Erin Marie Masling Canandaigua Academy Award

Purpose of Scholarship

This scholarship encourages students who have the potential and desire to pursue life despite the effects of an ongoing medical condition or illness.

Application Period

Contact school counselor beginning in December to learn more about this scholarship opportunity

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $500; paid in one lump sum in the Fall semester.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For graduating seniors of Canandaigua Academy who:

  • Face the daily challenges of living with a chronic disease or condition;
  • Are continuing on to college;
  • Have financial need; and
  • Have a minimum grade of C+.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by the Canandaigua Academy Counseling Office, where application instructions are available.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through Canandaigua Academy. A committee at the high school reviews applications, selects the recipient, and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails a certificate to the high school for presentation to the recipient and emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript verifying enrollment to the Community Foundation. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

Donor Information

Erin's family and friends have created this scholarship in her memory and to recognize her determination to lead a normal life despite the challenges of cystic fibrosis. This scholarship gives students the opportunity to enrich their lives through education, by helping to alleviate some of the financial burdens of attending college. Erin was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at an early age, and despite the hardships, she was determined not to let it control her life. Erin graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1998. She was an honor student, traveled, skied, worked full time, was involved with community and school programs, and loved her dogs. Erin graduated from Ithaca College in 2003 from the Park School of Communications and began graduate studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. In October 2005, she was awaiting a second lung transplant, but a suitable donor was not found in time. Her family and friends miss Erin dearly and this scholarship is a tribute to her and all she had to endure.


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