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02/24/2010
New Scholarship Established in Honor of Robert J. Kufs
Family Establishes Fund with $10,000 Gift

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8085, cell 378-3835, p.monaco@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation announced today that a new scholarship fund has been established in honor of Robert J. Kufs, a father, husband and community volunteer from Schenectady, NY. The fund was established by his wife, Deb Kufs, who is coordinator of the Paramedic Program at Hudson Valley Community College.

The new fund will benefit students entering the Automotive Technology Program. It was established by Mr. Kufs' family to remember him as someone who always encouraged others to make choices and to follow their dreams.

In establishing the fund, Mrs. Kufs said, "I wanted to honor my late husband, Robert Kufs, because he demonstrated to his daughters and throughout his life, that life is made of choices and that we should follow our dreams." Noting that her daughters chose traditionally male-dominated careers largely due to the encouragement of their father, Mrs. Kufs said women entering the auto technology field will be given preference for this scholarship.

While working at General Electric, Mr. Kufs had an opportunity to take advantage of a reeducation program and entered Hudson Valley Community College's Automotive Program. He remained a student in the program, working full-time nights and attending class full-time during the day. Mr. Kufs finished on time and intended to use his degree after retirement from GE. Unfortunately, Mr. Kufs passed away prior to retiring.

This new scholarship will provide financial support to a Hudson Valley Community College student. The new scholarship will be awarded to an incoming, full-time student enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program. Preference will be extended to female students, with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, who have demonstrated financial need. The award amount will vary.

"Hudson Valley students are so appreciative of scholarship support, and establishing a scholarship fund is a wonderful way to memorialize a loved one," said Foundation President Sarah Boggess. "We are very thankful for the generosity of the family of Robert Kufs."

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Robert J. Kufs Memorial Scholarship fund or establishing a new scholarship can call the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at (518) 629-8012 or visit www.hvcc.edu/scholarships.

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.