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Bowling For Students

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will hold its second annual bowl-a-thon at Albany's Sunset Recreation Bowling Lanes from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Bowlers will be sponsored on a per-pin basis, and the proceeds will benefit the EOP Emergency Fund and the EOP Academic Achievement Scholarship.

In addition to Hudson Valley's students, faculty and staff, the public is invited to participate or make a donation by contacting Louis Coplin, director of Student Life, at (518) 629-7348. Last year's bowl-a-thon raised more than $600.

"The money raised will assist some of Hudson Valley Community College's at-risk students," Coplin said. "It will help them purchase textbooks and bus passes, it will provide scholarships, and it will help pay for courses in instances where students lose their financial aid. By participating in the bowl-a-thon, you'll be helping students stay in school."

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 EOP 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 EOP 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.

Founded in 1953, 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 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.