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06/07/2005
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Awards More Than $27,000 in Scholarships to 60 Students

Five students also receive Second Chance Foundation Awards

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 7, 2005

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently awarded more than $27,000 in scholarships and awards to 60 graduates and returning students who are pursuing degrees in a variety of programs, from Accounting to Nursing and Human Services to Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technical Services.

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 $200 to full tuition. 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 spring scholarship reception, which was held last month at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus.

Also at the ceremony, five students received Second Chance Scholarships through the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, which was established by Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo to provide scholarships to students who have overcome tremendous personal obstacles to continue their educations. The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation provides students up to $1,750 a semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees.

The Second Chance Scholarship recipients are: Nursing student Yalanda Chaney of Albany; Computer Information Systems graduate Aracelis Gonzalez of Albany; Broadcast Communications student Shadelle Ferguson of Hudson; Human Services graduate Kathleen Perry of Loudonville; and Individual Studies student George Kiage of Waterford.

In addition to receiving a Second Chance Scholarship, Kiage received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, and the $480 Shamrao Vasudeo Watwe Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student who has a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and is motivated to complete his or her education.

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

Albany County:

  • Baruch Banks of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. He is studying Industrial Technology.
  • Mary Kathleen Callahan of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship , which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. She is studying Chemical Dependency Counseling.
  • Alberta Chambliss of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. She graduated with a degree in Accounting.
  • Willie Cobbs of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. He is studying Human Services.
  • Laura Crandall of Glenmont received the $700 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship in Honor of Addie R. Timber, which is given to a student who shows academic promise in the Human Services curriculum.
  • Jasmeet Dhamija of Latham received the $250 Warren Joscelyn Mathematics Award, which is given to a full-time student who has an overall grade point average of 3.0, and a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in Hudson Valley mathematics courses. Dhamija is an Engineering Science graduate.
  • Nikita Dickerson of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. She is a Human Services graduate.
  • Linda Dow of Albany received a $300 Continuing Education Scholarship, which is given to part-time, matriculated, non-traditional Continuing Education students who have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, must have completed 12 credit hours and must demonstrate a determination to continue their education. Dow is enrolled in the Administrative Information Technician program.
  • Joel Evans of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Evans is studying Engineering Science.
  • Cynthia Flansburg of Delmar received a $100 WE@HVCC Scholarship, which is given to students matriculated in degree programs, have minimum grade point average of 2.0 and exemplify the spirit of WE@HVCC, an organization of members from the college who are committed to maintaining community spirit through social, philanthropic and educational endeavors. Flansburg is a Dental Hygiene graduate.
  • Jennifer LaBatte of Loudonville received the $280 Willie A. Hammett Student Services Scholarship, which is given to a student who has made a significant contribution to student services and has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. LaBatte is studying Broadcast Communications.
  • Anh Le of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Le is a Business student.
  • Tanzania McLeod of Albany received a $100 WE@HVCC Scholarship, which is given to students matriculated in degree programs, have minimum grade point average of 2.0 and exemplify the spirit of WE@HVCC, an organization of members from the college who are committed to maintaining community spirit through social, philanthropic and educational endeavors. She is a Radiologic Technology student.
  • Svetlana Misner of Cohoes received the $530 Frank Hanrahan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student in the School of Health Sciences who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The student must live in one of the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady. Misner is studying Dental Hygiene.
  • Rahkeem Morris of Albany received the $500 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship in Honor of May Roberts, which is given to a student who shows academic promise in either Accounting, Business Administration or Computer Information Systems. Morris is a Business Administration student.
  • Breeda Phummany of Green Island received a $300 Continuing Education Scholarship, which is given to part-time, matriculated, non-traditional Continuing Education students who have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, must have completed 12 credit hours and must demonstrate a determination to continue their education. Phummany is a studying Business Administration.
  • Tamara Rivera of Guilderland received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. She also received a $100 WE@HVCC Mother's Day Scholarship, which is given to students matriculated in degree programs, have minimum grade point average of 2.0 and exemplify the spirit of WE@HVCC, an organization of members from the college who are committed to maintaining community spirit through social, philanthropic and educational endeavors. Rivera is a Human Services graduate.
  • Kevin Rosell of Latham received the $250 Lois and John H. Atwater Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a veteran who is enrolled full-time at the college and maintains a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Rosell is studying Chemical Dependency Counseling.
  • Anthony Sanchez of Albany received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. He is a Business-Marketing graduate.
  • Pamella Scattareggia of Albany received the $415 Hollie Sharp Lainhart Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a full-time student at the Educational Opportunity Center who plans to transfer into the college's School of Business. She is enrolled in the Health Information Technology program at the EOC and plans to continue her education at Hudson Valley.
  • Lisa Selsey of Albany received the $700 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship in Honor of Rensselaer County Home Bureaus, which is given to a student who shows academic promise in the Liberal Arts curriculum. She is studying Physical Education.

