GENESEO – Kelsey Annese’s closest friends and family are creating a new scholarship to cultivate her work ethic, curiosity and compassion in an incoming freshman.
According to SUNY Geneseo’s website, one selected incoming freshman with academic excellence and financial need will earn the Kelsey A. Annese ’16 Memorial Scholarship. The chosen student will exemplify the characteristics of Annese; the scholarship will be renewable for their entire four years at the college. Her family and those who knew her say she had a strong spirit and work ethic and was a leader. Her curiosity and compassion, combined with an easy-going personality and ever-present smile, made her a beloved member of the Geneseo community, as well as a cherished friend.
“Though she was never happier than when surrounded by family and friends, Kelsey embraced opportunities to travel the world, explore her community, and help those in need by volunteering,” says SUNY Geneseo on their Annese Memorial Scholarship Facebook page. “This curiosity and compassion, combined with an easy-going personality and ever-present smile, made her a beloved member of the SUNY Geneseo community, as well as a cherished friend. Kelsey was a leader on the Women’s Basketball team, in the classroom and while student teaching. While Kelsey knew she wanted to teach in a high poverty public school setting, she had yet to decide whether she would teach special education or English as a Second Language. She was grateful for her Geneseo experience as it provided her the opportunity to help others.”
Classmates, alumni, friends and loved ones contributed to create an endowment in memory of Annese, and held fundraisers to contribute to the endowment. Anyone can donate to the scholarship here.
“I know without a doubt that Kels would love this scholarship to be part of her legacy,” said her mother, Krista Annese ’86. “Helping a hard-working student in financial need to pay for college expenses. The best part is that this kind of fund can keep the scholarship going forever, which means memories of her will be out there, forever.”