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Scholarship Program

Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Students
The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is proud to offer scholarship opportunities for incoming students.

Whatever your course of study, there's a good chance that we have a scholarship that matches your interests. Some scholarships are limited to students in a particular program and others are available to students in any course of study. Some scholarships require second essays or letters of verification from other entities. Please take time to review the list to see which scholarships might be right for you.

While not required for all scholarships, most of the available scholarships do require that applicants have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the college by the scholarship application deadline. Therefore, it is recommended that all applicants have a completed FAFSA on file before applying for scholarships to ensure that you are considered for all scholarships for which you might be eligible.

Scholarships will be applied toward your Fall 2014 semester bill, unless otherwise indicated upon award.

Please note: All scholarships are subject to available funding; if funding is unavailable, recipients will not be selected for the scholarship.

The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is Friday, March 28, 2014.

All applicants must:

  • Be students who are enrolled in or who have applied to a degree program at Hudson Valley Community College for Fall 2014.

  • Submit a one page essay of approximately 250 words describing educational and career objectives and how receiving a scholarship will help achieve these goals.

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to applying for scholarships. The form can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

  • It is recommended that you check with the Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center to verify you have a complete and up-to-date FAFSA on file before applying for scholarships.

  • If selected to receive a scholarship, you must sign a scholarship acceptance form and write a thank you letter to the donor(s) who provided funds for your scholarship. Acceptance forms and thank you letters must be received by Friday, June 6, 2014. Failure to submit these items will result in the revocation of the scholarship offer.

If you have questions about the scholarship application process, please e-mail scholarships@hvcc.edu or call the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at (518) 629-8012. You also may want to check out our frequently asked questions.

To Apply

Application period: Tuesday, Jan. 21 - Friday, March 28, 2014
Complete and submit the paper application.

 

KEY:
$ = $500 or less
$$ = $500 - $999
$$$ = $1,000 or more

Scholarships for the School of Business

Business Administration Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to matriculated student(s) in the School of Business with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, or high school equivalent. Preference for student in the Business Administration program.

Hollie Sharp Lainhart Memorial Scholarship ($)
Established in honor of Hollie Sharp Lainhart, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time Educational Opportunities Center (EOC) transfer student enrolled in the Business or Individual Studies curriculum who intends to transfer into a Business curriculum. Applicant must be a single parent; based on financial need. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Pioneer Bank Scholarship in Memory of John M. Scarchilli '74 ($$)
Established in memory of alumnus and longtime supporter of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, John M. Scarchilli, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the college's School of Business.

Scholarships for the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies

Albany Rods and Kustoms, Inc. Scholarship ($$)
Established by automotive enthusiasts involved in Albany Rods & Kustoms, Inc., this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Automotive Technology program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Ryan W. Gardner Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways ($)
Awarded to a Rensselaer County high school graduate entering the Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Technology program.

Paul F. Goliber Memorial Scholarship ($)
Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a program in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Robert J. Kufs Memorial Scholarship ($)
Established in honor of Robert J. Kufs, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming full-time student enrolled in the Automotive Technology program. Preference will be given to female students.

Northeastern Subcontractors Association Scholarship ($$)
Awarded to a high school graduate who is enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance or Construction Technology program. Preference will be given to applicants who have a relationship to NESCA (son, daughter, other relative of a NESCA member and/or employee of a NESCA member).

Northeastern Subcontractors Association Scholarship in memory of Fred Dykeman ($)
Awarded to an adult returning student enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance or Construction Technology program. Preference will be given to applicants who have a relationship to NESCA (son, daughter, other relative of a NESCA member and/or employee of a NESCA member).

William E. Peck '82 Memorial Scholarship ($)
Awarded to a full-time matriculated freshman enrolled in the Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology program.

Frank J. Ryan '69 Memorial Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to a graduate of Troy High School with a preference for students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Integrated Technology or Advanced Manufacturing Technology program. Applicants must be enrolled for at least nine credit hours.

Clarence Charles Sliter, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund ($$$)
Awarded to an incoming student enrolling in the Automotive Technology Program. Preference is given to a student from Rensselaer County with a strong community volunteer portfolio. Scholarship is renewable for a second year provided student maintains an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Scholarships for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Samuel and Pauline LaGatta Memorial Scholarship ($)
To honor the memories of Samuel and Pauline LaGatta, who died at a young age and valued education for their sons, James and Frank. Jim and Regina LaGatta established this scholarship because Hudson Valley has been an extremely important part of their lives, both as alumni and longtime college employees. Awarded to a matriculated student in the School of Liberal Arts with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or high school equivalent.

Patty Walsh '92 Memorial Scholarship ($)
Established by the Walsh family, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Human Services program who is dedicated to working in the human services field, particularly with disabled individuals.

Scholarships for the School of Health Sciences

Albany Kennel Club Paramedic Scholarship ($)
Awarded to a student enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic certificate or associate degree program.

