The Tutor Club at Cayuga Community College recently presented a check to the College Foundation in the amount of $2,000. This gift will be added to the Weston Eldred Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of a member of Cayuga’s 2009 graduating class.
“Throughout the past year, the Tutor Club held several fund raisers,” said Club Advisor Teresa Hoercher. “We ran the ‘Apple a Day’ event in honor of our students’ favorite faculty members. At CCC’s Holiday Craft Fair we sold hot dogs as part of this longstanding community celebration. When it came time to give our money away, we knew that it had to go to Wes Eldred’s scholarship fund.”
Weston Eldred was a graduate of Skaneateles High School and Cayuga Community College. While at Cayuga, Wes received the 2009 Chancellor’s Award, the highest recognition given to students by the State University of New York. “Wes was passionate about his studies, renewable energy, environmental science, and helping his fellow students through CCC’s Tutor Club,” said his mother, Ellisa Eldred. “I was excited to hear that the 2013 recipient, Cassie Beaulieu, was such a perfect match. Like Wes, she was active in the Tutor Club and a chemistry major, and she will be attending SUNY-ESF in the fall.”
“It is an honor to receive this scholarship,” Beaulieu said. “I love helping my fellow students through tutoring, and hope to continue to do so at ESF.” Beaulieu also noted that as a result of tutoring a student in the sciences, she decided to change her major to chemistry. “Tutoring has been a great experience that I would recommend highly to any student who wants to make a real difference.”
The Weston D. Eldred Memorial Scholarship is administered through the Cayuga Community College Foundation, which provides nearly $300,000 in grants and awards annually to students. This scholarship is awarded to a returning, full-time student at CCC’s Auburn Campus who is studying the sciences, with strong preference given to a student demonstrating a passion for the study of chemistry. The recipient must be an active member of the College’s Tutor Club.