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Area Residents Earn Scholarships, Awards at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 13, 2001

Several area residents were honored during the Fall 2001 Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College.

  • Matthew Torino of Clifton Park was the recipient of an award established by automotive enthusiasts from the not-for-profit Albany Rods & Kustoms Inc. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and the award is renewable for the senior year.

    Torino is a freshman in the Automotive Technical Services program at Hudson Valley. He worked in a car shop in North Carolina before moving to the area and enrolling at Hudson Valley.

  • The Alumni Legacy Scholarship, given by the Hudson Valley Community College Alumni Association to a full-time student with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, was awarded to Diana LeBarron of Albany, a graduate of Guilderland High School. A senior in the Individual Studies program who plans to become an elementary school teacher, LeBarron is the daughter of Ralph LeBarron, Class of 1980 in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Greta Hurst of Castleton was named recipient of the Hazel Hayes Atwater Memorial Scholarship. The award is in honor of the grandmother of Janet Atwater, director of Health Services at the college. Hurst is a senior in the Fine Arts program at Hudson Valley, majoring in photography. She hopes to transfer to SUNY/Albany after graduation from Hudson Valley, to study archaeology.

  • Bruce Kearns of Stillwater was awarded the Lois and John H. Atwater Jr. Memorial Scholarship, established in honor of the parents of Janet Atwater, director of Health Services at the college. The award is given to a military veteran pursuing studies at Hudson Valley Community College. Kearns served in the United States Army for four years and continues his military service as a member of the National Guard. He is a bull-time student enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program.

  • The Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship includes two full-tuition awards given annually to exceptional area high school students enrolling at Hudson Valley Community College, and who plan to pursue a career in public service. The awards were presented this year to Clarence Peterson III of Stephentown, a 2001 graduate of Berlin High School who is now a full-time student in the Automotive Technical Services program, and to Michelle Sentz of Averill Park, a graduate of Averill Park High School who is enrolled in the Liberal Arts program at Hudson Valley. She hopes to become a high school math teacher.

  • Paul Culpepper of Albany was presented with the Class of '93 Scholarship, the inaugural class gift award at Hudson Valley. Culpepper has been on the President's List for the past two semesters at Hudson Valley, where he is enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program.

  • Joseph Albarelli of Troy, a graduate of Catholic Central High School who is a part-time student in the Respiratory Therapy program at Hudson Valley, and Tyesha Young of Troy, a Troy High School grad, were recipients of the college's Continuing Education Award. The award is supported by payroll deduction contributions to the Faculty Staff Endowment Fund. Albarelli is currently an Emergency Medical Technician and plans to enter the Paramedic program at the college. Young is a Hudson Valley graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Development, and is currently a part-time student taking preparatory classes for further education in the Social Welfare program at SUNY/Albany.

  • Katie Brott of Troy was awarded the Dr. Anthony M. DeBonis Health Sciences Scholarship, established by the DeBonis family in 1992 for a Troy High School graduate. The winner must have maintained a 3.0 average in high school and be accepted for study at Hudson Valley as a student in one of the following programs: Physician Assistant, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Dental Hygiene or Medical Laboratory Technology.

    Brott also received the Presidential Scholarship, given by Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono '68, the Faculty Staff Association, and faculty, staff and friends of the college. It is offered annually to high school seniors who graduate at the top of their class.

    Brott graduated third in her class from Troy High School in June of 2001, and is now a freshman in the Dental Hygiene program at Hudson Valley. She spends approximately 100 hours a month volunteering in religious activities.

  • Oneonta Senior High School graduates Maria Cardo and Theodore Theologes were recipients of awards from the Dewar Foundation of Oneonta, NY, established in 1995 for graduates of the high school who are full-time, matriculated students at Hudson Valley.

    A Troy resident, Cardo was a member of the Class of 1997 at Oneonta H.S., and is pursuing a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling at Hudson Valley, planning to become a certified, credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor.

    Theologes, who lives in Clifton Park, has been a registered nurse since 1996 and is a student in the Physician Assistant program at the college.

