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04/20/2009
East Greenbush Couple Establishes New Scholarship at Hudson Valley Community College for Columbia High School Graduates
$5,000 Commitment Over the Next Five Years

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 20, 2009

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation today announced that a new annual scholarship has been established by an East Greenbush couple in recognition of their three children, all of whom graduated from Columbia High School and went on to lead successful adult lives.

The $5,000 scholarship funding, donated by Samuel and Catherine Greco, will be awarded as an annual $1,000 scholarship over the next five years to a Columbia High School graduate pursuing academic studies at Hudson Valley Community College.

“My father wanted to establish this scholarship mainly to recognize the value of the educational foundation we each received and instill the importance of continuing educational endeavors,” said Megan Greco, daughter of donors Samuel and Catherine Greco. “We want to help out a deserving student that may not be as fortunate as we were.”

The scholarship fund is being established by the Grecos as appreciation for the educational foundation and life tools their son Samuel and daughters Amanda and Megan received through academics and involvement in student activities and sports while at Columbia High School.

Specifically in daughter Amanda’s case, her success in high school led her to a very accomplished academic career at Hudson Valley Community College, excelling in the Early Childhood program and making the Dean’s List and President’s List. Her success at Hudson Valley Community College would translate into a near full scholarship to Bennington College, where she would eventually receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“Hudson Valley students are so appreciative of scholarship support and in these tough economic times, we are deeply appreciative of the Greco family’s generosity,” said Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess, who also serves as the college’s vice president for Institutional Advancement.

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

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.