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06/09/2005
Hudson Valley Community College Awards Scholarships to 16 Local High School Seniors

Students recognized for outstanding achievement, service

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, June 9, 2005

Hudson Valley Community College has awarded scholarships to 16 high school seniors from the Capital Region and beyond on the basis of their academic performance and community service.

The college awarded one full-tuition Presidential Scholarship and 16 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which will pay for three-quarters of each recipient’s tuition. The current annual cost of tuition at Hudson Valley for full-time students who are residents of New York State is $2,600.

The scholarships are renewable for the students’ second years at Hudson Valley if they maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

This year’s Presidential Scholarship recipient is Lynne Schmich of Stephentown, a senior at New Lebanon Junior/Senior High School. She is enrolled the college’s Early Childhood Education program. The scholarship is made possible by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college’s mission.

The recipients of the three-quarter tuition scholarships, listed alphabetically by county, are:

Albany County

  • Brian Connor of Loudonville, a senior at Colonie Central High School; he will study Drafting.
  • Christopher Doerr of Cohoes, a senior at Shaker High School; he will study Engineering Science program.
  • Kaitlyn Jasniewski of East Berne, a senior at Berne-Westerlo-Knox High School; she is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.
  • Julie Meredith of Latham, a senior at Shaker High School; he is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.
  • Rachel Promutico of Selkirk, a senior at Bethlehem High School; she is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.
  • Alessandro Russo of Altamont, a senior at Guilderland High School; she will study Engineering Science.
  • Laura Stutz of Guilderland, a senior at Guilderland High School; she is enrolled in the Forensic Science Studies program.

Greene County

  • Ryan O’Connor of Hannacroix, a senior at Greenville Central High School; he is enrolled in Environmental Studies program.

Oswego County

  • Brittany Holliday of Oswego, a senior at Oswego High School; she is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

Rensselaer County

  • Melissa Ferguson of Valley Falls, a senior at Hoosic Valley High School; she will study Criminal Justice.
  • Mark D. Sidoti of East Greenbush, a senior at Bishop Maginn High School; he will study Engineering Science.

Schenectady County

  • Casey Bullis of Schenectady, a senior at Shaker High School; she will study Criminal Justice.
  • Walter D. Herderich of Niskayuna, a senior at Colonie Central High School; he will study Construction Technology.
  • Galina Ivashina of Niskayuna, a senior at Niskayuna High School; she will study Radiologic Technology.

Schoharie County

  • Jill Lassonde of Schoharie, a senior at Schoharie High School; she is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences program.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 60,000 alumni.