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Hudson Valley Awards SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships To Capital Region Residents

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, January 21, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College recently awarded SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships to 24 students. Each student was presented with a $200 check.

Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono, along with Vice President for Student Services Willie Hammett, presented the checks. Funds were provided by the State University of New York, the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, and the college's scholarship account. Nearly 80 students applied, and those with the highest grade point averages at mid-semester were chosen.

Markell Dasent and Sean Grady, both of Albany, posted a 4.0 GPA.

"I'm so proud of what each of you have achieved at Hudson Valley Community College," Buono told the 24 honorees. "What you've accomplished here, nobody can ever take away."

SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships are available to first- and second-year minority students. To qualify, students must be full-time, matriculated, and carry at least 2.5 GPA. More than half of this year's recipients are carrying a 3.0 GPA or better.

In addition to Dasent and Grady, the following students received a $200 scholarship:

  • Ramona Crawford and Thomas Mathis of Troy;
  • Robin Quattlebaum of Rensselaer;
  • Freddie Cannon II of Catskill;
  • Tara McCant of Clifton Park;
  • Kim Green of Delmar;
  • Denise Watso of Latham;
  • Silvestre Castro of New York City;
  • and Albany's Pamela Carter, Michael Barber, Paul Culpepper, Imma Forestal, Anthony Charles, Amber Dale, Samuel Wiggins, Edna Bell, Layla Hendricks, Bridget Lownes, Robin Shaw, Honey Courtwright, Diana Rodriguez and Daval Coleman.

"Some of these students have struggled to get to this point in their lives," Hammett said. "To be at Hudson Valley Community College with at least a 2.5 GPA, they're really achieving good things, and the future is very bright for them."

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.