Four Students Receive Dr. Cecchini College Scholarship

Pictured are the 2016-2017 recipients of The Dr. Albert B. Cecchini College Scholarship from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. (L to R): Shelby Adams, Olivia Richardson, Jennifer Roof and Laurel Finson.

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The Dr. Albert B. Cecchini College Scholarship is a renewable scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors who exemplify exceptional moral character and a caring nature, are hard working and involved in extra-curricular activities. Once a student has been named a recipient, they will receive this award each of the four years they are in school.

The renewal recipients are Shelby Adams, Jennifer Roof and Olivia Richardson. Laurel Finson is the 2016-2017 recipient.

Renewed for the third year, recipient Shelby Adams, is a Junior at the University at Buffalo, majoring in exercise science with plans to enter the pre-dental program. Renewed for the second year are recipients Olivia Richardson a sophomore at Houghton College majoring in pre-med with a minor in communication and Jennifer Roof, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biochemistry.

A 2016 graduate of Southwestern Central School, Laurel Finson is a freshman at SUNY Fredonia majoring in Biology with a pre-med minor. A member of her high school’s National Honor Society, Finson graduated third in her class and received the 2015 Academic Excellence Award from the Distinguished Young Women Program. In addition to academics, Finson is also a talented musician and played the flute and piccolo in the Area All State Band for five years. She also volunteers her time and talents to the Children’s Sing Program through the Lucille Ball Little Theatre.

Dr. Cecchini earned advanced degrees in several disciplines. He had two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, three master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and also earned a Ph.D. in bioengineering in 1987. That same year, he began founding, Libera, Inc. a case management and information management company whose software products are used in 34 states and territories across the United States and in seven European countries. His mother, Babette Cecchini, following his passing in 2013, created this scholarship in his memory.

This scholarship is administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The application process for the 2017-2018 academic years opens on March 1, 2017. To learn more, visit