to $1,000 each Tuesday through the Oneonta Dollars for Scholars group.

"People have been very, very generous," Dollars for Scholars Co-President Andrea Lister said before the award ceremony and reception at Hartwick College's Stack Lounge.

The event was the 18th held by Oneonta Dollars for Scholars; it brought together students and their families with the sponsors of individual scholarships. According to Lister, the organization has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship funds since the program began in 1991.

"It's very heartening to see the community support in light of the economic times," Lister said. "I think each year there is an increase in the number of scholarships that we do give."

Each of the students had a chance to speak at the lectern and was asked to share a personal achievement of which he or she was especially proud. Some of the students shared their career goals whereas others thanked former teachers, fellow students, their scholarship sponsor and the Dollars for Scholars program.

The Oneonta Dollars for Scholars scholarships are created through contributions made by community members, fundraising activities, sponsorships and endowments.

"It's money well spent," Dollars for Scholars board member Richard "Otto" Rothermel said.

Rothermel said the program "doesn't just happen. It happens because people care enough to give," he said.

David Weaver, co-president of the Dollars for Scholars board of directors, wished the students luck as they head off to college.

He also encouraged them to consider moving back to Oneonta when they graduate.

"As an Oneonta grad, it's not a bad place to get a job, come back and raise your family," Weaver said.

The award winners and their scholarships are listed below:

Nicholas Benjamin, Future for Oneonta Foundation Inc. Scholarship

Stephanie Birkhimer, Future for Oneonta Foundation Inc. Scholarship

Annastacia Boerner, Angie Bertuzzi Memorial Scholarship

Emily Brackett, Nancy Weeks Memorial Scholarship

Kathryn Bramsen, Winifred Marcley Scholarship

Katherine Bredin, Dewar Foundation Scholarship

Bryanna Brewer, Margaret W. Ouimette Memorial Scholarship

Thomas J. Brindley, Dewar Foundation Scholarship

Daniel Broe, Shane Robert Marmet Memorial Scholarship

Sheanna Burgess, Robert Squires Memorial Scholarship

Ian Clemons, James and Carol Baker Family Scholarship

Emmanuel Curasi, Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas DiBartolomeo, Frank G. and Ethel E. Becker Memorial Scholarship

Douglas DiMartin, Oneonta Football Booster Club Scholarship

Nathan Eastman, Daniel and Jean Rothermel Scholarship

Ryan Gracy, Dewar Foundation Scholarship

Ryan Graig, Walter J. and Anna H. Burchan Scholarship

Cory Greenberg, Robert W. and Joan F. Moyer Scholarship

Mena Haile, Bob Rasmussen Scholarship

Lesley Harlem, Oneonta Rotary Community Service Scholarship

Jennifer Havens, Dr. Rudolph and Gwen L. Shuster Scholarship

Beth Ann Hughes, Oneonta Rotary Community Service Scholarship

Lucas Johnson, Reverend Richard H. Frye Memorial Scholarship

Jacob Joseph, Sixth Ward Athletic Club Association, Inc. Scholarship

Victoria Konze, William and Esther Fink Memorial Scholarship

Brandon Linhard, Frances E. Rowe Scholarship

Kathryn Lord, Thomas M. Hughson Scholarship Fund

Caitlyn Mahon, Lindsay Marie Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Alexander Meschutt, Susan Remillard Memorial Scholarship

Eric Michelitsch, Nancy Weeks Memorial Scholarship

Joshua Moss, Stan and Lynda Syvertsen Family Scholarship

Kaitlyn O'Connor, Robert R. Warner Memorial Scholarship

Logan Osterhoudt, George A. and Isabelle L. Niles Scholarship

Stephen Alex Paolicelli, Charles T. and Doris B. Gallagher Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Pidgeon, Brooks' Bar-B-Q Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Valerie Ridgway, Frederick A. Puritz Memorial Scholarship

David Schulte, Edward Ostrowski Memorial Scholarship

Akshar Shastri, The Willies Family Foundation Scholarship

Allison Smith, Douglas Parsons Memorial Scholarship

Kenneth Smith, Eugene Francis Murphy Memorial Scholarship

Kristin Smith, Steven A. Lutz Memorial Scholarship

Tyler Southard, Winifred Marcley Scholarship

Joseph Sullivan, Clifford A. and Elizabeth P. McVinney Memorial Scholarship

Amber Talbot, Dewar Foundation Scholarship

Jessica Winner, The Daily Star Scholarship.

Editor's note: This story was corrected on June 2 to reflect the dollar amount of the scholarships awarded.

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