Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen


05 MAY 2018

The Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen, State of New York, and its Ladies’ Auxiliary, are pleased to announce the winners for their 2018 Scholarship Program, which was open to 2018 high school graduates who have a membership affiliation to the Southwestern, or its member fire service organizations, through a parent, grandparent, or themselves.  Selection is based on the depth and breadth of their community service, letters of recommendation, and an essay related to volunteer community service.

The winner of the 2018 Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen Scholarship is Miss Julie Schnurstein of Cheektowaga, New York.  Julie will be graduating from West Seneca East High School this year, and plans to attend Hilbert College this fall, where she will major in Accounting.  She is the daughter of South Line Volunteer Fire Company member David Schnurstein, and South Line Fire Auxiliary member Rosemarie Schnurstein.  In addition to being an academic standout at West Seneca East, where she assists fellow students struggling with AP Calculus, and participates actively in international student activities. She volunteers in the myriad of activities that make South Line a successful fire rescue organization.  Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, selling, or serving, Julie’s work at the Summer Bash is greatly valued.  She helps in the painting and maintenance of the fire company’s “back park”, and assists with the planning, preparation, and activities of the Spring Easter Egg Hunt, and fall Halloween party.  The $600 award will be presented at the Annual Convention of Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen, on August 3, 2018 in Belmont, NY.

Also being honored at the same ceremony, will be Cassandra Kelly of South Dayton, NY.  Miss Kelly has been selected as the Chautauqua County winner of a Southwestern Association Ladies’ Auxiliary Scholarship in the amount of $150.  Cassandra will be a June 2018 graduate of Pine Valley Central School, She is the daughter of SWAVF member Adrienne Kelly, and granddaughter of Carol Ann Ellis of the Leon Fire Company and SWAVF member Butch Ellis.  As an outstanding student-athlete at Pine Valley, she has also completed numerous hours of community service: helping with the elementary grade classes, with serving meals to the homeless, helping with fund raising for Community in Action, and sacrificing her “free time” in the service of others through that organization, school organizations and her church.

There were no applicants from Cattaraugus or Allegany Counties, therefore only one Auxiliary scholarship will be awarded.