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Athens Generating Company Scholarships Awarded to Six Hudson Valley Community College Students

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8085 or (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Athens Generating Company has awarded scholarships to six Hudson Valley Community College students for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 academic years.

The scholarships are funded through a generous, $1 million gift that Athens Generating, a competitive merchant power producer located in Greene County, made to the college in 2002. The students were honored yesterday at the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation's annual Fall Scholarship Reception held at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

"This program represents a promise made during our project's development to partner with the community for mutual goals," Athens Generating General Manager Dan DeVinney said. "This year, in conjunction with the college, we are happy to expand this existing program to benefit more local students."

Initially, the scholarships were offered only to students pursuing power-industry careers, but the company agreed to expand the criteria to include other technologies, such as computer information systems and mechanical engineering technology, so the college could recruit and assist a more diverse group of students.

All scholarships, which will pay for tuition, fees and books, are renewable for four consecutive semesters if students maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. The annual cost of tuition and fees at Hudson Valley Community College is about $2,980; the cost of books varies, depending on a student's course of study.

"The outstanding generosity of the Athens Generating Company assists Hudson Valley with its ongoing efforts to attract the best and brightest high school students to our campus," Hudson Valley President John Buono said. "Athens' commitment to Hudson Valley, and these students, is tremendous. We are proud of the role we play in educating the business and industry leaders of tomorrow, and it's great to have a partner in the business community committed to that goal as well."

Athens funds two types of scholarships at the college through the Foundation. Presidential Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to high school graduates pursuing any course of study at Hudson Valley.

Technology Scholarships are based on need and are awarded to graduates pursuing degrees in the college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies or degrees in Computer Information Systems or Environmental Studies.

Students from Greene, Columbia, Albany and Rensselaer counties are eligible for all Athens scholarships but preference is given to students from the Catskill and Coxsackie-Athens school districts. Presidential Scholarship recipients this fall are:

  • Marc Skpowski of Valatie. A graduate of Icabod Crane High School, Skpowski is an Individual Studies student who is interested in pursuing a career in software development.
  • Christopher Schaefer of Coxsackie. A graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School, Schaefer is a Liberal Arts student at Hudson Valley.

Technology Scholarship recipients this fall are:

  • Nicole Goca of Averill Park. A graduate of Averill Park High School, Goca is studying Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Marcus McCumber of Castleton. A graduate of Maple Hill High School, he is studying Civil Engineering Technology and is interesting in pursuing a career in residential architectural design.
  • Christopher Cary of Hannacroix. A graduate of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, Cary is pursuing a degree in Computer Information Systems.
  • Joshua Law of Palenville. A graduate of Catskill High School, Law is studying Electrical Construction and Maintenance, and is interested in pursuing a career as an electrician.

Since Athens made the $1 million gift last year, 10 other scholarships have been awarded to Hudson Valley students. Students interested in applying for the scholarship for the 2004-05 academic year should do so by Friday, March 12, 2004. For more information regarding the Athens scholarships at Hudson Valley Community College, please call 629-8012 or visit the college's Web site at

In addition to funding scholarships annually, the Athens gift is being used to provide equipment and to fund curriculum enhancements and course development.

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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year.