News and Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Press Releases

12/22/2006
Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Awards More than $79,000 in Scholarships to 97 Students
Twelve students receive Second Chance Scholarships

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently awarded more than $79,000 in scholarships to 97 Hudson Valley students who are pursuing degrees in a variety of programs, including Broadcast Communications, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems, Dental Hygiene and Physical Education.

Twelve of the 97 students received Second Chance Scholarships, which are funded through a donation to the college's Foundation from the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation.

Established by Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo, the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to students who have overcome tremendous personal obstacles to continue their education. The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation provides students up to$1,750 a semester to offset the cost of tuition, books and fees. The awards vary based on a student's final grades for the semester.

Hudson Valley Community College Foundation scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria, including need, academic performance, civic involvement and academic program; the awards ranged 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 $2,700.

All scholarships were presented at the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation's fall scholarship reception, which was held on Dec. 4 at the Field House at the McDonough Sports Complex on the Hudson Valley campus. The Fall 2006 scholarship recipients are:

 Albany County

  • Norman Arian of Latham, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Victoria Brown of Glenmont, an Individual Studies student, received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship.
  • Tamica Carrof Albany, a Nursing student, received a $1,350 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship.
  • Robert Cherry of Albany, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Oleg Chouliakovsky of Cohoes, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Concetta Cook of Berne, an Accounting student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • James Crowley of Delmar, an Automotive Technical Services student, received a $500 Albany Rods and Kustoms Inc. Scholarship.
  • Anthony Crisafulli of Albany, a Computer Information Systems student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Portia Davis of Colonie, a Biotechnology student, received the $481 James K. Morse Sr. and Jeannette R. Morse Memorial Scholarship.
  • Jodi Dring of Menands, a Business Administration student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Asaf Fabbi of Albany, an Individual Studies student, received the $500 Ralph H. O'Brien Scholarship.
  • Lorraine Favors of Albany, an Early Childhood student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Andrea Jasniewski of East Berne, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Ronald LaValle of Cohoes, a Nursing student, received a $1,350 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship.
  • Estelle Lawson of Albany, a Human Services student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Elizabeth Mayforth of Albany, a Broadcast Communications student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Rahkeem Morris of Albany, a Business Administration student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Peter Nagy of Albany, a Computer Information Systems student, received a $500 Faculty Staff Endowment Scholarship for Dependents of Hudson Valley Community College employees.
  • Katelin Nicholson of Selkirk, a Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science student, received the $350 Parents' Fund Scholarship.
  • Chikezie Michael Okoro of Watervliet, an Accounting student, received a $1,050 Aimee Lynn Pyskadlo Memorial Scholarship.
  • Justin Phillips of Albany, a Biotechnology student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Lucas Quinones Jr. of Latham, a Computer Information Systems student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Shavina Richardson-Aiken of Cohoes, a Human Services student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Frances Sailer of Albany, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Aisha Sarwar of Latham, a Biotechnology student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Robert Stanton of Albany, a Chemical Dependency Counseling student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Tanya Smith of Albany, an Individual Studies student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Craig Stratton of Cohoes, a Chemical Dependency Counseling student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship and a $300 William G. Muller Continuing Education Scholarship.
  • Bruce Thompson of Albany, an Automotive Technical Service student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • David Tymchyn of Berne, a Construction Technology student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Ryan Tymchyn of Berne, an Electrical Construction and Maintenance student, received a $1,836 Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarship.
  • Anthony Vona of Colonie, a Civil Engineering Technology student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Michele Walker of Albany, a Human Services student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Katherine Wolfe of Colonie, a Business Administration student, received a $550 Steven Sultan Scholarship.
  • Amanda Zaloga of Selkirk, a Criminal Justice student, received a $2,114 Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship.

Columbia County

  • Erik Collier of Ghent, a Civil Engineering Technology student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Brittany Grossman of Hudson, a Physical Education student, received a $500 Faculty Staff Endowment Scholarship for Dependents of Hudson Valley Community College employees.
  • Jessica Rhoades of Kinderhook, a Human Services student, received the $630 Patty Walsh Memorial Scholarship.

Greene County

  • Brandon Herwick of Coxsackie, a Physical Education student, received an Athens Presidential Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Gregory Biegel of Earlton, a Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technical Services student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.

Queens County 

  • Dean Messias of Springfield Gardens, an Electrical Construction and Maintenance student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.

