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12/06/2002
Hudson Valley Students Honored With Scholarships

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, December 6, 2002

At the Foundation at Hudson Valley Community College's recent Fall Scholarship reception, the following Hudson Valley students were honored:

  • Kristopher Keenan of Castleton received the Albany Rods and Kustoms, Inc. Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship that is awarded to a full-time Automotive Technology student with a grade point average of at least 3.0. A graduate of La Salle Institute, Keenan is enrolled in Hudson Valley's Automotive Technical Services – General Motors program. He hopes to work as an automotive technician upon graduation from Hudson Valley.
  • Meghan Rotolo of Watervliet received the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, a $350 scholarship that is awarded to a full-time, matriculated student who is a child or grandchild of a Hudson Valley alumnus/a. The recipient must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Currently enrolled in Hudson Valley's Physical Education program, Rotolo is the daughter of Michael Rotolo, a 1978 Criminal Justice graduate. Meghan came to Hudson Valley from Shaker High School.
  • Sunanda Panicker of Menands received the Angell Family Scholarship, a $500 award that is presented to full-time Business Administration students. Panicker, who came to the United States from India eight years ago, hopes to eventually earn a master's degree in Business Administration.
  • Angela Wachunas of Clifton Park received the Angell Family Scholarship, a $500 award that is presented to full-time Business Administration students. Wachunas, who graduated from Troy High School, plans to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Jarrod Peters of Troy received the Hazel Hayes Atwater Memorial Scholarship, a $250 scholarship that is awarded to a second-year student. The recipient must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. A Lansingburgh High School graduate, Peters plans to transfer to a four-year school after completing his studies at Hudson Valley. He hopes to become a teacher, which will allow him to work with students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Anthony Martinez of Albany received two awards: the Lois and John H. Atwater Jr. Memorial Scholarship, a $250 award that is given to a military veteran with at least a 2.0 grade point average; and the Steven Sultan Scholarship, a $1,000 award that is presented to a full-time student athlete with at least a 2.75 grade point average. Martinez, an Individual Studies major and a captain of Hudson Valley's football team, is an honorably discharged Army veteran and a President's List scholar. After graduating from Hudson Valley, the Colonie Central High School graduate plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine.
  • Doreen Ellis-Buchanan of Albany received the Class of '93 Scholarship, a $430 award that is presented to a Hudson Valley student who pursuing a degree or a certificate, or who is taking personal or professional development classes. The recipient must have at least a 2.0 grade point average. A graduate of Monticello High School, Ellis-Buchanan is a Human Services major who is a mother of three children. She also acts as a foster parent for Parson's Child and Family Center.
  • Jacqueline Clarke of Guilderland received the Continuing Education Scholarship, a $300 scholarship that is given to two part-time, matriculated, non-traditional Continuing Education students with at least a 2.0 grade point average. A graduate of Westernport's Bruce High School, Clarke is an active community volunteer who aspires to work as an investigative journalist.
  • Judith Dion of Saratoga Springs received the Continuing Education Scholarship, a $300 scholarship that is given to two part-time, matriculated, non-traditional Continuing Education students with at least a 2.0 grade point average. Dion is an evening student in Hudson Valley's Nursing program, and she has a 4.0 grade point average. She graduated from Weston High School in Connecticut.
  • Anne Klugo-Fetting of Slingerlands received the Richard Dinn Memorial Scholarship, a $500 award that is presented to a Physician Assistant student with at least a 2.5 grade point average. Klugo-Fetting hopes to eventually work in a primary care environment, where she will have the opportunity to serve a diverse patient population. She is a graduate of Texas's Temple High School.
  • Mark Canfield of Troy received two awards: the Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarship, a $425 award that is awarded to a full-time, matriculated first-year student enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program or a Technology program; and the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways High School Scholarship (a Spring 2002 High School Scholarship), a $300 award that is presented to a Rensselaer County High School graduate enrolling in Hudson Valley's Civil Engineering Technology program. Canfield, a 2002 Troy High School graduate, hopes to become an architect. He also is an accomplished artist.
  • William Fink of Castleton received the Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarship, a $425 award that is awarded to a full-time, matriculated first-year student enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program or a Technology program. An Electrical Construction and Maintenance student at Hudson Valley, Fink is pursuing a career change and he hopes to gain employment with an electrical contractor. He is a graduate of Maple Hill High School.
