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12/20/2004
Athens Generating Company Scholarships Awarded to 12 Hudson Valley Students

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, December 20, 2004

Twelve Hudson Valley Community College students enrolled in technology-related programs have received full-tuition scholarships made possible by the Athens Generating Company, a competitive merchant power producer located in Greene County.

The scholarships are funded through a $1 million gift that Athens Generating made to the college in 2002. The students were honored at the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation’s annual Fall Scholarship Reception, which was held on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium. A total of 82 Hudson Valley students received scholarships totaling more than $54,000 at the event.

All Athens scholarships, which also will pay for fees and books, are renewable for four consecutive semesters if the students maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. The annual cost of tuition and fees at Hudson Valley Community College is approximately $3,100; the cost of books varies, depending on a student’s course of study.

Athens funds two types of full-tuition scholarships at the college through the Foundation. Presidential Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to high school graduates pursuing any course of study at Hudson Valley.

Technology Scholarships are based on need and are awarded to graduates pursuing degrees in the college’s School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies or degrees in Computer Information Systems or Environmental Studies.

Three students received Athens Presidential Scholarships:

Albany County:

  • Elyssa Baker of Watervliet, a freshman in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. She is a graduate of Watervliet High School.

Greene County:

  • Angela Cozzy of Coxsackie, a freshman in the Respiratory Therapy program. She is a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School.
  • Joseph Murphy of Athens, a freshman in the Engineering Science program. He is a graduate of John Coleman Catholic High School.

Eight students received Athens Technology Scholarships. They are:

Albany County:

  • Alex Tolmie of Altamont, a freshman in the Automotive Technical Services program. He is a graduate of Guilderland High School.
  • Jonathan Golon of Albany, a freshman in the Engineering Science program. He is a graduate of Colonie Central High School.
  • Scott Kozlowski of Cohoes, a freshman in the Construction Technology program. He is a graduate of Shaker High School.
  • Joshua Donovan of Guilderland, a freshman in the Civil Engineering Technology program. He is a graduate of Guilderland High School.
  • Kyle Willey of Latham, a freshman in the Construction Technology program. He is a graduate of Shaker High School.
  • Graig Hoffman of Watervliet, a freshman in the Construction Technology program. He is a graduate of Watervliet High School.

Rensselaer County:

  • David Powell of Averill Park, a freshman in the Computer Information Systems program. He is a graduate of Averill Park High School.
  • John Evans of Troy, a freshman in the Computer Information Systems program. He is a graduate of Lansingburgh High School.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college’s mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.