James M. Kane, a longtime teacher at the Belmont Central/Genesee Valley Central School District, has recently created the Kane Family Scholarship Fund which will benefit the graduates of the Genesee Valley Central High School. This fund becomes one of 27 scholarship funds managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program
When asked about the purpose of this new scholarship Mr. Kane stated, “My parents knew, demonstrated, and stressed the value of a good college education. When they were young, not everyone had the opportunity to attend college. They worked long and hard to achieve their goals of earning a college degree. Then they each enjoyed long and fulling careers as a teacher and a banker. When I was to finish high school, my parents encouraged me to find a college that would offer me the best opportunity to achieve my dream. They were always there to encourage, motivate and support me in all my endeavors. Therefore, I am establishing the Kane Family Scholarship in honor of my parents. I hope this scholarship will make it a little easier for a highly-motivated, hard-working graduate to achieve the college degree and job of their dreams.”
For this scholarship fund preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in finance or education. The recipients must have a high school GPA of at least 2.7 (80%) or a college GPA of 2.5. Also, the recipients must be highly motivated and willing to work hard to reach their goals. The first $2,000 award from this fund will be announced on June 5th of this year. Applicants may apply online at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollarsforscholars.org by April 1st.
Mr. James M. Kane was a graduate of Belmont Central. After high school he attended the State University of New York at Brockport and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from Elmira College. In 1970 James began his teaching career with a year at Corning/Painted Post and then taught for 29 years at the Belmont Central/Genesee Valley Central School. He retired from teaching in 2000. Mr. Kane currently resides in Belmont, NY.
Helen B. Kane and James T. Kane were the parents of James M. Kane. Helen graduated from the Addison High School. She earned her teaching certificate from the State University College at Cortland. She taught elementary school at Addison, Scio, and Belmont for 27 Years. She died in 1985.
James T. Kane was a graduate of the Belmont Central School. He attended the Bryant and Stratton Business School and the New York State School of Agriculture at Cornell. He then started a 45 year banking career, and he retired from the State Bank of Belmont as Vice-President. Mr. Kane died in 1998.
If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship fund to honor a loved one in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. .