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Niagara University has awarded 15 students the Niagara Shares Scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year. This award is granted to Erie County and Niagara County residents who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and maintain a lifestyle that exemplifies Niagara's Vincentian tradition of dedication and deep concern for the rights and dignity of people.

Niagara County scholarship winners were: June Clark, an education major; Daniel DeSimone, an arts and sciences major; and Eric Zeni, a business major, all from Niagara Falls; Wendy Crossley, an education major from Sanborn; Katie Mallinson, an arts and sciences major from Lockport; and Cynthia Ward, an arts and sciences major from Barker.

- The Kenan Arts Council honored three Niagara County high school seniors who were selected to receive Kenan Arts Council scholarships at its annual spring luncheon last week . Each scholarship is for $800.

Scholarship recipients were: Stephen Budnack from Newfane High School. He is the son of Rodney and Kathy Budnack, Lockport. Stephen has been accepted at Niagara Community College and Fredonia State College. He plans to become a music teacher.

Lindsay Erin Schwartz, a senior at Royalton-Hartland Senior High School, is the daughter of Mark and Jackie Schwartz, Middleport. She has been accepted at Buffalo State College and plans to become an art teacher.

Lyssandra Jay Walsh, also a senior at Royalton-Hartland Senior High School, is the daughter of Robert Walsh and Anne Malcolm of Middleport. She has been accepted at the Crane School of Music at at Potsdam State College. Lyssandra plans to become a music educator.

- John Stirling of Lewiston, maintenance resource management supervisor for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), has been named Employee of the First Quarter 2003 at NYPA's Niagara Power Project for the extraordinary role he plays at work and in his community.

Each year since 1993, Stirling has organized a Holiday Adoption Fund at the Niagara Project to benefit needy children in the Niagara area. In 2002, 75 children in the Niagara community received gifts of warm clothing and a toy. He works with the local St. Vincent DePaul Society to gather the names of children and about $75 is spent on each child.

Stirling also organizes various fund-raising activities throughout the year including raffles and Chinese auctions. Since 1993, approximately 500 needy children have been helped and money is provided to numerous charitable organizations such as the local food pantry and Passion House, a home for abused women and children.

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