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Hudson Valley Community College Creates New Scholarship to Attract High School Seniors who Excel

Students who plan to study Business, Liberal Arts are eligible to apply

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, February 14, 2005

Top-performing high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in business or liberal arts can now apply for a new full-tuition scholarship at Hudson Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley's Presidential Honors Scholarships are designed for Class of 2005 graduates who have a minimum SAT score of 1200, and a high school grade point average of at least 90. The college will award 20 scholarships – which will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books – to students who enroll in either its School of Business or School of Liberal Arts for the Fall 2005 semester.

The college offers 14 programs, including Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Information Systems, through it School of Business, and 19 programs, including Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Physical Education Studies – through its School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Hudson Valley does not require SAT scores for admission, but students can choose to provide that information when they apply. Currently, 159 students who have a combined SAT score of 1200 or better attend Hudson Valley; that figure represents 3.4 percent of the 4,654 new, matriculated students who are attending the college for the 2004-05 academic year.

"As the cost of a four-year degree continues to climb – especially at top public and private colleges and universities in the country – more and more high school students and their parents are seeing Hudson Valley as a viable place to start their post-secondary education," said Mary Claire Bauer, director of admissions at Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley alumni have transferred to some of the top schools in the country, including Cornell University, Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The college's top transfer schools include the University at Albany, The College of Saint Rose, Siena College and Russell Sage College.

Interested students must submit a completed scholarship application, official high school transcript and a typed essay of at least 250 words describing their educational and career objectives to the college by March 12, 2005; students also must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid on file with the college. For more information, call (518) 629-4626 or visit

"Our academic reputation is solid and it continues to grow, and offering these scholarship opportunities to top students is a viable way for us to compete in the marketplace," Bauer added.

Hudson Valley's tuition for the 2004-05 academic year is $2,600; the cost of books and fees depends on a student's course of study. Once awarded, the scholarship is renewable for a student's second year, as long he or she maintains a grade point average of 3.25 or better.

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.