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Letter to the editor: Memorial scholarship winner announced


We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the annual Matthew J. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship at Erie Community College is Michael Zarbo of West Seneca, N.Y.

Michael is a 2011 graduate of West Seneca East High school and is graduating from Erie Community College this spring with an associates in math and science. Next fall, he will be attending The State University of New York, The Environmental school of Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, to work towards a bachelors in environmental chemistry.

Michael stated, “During my time at ECC I have been influenced by many people including my professors, tutors and various others who have a huge impact on my decision to continue my Education. I am very thankful to many people in the Western New York area that have had a guiding hand, throughout my life. Most importantly, I would like to thank the Reynolds family, not only for selecting me as the recipient but also for all of the generous contributions they have made over the years as donors to the ECC Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship foundation, along with all of its donors, helps take some of the Financial burden off of numerous hardworking students every year and I thank them for that.”

To be eligible for the Matthew J. Reynolds Memorial Fund Scholarship, candidates must be full-time students at ECC and matriculated in liberal arts and sciences, humanities, general studies or business. The candidate must be transferring to a bachelor degree program in either the SUNY system or approved college.

Please join us in congratulating and wishing Michael the best of luck in all of his future endeavors. We would like to thank all of the friends, family and neighbors of the late Matthew J. Reynolds that donated money and HSBC Bank for their most generous contribution, for the ninth year in a row. Also, we would like to thank Jeff Bagel and his staff at the ECC Foundation, the ECC Foundation Board members and ECC President Jack Quinn for assisting with promoting Matthew’s scholarship.

If anyone would like to make a future contribution, you can do so either via the ECC Foundation website at and designate it to “Matthew J. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Award,” or make your check payable to the “ECC Foundation, Inc – Matthew J. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Award” and mail it to:

Erie Community College Foundation, Inc.
City Campus, Rooms110
121 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Thank You.

Norm and Diane Reynolds and Matthew and Sarah Seweryniak


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