  • Karen Wilcox of Waterford and Kimberly Pedigo of Troy were awarded Richard Dinn Memorial Scholarships, established by the family of the late Richard Dinn, who was a professor at the college. Recipients must have completed a year in either the Nursing or Physician Assistant program, maintaining at least a 2.5 grade average.

    Wilcox is a part-time student in the college's Nursing program. She began her career as a nursing assistant and is currently a licensed practical nurse.

    Pedigo is a full-time Physician Assistant student with a 3.71 grade point average.

  • Justin Wise of Loudonville, a full-time freshman enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program at Hudson Valley and Jonathan Williamson of Albany, enrolled in the Industrial Technology program, were each awarded Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarships, given by family, friends and employees of LaCorte Companies. Two such awards are given each fall.

    Wise is a graduate of Shaker High School. Williamson lives in Albany, and is a graduate of Colonie Central High School.

  • Kelly Benson of Rensselaer, a freshman in the Nursing program at Hudson Valley, received the James K. and Jeannette M. Morse Memorial Scholarship. The award is given annually to a full-time nursing student demonstrating high academic performance.

  • Matthew McLoughlin of Athens and William Parsons of Troy were awarded P G & E National Energy Group Scholarships. P G & E expanded its scholarships through the Foundation at Hudson Valley Community College, now offering a maximum of five full-tuition scholarships annually to full or part-time students enrolled in either Plant Utilities Technology or Environmental Sciences.

    McLoughlin is currently a freshman at Columbia Greene Community College, where he will complete courses before continuing to pursue a degree in Environmental Sciences at Hudson Valley. He served as a weapons technician for the U.S. Navy for three years. He is a graduate of Coxackie-Athens High School Parsons worked as an industrial hygienist for years, and is now a full-time student in Environmental Sciences at Hudson Valley. He attended high school in New Mexico.

  • Brandon Tillotson of Averill Park and Lainey Brooks of East Nassau were awarded scholarships through the generosity of the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways. Established by the Association in 1982 for students in the Civil Engineering program at Hudson Valley, the first scholarship is for a Rensselaer County area high school graduate entering the Civil Engineering program, and the second is given to a full-time, matriculated senior in the program. Tillotson is a 2001 graduate of Averill Park High School. Brooks, who was home-schooled, plans to further his studies in civil engineering after graduating from Hudson Valley, and eventually to study architecture.

  • Brigid Asante, originally from Ghana, West Africa and now living in Albany, was awarded the Elizabeth K. Ripple memorial Scholarship, in honor of a former Hudson Valley student who died of respiratory illness at the age of 20.

    Asante, who came to the United States with her family in 1997, attended the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, graduating from the English for Speakers of Other Languages and Reading preparation programs in 1998 and 1999. She is a freshman in the Respiratory Therapy program at Hudson Valley and is completing field experience as an EKG technician at Albany Medical Center.

  • Jeremy Schneible of Troy was awarded the Steven Sultan Scholarship, established by Sultan's family in 2000. The recipient must be a student-athlete at Hudson Valley who is a full-time, matriculated senior with a 2.75 grade point average. Residents of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties are eligible for the award.

    Schneible is a starting guard for Hudson Valley's basketball team and is enrolled in the Civil Engineering program at the college. He is a Greenwich High School graduate.

  • Travis Braghirol of Troy, a first-year student in the Automotive Services program at Hudson Valley, was recipient of the Michael D. Tisenchek Memorial Scholarship. The award honors the memory of an Automotive Technology student who died in 1999 in an automobile accident. The recipient must be a full-time, matriculated freshman in the automotive program, with a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

  • Frances Suggs of Lansingburgh, a full-time senior in the Human Services program at Hudson Valley, was presented the Dr. Ruth Waller Scholarship. The award to an incoming student in Human Services is given for academic achievement. Suggs volunteers at an area Christian boarding school and works full-time at the Center for the Disabled. She is a graduate of Troy High School.

  • Kelley Schultz of Castleton, a senior, was recipient of the Patty Walsh '92 Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a full-time, matriculated Human Services major who shows promise for working in human services and particularly with handicapped individuals.

    Schultz is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the local chapter of the International Honor Society at Hudson Valley Community College. She hopes to pursue a master's degree in social work.

Hudson Valley Community College 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 SUNY system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training.