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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Volunteers are Eligible for Full and Part-Time Assistance

May 27, 2008

[LOCH SHELDRAKE] – Sullivan Renaissance volunteers are eligible to apply for two different college scholarship opportunities.  Applications for both programs are available online at sullivanrenaissance.org. 

 

Sullivan Renaissance Scholarship

New this year, Sullivan Renaissance is offering a limited number of scholarships to the college of one’s choice to volunteers who make a significant contribution to a Renaissance project in their community.

 

Applicants must demonstrate that they have volunteered for a Sullivan Renaissance project in a significant way and include a letter 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 also describe the following:

-         Their contribution to Sullivan Renaissance;

-         The impact the experience had on them;

-         Why they have chosen their area of study.

 

A video or portfolio may be included along with the submission.   Applicants should provide an additional letter of recommendation along with the letter from the project leader. 

 

Applications are due by July 28, 2008.  An interview of final candidates may be conducted before selection.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office.

 

Sullivan County Community College

The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation continues to award several scholarships each year to volunteers involved in Renaissance projects in their community. 

 

Scholarships of $1500 are available for full-time students.  To receive a full-time award, an applicant must be a SullivanCounty resident attending or planning to attend SCCC full-time for the 2008-2009 academic year and must be a June 2008 graduate from a SullivanCountyHigh School.

 

To receive a part-time award of $750, a volunteer must be a resident of SullivanCounty 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 be planning to register at SCCC 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 2008 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.  Deadline is July 14.

 

In 2007 full-time scholarships of $1500 were awarded to: Anthony Carmeci III of Forestburgh, a Monticello High School Senior, for helping on project in Forestburgh; and Sarah Devine of Bethel for assisting with the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless garden in Monticello.  A part-time scholarship of $750 was awarded to Cody Siciliano of Grahamsville for work with the Landfield Avenue Synagogue project in Monticello.  Since the scholarships began in 2003 a total of eight full-time and five part-time scholarships have been awarded.

 

Renaissance Program

Communities have been hard at work on 45 projects since grants were awarded in March.  Many can still use help before judging begins on August 8.  For a list of the groups and projects call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.  For information about the SCCC scholarship, call 845-434-5750 x 4327. 

 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Significant sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.