The President's Challenge Scholarship

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Blue,purple, gold and white Foundation Scholarship logo in Honor of President Emeritus Robert T. Brown

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Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. helps Rondout Valley High School students be the first in their family to attend college!

SUNY Ulster President, Dr. Alan P. Roberts, is searching for sponsors to help expand access to higher education to motivated 8th-grade students throughout our county.  First generation college-bound students will be mentored to overcome barriers associated with attending college.  

The SUNY Ulster President’s Challenge Scholarship provides the solution to our student’s first obstacle – how their education will be funded! Imagine the impact of your belief in them!  Imagine you can change a life!  Empowering first-generation college students on the path to and through college is the impetus for this challenge.

The inaugural SUNY Ulster President's Challenge Scholarship has been offered to Rondout Valley High School 8th graders who fit the following requirements:

  • First generation college bound students

  • 80% cumulative GPA in grade 8

  • 75% cumulative GPA in four core classes (English, Math, Science and Social Studies) through mid-April • 85% or higher attendance in school

  • Minimal disciplinary infractions

  • Preference given to students with economic need

This year, we rolled-out our scholarship PILOT and six Rondout Valley Central School District students were selected through the completion of an application, essay, an interview process, and selection by a committee. Upon successful graduation from Rondout Valley High School, the students selected will be afforded the opportunity to attend SUNY Ulster, tuition free!

Sponsoring School guidance counseling and mentoring services will be provided by RVCSD (the sponsoring school) through the completion of high school to better prepare the student for a two-year college education and entrance to SUNY Ulster.

Special thanks goes out to our inaugural donors President Alan P. Roberts, Richard and  Donna Croce, Tim and Laurel Sweeney, Bill and Brenda Spearman, Anita Williams Peck, the Dominic J. Giamei, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Nik and Nelda Gerner, and President Emeritus Dr. Robert T. Brown.

For more information about sponsoring a student for the SUNY Ulster President's Challenge Scholarship, please complete the Sponsorship Card or feel free to contact:

Lorraine Salmon
Executive Director
Ulster Community College Foundation




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On Board Online • January 23, 2017

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

What's the most disheartening thing that students can say about their future? That they don't think they have one.

Rosario Agostaro, superintendent in the Rondout Valley school district, has heard such sentiments. Some students have told him that they "weren't going to be successful" or "weren't going to make it in life."

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