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06/04/2004
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Awards More than $27,000 in Scholarships to 37 StudentsPhoto Gallery Available

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, June 4, 2004

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The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently awarded more than $27,030 in scholarships to 37 incoming and current students pursuing degrees at Hudson Valley in everything from construction technology to criminal justice.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, businesses, faculty, staff and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

The scholarships were presented at the Foundation's spring scholarship reception, which was held last month at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium on the Hudson Valley campus. The recipients, listed by county, are as follows:

Albany County:

  • Yalanda N. Chaney of Albany. The first-year Nursing student received two scholarships: the $600 Continuing Education Scholarship and the $350 Shamrao Vasudeo Watwe Memorial Scholarship.
  • Jeffrey A. Clapper of Albany. The first-year Criminal Justice student received the $225 McKinley Faculty Memorial Scholarship.
  • Latoya Crawford of Albany. The first-year Criminal Justice student received the Charles R. Vaughn Educational Trust Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, books and fees.
  • Peter Davis of Albany. The second-year Electrical Construction and Maintenance student received a $250 Albany Electrical Industry Contractors Scholarship.
  • Joseph M. Feldman of Albany. The second-year Civil Engineering Technology student received the $285 Paul F. Goliber Scholarship.
  • Laquan N. Hibbert of Albany. The first-year Individual Studies student received two scholarships: the $500 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer EOC Scholarship and the $250 Dr. Lawrence Emil Porcelli Memorial Scholarship.
  • Lamont L. Miller of Albany. The first-year Business Administration student received the $335 Evergreen Bank Scholarship.
  • Adebayo A. Odutayo of Albany. The first-year Electrical Construction and Maintenance student received a $250 Albany Electrical Industry Contractors Scholarship.
  • Gwen M. Poggi of Albany. The second-year Liberal Arts Honors program student received the $100 Liberal Arts Honors Program Scholarship.
  • William J. Ristau of Albany. The first-year Criminal Justice student received a $360 Alumni Legacy Scholarship.
  • Brandon P. Stanfield of Albany. The second-year Construction Technology student received the $500 John R. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship.
  • Matthew B. Kutryb of Latham. The second-year Engineering Science student received the $2,500 Lockheed Martin Scholarship.
  • Emily P. Osterhout of Voorheesville. The second-year Individual Studies student received the $250 Eugenia M. Staerker Individual Studies Scholarship.

Greene County:

  • Maria Palmer of Greenville. The Physician's Assistant student at Albany Medical College received the $500 Richard Dinn Memorial Scholarship.

Kings County:

  • Terrence C. Bynum of Brooklyn. The second-year Individual Studies student received the Charles R. Vaughn Educational Trust Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, books and fees.

Montgomery County:

  • Chris J. Hayden of Amsterdam. The first-year Automotive Technology student received the $720 Harold M. Perkins Automotive Technology Scholarship.

Saratoga County:

  • Daniel L. Farrow of Burnt Hills. The second-year Engineering Science student received the $500 James J. Fitzgibbons scholarship.
  • Gail Capobianco of Ballston Spa. The first-year Human Services student received the $600 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Human Services Scholarship.
  • Stacy L. Colasessano of Ballston Spa. The first-year Mathematics and Science student received the $455 Frank Hanrahan Memorial Scholarship.
  • Matthew A. Desnoyers of Clifton Park. The second-year Civil Engineering Technology student received the $415 Leonard Spiegel Scholarship.
  • Hannah K. Rawlings of Clifton Park. The second-year Liberal Arts student received the $225 Ray Richardson Scholarship in honor of Dr. Frank J. Morgan Jr.

Rensselaer County:

  • Shane T. Swartz of Castleton. The second-year Business Administration student received the $250 Louis D. Nagi Scholarship.
  • Julia M. Moldoff of Nassau. The second-year Liberal Arts Honor student received the $100 Liberal Arts Honors Program Scholarship.
  • Anne B. Popovich of Nassau. The second-year Early Childhood student received the $500 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Early Childhood Scholarship.
  • Sarah G. Beale of Sand Lake. The incoming first-year student, who will be studying Liberal Arts, received the $300 Kevin H. Davidson Memorial Scholarship.
  • Shane Plasse of Schaghticoke. The incoming first-year student, who will study Civil Engineering Technology, received the $250 Ryan W. Gardner Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways.
  • Dana L. Tibbitts of Schodack Landing. The second-year Individual Studies student received the $600 Continuing Education Scholarship.
  • Nicole A. Fredette of Troy. The first-year Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology student received the $440 William E. Peck '82 Memorial Scholarship.
  • Peter M. Futerko of Troy. The second-year Civil Engineering Technology student received the received the $3,000 John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship.
  • Aleah S. Melicano of Troy. The first-year Dental Hygiene student received the $455 Frank Hanrahan Memorial Scholarship.
  • Timothy J. Petersen of Troy. The second-year History student received the $645 Dr. Frank J. Morgan Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
  • Piperlea Provost of Troy. The second-year Dental Hygiene student received the first-ever Willie A. Hammett Student Services Scholarship, which is named for the college's recently retired and long-serving vice president for student services. The scholarship award is $250.
  • Melinda Ramsey of Troy. The first-year Human Services student received the $300 Kevin E. King Memorial Scholarship.
  • Chelsea Oliver of West Sand Lake. The first-year Liberal Arts/Humanities student received the $500 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Human Services Scholarship.

Schenectady County:

  • Kevin Sisk of Scotia. The second-year Automotive Technologies student received the $100 Richard "Butch" Kalinowski Memorial Scholarship.

Washington County:

  • Deborah H. Donohue of Argyle. The second-year Civil Engineering Technology student received the $3,000 John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship.
  • Christopher R. Goff of Granville. The first-year Automotive Technologies student received the $720 Harold M. Perkins Automotive Technology Scholarship and the $200 Capital District Chevrolet Club Scholarship.

The current annual cost of tuition at Hudson Valley Community College for full-time students who are New York State residents is $2,500.

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 nearly 60,000 alumni.