News and Awards

President's Challenge Scholarship Ulster Community College | In Honor of President Emeritus Robert T. Brown




SUNY Ulster has been named the Ulster County Business of the Year for 2020.

SUNY Ulster College Sign

"The college is being honored in part for beginning SUNY Ulster's President's Challenge Scholarship, which identifies talented eighth-graders who would be the first from their families to attend college and pays their tuition for them if they continue along that path, the chamber said ..." Kingston Freeman September 26, 2020 >>>


students at a PCS visit

The President’s Challenge Scholarship (PCS) Program at SUNY Ulster assists first-generation local students with overcoming socio-economic barriers associated with attending college. Selected in eighth grade, students receive counseling and mentoring throughout high school.

The PCS College Mentor team, comprised of SUNY Ulster’s Enrollment and Success Center Counselors, is charged with supporting nearly 100 scholarship recipients from nine school districts across Ulster County. Their primary goal as mentors is to be a consistent resource for students – keeping them motivated and on the college-bound track. READ ARTICLE>>>


young students smiling

Early Intervention – Creating Belief in the Eighth Grade

By Lorraine Salmon
Johnson Scholarship Foundation Website | Posted: 07/20/20

STONE RIDGE, N.Y.  In 2015, the sixth and newest president of SUNY Ulster, Dr. Alan P. Roberts, arrived at SUNY Ulster with an inspirational plan to reach eighth-grade students and to engage them in college during grades nine to 12. Embarking on a bold plan of early intervention to reach all nine school districts in Ulster County, President Roberts engaged the Ulster College Foundation, Inc. in rolling out the pilot plan for the President’s Challenge Scholarship in 2016. READ ARTICLE>>>


 SUNYCUAD Awards logo








11 Rondout Valley students get free tuition to SUNY Ulster

By Ariél Zangla,
Daily Freeman Online | Posted: 05/20/17, 10:50 AM EDT

STONE RIDGE, N.Y. The question of whether they can afford college has been answered for nearly a dozen Rondout Valley school students thanks to donations from community members. Through the SUNY Ulster President’s Challenge Scholarship, 11 students will be able to attend the college in Stone Ridge for two years without having to pay their own tuition. READ ARTICLE>>>

Rondout Valley CSD creates school-to-college pipeline

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." It might have something to do with the fact that 45 percent of the families in his Ulster County district live below the federal poverty level. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE>>>





Upcoming Events