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Scholarship Established in Memory of Hudson Valley Community College Students

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Courtney Carelli, Ryan Gardner remembered with scholarship

Berlin Central High School students who are enrolled this fall at Hudson Valley Community College through "College in the High School" or distance learning classes will be able to apply for a scholarship created in memory of Courtney Carelli and Ryan Gardner, two Hudson Valley students who died earlier this year from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

While she was a Berlin High student, Carelli gained the confidence she needed to attend college after taking a College in the High School English class. Carelli and Gardner, who planned to marry, graduated from Berlin High in 2002 and attended the college together. Carelli was studying Business Administration and Gardner, Civil Engineering Technology. They died in March, just two months before graduation.

"This scholarship has been created to encourage and assist students who may not have the required confidence or resources for the college experience," said Janet Atwater, director of the College Health Service and a family friend. "Ryan and Courtney were good students and both saw the wisdom of attaining a college degree."

Atwater, along with Carelli's parents, Anthony and Rosemarie, and her brother, Colin, and Gardner's parents, Neil and Susan and his siblings, Derrick and Kyle, established the scholarship.

Scholarships will be awarded for both the fall and spring semesters, beginning this fall; the number of scholarships and the amount awarded will vary.

To make a donation to the Carelli-Gardner Scholarship fund, or to apply for the scholarship, contact the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at (518) 629-8012.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. It administers more than 100 scholarships for Hudson Valley students. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

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 nearly 60,000 alumni.