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07/22/2002
Area Residents Earn Scholarships, Awards At Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 22, 2002
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Twenty-two students received scholarships and awards valued at approximately $15,000 during the Spring 2002 Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College. Those honored at the event and the awards received are listed below.

  • Janine Palome of Albany was awarded the AARP 3991 Troy Area Chapter Nursing Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is given to the applicant with the highest average and the most financial need. Upon graduation, Palome will join the third generation of nurses in her family.
  • Peter Davis of Jamaica, now living in Albany, and Emanuel Flowers of Albany, each received the $250 Albany Electrical Industry Contractors Scholarship. The scholarships are given to freshmen who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance or the Electrical Technology programs at Hudson Valley. Davis is now studying in the Electrical Technology program. Flowers is enrolled in the Electrical Technology program at Hudson Valley. He also was the recipient of the Special Achievement Award in Electrical Technology, a $750 award.
  • Brigid Asante of Ghana, now living in Albany, was presented the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer EOC Scholarship, a $500 award given to a student who has transferred to Hudson Valley from Albany's Educational Opportunity Center, and who is enrolled at Hudson Valley for the following fall semester. The scholarship was named in honor of the college's third president. Asante came to the United States from West Africa in 1997. She is studying respiratory therapy at Hudson Valley while also working at Albany Medical Center.
  • Brandon Stanfield of Albany was given the John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship. The LaPan Scholarship is presented to a student beginning his second year in the Civil Engineering or Construction Technology programs. The award, which covers the cost of tuition, fees and books for one semester, is given to a student who shows academic promise and diligence in completing the first year of the curriculum. John LaPan served the college in a variety of academic and administrative positions from 1954 to 1978.
  • Michael Lefevre of Boiceville, now living in Albany, was the recipient of the William E. Peck '82 Memorial Scholarship, a $560 award established in memory of Peck, a 1982 graduate of the college's Air Conditioning Technology program.
  • Masillay Kamara of Albany was the recipient of the Psychology Scholarship. This $250 award was established by Hudson Valley Community College psychology professor Leslie Grout, in honor of her mother. The award is given to a student who demonstrates dedication to the discipline of psychology. Kamara is pursuing her associate's degree and hopes to complete a four-year degree.
  • Mary Ellen Smith of Menands was the recipient of the Continuing Education Scholarship, a $300 award given to a part-time, matriculated student with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. The recipient must show determination to continue his or her education. Smith is a student in the Individual Studies program at Hudson Valley. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
  • Matthew Desnoyers of Clifton Park was the recipient of the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is a $350 award given to full-time, matriculated students who are the children or grandchildren of a Hudson Valley alumnus or alumna. Matthew is the son of Linda Desnoyers, who graduated in the Class of 1975 with a degree in Radiologic Technology. Matthew is pursuing a degree in Engineering Science.
  • Michael Buffardi of Schenectady was the recipient of the Liberal Arts Honors Program Scholarship. The $200 scholarship was established to recognize students in the college's Liberal Arts Honors Program. It is funded through the generosity of the board of directors of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. Buffardi completed his degree in the Liberal Arts Honors Program in the spring.
  • Gerard Sagliocca of Schenectady was the recipient of the James P. Conley '57 Family Scholarship, a $750 award made possible through the generosity of Jim Conley, a 1957 graduate of the Electrical Technology program. The award can be applied toward tuition, fees and books for one semester. It is given to the student with the highest grade point average in the Electrical Technology program.
  • Travis Braghirol of Troy was the recipient of the Capital District Chevrolet Club Scholarship, which is a $200 scholarship given in memory of Louis Nagi, an instructor at Hudson Valley who died in 2001. The recipient must be a full-time Automotive Technology freshman who will continue at Hudson Valley for his or her senior year. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Braghirol, who is specializing in Auto Body Repair, also received the Mohawk Auto Club Scholarship and the Harold M. Perkins Automotive Technology Scholarship. The Mohawk Auto Club Scholarship was endowed by the Mohawk Antique Auto Club, a social club whose members pursue a shared interest in antique automobiles. This year's award is in the amount of $400. The Harold M. Perkins Automotive Technology Scholarship is given in memory of Harold M. Perkins, a longtime Troy businessman. Both awards are given to a student who displays academic achievement and a sincere interest in the field of automotive technology.
