I almost can’t even put into words what getting this scholarship meant to me. Some people get scholarships and brush them aside but this one really made an impact on me when I applied for it and even more when I got the call saying that I received it. This is a memorial for someone who lived in the community and who made a great impact on peoples’ everyday lives. Not only that but she was a much loved mother, daughter, and wife whose life was taken away. This scholarship helped me in more ways than just money, there are people who went through a similar experience just like me. My mother had passed away when I was just nine years old and actually my fifth grade teacher, Alicia Crandall, said that this would be a perfect scholarship for me, and it was. I have loved going to the tournament day every August and meeting everyone would was able to do such an amazing thing for some of the people in the community. During school this scholarship helps a lot, whether it’s towards tuition, books or anything else that was needed, without this I would have had to work even more than 60 hours a week to pay for school. As the first ever scholarship winner I couldn’t say thank you enough or really ever put it into words how much this helped me. This made such a big impact on me and helped me greatly. I plan on participating in the tournaments in a few years! (Even though I’m not very good at golf). Thank you to everyone who made this possible for me, I still can’t thank you enough.
~Alyssa Mattison (2012-2013)
The Dianne O'Dell Scholarship has given me the opportunity to join many of Canisius College's clubs, activities, classes, etc. I have been able to become part of a psychology research team, went on a trip to North Carolina to compete in a college Model United Nations competition, and have even helped to host a peace rally and human rights conference. These are only a few things i have been able to accomplish with the help of this scholarship. I look forward to the many other opportunities that are sure to come my way with the help of this scholarship. If I hadn't received the help of this scholarship, I would not be able to be a part of the fantastic Canisius College community.
~Samantha Andrews (2013-2014)
I was overwhelming pleased to learn I was the 2016 recipient of the Dianne O’Dell Scholarship. The generosity of the Foundation is allowing me to study a field I am passionate about. I am blessed to be able to attend SUNY Oswego and be part of their high ranking accounting program in the fall. This scholarship has eased the financial pressure of college which will allow me to place all my focus on becoming the best student I can be. A major financial burden was lifted when I learned I had received this scholarship. Not only has this scholarship helped me financially but inspired me to one day give students the same opportunity of education as the Foundation has me. I want to thank the Dianne O’Dell Foundation for the kindness and positive influence that you have instilled in my life.
~Olivia Wood (2015 - 2016)
1. Applicant must be a registered student in the Paul V. Moore High School 2021 graduating class.
2. Applicant must have a minimum, cumulative GPA of 75.00 or higher.
3. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or current passport.
4. Applicant must submit a handwritten thank you letter to the Dianne L. O’Dell Scholarship Endowment Board of Directors upon completion of each academic year to continue to receive the award.
Applicant must submit the following items:
1. Completed application form (if handwritten, please print legibly).
2. Letter of application addressed to the Dianne L. O’Dell Scholarship Committee stating their intent to apply for the scholarship.
3. Two (2) character references in the form of a letter of recommendation.
4. A validation letter stating the applicant has participated in community service.
5. A copy of their most recent transcript with cumulative grade point average.
6. Personal Essay. In your essay, please answer the question on the enclosed essay form.
How do you plan to use your college education to better yourself and help your community? [1000 words or less]
Applicant must agree to a personal interview with the scholarship committee via phone, upon completion of the application, if requested.