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Hudson Valley Community College Recognized by Sponsor-a-Scholar Program with Founders' Service Award

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College recently received the Founders’ Service Award from the Capital Region Sponsor-a-Scholar organization for the college’s long-term role as an SAS partner, supporter and active member of its board of directors.

Sponsor-a-Scholar, begun in 1996, assists economically disadvantaged, at-risk high school students to achieve academic and career success. The organization provides academic and financial support, mentoring, counseling and advocacy to retain students in high school and move them on to college. Currently there are more than 360 students enrolled in the program from high schools throughout the Capital Region.

A number of the participants attend Hudson Valley’s College in the High School program, which gives them college credit for their high school courses in advance of graduation. Since the Sponsor-a-Scholar program began, more than 60 students have attended and graduated from Hudson Valley, either entering the workforce or continuing on to four-year colleges and universities. This past fall alone, nine students from the program began their higher education at Hudson Valley.

“It is a personal and professional privilege to work with the board of such a vital and worthwhile organization, and to be able to directly work with and guide its students on to academic achievements. We know education is the key to a better life and we understand that some students just need that extra assistance to get there. This process is best started at the high school level,” said Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College. “We are proud that many of these students have found their niche at Hudson Valley. It is especially inspiring to have many take advantage of our College in the High School courses to gain college credit in advance of high school graduation.”

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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.