Hudson Valley Awards SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships To Capital Region Residents
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, January 21, 2002
Hudson Valley Community College recently awarded
SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships to 24 students. Each student was
presented with a $200 check.
Hudson Valley Community College President John
Buono, along with Vice President for Student Services Willie Hammett, presented
the checks. Funds were provided by the State University of New York, the Hudson
Valley Community College Foundation, and the college's scholarship account.
Nearly 80 students applied, and those with the highest grade point averages at
mid-semester were chosen.
Markell Dasent and Sean Grady, both of Albany,
posted a 4.0 GPA.
"I'm so proud of what each of you have achieved at
Hudson Valley Community College," Buono told the 24 honorees. "What you've
accomplished here, nobody can ever take away."
SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships are
available to first- and second-year minority students. To qualify, students must
be full-time, matriculated, and carry at least 2.5 GPA. More than half of this
year's recipients are carrying a 3.0 GPA or better.
In addition to Dasent and Grady, the following
students received a $200 scholarship:
- Ramona Crawford and Thomas Mathis of Troy;
- Robin Quattlebaum of Rensselaer;
- Freddie Cannon II of Catskill;
- Tara McCant of Clifton Park;
- Kim Green of Delmar;
- Denise Watso of Latham;
- Silvestre Castro of New York City;
- and Albany's Pamela Carter, Michael Barber, Paul Culpepper, Imma Forestal,
Anthony Charles, Amber Dale, Samuel Wiggins, Edna Bell, Layla Hendricks,
Bridget Lownes, Robin Shaw, Honey Courtwright, Diana Rodriguez and Daval
"Some of these students have
struggled to get to this point in their lives," Hammett said. "To be at Hudson
Valley Community College with at least a 2.5 GPA, they're really achieving good
things, and the future is very bright for them."
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 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 10,000 students, and is known as a
leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.