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Students Receive FSA Scholarships

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Eleven Hudson Valley Community College students recently received scholarships sponsored by the Faculty Student Association (FSA) of Hudson Valley Community College and Prestige Services, Inc. Nine students – David Baker of Warrensburg, Nicole Bruso of Vergennes, V.T., Rebecca Carle of Albany, Brenda Dinardi of Clifton Park, Olga Dovgel of Niskayuna, Craig Ellingsworth of Queensbury, Maureen Flanagan of Albany, Askia Gist of Schenectady and Eiman Haroun of Albany – received $450 FSA scholarships. Two students – Wing Lee Kwong of Slingerlands and Nissa Maddalone of Albany – received $450 Prestige scholarships.

Hudson Valley President John L. Buono and Willie Hammett, President of the FSA Board of Directors and the college's Vice President for Student Services, distributed the scholarships. All of the recipients have a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

"These scholarships were made possible by the Faculty Student Association's generosity," Hammett said.

The FSA is a not-for-profit corporation that operates the college's bookstore, food services (including Prestige) and the Viking Child Care Center. A 10-member FSA Board of Directors, comprised of Hudson Valley students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees representatives decides how to distribute revenue from those operations, basing their decisions on proposals submitted and where they see needs across campus. The constant each year is that FSA efforts are geared toward students and the campus community.

"So many good things happen because of the FSA," Hammett said. "Sometimes it's simple as the flags that fly over our school. The FSA purchased those. But they also run the Viking Child Care Center, which operates on a sliding fee scale. Because of that, we have students here that probably couldn't afford to go to college anywhere else. Any profit the FSA turns goes right back into the college community, making this a better place for all of us. In case like this, with the scholarships, it's clear that the FSA's main objective is aiding Hudson Valley's students, helping them further their education."

"Our mission statement says we're here to enhance the life of students, faculty and staff," said Ann Carrozza, Executive Director of the FSA. "Quite simply, that's our aim."

The 11 FSA and Prestige scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.