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Highway Superintendents Association presents more than $3,000 to Herkimer County College Foundation

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y.— The Herkimer County Town & Village Highway Superintendents Association recently presented a gift in the amount of $3,765 to the Herkimer County College Foundation.

The additional contribution brings the total endowed amount of the William F. Dillenbeck Herkimer Co. Town & Village Highway Superintendent's Association Scholarship Award to $25,000, and also allows for an increase in the amount awarded annually.

Established in 1999 with $5,000, a scholarship award has been given annually to a Herkimer County resident attending Herkimer County Community College.

As the scholarship fund has grown over the years, so has the amount awarded.

“The most recent contribution by the Association ensures the sustainability of the scholarship,” said Lucia Bliss, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This is a very impactful way to help local families.”

The scholarship was renamed in 2009 for Town of Fairfield Highway Superintendent William Dillenbeck, an original sponsor of the scholarship. Dillenbeck is grateful to the Association members for their continued support of the scholarship fund, which is funded through association dues and vendor support. “It is great to see the support this scholarship has received from the membership,” said Dillenbeck.

Norman Stahlman, also an original sponsor of the scholarship and a sales representative with The Rifenburg Companies, supports scholarship programs at several colleges.

“I think it’s the greatest thing in the world. This really benefits our local students, and it’s so important that everyone has really gotten on board,” said Stahlman.

The purpose of the Herkimer County Town and Village Highway Superintendents Association is to encourage good fellowship and exemplify the real meaning of cooperation in everyday business and professional life of Herkimer County, to take an active interest in civic affairs by lending aid to movements that make the County a better place in which to live and do business, to promote safety upon the highways, and to develop and spread advanced business and professional ideas.

The Herkimer County College Foundation assists HCCC through the acquisition of private funds and real property. The Foundation has developed over 90 scholarship programs that award more than $150,000 annually to many deserving students. The Foundation plays a vital role in the enhancement of campus life, as well as assuring that the College continues its demonstrated commitment to higher education.

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