Scholarships for Multiple/Any Academic Program

Alumni Legacy Scholarship ($)
Awarded to a child or grandchild of alumni of Hudson Valley Community College who is matriculated full-time in a degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

New Athens Generating Company Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to incoming, full-time, matriculated students in any program who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated financial need as defined by federal guidelines. Students must be residents of Greene County, New York. Scholarship is renewable through the completion of degree by maintaining full-time, matriculated status and a GPA of 3.0 or higher each semester.

Lois and John H. Atwater, Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($)
Established by Janet Atwater, the college's longtime director of health services, in honor of her parents, this scholarship is awarded to a veteran who is enrolled full-time with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Troy Police Sgt. Michael Blair Scholarship ($)
Awarded to a student whose spouse or parent is a member of the Troy Police Benevolent and Protective Association (Troy PBA). Students are eligible to receive this award one time only. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) Scholarship ($$)
Awarded to a student who is a full-time Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) transfer or former student planning to enroll at Hudson Valley Community College for the upcoming Fall semester. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or high school average of 80 or higher. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Class of '93 Scholarship ($)
Awarded to a student pursuing a degree, certificate, or taking personal development courses.

Kevin H. Davidson Memorial Scholarship ($)
Established in memory of Kevin H. Davidson, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming, full-time, matriculated freshman who demonstrates a strong determination to succeed academically. Preference is given to a graduate of Averill Park High School.

The Dewar Foundation Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to a graduate of Oneonta Senior High School.

FIRST Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to a high school senior who plans on attending Hudson Valley Community College in the Fall. Applicants must have participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition team or a FIRST Tech Challenge team. Separate application and letter of recommendation required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Otto V. Guenther Scholarship/Award ($$$)
Established to honor Hudson Valley Community College's first president, Otto V. Guenther, this scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the nursing program, any other related health science degree or certificate program, any degree or certificate program related to laboratory technology or the physical education program. Eligibility based on financial need and scholastic ability. Preference will be given to residents of Rensselaer County.

Roy McDonald '67 G.I. Scholarship ($$)
Awarded to a full or part-time matriculated student who is on active duty or a veteran of the United States Military or NYS National Guard. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Marine Sergeant William D. Powers Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to a student currently serving in the Marine Corp Reserves. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

The Aimee Lynn Pyskadlo Memorial Scholarship ($$$)
This scholarship honors the memory of Aimee Lynn Pyskadlo, a Hudson Valley student at the time of her tragic passing. The family wishes to support students who wouldn't otherwise qualify for academic merit scholarships, which tend to be awarded to top-achieving students. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time matriculated student with a strong determination to succeed academically; preference for student(s) with an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.5.

Frank J. Ryan '69 Memorial Scholarship ($$$)
Awarded to a graduate of Troy High School with a preference for students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Technology, Computer Integrated Technology or Advanced Manufacturing Technology program. Applicants must be enrolled for at least nine credit hours.

Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans and Gold Star Mothers Scholarship ($$)
Awarded to a matriculated full or part-time student who is a veteran or child of a veteran of the United States Armed Services. Separate application required; please send application request to scholarships@hvcc.edu.

Hudson Valley Community College does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race or ethnicity, national origin, religion, disabling condition, marital status or sexual orientation.


Frequently Asked Questions for Incoming Students

Q: When is the scholarship application deadline?
A: Friday, March 28, 2014.

Q: How do I apply for a Foundation Scholarship?
A: Please use the paper application form and mail with your 250-word essay by the deadline as indicated.

Q: Does the scholarship application process only happen once per year?
A: Yes. The Foundation has streamlined the process to once per academic year. The online application goes live at the beginning of the spring semester, with a late-March deadline.

Q: Who can apply for Foundation Scholarships?
A: Both incoming and returning students. Most scholarships require that students have a completed FAFSA on file with the college. Per Foundation policy, scholarships are available to US citizens and permanent residents.

Q: Can you tell me the amount of X scholarship?
A: Scholarship amounts range from $100 to $2,000 or more. Approximate award amounts are listed after each scholarship name: $ = $500 or less; $$ = $500-$999; $$$ = $1,000 or more

Q: Will receiving a scholarship from the Foundation affect my Financial Aid?
A: The Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center takes into account all funds that are available to you (for education). Grant and scholarship aid that does not have to be repaid is applied to your account first and may therefore reduce any loan amounts you may have been offered, but it does not change or negate your eligibility for financial aid.

Q: When will I know whether or not I've received a scholarship?
A: Recipients will be notified by early May so they have time to accept or decline the award. You must sign a scholarship acceptance form and write a thank you note in order for your scholarship to be activated for the 2014-15 academic year. Signed acceptance forms and thank you notes are due by June 6.

PLEASE NOTE: Awards will be applied to the Fall 2014 semester unless otherwise noted.

Still have questions? E-mail the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at scholarships@hvcc.edu or call (518) 629-8012 for more information.