Each year the ESEA Scholarship Fund Association, Inc. awards two scholarships: The Alan P. Savory Memorial Scholarship Award and the Empire State Energy Association Scholarship Award, each in the amount of $1,500.
This year it is our honor to rename the Empire State Energy Association Scholarship Award in memory of our dear friend Jim Buhrmaster. The James R. Buhrmaster Memorial Scholarship Award will be awarded annually to children of association members and their employees for academic excellence and citizenship.
Jim Buhrmaster was a driving force in the energy industry for more than 45 years. As president of J. H. Buhrmaster Company (Buhrmaster Energy), he also sat as Chairman of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) and the Empire State Energy Association, Inc. (ESEA); and as President of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), the Oil Heat Institute of Eastern New York (OHIENY) and the Mohawk Valley Oil Dealers Association. In addition to tirelessly advocating for our industry, Jim was a dedicated public servant who represented his lifelong neighbors in Scotia, NY as a member of the Schenectady County Legislature since 2004. He ran for U.S. Congress in 2008 and was also a former chairman of the Schenectady County Republican Committee and the Scotia-Glenville Republican Party.
More than anything, Jim was a man who valued his family, his business, and helping the next generation succeed. With this scholarship in his name, those values will live on.
Kori M. Thornton of Bainbridge, NY is this year's recipient of the Alan P. Savory Memorial Scholarship Award.
Kori graduated Bainbridge-Guilford Central High School as a scholar athlete with a 92 grade point average. Kori has excelled in a rigorous curriculum which included numerous college courses. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Band, Booster Club, Varsity Softball, Basketball & Soccer Teams. Kori's guidance counselor states, "Kori always presents a positive attitude. She is kind, thoughtful and caring. She exhibits good citizenship and excellent sportsmanship." She was highly recommended for the scholarship based on her overall service, character and leadership. Kori plans to attend SUNY Broome to major in Criminal Justice.
Kori's mother, Christine Thornton, is an Accounting Supervisor for Mirabito Energy Products in Binghamton, NY.
Heather M. Foster of Grahamsville, NY is this year's recipient of the Empire State Energy Association Award.
Heather graduated Tri-Valley Central High School with a 3.7 grade point average and ranks 4th in her class. She excelled academically in a demanding curriculum and made Dean's List at SUNY Sullivan. Heather was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Vice President of the Student Council. Heather also volunteers her time at the local daycare center and does behind the scenes work at local charity runs. Heather's American History teacher states, "Heather is personable, intelligent and respectful. She is highly motivated and thoroughly committed to academic achievement. Heather has many friends and is respected by faculty and peers alike." Heather plans to attend SUNY New Paltz to major in Education.
Heather's father, Michael Foster, is the Propane Operations Manager for VEO Energy Systems in Monticello, NY.
Maddisen F. Glena of Middleport, NY is this year's recipient of the Alan P. Savory Memorial Scholarship Award.
Maddisen attends Royalton-Hartland High School, has a 3.8 grade point average and is ranked 7th in her class. Maddisen is a scholar athlete and has excelled in a rigorous curriculum. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Varsity Softball, Basketball & Soccer Teams. Outside the classroom Maddisen tutors and is involved in many volunteer organizations. Maddisen's English teacher states, "Maddisen possesses the determination for academic success at a collegiate level. She treats her peers with kindness and respect. She has a strong foundation of character and integrity." Maddisen plans to attend Medaille College and major in Veterinary Technology and Biology.
Maddisen's father, Matthew Glena, is a service technician for Drum Oil & Propane in Gasport, NY.
Morgan Childs of East Greenbush, NY is this year's recipient of the Empire State Energy Association Award.
Morgan attends Columbia High School, has a 3.2 grade point average and has excelled academically in a demanding curriculum, which includes numerous Honors Classes. Morgan is a member of the National Honor Society, Band, Golf Team and the New York State Champion Science Olympiad Team. She has also been a member of the Girl Scouts for 11 years, doing many volunteer projects within her community. Morgan's Earth Science teacher states, "Miss Childs takes her education very seriously. She strives to learn and achieve as much as she can. Her strengths include a friendly and approachable personality, and the ability to work well with others. She is a well-rounded individual with huge potential for growth". Morgan plans to attend Purdue University to major in Mechanical Engineering.
Morgan's father, Gregory Childs, is the Director of I.T. for Main Care Energy in Albany, NY.