EOP Creates New Scholarship Opportunities
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 23, 2001
Hudson Valley Community College's Educational
Opportunity Program (EOP) has launched a fundraising campaign to establish
a pair of new scholarships: One will recognize academic achievement; the
other will assist students who have fallen into bad academic standing and
forfeited their financial aid.
EOP is an academic support program designed
to provide supplemental financial assistance to students who are considered
"high risk" and are in danger of not completing the educational process
due to socioeconomic issues.
"These scholarships are intended to help Hudson
Valley Community College's students reach their educational goals," said
John Buono, president of the college.
The Educational Opportunity Program Academic
Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to an EOP student(s) who has earned
a cumulative grade point average index of 3.5 or higher. The scholarship
will be presented to a graduating EOP student(s) at the annual Special
Program Awards Ceremony, which is held each April.
The Educational Opportunity Program Emergency
Fund will be offered to an EOP student(s) who loses financial aid due to
poor grades and therefore must earn a minimum of six credit hours to regain
matriculated status, good academic standing and financial aid for the upcoming
"Currently, we're making plans to raise funds
for these scholarships," said Louis Coplin, director of Student Life at
Hudson Valley. "Fund-raising activities, including baked-goods sales and
participation in the Alumni Association's annual phonathon, will be scheduled
throughout the academic year. We'll also make requests to EOP alumni. While
the first awards probably won't be issued for a couple of years, this is
definitely something that will help Hudson Valley Community College's students
down the road."
For more information, or to make a contribution to
either EOP scholarship, please contact Jenifer Kish, Associate Director
of Development, at (518) 629-8077. Checks may be made payable to "HVCC
Foundation" and mailed to: Jenifer Kish, Hudson Valley Community College,
BTC 1074, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University
of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000
students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives
and worker retraining.