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Two Local Students are 2000 Recipients of Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, June 16, 2000

Nicole Madden of East Greenbush and Brian Strock of Watervliet are the 2000 recipients of the Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship at Hudson Valley Community College.

The two full-tuition scholarships are intended for graduating high school seniors entering Hudson Valley Community College who plan a career in public service. Funds for the scholarship were raised during a dinner in Senator Bruno's honor, held at the college in 1998.

Madden, a graduate of Columbia High School, plans to study in the Liberal Arts Honors Program at Hudson Valley Community College before pursuing a theological education at a four-year college or university. Strock, a 2000 graduate of Watervliet High School, will concentrate on the criminal justice program at Hudson Valley Community College, and eventually follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps as a police officer.

"These two young people are taking advantage of a great educational opportunity at Hudson Valley Community College," Senator Bruno said. "Nicole and Brian have aspirations to make their communities better and safer places to live."

Applications for the Bruno Scholarship, which will be handed out annually, are available at high schools in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties.

Local businessmen Daniel J. Hogarty Jr. and John J. Hedley conceived the scholarship idea as a way to honor Senator Bruno for his years of service to the Capital Region.

"The Bruno Scholarship recipients get their educational start here at Hudson Valley Community College," said Hudson Valley President John Buono. "We know Nicole and Brian will be excellent additions to the college's student body."

The scholarship fund is administered by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, an independent 501 ( c ) 3 not-for-profit corporation associated with the college. For information on the scholarship, contact the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at 629-8012.

Three local business and civic leaders comprised the selection committee. They are John Hedley, a Troy-area business leader; Beth Leibich, a Clifton Park philanthropist; and Reginald Scott, a real estate developer from Schenectady.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. 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 worker retraining.