Berkshire County, Massachusetts

  • Eric Lefebvre of Pittsfield received the $820 Harold M. Perkins Automotive Technology Scholarship, which is given to a student who demonstrates academic achievement and a sincere interest in the automotive technology field. He is studying Automotive Technical Services.

Columbia County

  • Patrick Ball of North Chatham received the $300 Peter T. Chimbos '64 Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a full-time graduating senior who will continue his or her education at a four-year institution. The recipient must show academic promise and outstanding evidence of diligence and effort. He is a Civil Engineering Technology graduate.
  • Kevin Johnson of Valatie received the $835 Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is given to full-time students in good academic standing who are the children or grandchildren of Hudson Valley alumni. Johnson is working to fulfill course requirements in two programs: Engineering Science and Manufacturing Technical Systems.

Greene County

  • Melissa Reese of Accord received the $250 Dr. Lawrence Emil Porcelli Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and plans to pursue a career in medicine, nursing or medical technologies, and a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Reese is enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program.

New York County

  • Amalis Caminero of New York City received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Caminero is an Individual Studies graduate.

Rensselaer County

  • Matthias Besse of Cropseyville received the $250 John L. Buono Award for Civic Engagement, which recognizes a student for community service. It is named in honor of the fifth president of Hudson Valley Community College. Besse is a Business Administration graduate.
  • Jesse Boyce of Troy received the $500 AARP 3991 Troy Area Chapter Nursing Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student who has the highest average in the Nursing program.
  • Daren Carroll of Eagle Bridge received a $250 Joseph J. Bulmer Scholar Award, named in honor of Hudson Valley's third president, for his research paper titled "Conservationism in the Early Years." He is an Individual Studies student.
  • Juan Chamba of Troy received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Chamba is an Individual Studies graduate.
  • Rebecca Chaseof Wynantskill received the $500 James J. Fitzgibbons Scholarship, which is given to a student who shows academic achievement in one of the following fields: Engineering Science; Mathematics and Science; or Electrical Engineering Technology. She is enrolled in the Mathematics and Science program.
  • Sara Colaneri of Troy received the $270 Ray Richardson Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Frank J. Morgan, which is given to a student majoring in a Liberal Arts program (either History, English, Languages, Sociology or Journalism) who has been accepted to a four-year institution to continue his or her studies. She also received the $485 Troy Police Sgt. Michael Blair Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a parent or spouse employed by the Troy Police Department. Colaneri is a Liberal Arts graduate.
  • Shannon Crocker of Troy received the $700 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship in Honor of Saratoga County Home Bureaus, which is given to a student who shows academic progress in the Early Childhood Curriculum.
  • Elana Gehan of Troy received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Gehan is a Mathematics and Science graduate.
  • Monica Harvey of Troy received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Harvey is studying Criminal Justice.
  • Stacy May Hollister of Averill Park received the $150 Joseph J. Bulmer Scholar Award, named in honor of the college's third president, for her research paper, "Alice in Wonderland; Which Way Do I Go?" She is an Individual Studies student.
  • David Lechner of Nassau received the $1,355 Albany Electrical Industry Contractors Inc. Scholarship, which is given to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in either Electrical Construction and Maintenance or Electrical Engineering Technology. Lechner is studying Electrical Construction and Maintenance.
  • Mark Leffler of Petersburgh received the $250 Janet L. Hamel Student Leadership Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and has made a significant contribution to student services. A Liberal Arts and Sciences student, Leffler will transfer to Tompkins-Cortland Community College in the fall.
  • Sarah Lutzy of Rensselaer received the $340 Kevin E. King Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Human Services student with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 who shows a commitment to community through volunteerism or human service.
  • Carmen Masters of West Sand Lake received the $500 Leonard Spiegel Scholarship, which is given to a Civil Engineering Technology student who plans on pursuing a four-year degree in the field. She is a Civil Engineering Technology graduate.
  • Caterina Pratt of East Greenbush received the $1,635 Business Administration Faculty Scholarship, which is given to a Business Administration student who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Alexander Raymond of Rensselaer received the $920 Dr. Frank J. Morgan Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Liberal Arts and Sciences student who plans to continue his or her education at a four-year college or university. Raymond is a Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences graduate.
  • Janelle Russell of Troy received the $250 John H. and Hazel Hayes Atwater Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student who has successfully completed two semesters and has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Russell is enrolled in the Business Administration program.
  • Jennifer Schroeder of Wynantskill received a $100 WE@HVCC Mother's Day Scholarship, which is given to students matriculated in degree programs, have minimum grade point average of 2.0 and exemplify the spirit of WE@HVCC, an organization of members from the college who are committed to maintaining community spirit through social, philanthropic and educational endeavors. She is an Individual Studies graduate.
  • James Stoddard of Valley Falls received the $260 McKinley Faculty Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student who has a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.
  • Melinda Stotts of Troy received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Stotts is enrolled in the Human Services program.
  • Isaiah Thomas of Troy received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Thomas is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.
  • Laquan Thompsonof Troy received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Thompson is an Individual Studies graduate.

