Thanks to the generosity of a Lockport woman who died last year, 10 youngsters will be able to attend Catholic high schools in the Buffalo Diocese on partial scholarships this fall.
The first Anna E. Riley Scholarships were awarded Monday afternoon by Ronald J. Cook, superintendent of Catholic education, during a ceremony in the Catholic Center, 795 Main St. They will cover partial tuition to one of the seven diocesan high schools during the next school year.
The scholarships were made possible by a bequest to the department of Catholic education from Anna E. Riley, who died at age 93. A member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Miss Riley was a lifelong Lockport resident and a champion of Catholic education.
Cook said the scholarships were awarded to students who "distinguished themselves through their academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and their commitment to school and parish life.
The nine scholarships went to 10 recipients; twin sisters Natalie and Nichole Weiss of Depew will share one. They will attend St. Mary's High School in the Village of Lancaster.
Other winners and the schools they will attend are Michael Trznadel, Buffalo, Bishop Timon; Lori Hinca, Buffalo, Turner-Carroll; Rachel Siverling, Batavia, Notre Dame; Samuel Griffin, Batavia, Notre Dame; Colleen Blaszak, Lancaster, St. Mary's; Danielle Paella, Niagara Falls, Niagara Catholic; Daniel Podolski, Wellsville, Archbishop Walsh, and Annette Terrana, Town of Tonawanda, Cardinal O'Hara.