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Fundraising Event A Success

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) raised approximately $430 at its first annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser on Dec. 1, which was held at Albany's Playdium Bowling Center. A group of students, faculty and staff from Hudson Valley bowled to benefit the EOP's Academic Achievement Scholarship and the EOP's Emergency Fund. Friends and family sponsored the bowlers on a per-pin basis.

Louis Coplin, director of Student Life at Hudson Valley, is currently planning another bowl-a-thon, which is tentatively slated for April 2002. Additionally, an ice-skating fundraiser is on tap for late January 2002. That event will take place at Hudson Valley's Conway Ice Arena, which is located in the college's McDonough Complex. For more information, call (518) 629-7348.

EOP is an academic support program designed to provide supplemental financial assistance to students who are considered "high risk" and are in danger of not completing the educational process due to socioeconomic issues.

The Educational Opportunity Program Academic Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to an EOP student(s) who has earned a cumulative grade point average index of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship will be presented to a graduating EOP student(s) at the annual Special Program Awards Ceremony, which is held each April. The Educational Opportunity Program Emergency Fund will be offered to an EOP student(s) who loses financial aid due to poor grades and therefore must earn a minimum of six credit hours to regain matriculated status, good academic standing and financial aid for the upcoming semester.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.