Volunteers who help with 2014 Sullivan Renaissance projects are eligible to apply for two different college scholarships. Applications for both programs are available online at www.sullivanrenaissance.org.
Sullivan Renaissance Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, through a donor-advised fund established by Sullivan Renaissance, offers a limited number of scholarships to Sullivan County residents who volunteer and make a significant contribution to a 2014 Renaissance project. Scholarships are for the 2015 spring semester at an undergraduate college.
Recipients will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 11 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.
Interested applicants must demonstrate that they have volunteered for a 2014 Renaissance project in a significant way. They need to include a letter of support from the project leader. They should indicate the college or university that they will be attending, as well as their chosen area of study. Candidates must describe their contribution to Sullivan Renaissance, the impact the experience had on them, and why they have chosen their particular area of study.
Applications are due no later than Monday, August 4, 2014. An interview of final candidates may be conducted before selection. The scholarship is available to students either currently enrolled in college full-time or planning to attend college full-time in the fall of 2014. Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2015 spring semester.
SUNY Sullivan Scholarship
The SUNY Sullivan Foundation will also award scholarships to volunteers involved in a 2014 Renaissance projects. The application deadline is Monday, July 21, 2014.
Scholarships of $1500 are available for full-time students. To receive a full-time award, an applicant must be a Sullivan County resident attending or planning to attend SUNY Sullivan full-time for the 2014-2015 academic year and must be a June 2014 graduate of a Sullivan County High School.
To receive a part-time award of $750, a volunteer must be a resident of Sullivan County who has been out of high school for more than one year. The applicant must have a high school diploma or GED certificate or college transcript and plan to register at SUNY Sullivan part-time for a minimum of six credits and a maximum of eleven credits for the fall and spring semesters.
Applicants must volunteer in a 2014 community project and include a letter of recommendation from the leader of the Sullivan Renaissance group. They must answer the question “How have I, as a member of my community, been part of the Sullivan Renaissance?” (250-words) or submit a photographic portfolio or a video of their participation in the project.
Past Scholarship Recipients
Last year the Community Foundation awarded eight Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships in various amounts up to $2000. These went to: Luis Arango of Spring Glen, who volunteered in Phillipsport and is attending New York University; Mathew Bisland of Glen Spey, who volunteered at Circle Park and is attending SUNY Orange; Jesse Corcoran of Glen Spey, who volunteered in Circle Park and is attending Johnson & Wales; Jordan Fredell of Wurtsboro, who volunteered in Mamakating and is attending Keuka College; Olivia Grady of Narrowsburg, who volunteered in Narrowsburg and is attending Northeastern University; Virginia O’Rourke of Wurtsboro, who volunteered in Mamakating and is attending Salisbury University; Ethan Porter of Swan Lake, who volunteered in Swan Lake and is attending SUNY Orange; and Kane Sauchuk of Swan Lake, who volunteered in Swan Lake and is attending Binghamton University.
Twelve Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships were awarded in 2012, nine in 2011, seven in 2010 and 2009; and six in 2008.
In 2013 two full-time SUNY Sullivan Scholarships of $1000 were given to volunteers involved in Sullivan Renaissance projects who are attending SUNY Sullivan. These went to: Billie Joe Gardner, Jr. of Hurleyville and Kaitlin Slater of Kenoza Lake.
Since the SUNY Sullivan Scholarships began in 2003 a total of fourteen full-time and nine part-time scholarships have been awarded.
Many communities have been hard at work on their projects since grants were awarded in April and are looking for help before judging begins on August 7. For a list of the groups and projects call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445. For information about the SUNY Sullivan scholarship, call 845-434-5750 x 4327.
Interns at Work
Sixteen Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to assist with the care of gardens and other public projects. From small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, these young people are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.
The Sullivan Renaissance Youth Development and Leadership Program is a partnership between Sullivan Renaissance and the Center for Workforce Development that provides paid work experiences for Sullivan County youth between the ages of 16 and 20. In addition to caring for gardens and public spaces, interns participate in weekly meetings where they discuss current issues, meet with local leaders, develop their own leadership skills and explore career options. They will also choose, plan and implement a service learning project.
“Our goal is to give young people an experience where they can develop a sense of place and find their voice on issues that are important to them,” said Denise Frangipane, Assistant Director at Sullivan Renaissance. “Each year we meet amazing youth from throughout Sullivan County. We hope that their experience with this program will stay with them through the summer and beyond.”
The 2014 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:
• Hannah Bisland – Lumberland Parks Rec.
• Celina Castellano – Woodbourne Action Com.
• Blake Costa – Liberty CDC
• Collin Frost – Phillipsport Community Center
• Brittany Fuller – Livingston Manor
• Taylor Goudreau – Mamakating Renaissance
• Samuel Hogencamp – Town of Thompson
• Jane Hyman – Swan Lake Renaissance
• Matthew Kerendian – Rock Hill Fire Dept.
• Joseph Krum – Woodridge
• Madison McCormack – Jeffersonville JEMS
• Jordan Mirch – Long Eddy Renaissance
• Ronj Padu – Narrowsburg Beautification
• Sabrena Smith – Neversink Renaissance
• Djani Torres – Monticello Beautification
• Manuel Valentin – Roscoe
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.
JUDGES TO SELECT WINNERS
Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 11 at Bethel Woods | Jul. 28, 2014
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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE
Still Time to Volunteer in Your Community and Become Eligible | Jul. 15, 2014
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