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EOP Creates New Scholarship Opportunities

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 23, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has launched a fundraising campaign to establish a pair of new scholarships: One will recognize academic achievement; the other will assist students who have fallen into bad academic standing and forfeited their financial aid.

EOP is an academic support program designed to provide supplemental financial assistance to students who are considered "high risk" and are in danger of not completing the educational process due to socioeconomic issues.

"These scholarships are intended to help Hudson Valley Community College's students reach their educational goals," said John Buono, president of the college.

The Educational Opportunity Program Academic Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to an EOP student(s) who has earned a cumulative grade point average index of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship will be presented to a graduating EOP student(s) at the annual Special Program Awards Ceremony, which is held each April.

The Educational Opportunity Program Emergency Fund will be offered to an EOP student(s) who loses financial aid due to poor grades and therefore must earn a minimum of six credit hours to regain matriculated status, good academic standing and financial aid for the upcoming semester.

"Currently, we're making plans to raise funds for these scholarships," said Louis Coplin, director of Student Life at Hudson Valley. "Fund-raising activities, including baked-goods sales and participation in the Alumni Association's annual phonathon, will be scheduled throughout the academic year. We'll also make requests to EOP alumni. While the first awards probably won't be issued for a couple of years, this is definitely something that will help Hudson Valley Community College's students down the road."

For more information, or to make a contribution to either EOP scholarship, please contact Jenifer Kish, Associate Director of Development, at (518) 629-8077. Checks may be made payable to "HVCC Foundation" and mailed to: Jenifer Kish, Hudson Valley Community College, BTC 1074, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.

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.