Joseph and Lorraine Finley Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial support to high school seniors who are residents of the Wayne County town of Walworth and continuing their education at any accredited two-year, four-year, or technical school.

Application Period

December 1 to May 1

Number and Size of Awards

Four awards of $7,000 each; paid as $1,750 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid 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 seniors from the town of Walworth* who:

  • Are graduating from Aquinas Institute, Gananda, Marion, Mercy, McQuaid Jesuit, Palmyra-Macedon, Penfield, Wayne Central, or Webster Schroeder high schools, and
  • Will be attending an accredited two-year, four-year, or technical college or school.

Academic record, school and community activities, and application essay are considered when selecting recipients. Preference is given to those with financial need.

*In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must live in the town of Walworth, defined by these boundaries: South of Whitney Road, West of Arbor Road, North of Gananda Parkway/Pond Road, and East of County Line Road. Please see the Town of Walworth Boundary Map.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through the Counseling Offices of the eligible high schools, where application instructions are also available.

The completed application form — including an essay and copies of the college acceptance letter, high school transcript, and financial aid form (FAFSA) — must be submitted to Ms. Kathy Emison, P.O. Box 112, Walworth, NY 14568.

Joseph and Lorraine Finley Scholarship Application

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through Kathy Emison. A committee of Walworth town residents and one school teacher reviews applications, selects the recipient(s), and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation 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 initial scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying full-time enrollment. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the Joseph and Lorraine Finley Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued full-time enrollment and good standing. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of four awards in four consecutive years. Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Joseph and Lorraine Finley Scholarship Renewal Form

Donor Information

This scholarship was established by a couple who believed in education and in helping their community.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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