For three consecutive years, the Elisa B. Hughey Memorial Scholarship for the Arts has awarded scholarships to graduating Ellicottville Central School and West Valley Central School seniors intending to study fine arts in college.

Last fall, the Scholarship Committee decided to partner with the Tri-County Arts Council to offer 80-percent tuition funding for art education classes through the Arts Council.

This summer, the program is open to ECS and WVCS students of all ages and will continue through the 2019-20 school year.

Our intent with the partnership is to give kids art education opportunities beyond the classroom and support the arts locally.

How the program works:

Interested students will refer to the Arts Council’s website for class or workshop opportunities: Students aged 14 and older are eligible for the adult classes. The Tri-County Arts Council offers classes in different media such as felt, pottery and ceramics.

Students wishing to attend a class or workshop should contact Brenda Hughey at, indicating their full name, school, the class they’d like to attend and the dates.

Once the student has received an approval email from Brenda Hughey, they will contact the Arts Council by phone to register at 372-7455. When the student calls to register, they can pay the 20 percent tuition either by credit card or mail a check.

Students must provide their own transportation to the Arts Council’s studio location in Olean.  

For more information, contact Brenda Hughey at 703-321-6344, or email