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12/26/2002
Hudson Valley Students Earn SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, December 26, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College recently awarded SUNY Empire State Minority Honors Scholarships to 21 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. The State University of New York, the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, and the college's scholarship account provided funds. Nearly 60 students applied, and those with the highest grade point averages at mid-semester were chosen.

"I'm very proud of what you have achieved, and of what we do at Hudson Valley Community College," Buono told the honorees. "An award like this illustrates that we give everybody an opportunity to get direction, to grow and to see that they can be successful."

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 2.0 GPA. The following students received a $200 scholarship:

  • Rossanna Alacron, Misty Brice, Eric Brooks and Krystina Marable of Troy;
  • Cesar Lind and Tamika Reyes of Watervliet;
  • Kasline Fleurentin of Latham;
  • James Ford of Gansevoort;
  • Joel Lopez of New York City;
  • and Albany's Elaundress Ballard, LaWanda Buchanon, Anthony Charles, Daval Coleman, Paul Culpepper, Austin Flowers, Ma'Shawnee Grace, Sean Grady, David Miller, Brandon Stanfield, Allen West, Jr. and Ola-Mae Williams.

"These students have achieved good things, and they have bright futures," Hammett said. "This scholarship is a nice reward for a job well done, for the work they've put in so far."

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.