Two ALCS students receive Ratanawongsa Scholarship

Two Allegany-Limestone Central School sophomores recently received the Ratana Ratanawongsa Scholarship, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Meghan Brink (left) and Alice Li (right).

The scholarship provides funds for students to pursue enrichment programs during the school year or for summer programs following the completion of grades 7-10.

Alice Li and Meghan Brink received a combined $545 to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program (HOBY) at the University of Rochester from June 2 to June 4 this year.

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop youth and volunteers to a dedicated life of leadership, innovation and service, according to its website.

The scholarship in memory of Dr. Ratana Ratanawongsa, a former pathologist at both St. Francis and Olean General hospitals, was established by her family to give students the opportunity to explore new and interesting opportunities before college.

“I believe HOBY will be an amazing way to help me  utilize and improve my skills as a leader, which will help with my college and career in the future,” said Li.

Brink also said that HOBY will enrich her skills as a leader and prepare her for the future.

“This opportunity will prepare me for my future goals because it is allowing myself to setup essential leadership qualities needed for a successful career path,” Brink said.

“This scholarship was established to provide opportunities beyond the typical high-school curriculum,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “In this case that enrichment is preparing the recipients not just in an academic sense, but also to be leaders and agents for change and progress in their community.”

Donations can be made to the Ratana Ratanawongsa Scholarship Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, Suite 203 or online at

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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