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Hudson Valley Community College Student Receives $5,000 Scholarship to Study in Dominican Republic

CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006

Hudson Valley Community College Business Administration student Rahkeem Morris is one of a select group of undergraduates nationwide who will receive a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad during the Spring 2007 semester.

Morris, of Albany, will study at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo. He plans to complete an internship in international business while at the university for a five-month stay.

The Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizens who are pursuing undergraduate degrees. The program is highly competitive, with less than 20 percent of applicants receiving the scholarship each year.

Morris, 21, who has compiled a 3.8 grade-point average while at the college, is the second student from Hudson Valley Community College to receive the scholarship. He plans to continue study in international business and finance after graduating from Hudson Valley. The Albany High School graduate is vice president of leadership for the college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges.

The Gilman scholarship program is offered through the federal State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It was established by Congress in 2000 in an effort to broaden the student population that studies abroad. The scholarship will cover tuition and most living expenses for Morris during the semester.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.