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Carlino Family Donates $25,000 to Hudson Valley Community College for Scholarship Honoring Parents

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation has announced a new scholarship in memory of Anthony Carlino ’55 and his wife, Marilyn, made possible by a gift of $25,000 from the family.

The Anthony ’55 and Marilyn Carlino Memorial scholarship, established by the couple’s son, Michael, and his wife, Stephanie, will award $1,000 annually to a student in the Electrical Technologies: Electronics Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program or the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. The family decided to pay tribute to their parents with the creation of this endowed scholarship fund following Anthony’s death in 2014.

“Hudson Valley Community College and its Foundation are, first of all, extremely grateful to the Carlinos for their generosity and for their consideration of our students,” said Drew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College. “We join them in their hope that the story of Anthony and Marilyn will inspire not only the students who benefit from the scholarship, but also other donors who might want to similarly recognize the importance of education and family.”

In 1955, Anthony Carlino received an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Technology from Hudson Valley, then called Hudson Valley Technical Institute and housed in a former shirt factory building in downtown Troy. A member of the first graduating class of the newly opened institute, he went on to have a successful career with General Electric in the Spacetrack Space Surveillance Network program. He also worked on the Apollo Lunar Module (originally called the Lunar Excursion Module or LEM).

His work with GE required extensive periods of national and international travel and several moves. Prior to getting his degree, Anthony served in the United States Army for two years and was honorably discharged in 1953.

“My father was proud of his degree and always felt that it provided him a career opportunity that would not have been possible otherwise. With this scholarship, we want to help a student in the same program to have the academic and career success my father had. One of the factors affecting grades is worry over money for tuition, so it is our hope that this award will relieve that stress for a qualified student,” Michael and Stephanie Carlino said.

The couple’s wish to also honor Michael’s mother recognizes the support she gave her husband as he pursued his career ambitions. “My mother functioned as an army wife, given the travel and relocating my father’s job demanded. She held the family and home together singlehandedly much of the time. She was a strong woman, who knew what she was getting into, took life for what it was, and never complained,” said Michael Carlino.

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Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.