CAACNY’s Scholarships Support Local Students

Donate to CAACNY’s Scholarship Fund

Donate online here.

To donate by mail, please send a check payable to “Cornell University” to the address below.  In the check memo section (and cover letter if you choose to include one) please write “please designate to the CAACNY IHO Dales & Bitz scholarship.”  This will ensure it gets designated to CAANCY’s Ruth Dales/Bob Bitz Scholarship fund.

Cornell University
Box 37334
Boone, IA 50037-0334


Bob Bitz ’52 Scholarship—Honors Bob Bitz ’52, a longtime supporter of CAACNY and a CAAAN volunteer. This scholarship is awarded to Central New York students to help them attend Cornell. Bob Bitz is the founder and former owner of Plainville Turkey Farms, Inc. He is a Cornell trustee emeritus and was active in the board’s Committee on Land Grant and Statutory College Affairs. Bob has also served on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Council, the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council and the Class of ’52 reunion committee. In addition, he was the president of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Association, and received the CALS Outstanding Alumni Award in 1988. In 2003 Bob received the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award. Bob and his wife Janice have three children, Cynthia, Mark MS ’85, and Bruce ’87.

Ruth Dales ’37 Memorial Scholarship—The Ruth Dales ’37 Scholarship has an endowment of $50,000 that provides perpetual scholarship assistance to undergraduate students from Central New York. Ruth was an active Cornell alumnus who held leadership roles in both CAACNY and the Cornell Women’s Club of Syracuse. She was also the chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network for many years. Ruth passed away December 10, 2004.

Cornell Tradition—The Cornell Tradition, an alumni-endowed program that recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduates, is a contemporary expression of the founder’s vision.  The program awards approximately 550 fellowships each year to students who demonstrate significant work experience, campus and/ or community service, and academic achievement. Through The Cornell Tradition, students make meaningful contributions to campus life that will enhance their own education and those of generations to come. True to the founder’s ideals, the Tradition supports the development of fellows into well-rounded, productive members of society who will serve as the role models and leaders of tomorrow.

Outstanding Teacher—The Named Outstanding Teacher Scholarship is used to provide scholarship assistance to worthy and needy full-time students enrolled at Cornell University whose hometown is in Central New York. If possible, recipients will be selected from those students who are attending the high school of the teacher honored by the scholarship.