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10/03/2006
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Creates New Scholarships for Technology Programs
New awards made possible through donations

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation has established two new scholarships for current and future students in the college’s Construction Technology and Electrical Construction and Maintenance programs.

The Sean Anthony Kelleher Memorial Scholarship and the Northeastern Subcontractors Association (NESCA) Scholarship were made possible by donations from the Kelleher family and NESCA to the Foundation, which offers more than 100 scholarships to students who attend, or plan to attend, Hudson Valley. During the 2005-06 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships ranging in value from $200 to full tuition, which is $2,700 annually for students who are New York State residents.

The $500 Kelleher scholarship honors the memory of Sean Anthony Kelleher, who studied Construction Technology at the college; his parents and brother established the scholarship after Kelleher’s death earlier this year. A native of Niskayuna, Kelleher was a construction field superintendent with Boston, Mass.-based Suffolk Construction Company, where he worked on projects including the historic restoration of the Suffolk County Courthouse and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y.

The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in December to a Construction Technology senior who demonstrates the potential for strong leadership, management and technical skills in the construction field. The recipient must have a 2.8 grade-point average and live in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady counties.

The Northeastern Subcontractors Association is a non-profit trade association representing more than 450 subcontractors, specialty contractors and material suppliers who do business in eastern New York.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded for the first time next spring to a high school graduate who plans to study either Electrical Construction and Maintenance or Construction Technology at Hudson Valley. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must have a high school average of at least 75; preference will be given to students who can demonstrate a relationship to the association.

“Hudson Valley students are so appreciative of scholarship support, and establishing a scholarship fund is a wonderful way to memorialize a loved one and also to ensure a pipeline into an important career path,” said Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess, who also serves as vice president for institutional advancement at the college. “We are very thankful for the generosity of the Kelleher family and NESCA.”

Anyone interested in establishing a scholarship can call the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at (518) 629-8012. 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.

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.