The Arc of Schuyler awarded its Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship to Watkins Glen High School graduate, Hanley Elliott at the June 23 commencement ceremony.
This $1,000 scholarship honors Joanne Hayes, former board member and president of The Arc of Schuyler’s board of directors who passed away in 1987. The award is given annually to a graduating senior pursuing an education in human services, special education, or a related field for a career providing supports to people with developmental disabilities.
Hanley Elliott, daughter of Kirra Franzese, will enroll at Ithaca College this fall obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in clinical health studies and a doctorate in physical therapy, specializing in pediatrics. In her application essay, Elliott expressed her desire to “impact the lives of children with disabilities, empowering them to feel stronger and live a high quality life,” in her career.
Elliott has been involved with numerous service clubs, volunteer experiences, and sports throughout her years in high school and in addition, has held part-time jobs at local businesses. She was also a member f the New Visions Honors Academy Health Career Exploration program in which she excelled.
Elliott’s New Visions instructor, Elizabeth Woodard commented, “Hanley has always requested to work with children and adults who have physical and developmental disabilities. Getting to work with this population is such a great fit for Hanley, who stated her first medical shadow with children with disabilities was ‘the best day of her life’.”
The Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship is made possible through donations to The Arc of Schuyler, a not-for-profit organization providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.