News and Events
Press Releases

Hudson Valley Community College Alumnus and Community Members Establish New Scholarships at the College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College will be offering two new scholarships for students in engineering and automotive technologies next fall with recent donations from 1964 graduate Dave Fry and North Greenbush resident Beverly Sliter.

The Dave and Jill Fry Technology Scholarship has been established with a sustaining contribution from Dave Fry '64 and his wife, Jill, for a matriculated student in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, preferably a student enrolled in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technologies. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Beverly Sliter, along with her sisters, Elizabeth and Lorraine, has established the Clarence Charles Sliter Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of their brother, known as Chuck. It will be awarded to an incoming student in the Automotive Technical Services program, the scholarship is meant to honor Chuck Sliter’s love of motor repair.

Dave Fry, who credits Hudson Valley with giving him the start he needed to succeed in higher education, says of his gift, “Hudson Valley took a chance on me so I could further my education. My experience there showed me what my parents had long told me—I just had to apply myself. This scholarship to Hudson Valley is our way of saying thanks. May it be used to help deserving students invest in themselves.”

A graduate of Hudson Valley’s Mechanical Technology degree program, Fry went on to Rochester Institute of Technology where he obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in research and development at Xerox Corporation for five years, before moving to Long Island where for 40 years he worked in the packaging industry. Interested in technology since he was a child, Dave jokes, “If it moved in any way, I had to find out why, often taking something apart to see what made it do what it did. Many times it never worked again.” After retiring, Dave and Jill, who worked in the medical field, moved back to this area.

Beverly Sliter comments, “We are looking to help a student who has the same love of motors and mechanical objects as our brother had and who is looking forward to a rewarding career in the automotive field. Also, someone who enjoys helping others through volunteer efforts as Chuck did.”

The Sliters would like the scholarship to go to a Rensselaer County resident because of their lifelong connection to the county, but that is not a requirement.

Chuck Sliter studied welding at Hudson Valley in the 1950s when it was a technical school, and spent his 44-year career with the New York State Department of Transportation overseeing the repair of the heavy equipment fleet used throughout Rensselaer County. In his free time, according to Beverly, he loved to repair cars and motors of all kinds. For some time, he owned farm equipment and did planting, plowing and harvesting for several North Greenbush farmers. He was well-known in the community, was a lifetime member of the DeFreestville Fire Department, and more recently was a trustee and superintendent of Blooming Grove Rural Cemetery.

“We are fortunate to have Dave and Jill Fry and Beverly, Elizabeth and Lorraine Sliter join our donor family at Hudson Valley,” says Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of Hudson Valley Community College’s Foundation. “All deeply believe in education and in helping individual students help themselves. These donors value their ability to make gifts that change lives; they are truly generous.”

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate 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 nearly 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.