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06/09/2006
Hudson Valley Community College, Foundation Award Scholarships to 22 High School Seniors from the Region
Students recognized for academic achievement, community service

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

Hudson Valley Community College and its charitable foundation have awarded scholarships to 22 high school seniors from throughout the region who have enrolled in programs in either the college’s School of Business or School of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the Fall 2006 semester.

The college awarded one full-tuition Presidential Scholarship, five full-tuition Presidential Honors Scholarships, and 16 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which will pay for three-quarters of each recipient’s tuition. The tuition for the 2006-07 academic year for full-time students who are residents of New York State is $2,700.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of students’ academic performance and/or their community service. The students have high school averages ranging from 83 to 95; Hudson Valley does not require SAT scores for admission, however, a minimum SAT composite score (in critical reading, math and writing) of 1800 was required for the Presidential Honors Scholarship. The students’ extracurricular activities vary from playing baseball and hockey to participating post-Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts in New Orleans and volunteering at the Regional Food Bank.

More than 100 students applied for the scholarships. “More and more, we are seeing academically talented high school students who are excited about starting their college career at Hudson Valley Community College,” Admissions Director Mary Claire Bauer said.

Hudson Valley alumni have transferred to some of the top schools in the country, including Cornell University, Bennington College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The college’s top transfer schools include the University at Albany, The College of Saint Rose, Siena College and Russell Sage College. In fact, the college has more than 100 program-to-program agreements with 40-plus four-year institutions that allow for a seamless transfer.

The Presidential Scholarship and Presidential Honors Scholarships are 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 Presidential Awards for Outstanding Achievement are made possible by the college.

This year’s scholarship recipients, listed alphabetically by county, are:

Albany County

  • Sahira Aziz of Albany, a senior at Shaker High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. Aziz is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.

  • Irene Carcache of Albany, a senior at Albany High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

  • Ashley Marie Carboni of Selkirk, a senior at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Business Administration program.

  • Erik Jurgensen of Albany, a senior at South Colonie High School, received the Presidential Scholarship. He is enrolled in the Engineering Science program.

  • Bethany Koehn of Albany, a senior at Loudonville Christian School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

  • Jamie LaBoissiere of Cohoes, a senior at Cohoes High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Forensic Science Studies program.

  • Donald Prudhomme of Cohoes, a senior at Cohoes High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.

  • Eric M. Razzano of Watervliet, a senior at Watervliet High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is enrolled in the Business Administration program.

  • John Twardowski of Albany, a senior at Colonie Central High School, received a Presidential Honors Scholarship. He is enrolled in the Mathematics and Science program.

Rensselaer County

  • Thomas J. Cooley III of Poestenkill, a senior at Averill Park High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.

  • Catherine Crandall of Troy, a senior at Lansingburgh High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.

  • Amanda Gallup of East Nassau, a senior at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

  • Emma Noeth of Castleton, a senior at Maple Hill High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Business Administration program.

  • Jessica Lynn Schuster of Schaghticoke, a senior at Hoosic Valley High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

  • Christine E. Sultan of Schodack Landing, a senior at Maple Hill High School, received a Presidential Honors Scholarship. She is enrolled in the Fine Arts program.

Greene County

  • Jeremy Morehouse of West Coxsackie, a senior at Coxsackie-Athens High School, received a Presidential Honors Scholarship. He is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.

  • Johanna M. Witt of Greenville, a senior at Greenville High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Early Childhood program.

Saratoga County

  • Shannon LaRue of Ballston Spa, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, received a Presidential Honors Scholarship. She is enrolled in the Fine Arts program.

Schenectady County

  • Laura K. Young of Glenville, a senior at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Individual Studies program.

  • Sarah Lynn Pape of Niskayuna, a senior at Loudonville Christian School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is enrolled in the Early Childhood program.

Schoharie County

  • Anthony J. Fagnani Jr. of Schoharie, a senior at Schoharie High School, received a Presidential Honors Scholarship. He is enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

  • Tyler Schell of Schoharie, a senior at Schoharie Central High School, received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is enrolled in the Business Administration 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.