  • Marcy Shultes of Glenmont received the James K. and Jeannette M. Morse Memorial Scholarship, a $430 scholarship that is awarded to a first-year, full-time Nursing student who demonstrates high academic achievement. Shultes, who ultimately hopes to work as a nurse, is a graduate of Bethlehem Central High School.
  • Aaron McDonald of Albany received the Parents Fund Scholarship, a $335 award that is given to a full-time, matriculated student who demonstrates a strong commitment to family and/or community. The recipient also must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. A Computer Information Systems student, McDonald is the father of two children and he works full-time for the Department of Motor Vehicles. He graduated from New York City's Chelsea Vocational, and volunteers his time through church activities and the Salvation Army.
  • Charles Van Campen of Watervliet received the P G & E National Energy Group Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship for full- or part-time students enrolled in Hudson Valley's Plant Utilities Technology or Environmental Sciences program. A graduate of Shenendehowa High School, Van Campen is a Plant Utilities Technology student who has worked in the U.S. Navy as a structural aircraft mechanic. He is interested in cogeneration plants and their efficient use of energy producing fuels.
  • Tamika Williams of Albany received The Aimee Lynn Pyskadlo Memorial Scholarship, a $480 scholarship awarded to a full-time, matriculated student who demonstrates a determination to succeed academically. A Human Services student and a mother, Williams aspires to become a child social worker.
  • Joseph Albarelli of Troy received the Elizabeth K. Ripple Memorial Scholarship, a $700 scholarship that is awarded to two full-time Respiratory Therapy students. Albarelli, who graduated from Catholic Central High School, currently works as an emergency medical technician at Albany Medical Center. He plans to pursue a bachelor's degree after graduating from Hudson Valley.
  • Sandra Geremia of Clifton Park received the Elizabeth K. Ripple Memorial Scholarship, a $700 scholarship that is awarded to two full-time Respiratory Therapy students. Geremia came to Hudson Valley from Williamstown High School and she plans to use her education to help others.
  • Donald Bisson of Salem, New York, received the Michael D. Tisenchek Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 award that is presented to a full-time, first-year Automotive Technical Services student. The recipient must have at least a 2.75 grade point average. A graduate of Cambridge Central High School, Bisson has worked on vehicle repair and maintenance throughout his life and he ultimately hopes to become a certified diagnostic technician and own an automotive repair shop.
  • Dianna Higginbotham of Selkirk received the Patty Walsh '92 Memorial Scholarship, a $605 award that is given to a full-time Human Services major who shows promise in working with handicapped individuals. A graduate of Buffalo High School, Higginbotham hopes to attend a four-year school after completing her studies at Hudson Valley. She interested in forensic psychology and industrial psychology.
  • Philip Weinman of Albany received the Mark McKeon '97 Memorial Scholarship, an award given to a full-time, matriculated second-year student who will spend his/her final semester studying in Ireland. The recipient must have at least a 2.0 grade point average. An Albany High School graduate and a Liberal Arts & Science major, Weinman will study in Limerick, Ireland during the spring 2003 semester. He ultimately hopes to become a history professor or a political analyst.

The following May 2002 high school graduates, recipients of Hudson Valley's Spring 2002 High School Scholarships, also were honored at the reception:

  • Jonathan Ashdown of Greenwich received the Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship that is given to two exceptional area high school graduates who plan to pursue a career in public service. A Schuylerville High School graduate, Ashdown is enrolled in Hudson Valley's Engineering Science program.
  • Sabrina Rafferty of Latham received the Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship that is given to two exceptional area high school graduates who plan to pursue a career in public service. Rafferty graduated from Shaker High School and she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education after completing her studies at Hudson Valley.
  • Marc Aloan of Wynantskill received the Dr. Anthony M. DeBonis Health Sciences Scholarship, a $500 scholarship that is presented to a Troy High School graduate who is accepted at Hudson Valley, enrolled in an Allied Health program and who has at least a 3.0 grade point average. Aloan, a volunteer firefighter who aspires to become a full-time firefighter, is enrolled in Hudson Valley's Paramedic program.
  • Robert Brown of Clifton Park received the Presidential Scholarship, which is offered to high school seniors graduating at the top of their class. The amount of the scholarship is determined by the difference between grants-in-aid and full tuition, and the recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. A Shenendehowa High School graduate, Brown is enrolled in Hudson Valley's Engineering Science program.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.