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Hudson Valley Community College Creates Memorial Scholarship for Daughter of Longtime Admissions Counselor \"Photo

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 27, 2007

Karen Swanick Scrivani
Hudson Valley Community College is proud to announce the establishment of the Karen Swanick Scrivani ’94 Memorial Nursing Scholarship in honor of an alumna who died unexpectedly last month.

Scrivani was the daughter of longtime Hudson Valley Community College Admissions Counselor Robert Swanick of Brunswick and his wife, Joyce. Swanick has worked at Hudson Valley Community College for 18 years. Scrivani also was the wife of Thomas Scrivani, an engineer for the New Jersey Transit System and formerly of Saugerties, NY; they resided in Mount Pocono, PA since their marriage in 2004.

In recognition of Scrivani’s years of dedicated service as a nurse, the scholarship will be awarded to a new student entering Hudson Valley’s Nursing program who demonstrates a passion for the nursing field. The scholarship will be distributed each fall based on financial need. The first scholarship, to be distributed in Fall 2008, will be valued at $500. The future amounts of the scholarship are to be determined.

Scrivani worked as a nurse at many prestigious health care organizations across the country after graduating from Hudson Valley’s Nursing program in 1994. She started her career at Albany Medical Center, but decided to combine her love of nursing with her love of traveling, working in the field of high-risk obstetrics at distinguished facilities such as John Hopkins, Holy Cross and Dartmouth Medical Center.

Scrivani passed away at the age of 37 on Aug. 14 following a brief illness. A Troy native, she attended Tamarac High School before attending and graduating from Hudson Valley Community College and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

“We felt it fitting to memorialize Karen in this way, by encouraging young people to enter the field of nursing. Karen was truly devoted to her career and to the art of helping people,” said Robert Swanick on behalf of his wife Joyce and their family. “Karen’s professionalism and talent were recognized by all, but what really set her apart was her warmth, compassion and caring personality. Patients truly loved her.”

“The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is truly honored to be able to memorialize Karen in such a special way,” said Foundation President Sarah Boggess. “This fund will assist nursing students in perpetuity, making a permanent mark on the college, its students, and the nursing profession.”

If interested in contributing to the Karen Swanick Scrivani ’94 Memorial Nursing Scholarship, please contact the Hudson Valley Foundation at (518) 629-8012, e-mail, or visit online at

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college’s mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

The college’s Nursing program currently educates approximately 260 students a year and graduates approximately 58 students a year. Hudson Valley’s Nursing program generates many of the region’s nursing professionals and regularly enjoys a very high “pass rate” on the licensing exam. The 2006 graduating class, for instance, had a passing rate of 91 percent, which was above the national average. For the past 10 years, the program has an average passing rate of nearly 94 percent.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 60,000 alumni.