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Marine Corps Coordinating Council of NY Capital Region Donates $20,000 To Hudson Valley Community College for Foundation Scholarship Support

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 20, 2009

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation today announced that it has received a $20,000 donation from the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of NY Capital Region to support the Marine Sergeant William D. Powers Scholarship.

The academically merited scholarship will be offered in the spring and fall semesters to Marine Corps Reservists currently pursuing studies at Hudson Valley Community College. Since the council established the scholarship fund in 2005, the Marine Sergeant William D. Powers Scholarship has awarded nearly $30,000 in financial support to Hudson Valley Community College students.

“We are pleased to support Hudson Valley Community College students in pursuing their academic endeavors at Hudson Valley Community College,” said David Wallingford, executive director of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council.

The Marine Corp Coordinating Council of NY Capital Region created the scholarship in honor of William D. Powers, a retired Marine sergeant who served five years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corp and now serves as honorary president to the council. A former chairman of the state Republican Committee from 1991-2001, Powers currently heads Powers & Company, a successful Albany-based governmental and business development consulting firm he founded in 2001.

“Hudson Valley students are so appreciative of scholarship support and in these tough economic times, we are deeply appreciative of the council’s desire to assist them,” said Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess, who also serves as the college’s vice president for Institutional Advancement.

The Hudson Valley Community College 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. Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship can call the Foundation at (518) 629-8012.

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 65,000 alumni.