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New Athens Generating Company Sponsors Scholarships for Greene County Students Attending Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Greene County high school graduates who plan to enroll as full-time matriculated students at Hudson Valley Community College in fall 2014 are encouraged to apply for scholarships sponsored by the New Athens Generating Company.

The scholarships, available to graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a demonstrated financial need, can be used to pursue any degree program. Awards will cover educational expenses up to the cost of tuition, books and fees, and are renewable through degree completion for students who maintain full-time status and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

New Athens Generating, a 1,080 MW (megawatt) combined cycle generating facility located in the town of Athens, endowed the scholarship through its 2002 contribution to the Foundation. The facility uses cutting edge technology to minimize its environmental impact and increase efficiency, while being committed to producing efficient reliable energy.

“Access to higher education is important in an increasingly technical world; we are happy to see our donation used for educational opportunities for students in our local community,” said Dan DeVinney, plant manager.

The deadline for applications is March 28. Recipients will be chosen by the Foundation Scholarship Committee and will be notified in May.

The New Athens Generating Company Scholarships are part of Hudson Valley’s larger scholarship program which awards more than 100 merit- and/or need-based scholarships to incoming and currents students in all of its programs. Scholarships are established by companies that wish to give back to their communities or support programs from which they subsequently hire employees and by individuals who wish to memorialize a loved one or a special person who has impacted their life.

“It would not be possible for Hudson Valley Community College to award scholarships without the generosity of companies like New Athens Generating. Many of our students depend on scholarships to supplement financial aid and loans. The Foundation will work with New Athens to provide scholarships to students in the immediate area of Greene County,” said Ray Matzkin Kimmelblatt, executive director of the Foundation.

To contribute to an existing scholarship or to create a new scholarship fund, please contact the Foundation at (518) 629-8012.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.