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Allegany County Area Foundation Announces New Scholarship In Memory of Lee Gridley


From Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of ACAF, 9/8/21

Anonymous donors have established a scholarship with the Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) in memory of educator and community leader Lee Gridley, who passed away on January 20, 2021.

The Lee Gridley Memorial scholarship is open to a senior at or graduate of any Allegany County High School. Students can apply through the Foundation’s regular online process. The first award will be made for the 2023-2024 academic year.

A lifelong resident of Wellsville, Lee was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in Towson, Md., and later a master’s degree from Alfred University.

Lee loved Allegany County and history. She taught the subject for many years, most of them at Richburg Central School. She co-edited Allegany County in the 20th Century: Stories of Change and was involved with Allegany County History Week and the County’s 2006 bicentennial.

Lee was also an exceptional volunteer. Highlights of her service to the county include the Allegany County Planning Board, which she chaired for a time; the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group; founding member of Genesee River Wilds; original board member of the Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce; Wellsville Rotary; Allegany County Development Advisory Board; Allegany County Republican Party, which she served vice chair; Southern Tier West; and founder of the Allegany County Tourism Promotion Council. For her exemplary service, Lee was named a 2003 Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate.

ACAF Grant Application Deadline Coming Up

Allegany County non-profits please note that the deadline to submit grant applications to the Allegany County Area Foundation for review at its September meeting is Friday, September 17. For more information check out the ACAF website or contact Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or

ACAF currently holds assets of over $12.5M and manages 70 scholarship and grant funds. For information about contributing to the Lee Gridley Memorial Scholarship or establishing a new fund, contact Bruce Campbell at ACAF via or 585-296-5616

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