Message from Chair

Message from the Foundation Chair


portrait of John Markes

Dear Friends,

The Foundation is grateful to see an increase in the number of charitable gifts in support of the scholarship program and our initiatives in service of SUNY Ulster.  A meaningful and measurable impact is made upon the lives of our students because of you.  

To date, we have awarded over $5,300,000 dollars in scholarships to more than 7,000 SUNY Ulster students.  The annual scholarships granted have grown from a total of $15,000 in 1980 to more than $430,000 in 2018-2019, a record high, all because of the generosity of our donors. 

The U.S. Department of Education in 2018, designated SUNY Ulster as the only SUNY Community College listed in the top 100 Community Colleges in the United States with the lowest net price.  The impact of your generosity is an affordable and accessible education to a broader spectrum of students.

I am pleased to announce that The President’s Challenge Scholarship (PCS) initiative has expanded to all school districts in Ulster County. This initiative was founded by SUNY Ulster President, Dr. Alan P. Roberts on behalf of Ulster County 8th graders who aspire to be college-bound high school students. PCS will provide mentorship to high school students to better prepare them for a two-year college education at SUNY Ulster and will guarantee free tuition after financial aid is applied. Please join our donor community and support a student with a tuition free scholarship to SUNY Ulster.

Congratulations to our outstanding scholarship recipients!  We are so proud of you! On behalf of our Board of Directors, a heartfelt thank you to all of our contributors from our campus community, friends, alumni, civic organizations, and corporations that have made all of our scholarship awards possible. Please contact us to discuss giving options.


signature of John Markes
John M. Markes, Chair
Ulster Community College
Foundation, Inc





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