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.