Rensselaer County

  • James Agnew of Troy, a non-matriculated student, received a $250 Faculty Student Association Scholarship for Non-Matriculated Students.
  • Jared Baker of Poestenkill, a Criminal Justice student, received the $416 Kevin H. Davidson Memorial Scholarship.
  • Nicholas Bevivino of Valley Falls, a Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science student, received the $500 Troy Police Sgt. Michael Blair Scholarship.
  • Shawn Blowers of Petersburgh, an Automotive Technical Services student, received a $500 Albany Rods and Kustoms Inc. Scholarship.
  • David Cioffi of Troy, a Broadcast Communications student, received a $500 Faculty Staff Endowment Scholarship for Dependents of Hudson Valley Community College employees.
  • Elizabeth Court of East Nassau, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Catherine Crandall of Troy, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Ernest Dukes of Troy, a Chemical Dependency Counseling student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Kyle Eddy of Troy, a Civil Engineering Technology student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees, and a $300 Ryan W. Gardner Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways.
  • Kathryn Farnam of Wynantskill, a Nursing student, received an Athens Presidential Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Melissa Ferguson of Valley Falls, a Criminal Justice student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • E. Zachary Garrett of Rensselaer, a Civil Engineering Technology student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Alexander Gaylord of Melrose, a Physical Education student, received a $1,350 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship.
  • Maqueda Hinds of Rensselaer, a Computer Information Systems student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Rebekah Jarvis of Troy, a Fine Arts student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Lisolette Jones of Hoosick Falls, an Individual Studies student, received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship.
  • Adam Lis of Troy, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Michael Mason of Troy, a Physical Education student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Megan McNamee Dayton of Troy, a Biological Sciences student, received an Athens Presidential Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Natasha Miller of Troy, a Respiratory Care student, received a $785 Elizabeth K. Ripple Memorial Scholarship.
  • Joseph Miranda of Troy, a Criminal Justice student, received a $500 Faculty Staff Endowment Scholarship for Dependents of Hudson Valley Community College.
  • Myles Mohan of Poestenkill, a Construction Technology student, received a $1,836 Kenneth P. LaCorte Memorial Scholarship and a $300 Ryan W. Gardner Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways.
  • Richard Perrott of Wynantskill, a Business Administration student, received the $1,500 Frank J. Ryan '69 Memorial Scholarship.
  • Donna Raymond of Nassau, an Individual Studies student, received a $500 Hudson Valley Community College Scholarship.
  • Laura Roberts of Melrose, a Civil Engineering Technology student, received the $1,000 Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways Scholarship.
  • Ricky Romero of Rensselaer, a Business Administration student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Derrith Sirtori of Troy, an Individual Studies student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Michael Stevens of Troy, a Computer Information Systems student, received a Second Chance Scholarship.
  • Isaac Stritsman of Petersburgh, a Business Administration student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Marina Walsh of Rensselaer, an Early Childhood Education student, received the $410 Alumni Legacy Scholarship.
  • Craig Wilson of Wynantskill, an Individual Studies student, received a $400 John O. Amstuz Scholarship.
  • Jevon Wood of Castleton on Hudson, a Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science student, received a $500 Faculty Staff Endowment Scholarship for Dependents of Hudson Valley Community College employees.
  • Irene Yeremeyeva of Troy, a Dental Hygiene student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.

Saratoga County

  • Derek Becker of Ballston Spa, a Mechanical Engineering Technology student, received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship and the $500 Cathy Hunter-Roberts Scholarship.
  • Joshua Bond of Ballston Spa, an Individual Studies student, received a $500 Faculty Student Association Scholarship.
  • Courtney Brewster of Stillwater, a Physical Education student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Patrice Carl of Clifton Park, a Respiratory Therapy student, received the $450 Class of '93 Scholarship.
  • Debbie Crandall of Clifton Park, an Individual Studies student, received a Second Chance Scholarship and a $300 William G. Muller Continuing Education Scholarship.
  • Deniece Donohue of Middle Grove, a Nursing student, received a $1,350 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship; the $850 Richard Dinn Memorial Scholarship; and the $250 Christopher Drabik Memorial Scholarship.
  • Amanda Filkins of Mechanicville, an Individual Studies student, received a $400 John O. Amstuz Scholarship.
  • Christine Martin of Corinth, a Physical Education student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Julie Mazza of Clifton Park, a Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Brian Pucci of Waterford, an Individual Studies student, received the $1,000 Michael D. Tisenchek Memorial Scholarship.
  • Andrew Robinson of Clifton Park, a non-matriculated student, received a $250 Faculty Student Association Scholarship for Non-Matriculated Students.
  • Lindsey VanAlstyne of Saratoga, a Liberal Arts and Science student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.

Schenectady County

  • Brandon Craig of Schenectady, an Automotive Technical Services student, received an Athens Technology Scholarship, which fully funds tuition, books and fees.
  • Kevin Egnaczyk of Scotia, a Construction Technology student, received a $550 Steven Sultan Scholarship.
  • Caresse Ewart of Schenectady, a Physical Education student, received a $1,350 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship.
  • Walter Herderich of Schenectady, a Construction Technology student, received the $500 Sean Anthony Kelleher Memorial Scholarship.
  • Stephanie Ruth of Schenectady, a Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science student, received a $250 Diversity Honors Scholarship.
  • Vlatko Stojanoski of Schenectady, a Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science student, received a $500 Hudson Valley Community College Scholarship.

Schoharie County

  • Imants Shrederis of Schoharie, an Automotive Technical Services student, received the $500 Automobilists of the Upper Hudson Valley Scholarship in memory of John English.

Ulster County

  • Todd Barnes of Port Ewen, a Physical Education student, received a $1,350 Otto V. Guenther Scholarship.

Washington County

  • Aimee Barnes of Hudson Falls, a Respiratory Care student, received a $785 Elizabeth K. Ripple Memorial Scholarship.

Out of State

  • Eric Lee of Philadelphia, Penn., an Individual Studies student, received a $1,050 Aimee Lynn Pyskadlo Memorial Scholarship.
  • Marlee Tyska of Pittsfield, Mass., a Criminal Justice student, received a $2,114 Senator Joseph L. Bruno Public Service Scholarship.

The Hudson Valley Community College 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 70 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.