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Warren H. and Maria R. Olmsted Senior Academic Achievement Award

Purpose of Scholarship

To recognize a graduating senior from LeRoy High School who may not necessarily take the highest level courses, but through perseverance and good study skills attains a Regents, Regents with Honors, or Local Diploma at graduation, and plans to continue his/her education full- or part-time at any accredited college, university, or vocational school.

Application Period

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

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $2,500; 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 a graduating senior from LeRoy High School who:

  • Is continuing full- or part-time in an accredited college, university, or vocational school anywhere in the United States;
  • Has a minimum 2.75 GPA for grades 9 to 11;
  • Is an active participant, beyond the requirement, in school, extracurricular activities, and/or community service; and
  • Has financial need or extenuating family circumstances.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated through LeRoy High School, where application instructions are available if applicable.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through LeRoy High School. A committee of school staff and administrators reviews applications, selects 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 in the Spring. 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 Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.

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


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

Donor Information

Born in 1895, Maria was the daughter of a Welsh Presbyterian minister. She met Warren Olmsted in St. Louis, Michigan, and liked to tell the story about coming to LeRoy for a visit before they were married. Warren was busy with something the moment she arrived at the train station, and he sent a hired man to pick her up with a sleigh. Warren and Maria were married in 1922. Maria was responsible for taking care of her sick mother until she died, and although she wanted to go to college, she never did. Maria knew that education was very important, and she was well read. She began volunteering with Literacy Volunteers at age 90. Warren was born in 1889 and died in the early 1950s. A fund was established at Rochester Area Community Foundation through her estate and continues to provide scholarship support in a variety of ways.

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


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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