Saratoga County

  • James Boomhower of Clifton Park received the $250 Albany Kennel Club Paramedic Scholarship, which is given to students in the Paramedic program who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing. He also received the $250 Michael J. Torello and Janet Atwater Scholarship, which is given to a student enrolled in a School of Health Sciences program. Boomhower is enrolled in the Paramedic degree program.
  • Alexander Sokol III of Clifton Park received the $500 Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer EOC Scholarship, which is given to a student who will transfer from the Educational Opportunity Center to Hudson Valley to continue their studies. Sokol plans to pursue a degree in Network and Information Technology at the college.
  • Nicole Reaulo of Waterford received the $530 Frank Hanrahan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time School of Liberal Arts and Sciences student who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The student must live in one of the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady. Reaulo is a Liberal Arts and Sciences student.
  • Denise Wilkins of Round Lake received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. She is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.

Schenectady County

  • Christopher Ciancetta of Scotia received the $360 Paul F. Goliber Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a financial need, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and is enrolled in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. He is studying Construction Technology.

  • Joshua Gilbert of Glenville received the $380 Evergreen Bank Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. He is a Business Administration student.

  • Taraja Green of Schenectady received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship, which is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement but may be considered at risk due to socioeconomic circumstances. Green is an Individual Studies graduate.

  • Nadine Pretious of Schenectady received the $200 Capital District Chevrolet Club Scholarship, which is given to a full-time Automotive Technology student who has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. She also received the $820 Harold M. Perkins Automotive Technology Scholarship, which is given to a student who demonstrates academic achievement and a sincere interest in the automotive technology field. Pretious is enrolled in the General Motors – Automotive Service Educational Program.

  • Sharon Staltari of Scotia received the $320 Louis D. Nagi Scholarship, which is given to second-semester, full-time student in the School of Business. Staltari is an Accounting graduate.

Schoharie County

  • Desiray Cisar of Esperance received the $2,600 Lockheed Martin Scholarship, which is given to a student who will continue their studies at a four-year institution in one of the following areas: Electrical Engineering Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Engineering Science; or Chemical Technician. She is an Engineering Science graduate.

Ulster County

  • Kyle Mead of New Kingston received the $530 William E. Peck '82 Memorial Scholarship, which is given to students pursuing a career in air conditioning technology. Mead is studying Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technical Services.

Warren County

  • Leonardo Osborne of Queensbury received the $460 John R. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student studying Construction Technology.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered by the Educational Opportunity Center.