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Erin Marie Masling Memorial Scholarship

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

November 1 to February 1

Number and Size of Awards

Number of recipients and award amounts vary; minimum award $500. Award paid in one lump sum in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Allowed Use of Award

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

Eligibility Criteria

For students who:

  • Face the daily challenges of living with cystic fibrosis or another ongoing or chronic disease or condition;
  • Have struggled to deal with the impact of the disease/condition, and are committed to pursuing higher education;
  • Are from the Western New York region attending college anywhere in the country;
  • Are graduating from high school or are college undergraduate students;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Preference may be given to students with cystic fibrosis.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation, and this scholarship is grouped with other scholarships in our Consolidated Scholarship Application. This means that by completing this one application, you will automatically be considered for any and all other scholarships connected to the Consolidated Application.

To apply for this scholarship and more, complete the Consolidated Scholarship Application.

To continue working on the Consolidated Application or another application you have already started, check the status of your application, or accept and release a scholarship you have been awarded, click here and go to the My Applications tab.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee comprised of Community Foundation staff, community members, and family representatives reviews applications and selects the recipient(s).

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in April. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.

To release the scholarship payment, upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying enrollment to the Community Foundation’s online Consolidated Scholarship Application between July 1 and August 15.

Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email scholarships@racf.org with any questions or concerns.


This scholarship is not renewable; however, students may reapply each year they are eligible.

Donor Information

Erin's father and family created this scholarship in her memory to recognize her determination to lead as normal a life as possible despite the challenges of living with cystic fibrosis. It gives other students like Erin the opportunity to enrich their lives through education by helping to alleviate some of the financial burdens of attending college. Erin attended Ithaca College and spent a semester in London. She was smart and a good student and accomplished much in her brief lifetime.

To learn more about Erin, click here.

To make your own gift to this fund, click here.


Email Scholarships@racf.org or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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