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The Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. Fall Scholarship and College Scholar Recognition Ceremony was held on September 14 at the Stone Ridge Campus.  Awards were made to 90 students including 22 first and second year 2016-2017 College Scholars. “The College Scholars program is designed to keep our brightest students right here at SUNY Ulster.  Students who graduate in June from an Ulster County High School with grades that placed them in the top ten percent of their class attend SUNY Ulster tuition free after Financial Aid and other supporting scholarships are applied,” stated executive director, Lorraine Salmon. 

Lorraine Salmon also announced five new scholarship initiatives launched by the Foundation in 2016.  The first SUNY Ulster Academic Merit Scholarships were given to Kylie Kershaw and Lauren Zielke; Former marine Jospeh Skipp was awarded the Kingston Sunrise Rotary Veterans’ Scholarship; Criminal Justice major and wrestler Dominick Massaro was awarded the George Divine Future of New Paltz Scholarship; and nine additional SUNY Ulster student athletes were awarded the first SUNY Ulster Athletic Advancement Scholarships.  The ceremony concluded with the presentation of scholarship award certificates to six Rondout Valley Central School District ninth graders who received the SUNY Ulster President’s Challenge Scholarship to attend SUNY Ulster in 2020. The high school students’ families and Rondout Valley Central School District Superintendent Rosario Agostaro and other administrators were in attendance.  Donors Laurel Sweeney of the Foundation Board and Tim Sweeney, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said the event was “One of the best days of 2016. We are proud to support the President’s Challenge Scholarship.”

The event had an audience of more than 90 attendees comprised of the recipients’ family and friends, scholarship donors and representatives, members of the College’s trustees, faculty and administration, and members of the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

The awards were presented by Dr. Alan P. Roberts, president of SUNY Ulster, Anita Peck, chair of the Foundation’s board of directors, Lorraine Salmon, Foundation executive director, and Sheila Dvorak Galione, Foundation development associate and scholarship coordinator.

Since its inception in 1976, the Ulster Community College Foundation Inc. has awarded nearly four million dollars in scholarships to over 6,000 students.