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Division 167 awards three scholarships

By KATE MOSTACCIO

July 13, 2021 — With the cost of education high across the country, PEF Division 167 awarded three $400 scholarships to the children or grandchildren of Division members.

To be eligible for the 2021 Educational Grants, applicants must be the child or grandchild of a PEF member employed at Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center or Western New York DDSO/DDRO, entering as a freshman or continuing higher education up to and including a doctorate.

Council Leader Stephanie McLean-Beathley announced this year’s three grant recipients:

Madison Kaifas-Steiner is the daughter of Dana L. Steiner, a speech-language pathologist. She is going into her senior year at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, where she is majoring in psychology. Madison was awarded the Lemoyne Board of Trustee’s scholarship and the NY Promise Scholarship for her four years at Lemoyne. She has also been in the ROTC Army program at Syracuse University, and for her junior and senior years she was granted the ROTC scholarship. This summer, Madison is participating in advanced camp military training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. In high school, she was a JV and Varsity cheerleading athlete. She served as president of the Kenmore East High School National Honor Society during her senior year. Madison participated in the International Baccalaureate Program at Kenmore East High School. She also coached track and field Special Olympics at Kenmore East High School and volunteers with programs to assist the developmentally disabled population.

 

Andrew Gorny is the son of Diane Gorny, a senior physical therapist. Andrew is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore and a member of the National Honor Society. While at St. Joseph’s, Andrew was active in concert band, jazz lab band, swing choir band and pit orchestra. He competed in indoor and outdoor track and field, and was captain for his junior and senior years. Andrew is an active Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Eagle in April 2021. For his project he worked on constructing three benches with patios at the Saint Christopher Parish campus. Andrew volunteered with Ellicott Creek Fire Company, St. Christopher’s Summerfest, Vacation Bible School, Lenten Fish Fry and Science Camp. Outside of school, Andrew enjoys basketball, reading and football. He will be staying close to home and studying mechanical engineering at the University of Buffalo.

 

Aiden North is the son of Kelly Anne Scanlon, a CPV coordinator, and the grandson of the late Judi Scanlon, a PEF member killed on the job. Aiden is a senior at the University of Buffalo, majoring in psychology. In high school, Aiden was involved in track, National Honor Society and chorus. He received numerous scholarships closing out his senior year. Aiden is an Eagle Scout and for his final project created 20 cubies for campers at Cradle Beach. He is also a first-degree black belt.