2021 Believe 271 & New York State Tool Scholarship Winners

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Believe 271 & New York State Tool Gregory J. Wilsey Scholarship Winners

The Believe 271 Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of their Gregory J. Wilsey Scholarship recipients in conjunction with New York State Tool Company.

This year the Foundation received thirty-four applications from graduating high school seniors and those in post-secondary education. The donation for the scholarships in the name of Gregory J. Wilsey, founder of New York State Tool, was made to the foundation by Matthew and Lisa Wilsey in honor of Mr. Gregory J. Wilsey who was an advocate for the youth of the area and was mentor to many through his founding of the New York State Tool Company in Chadwicks, New York.

The winners of the four $500.00 scholarships this year are as follows:

Dawson Dunn - Town of Webb Union Free School District – son of Jennifer and Tory Dunn. Dawson will be pursuing a degree in Disaster Management and Response from Paul Smith’s College. He is also a member of the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department.

Alison Russell - Town of Webb Union Free School District – daughter of Patrick Russell, Karen and Clint Otto. Alison will be pursuing a degree in Disaster Management and Response from Paul Smith’s College. Alison is a member of the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department.

Austin Smith - Holland Patent High School – son of Melissa and Marcus Smith. Austin will be attending Clarkson University and majoring in mechanical engineering. Austin is a member of the Barneveld Volunteer Fire Department.

Kayleigh Voce - Herkimer High School – daughter of Tracy and Daniel Voce. Kayleigh will be attending Herkimer County Community College and majoring in nursing.

"It is with great pride that New York State Tool and Believe 271 join forces to assist these four students with a scholarship in Gregory J. Wilsey’s name. The competition for these scholarships heightens every year and we feel we have four of the best from Oneida and Herkimer County. On behalf of the Believe 271 Foundation Board of Directors and the Wilsey Family, we wish them the best as they pursue their dreams."

— Brian Palmer