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05/30/2006
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Awards More Than $50,000 in Scholarships to 48 Students

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards to 48 Hudson Valley graduates and returning students.

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 ranged from $200 to full tuition. The annual tuition at Hudson Valley for full-time students who are New York State residents is $2,700. The scholarships were presented at the Foundation's spring scholarship reception, which was held earlier this month in the field house at the McDonough Sports Complex on the Hudson Valley campus.

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

Albany County

  • Yaa Asare of Albany received the $595 Jack Hallgren Memorial Chemistry Award, which is given to a full-time, matriculated student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and is enrolled in either the Chemical Technician or Biotechnology program. Asare is a Biotechnology graduate.

  • Chrystelle Camara of Albany received the $293 Business Administration Faculty Scholarship, which is given to a Business Administration student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, and the $288 Janet L. Hamel Student Leadership Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and has made a significant contribution to student services. Camara is a Business Administration graduate.

  • Carol L. Cox of Albany, an Early Childhood student, received a Second Chance Scholarship, which was established through the Foundation by Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo to provide scholarships to students who have overcome tremendous personal obstacles to continue their educations. The scholarship provides students up to $1,750 a semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees.

  • Kayla Duffer of East Berne received the $392 Evergreen Bank Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and the $278 New York State Federation of Home Bureaus Inc. Scholarship in Honor of May Roberts. The Home Bureau Scholarship is given to a student who shows academic promise in Accounting, Business Administration or Computer Information Systems. Duffer is a Business Administration student.

  • Marcia Gaston of Albany received the $411 Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is given to full-time students in good academic standing who are the children or grandchildren of Hudson Valley alumni. Gaston is enrolled in the Early Childhood program.

  • Alexander McPeters of Albany received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, which is given to students who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. McPeters is an Individual Studies student.

  • Elise Mercier of Latham received the $1,132 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. Mercier is an Individual Studies student.

  • Yong Na of Latham received the $522 Jane S. Mangold Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a full-time, matriculated, second-semester student entering his or her second year as a Business Administration student with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.

  • Adam Platt of Albany received the $805 Marine Sergeant William D. Powers Scholarship, which is given to a Marine Corps reservist pursuing any course of study at the college. Platt is an Individual Studies student.

  • Shavina Richardson-Aiken of Cohoes received the $359 Kevin E. King Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Human Services student with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 who shows a commitment to community through volunteerism or human service. She graduated this month.

  • Valerie Salzer of Berne received the $494 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.

  • Dylan Willsey of East Berne received a full-tuition John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Civil Engineering Technology student who has maintained a 3.0 G.P.A. in his or her first year.

Clinton County

  • Chase Vaughn of Plattsburgh received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education. Vaughn is a Physical Education graduate.

Columbia County

  • Keshia L. Ferguson of Hudson, an Individual Studies student, received a Second Chance Scholarship, which was established through the Foundation by Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo to provide scholarships to students who have overcome tremendous personal obstacles to continue their educations. The scholarship provides students up to $1,750 a semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees.

Kings County

  • Michael O'Hara of Brooklyn received the $860 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 enrolled in the Automotive Technical Services-General Motors program.

Oneida County

  • Danielle Moynihan of Forestport received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, which is given to students who have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, and the $292 Dr. Lawrence Emil Porcelli Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a student with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and plans to pursue a career in medicine, nursing or medical technologies. Moynihan is an Echocardiography graduate.

Rensselaer County

  • Michael Bastian of West Sand Lake received the $292 Eugenia M. Staerker Individual Studies scholarship, which is given to a full-time, graduating senior who demonstrates evidence of leadership, campus involvement and community service.

  • Lois Batsios of Nassau 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 G.P.A. of 2.0. Batsios is an Administration Information Technician student.

  • Amanda Casey of Troy received a $300 William G. Muller Continuing Education Scholarship, which is given to a part-time, matriculated student with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Casey is an Individual Studies student.

  • Joanne Condon of Troy received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education. Condon is a Nursing student.

  • Toni Couture of Troy received the $250 Joseph J. Bulmer Scholar Award, named in honor of Hudson Valley's third president, for her research paper titled "Women of Valor." She is a Physical Education student.

  • Susan DiNova of Brunswick received a $300 William G. Muller Continuing Education Scholarship, which is given to a part-time, matriculated student with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. DiNova is an Early Childhood student.

