Two scholarships were recently awarded from the Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship Fund held by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Ruth C. Stacy, Ed.D, N.C.C, N.C.S.C. met with the recipients, Stephanie Cook and Shannon Griffith, in Mayville and presented them with their awards.
Cook is a second-year master's student at St. Bonaventure University. She is pursuing a master of science in education degree in school counseling and is currently doing her school counseling internship at the Elm Street Academy in Cuba, N.Y. Cooke was a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Fredonia (2011) and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Her passion is in the school environment advocating for the children who need assistance.
Griffith is pursuing her master's degree in community counseling at Gannon University in Erie, Pa. She is completing her internship at the Healthy Youth Development of Erie County. Griffith states there is no greater reward than having the opportunity to help relieve someone of their suffering; whether they are suffering from a mental illness or some type of loss.
From left: Shannon Griffith, Dr. Ruth C. Stacy and Stephanie Cook.
The Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship Fund was established at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in 2007. Dr. Stacy, a resident of Mayville, created this fund to support graduate level students majoring in school or mental health counseling. She is an experienced school and mental health counselor; she holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in counseling.
The NCCF was incorporated in 1986 as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed more than $8.5 million in the community through its various grant programs. It is an organization inherently committed to enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy. For more information on the NCCF, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call 366-4892.