Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA) is a community-driven organization that provides endowed scholarship support so that academically and financially deserving Geneva High School and DeSales graduates from Geneva can attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Since its inception in 1968, GSA has provided scholarship assistance to more than 175 young people, and the GSA Board of Directors has a robust plan to grow the endowment so that in the future, a Hobart and William Smith education will be a realistic option for more students from the Geneva community.
For nearly 45 years the GSA/HWS partnership has grown, and today it is one of many collaborative efforts that underscore the significant relationship between the Geneva community and the Colleges. When community members and businesses support GSA, students of promise gain access to one of the best undergraduate liberal arts educations in the country.
"With the help of a scholarship from GSA, I transferred to the Colleges as a sophomore. I had such an amazing experience at HWS, and I want to help others have access to the same opportunity."
-- Sarah Heieck '97, GSA President
For more information about GSA, please contact Casey Peterson, Director of Development, at (315) 781-3701 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA), a gathering to thank donors and recognize scholarship recipients was held at the home of President Mark D. Gearan and Mary Herlihy Gearan on Wednesday, June 6. More than 100 community members and students were in attendance. “The city of Geneva is full of people who give,” said long-standing GSA supporter Stuart Piltch ... More >>
The Vandervort Room will be transformed into a casino floor for the annual Casino Night fundraising reception hosted by the Geneva Scholarship Associates (GSA). Members of the Geneva and HWS communities will partake in an evening of gaming to support the organization in providing endowed scholarships on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Prizes this year will include gift certificates to Mir... More >>
Below are short bios of five of the 16 current HWS students who are recipients of the GSA Scholarship.
Kyle Bunce, a sophomore from Geneva, N.Y., is currently undecided on a major but plans to minor in education with a concentration in environmental studies. Kyle is an Emergency Medical Technician for HWS-EMS and a member of Club Ultimate Frisbee. He is employed on-campus as a resident assistant. During his spare time, Kyle is an active member of the Boys Scouts of America and Tae-Kwon-Do. After graduating from Hobart, Kyle plans to attend graduate school for elementary education.
Maeve Keeton is a senior from Geneva, N.Y., majoring in an individual major with a minor in psychology. Maeve is a dancer for the Koshare Dance Collective and a vocalist in the a cappella group Three Miles Lost. She is employed on-campus at Admissions and off-campus at the Lochland School. After graduating from William Smith, Maeve plans to pursue a degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine.
Steven Dougherty is a junior from Geneva, N.Y., majoring in economics with minors in media and society and public law. Steven is a captain of the Hobart Statesmen golf team. During his spare time, he likes playing basketball and relaxing with friends. After graduating from Hobart, Steven plans to seek employment in a field related to sports and business.
Mary Dinan is a first-year student from Geneva, N.Y. She has yet to declare a major, but is interested in dance and, because she'd like to become a news broadcaster, media and society. Mary is employed on-campus at Alumni House and is interested in the Koshare Dance Collective.
Nina Pitifer is a junior from Geneva, N.Y., majoring in psychology with a minor in arts and education. Nina is a dancer for the Koshare Dance Collective and participates in Zumba. She is employed off-campus at the Crow's Nest and the Cobblestone. During her spare time, Nina enjoys participating in Open Mic, student teaching, and club volleyball. After graduating from William Smith College, Nina plans to attend graduate school for psychology.
Help Geneva's students achieve their academic goals by making a gift to Geneva Scholarship Associates.
Geneva Garden Walk to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and GSA
GSA Casino Night Saturday
Sarah Heieck '97
Jim Vedora '95
Immediate Past President
Walter Gage '62 P'91
Elaine A. Lieberg P'95
Mark A. Miller
Mark Pitifer '82, P'13
William Rotenberg '87
Robert Sollenne P'15
Jessica Evangelista '05
HWS Admissions Liaison