Attica resident earns scholarship

BUFFALO — Ruth Robinson, of Attica, NY (14011), is a recipient of the Hilary Grace White ‘12 Scholarship at Canisius College.

Robinson earned her undergraduate degree from Canisius in 2017 and is now pursuing a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Established by East Amherst residents Thomas G. White, MD and Sandra B. White, the Hilary Grace White ‘12 Scholarship is named after the couple’s daughter who, in August 2017 at age 27, lost her life to opioid addiction.

Hilary White graduated from Canisius College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. White was pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling at Canisius when she lost her fight to opioid addition, which has become a national health crisis.

“Hilary was not what most people would characterize as an addict,” explains the White family. “She was finishing her graduate degree, maintaining high grades and working full-time, all while battling addiction.”

Originally prescribed medication for her anxiety, Hilary White spiraled downward, say the Whites, as she suffered from what is commonly known as ‘addictive brain.’

“She fought her disease as hard as she could. On numerous occasions, Hilary went to in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation facilities, spent countless hours at group meetings and lived in reintegration housing,” recall the Whites.

“Unfortunately, after 10 months of being clean and healthy, Hilary relapsed, which resulted in her death.”

To honor the life and virtues of their daughter, the White family established the Hilary Grace Foundation. The not-for-profit supports the Hilary Grace White ‘12 Scholarship Fund at Canisius, which awards $15,000 annually to students who have completed their undergraduate course of study and been accepted into the graduate program in mental health counseling at Canisius College.

The initial scholarship grant of $5,000 is presented to a first-year student for such student’s second semester tuition. Provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, he/she will receive a scholarship grant of $10,000 to complete the second year of the program.

The mission of the Hilary Grace Foundation is to raise awareness and improve treatment options for the national opioid crisis. In addition to the Hilary Grace White ‘12 Scholarship, the foundation intends to offer a transitional site called Hilary’s House for those finishing a certified rehabilitation facility but not ready to return to their home environments.

Hilary’s House will offer a clean, warm, friendly, non-judgmental home combining Western medicine with a holistic approach.

One of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary during the 2019-20 academic year, marking 150 years of Jesuit education and leadership in the city of Buffalo and Western New York.

Visit www.canisius.edu/150 for more information about Canisius’ milestones and celebratory events.

Students achieve at SUNY Morrisville

SUNY Morrisville recently announced those students who were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve an average of 3.0 to 3.99 for the semester and complete 12 credit hours.

They included:

n Sidney Barrett of Attica

n Alicia Borth of Akron

n Shelby Brandes of Stafford

n Kalem DeGolyer of Castile

n Jack Doemling of Le Roy

n Alexis Firkins of Brockport

n Emily Mikel of Stafford

n Liam Pankow of Castile

n Hayley Roehling of Akron

n Cooper Rowley of Kendall

nSamantha Sorokti of Brockport

n Jon Strobele of Albion

n Lauren Wight of Akron

Dominesey graduates from UA Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Hannah Dominesey of Attica graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock during the fall 2019 semester.

Dominesey graduated with a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation of the Blind.

UA Little Rock honored the fall 2019 graduates during a Dec. 14 ceremony at the Jack Stephens Center. More than 700 degrees were awarded for the semester.

Barber graduates from Clarkson University

POTSDAM — Alexandria Joy Barber of Bliss received a bachelor of science degree in engineering and management, project management minor from Clarkson University on Dec. 21.

Cecere Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Kutztown University inducted 37 students into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the induction ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 25, including Margaret Cecere of Batavia.

Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society established in 1897 to recognize and encourage superior scholarship without restriction as to area of study.

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