  • Carey Mancinelli of Troy was the recipient of the Evergreen Bank Scholarship, a $430 award given each spring to a full-time student in a Business curriculum. The recipient must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. The scholarship fund was made possible through the generosity of Evergreen Bank.
  • Jesus Ruiz-Perez of Spain, now living in Troy, was the recipient of the New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship In Honor of May Roberts. This $300 scholarship is given to an outstanding first-year student in the college's Accounting, Business Administration or Computer Information Systems programs. Ruiz-Perez, a Business Administration student, hopes to attain a bachelor's degree in International Business at the University at Albany.
  • Lisa Dunlop of Berlin was the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Frank J. Morgan Jr. Memorial Scholarship. This $350 award honors a longtime friend and employee of the college. Dr. Morgan was former dean, professor and secretary to the board of trustees at the college. The award is given to an outstanding student in the Liberal Arts curriculum who plans to continue his or her education at a four-year college or university. Dunlop plans to transfer to Russell Sage College and pursue a career in teaching. While at Hudson Valley, she was an honor student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society.
  • Lisa Seney of East Greenbush was the recipient of two scholarships awarded by the foundation this spring. The New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship In Honor of Saratoga County Home Bureaus, is a $450 award given to a first-year student who shows academic promise in the college's Early Childhood Education program. The Troy Kennel Club Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Frank J. Morgan Jr. is a $1000 award given to a high achieving student in a Liberal Arts curriculum. Seney hopes to continue her education through the master's level and eventually work as a teacher in either elementary or special education.
  • Lainey Brooks of East Nassau was the recipient of the Leonard Spiegel Scholarship, a $515 award presented to a full-time senior in the college's Civil Engineering Technology program who plans to pursue a four-year degree. Brooks hopes to become a licensed civil engineer or architect. The scholarship is awarded in honor of Dr. Leonard Speigel, who was a professor of civil engineering and construction technology at the college from 1962 to 1985.
  • Andrea Cintula of Wynantskill was the recipient of the Peter T. Chimbos '64 Memorial Scholarship, a $275 scholarship offered in honor of Peter T. Chimbos, a 1964 graduate of the college. Cintula was a President's List student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honor society. The Chimbos scholarship is awarded to a full-time senior in the Liberal Arts Honors Program who intends to pursue a four-year degree.
  • Amy Darmetko of Cohoes and Karin Kick-Thalmann of Switzerland, now living in Schenectady, were the recipients of the Charles R. Vaughn Educational Trust Scholarships. The scholarships are given in the form of credit toward tuition, fees and books for one academic year. The Vaughn Trust was set up by Charles R. Vaughn, a longtime Capital Region resident and business owner who wanted to help dedicated local students. Darmetko, a former Navy corpsman, is a student in the college's Physician Assistant program. Kick-Thalmann is a president's list student in the Business Administration program. She also is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national academic honor society.
  • Zachary Pesce of Valatie was the recipient of the Shamrao Vasudeo Watwe Memorial Scholarship, a $500 award given to a full-time, matriculated student who is highly motivated to complete his or her education. Pesce is a student in the Civil Engineering Technology program and carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average during his first year of study. The scholarship was established by Arunkumar S. Watwe, a friend of the college, in memory of his father.
  • Ashish Gupta of India was the recipient of the James J. Fitzgibbons Scholarship, a $500 award given to a student who shows academic achievement in the Engineering Science, Math/Science or Electrical Engineering Technology programs. Gupta's goal is to become a computer engineer. He hopes to transfer to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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 each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.