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Second Chance Scholarship Celebration Reception honoring Dr. Angelo Mastrangelo
June 8, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College hosted a reception on Thursday, June 7, 2007, in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center to honor Dr. Angelo Mastrangelo, founder of the college’s Second Chance Scholarship, for nearing the $1 million mark in total scholarships awarded. At the event, the college's Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center was renamed the Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center, in recognition of his generosity.

College faculty and staff joined Dr. Mastrangelo, his family and friends, as well as members of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation board and past scholarship recipients at the event.

Dr. Mastrangelo, the former owner and chief executive officer of Adirondack Beverages, created a foundation in 1987 in honor of his father and father-in-law to provide scholarships to students who show fortitude and perseverance, often in the face of adversity, to pursue their education. The Second Chance Scholarships are merit based and provide up to $1,750 per semester in financial assistance.

The program started with just five scholarships and has grown to support 24 students annually. In the last 20 years, 426 Hudson Valley students have benefited from the scholarships. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation's Second Chance Scholarship Endowment Fund. To read more about Dr. Mastrangelo, click here.

For more information about the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation, visit www.secondchancescholarship.com.

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Past Second Chance Scholarship recipients Jesse Boyce �06 (left) and Patrick Dewane �04 (right) talk with Dr. Angelo Mastrangelo. Past Second Chance Scholarship recipients Jesse Boyce ‘06 (left) and Patrick Dewane ‘04 (right) talk with Dr. Angelo Mastrangelo. Peggy Daley, coordinator of the Second Chance Scholarship program, pins a boutonniere to Dr. Mastrangelo�s lapel. Peggy Daley, coordinator of the Second Chance Scholarship program, pins a boutonniere to Dr. Mastrangelo’s lapel.
Daley and Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo (left to right). Daley and Angelo and Kathleen Mastrangelo (left to right). Foundation President Sarah Boggess presents a testimonial book to Dr. Mastrangelo to honor his achievement. Foundation President Sarah Boggess presents a testimonial book to Dr. Mastrangelo to honor his achievement.
Boyce details how the Second Chance Scholarship helped him earn an associate�s degree in Nursing. Boyce details how the Second Chance Scholarship helped him earn an associate’s degree in Nursing. Earther Chapman �05 shares how the Second Chance Scholarship helped her earn an associate�s degree in Environmental Studies. Earther Chapman ‘05 shares how the Second Chance Scholarship helped her earn an associate’s degree in Environmental Studies.
Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak congratulates Dr. Mastrangelo along with Lisa Van Wie, the college�s director of financial aid. Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak congratulates Dr. Mastrangelo along with Lisa Van Wie, the college’s director of financial aid. President Matonak unveils a plaque renaming the college�s financial aid office The Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center, while Kathleen and Angelo Mastrangelo watch. President Matonak unveils a plaque renaming the college’s financial aid office The Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center, while Kathleen and Angelo Mastrangelo watch.
Dr. Mastrangelo explains how he started the Second Chance Scholarship program to help people help themselves through education while President Matonak listens. Dr. Mastrangelo explains how he started the Second Chance Scholarship program to help people help themselves through education while President Matonak listens. Dr. Mastrangelo discusses how the Second Chance Scholarship program �doesn�t care what color you are, what your ethnicity is, what your age is or what sex you are.� Dr. Mastrangelo discusses how the Second Chance Scholarship program “doesn’t care what color you are, what your ethnicity is, what your age is or what sex you are.”
President Matonak (left) and Dr. Mastrangelo (right) pose for a photo with Second Chance Scholarship recipient Anh Le �07. President Matonak (left) and Dr. Mastrangelo (right) pose for a photo with Second Chance Scholarship recipient Anh Le ’07. Second Chance Scholarship Foundation Board member John Kucij, Executive Director Erik Eddy, Board Member Susan Patterson, Kathleen and Angelo Mastrangelo, Board Member John Clark, and Hudson Valley President Matonak. Second Chance Scholarship Foundation Board member John Kucij, Executive Director Erik Eddy, Board Member Susan Patterson, Kathleen and Angelo Mastrangelo, Board Member John Clark, and Hudson Valley President Matonak.
Past recipients of Second Chance Scholarships stand with Dr. Mastrangelo. Left to right, Sheila Mae Gaddy �91, Anh Le �07, Debbie Crandall, Earther Chapman�05, Dr. Mastrangelo, Denise Watso �02 and Karla Thompson �05. Past recipients of Second Chance Scholarships stand with Dr. Mastrangelo. Left to right, Sheila Mae Gaddy ‘91, Anh Le ‘07, Debbie Crandall, Earther Chapman’05, Dr. Mastrangelo, Denise Watso ‘02 and Karla Thompson ‘05. Members of Dr. Mastrangelo�s family gather for a photo. Members of Dr. Mastrangelo’s family gather for a photo.