BELMONT — 2019 Cuba-Rushford Central School graduate and Alfred State College student Ryan Higley has been awarded the 2020-2021 Shirley J. Weatherly Memorial Grant by the Allegany County Area Foundation.

This grant provides college or training support for a CRCS graduate who has shown character, hard work, and perseverance in overcoming challenges.

This fall Ryan will start his second year in Alfred State’s highly-ranked and American Welding Society-certified welding technology associates degree program.

During his high school days Ryan complied a solid academic record while being involved in soccer, trap club, youth court, student council and significant part-time work.

Established by her family and friends in 2018, this endowed fund honors and memorializes Shirley J. Weatherly, who passed away in 2017. Born in Cuba, Shirley worked for Chemung County BOCES in the accounting Department.

Her family and friends remember her as a hard worker who never allowed physical disability to deter her from achieving her goals.

Donations to the Shirley J. Weatherly Grant Fund endowment can be directed the Allegany County Area Foundation.