Educational Opportunity Center Students Awarded Scholarships at Hudson Valley Community College
Tina Brady of Watervliet and Kimberly Hamilton of Troy, were awarded the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) scholarship. Both EOC students were recognized during Hudson Valley’s annual Spring Scholarship Appreciation Reception.
The scholarship program, established in 1996 in honor of Hudson Valley’s third president, awards approximately $2,000 each year to a current or former full-time EOC student. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or high school average of 80 or higher and enroll at Hudson Valley for the fall semester. (To read reflections on the legacy of Dr. Bulmer written by EOC Executive Director Dr. Lucille Marion, click here: https://www.hvcc.edu/about/bulmer-legacy.pdf.)
Brady enrolled in the EOC’s College Preparation program to strengthen her English and math skills in preparation for her studies in the Early Childhood program at Hudson Valley. She stated in her scholarship application, "If it weren’t for the scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to start Hudson Valley in the fall. Being a pre-school teacher is what I have always wanted to do."
Hamilton, a student in the EOC’s Cosmetology program, plans to attend Hudson Valley for Mortuary Science. She was inspired to follow this path after feeling disappointed with the way her mother was presented at her funeral. Hamilton explained, “We have all lost someone, and it is a passion for me to have people remembered as they were in life.” Hamilton earned her GED in September. She will graduate from the EOC Cosmetology program on June 28. With the help of the Bulmer scholarship she will be the first in her family to attend to college. The combination of her cosmetology and mortuary science training will help her to achieve her career goal.
Both students worked closely with the EOC’s College Connections department, an initiative designed to increase awareness of college opportunities for all EOC students and to highlight the benefits of a college degree. College Connections assists students with the college application process, including obtaining financial aid.
The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, provides vocational training, academic preparation programs and job placement services to the Capital District and a seven-county area of New York. Through education, intensive casework and comprehensive employment services, eligible New York residents who are 16 years old and older are offered specific skills to gain employment, to succeed on the job, and to encourage ongoing personal and professional development.