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Hudson Valley Community College Dental Hygiene Student Receives Scholarship from National Academic Honor Society

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Heather Thomas of Watervliet, a Dental Hygiene student at Hudson Valley Community College, was one of 30 community college students across the country recently awarded the Phi Theta Kappa Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa is the national academic honor society for students at two-year colleges.

PTK members from 20 states were named recipients in 2010 and only 30 students out of 383 applicants were selected for the honor. Thomas was one of only two students selected from a SUNY community college. She is a freshman in the college's Dental Hygiene program.

All scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 to further their associate degree studies.

The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in an associate degree program. The program also provides opportunities and encourages students to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs.

"The Leaders of Promise Scholarship funds provided represent an investment in human potential," said Dr. Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director. "Our objective is to provide the resources and programs that will result in the emergence of strong moral servant leaders."

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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.