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The Dansville Online
  • First recipients of Masolotte scholarship announced

  • In January, the community lost an old friend. But Quenten Masolotte’s memory and legacy was quickly preserved with a scholarship in his name. Now, the first recipients of the Quenten Masolotte Memorial Scholarship have been named.

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  • In January, the community lost an old friend. But Quenten Masolotte’s memory and legacy was quickly preserved with a scholarship in his name. Now, the first recipients of the Quenten Masolotte Memorial Scholarship have been named.
    Masolotte was a long-time Dansville High School history teacher, and in his retirement served as North Dansville Town Historian until his death at age 83. While it was intended by the scholarship committee to bestow two awards, four outstanding graduating seniors applied.
    “How are we going to choose amongst these four really, really good candidates?” Jon Shay said about the tough decision the committee had to make of choosing two recipients.
    It was then decided that for the scholarship’s inaugural year, the committee would award $1,000 to each of the four applicants. The money will be formally released to the students after the successful completion of their first semester of college.
    “These kids were all really, really quality candidates,” he said.
    The scholarship will be awarded as a one-time gift to graduating Dansville High seniors entering college with a major in education. Shay said that after this year, the committee will likely retain its intention of awarding two recipients per year.
    Soliciting funds for the scholarship began soon after Masolotte’s passing, with nearly 120 donors having contributed so far. About 80 percent of the donors were either Masolotte’s former colleagues or students.
    “The reach back of former students was outstanding,”?Shay said. “Really outstanding.”
    The fund totalled more than the $4,000 that is being distributed this year, which will help the scholarship to continue. But the committee is still soliciting donations so that it can keep be sustained for years to come. Donations can be sent to Quent Masolotte Scholarship Fund, c/o Jon Shay, 9384 Main St., Dansville 14437.
    Scholarship recipients are:
    • Lydia Hall Lochmann Van-Bennekom
     
    • Stephanie McMahon
     
    • Tim McGowan
    • Clarissa Swain

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