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Hudson Valley Community College Students Benefit from Second Chance Scholarship

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Twenty-one Hudson Valley Community College students, including the student representative of the college's Board of Trustees, were recently named new recipients of a unique scholarship program.

Funded by the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, Second Chance Scholarships are awarded to students who show financial need and a willingness to work hard to pursue their dreams.

Many of the students who receive the scholarship have overcome extreme personal and financial hardships to attend college. It was the achievement of such students that led businessman Angelo Mastrangelo to endow the foundation in honor of his father and father-in-law.

Since 1989, the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $800,000 to approximately 350 Hudson Valley students involved in the scholarship program. A total of 36 students currently receive the Second Chance Scholarship at Hudson Valley.

A student in the Second Chance program is eligible for up to $1,750 per semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees. Each student\'s scholarship award is based on the grades he or she receives during the semester. Students are eligible to stay in the scholarship program for up to four semesters, if they maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.

The new recipients are Seymour Brown, Wallace Brown, Nikita Dickerson, Lucy Gudz, Karla Thompson and Christa Umland, all of Albany; Ricardo D. Fernandez of Cohoes; Jenilyn Horton of Clifton Park; Janet P. Hunter of Gansevoort; Teresa R. Brooks, Anita Fallen and Elaine A. Roy, all of Rensselaer; Shimia E. Davis, Ourelian J. Haley, Victor B. Hicks, Montina Leonard, Piperlea Provost, Janelle Russell and Joel Zandri, all of Troy; Donald H. Hills of Schenectady; and William M. Brown of Watervliet.

Leonard was elected the student representative on the college's Board of Trustees last spring.

The Second Chance Scholarship program began at Hudson Valley Community College 15 years ago but has expanded to benefit students at The College of Saint Rose, The University at Albany, Schenectady County Community College and Broome County Community College.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.