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Second Chance Scholarships Awarded At Hudson Valley Community College

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

FOR RELEASE: Thursday, December 13, 2001

Twenty students were awarded Second Chance Scholarships recently at Hudson Valley Community College through a program established by the Joseph N. Mastrangelo and Ralph C. Arnold Foundation. The program was designed to assist economically disadvantaged students who require financial support to successfully undertake post-secondary education.

Second Chance Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 per semester, dependent on each student's academic performance. Also, this semester the program was expanded to include a $250 bonus to those Second Chance students who maintained a perfect 4.0 average.

Students are selected for the awards by a committee, based on their having the potential and desire to continue their formal education in spite of difficult circumstances. Both full and part-time matriculated students are eligible.

Second Chance Scholarships were awarded this semester to the following students:

Albany Residents: Brigid Asante, Michael Barber, Muhammad Basheer, Boisey Caldwell, Paul Culpepper, Sean Grady, Daquetta Jones and Norman Smith.

Rensselaer County: Silvestre Castro, Gennys Medina, Ramon Restituyo, Julie Morgan Rock and Alex Tate, all of Troy; Kelly Benson of Rensselaer, Greta Hurst of Castleton and Frances Suggs of Lansingburgh.

Schenectady County: Alan Clark of Niskayuna, Jacques Daniel and Dale Wildman of Schenectady.

Saratoga County: Rebecca Carle of Clifton Park.

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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.