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10/27/2003
Hudson Valley Community College Students Benefit from Second Chance Scholarship

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 27, 2003

Eighteen Hudson Valley Community College students were named new recipients of the Second Chance Scholarship this fall. Funded by the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, Second Chance Scholarships are awarded to students who show financial need and a willingness to work hard to pursue their dreams. A student in the scholarship program is eligible for up to $1,750 per semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees.

Each student's scholarship award is based on the grades he or she receives during the semester. Students are eligible to stay in the scholarship program for up to four semesters, if they maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.

Many of the students who receive the scholarship have overcome extreme personal and financial hardships to attend college. It was the achievement of such students that led local businessman Angelo Mastrangelo to endow the foundation in honor of his father and father-in-law. Since 1989, the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 to approximately 350 Hudson Valley students involved in the scholarship program. A total of 36 students currently receive the Second Chance Scholarship at Hudson Valley.

The new recipients are: Allyson Cade, Thomas Chattathil, Vanessa Cornell, Latoya N. Crawford, Mary V. Haynes, Justin Mock, Chinwe Obichuku, Gwenyth Poggi and Dale W. Richardson, all from Albany.

Also, Necole Barlow from Ballston Lake; Valerie C. Harris from Burnt Hills; Mohamed Alhussein from Cohoes; Raymond E. Iannone from Green Island; Nancy A. Nirschl from Howes Cave; Adjima S. Moreira from Menands; Joyce Cannon and Larry Tape, Jr. from Troy; and Jesse Boyce from Watervliet.

"The Second Chance Scholarship is a real lifeline for the student recipients," Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono said. "Many, if not all, of these students would be unable to attend college without the financial assistance the scholarship brings."

The Second Chance Scholarship program began at Hudson Valley Community College but has expanded to benefit students at The College of Saint Rose, The University at Albany, Empire State College, Schenectady County Community College and Broome County Community College.

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, as well as an Educational Opportunity Center offering certificate 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 each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.