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12/15/2003
Hudson Valley Community College Awards Presidential Scholarships to 15 Students

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, December 15, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College has awarded Presidential Scholarships to 15 freshmen at the college on the basis of their outstanding academic performance during their high school careers.

Presidential Scholarships pay for three-quarters of a student's tuition, and are made possible through the generosity of Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono, the Faculty Student Association, and faculty, staff, and friends of the college. The current annual cost of tuition at Hudson Valley Community College for full-time students who are New York State residents is $2,500.

The Presidential Scholarships are renewable for the students' senior years if they maintain a 3.0 grade point average. The 2003-04 academic year recipients, who reside in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Ulster counties, are:

Jacklyn L. Barton of Averill Park. The Averill Park High School graduate is studying Business Administration.

Megan A. Carpentier of Averill Park. The Averill Park High School graduate is studying Individual Studies.

Steven C. Guthier of Averill Park. The Averill Park High School is studying Individual Studies.

Holland S. DeFiglio of Castleton. The Maple Hill High School graduate is studying Individual Studies.

Deidre L. Goodermote of Cropseyville. The Tamarac High School graduate is studying Early Childhood Education.

Kyle G. Jubie of Kingston. The Kingston High School graduate is studying Electrical Construction and Maintenance.

Michael Gilchrist of Latham. The Shaker High School graduate is studying Engineering Science.

Bethany A. Merry of Latham. The Shaker High School graduate is studying Nursing.

Alison N. Schermerhorn of Latham. The Shaker High School graduate is studying Liberal Arts.

Colin T. Shields of Latham. The Shaker High School graduate is studying Math and Science.

Salvatore A. Currenti of Loudonville. The Colonie High School graduate is studying Biotechnology.

Stephen J. Pracher of Richmondville. The Cobleskill-Richmondville High School graduate is studying Math and Science.

Christopher T. McConnell of Schenectady. The Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School graduate is studying Computer Information Systems.

Andrew F. Jensen of Waterford. The Shenendehowa High School graduate is studying Engineering Science.

Ryan A. Nolles of Watervliet. The Shaker High School graduate is studying Math and Science.

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.