  • Elton Garrett of Rensselaer received a full-tuition John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Civil Engineering Technology student who has maintained a 3.0 G.P.A. in his or her first year.

  • Lisolette Jones of Hoosick Falls received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, which is given to students who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Jones is an Individual Studies student.

  • Michael Nghiem of East Greenbush received the $734 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. Nghiem is studying Electrical Construction and Maintenance.

  • Kayleigh Schlotter of Rensselaer received the $269 McKinley Faculty Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 and is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program.

  • Lisa Schoenenman of Wynantskill received a $500 Hudson Valley chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators Scholarship, which is given to an Administrative Information Technician student interested in pursuing a career in the legal field, particularly as a legal assistant.

  • Holly Schultz of Castleton received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education, and the $487 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. Schultz is studying Physical Education.

  • Ninella Sorriento of Wynantskill received the $150 Joseph J. Bulmer Scholar Award, named in honor of Hudson Valley's third president, for her research paper titled "Gifted and Talented." She is an Early Childhood student.

  • Mehmed Ulcay of Troy received the $2,500 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. He also received the $300 Peter T. Chimbos '64 Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior who transfers to a four-year institution; the recipient also must show academic promise and outstanding evidence of diligence and effort. Ulcay is an Engineering Science graduate.

  • Sarah Worden of Wynantskill received the $353 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 G.P.A. of 3.0. She also received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship, and 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 G.P.A. of 3.0. Worden is an Individual Studies student.

  • Irena Yeremeyeva of Troy received the $558 Frank Hanrahan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time School of Health Sciences student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. The student must live in one of the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady. Yeremeyeva is a Dental Hygiene student.

Saratoga County

  • Elacia Allen of Round Lake received the $558 Frank Hanrahan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time student in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. The student must live in one of the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady. Allen is a Chemical Dependency Counseling student.

  • James Boomhower of Clifton Park 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 graduated with a Paramedic degree.

  • Shama Butt of Waterford 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. Butt is an Individual Studies graduate.

  • Tammy Sinnott of Round Lake received the $279 Ray Richardson Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Frank J. Morgan, which is given to a student majoring in a Liberal Arts program who has been accepted to a four-year institution to continue his or her studies. Sinnott is a Human Services student.

  • Nicholas Tomasi of Saratoga Springs received the $481 John R. Fletcher Memorial Scholarship, which is given to an outstanding student studying Construction Technology.

Schenectady County

  • Sandra Aguilar of Schenectady received the $496 Shamrao Vasudeo Watwe Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a full-time, matriculated student who is returning for the fall semester, has a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and is motivated to complete his or her education, and the $430 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 Engineering Science program.

  • Caresse Ewart of Schenectady received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education. Ewart is studying Physical Education.

  • Katrina LaForest of Schenectady received the $494 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 program.

  • Kathleen McGuigan of Duanesburg received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education. McGuigan is a Physical Education graduate.

Schoharie County

  • Mark Borthwick of Schoharie received the $1,000 Leonard Spiegel Scholarship, which is given to a Civil Engineering Technology student who plans on pursuing a four-year degree in the field. He is a Civil Engineering Technology graduate.

  • Russell Machuta of Richmondville received the $417 Paul F. Goliber Scholarship, which is given to a student who has a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and is enrolled in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, and the full-tuition John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Civil Engineering Technology student who has maintained a 3.0 G.PA. in his or her first year.

Ulster County

  • Mathew Molinaro of Kingston received a full-tuition John and Marguerite LaPan Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Civil Engineering Technology student who has maintained a 3.0 G.P.A. in his or her first year.

  • Ryan Olive of Mount Marion received the $734 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. Olive is an Electrical Construction and Maintenance graduate.

Warren County

  • Jesse Howard of Queensbury received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education. Howard is a Physical Education graduate.

Washington County

  • Virginia Osgood of Hudson Falls received the $860 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, and the $200 Capital District Chevrolet Club Scholarship. She is enrolled in the Automotive Technical Services-General Motors program.

  • Laura Rogers of Greenwich received an Otto V. Guenther Scholarship, which provides assistance for educational expenses up to the cost of full tuition to students studying either Nursing or Physical Education. Rogers is a Physical Education graduate.

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.