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12/20/2004
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Awards More Than $54,000 in Scholarships to 82 Students

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

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently awarded more than $54,000 in scholarships to 82 students at the college studying everything from Criminal Justice to Electrical Construction and Maintenance.

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, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Scholarship awards range from $175 to full tuition and the cost of books and fees. The current annual tuition at Hudson Valley Community College for full-time students who are New York State residents is $2,600. The scholarships were presented at the Foundation's fall scholarship reception, which was held on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium on the Hudson Valley campus.

At the ceremony, 21 students received Second Chance Scholarships, which are given to students who have overcome personal and financial hardships to attend college; those students can receive up to $1,750 a semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees. Another 12 students enrolled in technology-related programs received full-tuition scholarships funded through a donation that the Athens Generating Co., a competitive merchant power producer located in Greene County, made to the college in 2002.

The other 49 scholarship recipients, listed in alphabetical order by county, are as follows:

Albany County

  • Yaa Asare of Albany received a $500 Faculty Student Association scholarship, which is given to a full-time student maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. She is a freshman in the Individual Studies program.
  • Elisabeth Blowers of Latham received a $175 John O. Amstuz Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. She is a senior in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Alexander Carangelo of Albany received a $250 Faculty Student Association Scholarship for Non-Matriculated Students.
  • Latoya Crawford of Albany received a $325 Cathy Hunter-Roberts Scholarship, which is given to a student maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a senior in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Bonnie Donaldson-Kibbey of Selkirk received a $1,500 Aimee Lynn Pyskadlo Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a strong desire to succeed academically. She is a freshman in the Individual Studies program but plans to transfer to the Dental Hygiene program.
  • Scott Einbinder of Albany received a $1,300 Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship, which is given to an exceptional high school student who plans to pursue a career in public service. He is a freshman enrolled in the Human Services program.
  • Christopher Fatato of Colonie received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to dependents of Hudson Valley faculty or staff members who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. He is a senior in the Individual Studies program.
  • Katherine Galivan of Albany received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to dependents of Hudson Valley faculty or staff members who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Individual Studies program.
  • Adam Giebitz of Albany received a $1,300 Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship, which is given to an exceptional high school student who plans to pursue a career in public service. He is a freshman in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Mary Haynes of Albany received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a senior in the Individual Studies program.
  • Allison Hibbs of Albany received a $250 Faculty Student Association Scholarship for Non-Matriculated Students. She is a non-matriculated student considering a degree in journalism.
  • Sarah Lutzy of Glenmont received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Human Services program.
  • Daniel O'Brien of Albany received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. He is a senior in the Chemical Dependency Counseling program.
  • Eileen Reynolds of Voorheesville received a $425 Class of '93 Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a GPA of at least 2.0. She is a freshman in the Early Childhood program.
  • William Ristau of Albany received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to dependents of Hudson Valley faculty or staff members who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. He is a senior in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Leia Thompson of Albany received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services program.
  • Karla Thompson of Albany received an $835 Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is given to a student with a GPA of at least 3.0. She is a senior in the Computer Information Systems program.
  • Joy Tune of Albany received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. She is a senior in the Computer Information Systems program.
  • Eugene Warnken of Albany received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. He is a senior in the Human Services program.
  • Dorothea Weisinger of Menands received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Chemical Dependency Counseling program.

Greene County:

  • Donna Rich of Athens received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Computer Information Systems program.

Montgomery County:

  • Elizabeth Wakefield of Amsterdam received a $765 Elizabeth K. Ripple Scholarship, which is given to a student enrolled in the Respiratory Care program.

Rensselaer County:

  • Ronald Abbott of Troy received a $1,500 Frank J. Ryan '69 Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a GPA of at least 2.5. He is a freshman in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.
  • Jesse Boyce of Troy received a $300 Continuing Education Scholarship, which is given to a student with a GPA of at least 2.0 who has completed 12 credit hours and demonstrated a determination to continue his or her education. Boyce is a freshman enrolled in the Nursing program.
  • Blake Campbell of Troy received a $430 Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student enrolled in a Technology program; he is a freshman in the Automotive Technical Services program.
  • Dominic DiFranzo of Schaghiticoke received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to dependents of Hudson Valley faculty or staff members who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. He is a freshman in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences program.
  • Ian Everson of Troy received a $1,000 Albany Rods and Kustoms Scholarship, which is given to an Automotive Technology student who has maintained a GPA of at least 3.0. He is a freshman in the Automotive Technical Services – General Motors program.
  • Dustin Gelato of Troy received a $1,055 Steven Sultan Scholarship, which is given to a student-athlete who has maintained a GPA of at least 2.75. He is a freshman in the Business Administration program, and a member of the college's lacrosse team.
  • Mary Beth Horowitz of Nassau received a $250 Faculty Student Association Scholarship for Non-Matriculated Students. She is considering a degree in Business Administration.
  • Angela Hotte of Troy received a $595 Patty Walsh '92 Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student who shows promise in the Human Services field, particularly working with handicapped individuals. She is a senior in the Human Services program.
  • Roseanna Major of Troy received a $250 Faculty Student Association Scholarship for Non-Matriculated Students. She is considering a degree in Nursing.
  • Carmen Masters of West Sand Lake received a $540 Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways Scholarship, which is given to a student from Rensselaer County pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering Technology. Masters is a senior.
  • Samantha Noles of Averill Park received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Fine Arts program.
  • Katey O'Malley of Troy received a $500 Dr. Anthony M. Debonis Health Services Scholarship, which is given to a student who graduated from Troy High School and has maintained a GPA of 3.0 in a Health Sciences curriculum. She is a freshman in the Individual Studies program.
  • Margaret Santanello of Nassau received a $750 Richard Dinn Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Nursing student who completed his or her first year requirements with a GPA of at least 2.5; she is now a senior.

Saratoga County:

  • Gail Capobianco of Ballston Spa received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a senior in the Chemical Dependency Counseling program.
  • Anthony Cioffi of Clifton Park received a $765 Elizabeth K. Ripple Scholarship, which is given to a student enrolled in the Respiratory Care program; he is a freshman.
  • Joshua Dennison of Greenfield received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. He is a freshman in the Civil Engineering Technology program.
  • George Kiage of Waterford received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, which is given to a student maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. He is a senior in the Individual Studies program.
  • Donald Kozak of Saratoga Springs received a $250 Raymond J. Stastny Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a senior enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Tammy Sinnott of Round Lake received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. She is a freshman in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences Program.
  • Isaac Turner of Ballston Spa received two $500 scholarships: the Automobilists of the Upper Hudson Valley Scholarship in Memory of John A. English, which is given to a Automotive Technology senior who has a GPA of at least 2.5, and the Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. He is a senior in the Automotive Technical Services program.
  • Bethany Walton of Rexford received a $355 Parents Fund Scholarship, which is given to a student with a GPA of at least 3.5 who has a strong commitment to their family and/or community. She is a senior in the Individual Studies program.

Schenectady County:

  • Taraja Green of Schenectady received two scholarships: a $300 Hudson Valley Community College Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Green is a senior in the Individual Studies program.
  • Kimberly Kufs of Schenectady received a $250 Albany Kennel Club Paramedic Scholarship, which is given to a student pursuing an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Certificate.
  • Nadine Pretious of Rotterdam received a $1,000 Michael D. Tisenchek Memorial Scholarship, which is given to an Automotive Technology student who has a GPA of at least 2.75 and lives in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady counties. She is a freshman in the Automotive Technical Services – General Motors program.

Warren County:

  • Leonardo Osborne of Queensbury received a $500 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which is given to a student who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. He is a freshman in the Construction Technology program.

Washington County:

  • Bridget Beelen of Cambridge received a $300 Continuing Education Scholarship, which is given to a student with a GPA of at least 2.0 who has completed 12 credit hours and demonstrated a determination to continue their education. She is a senior in the Business Administration program, and she will continue at Hudson Valley Community College in the spring in the Individual Studies program.

Ulster County:

  • Andrew Dolan of Saugerties received a $430 Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program.

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. 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.