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Volunteers are Eligible for Full and Part-Time Assistance

July 14, 2009

[LIBERTY] – Volunteers who help with 2009 Sullivan Renaissance projects are eligible to apply for two different college scholarship opportunities.  Applications for both programs are available online at 

Sullivan Renaissance Scholarship

For a second year, Sullivan Renaissance, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, will offer a limited number of scholarships to volunteers who make a significant contribution to a Renaissance project in their community.  Scholarships will be announced in August and awarded for the 2010 spring semester to the college of one’s choice.

Interested applicants must demonstrate that they have volunteered for a Renaissance project in a significant way and include a letter of support from the project leader.  As part of the application 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; and why they have chosen their area of study.

A video or portfolio may be included along with the submission.   An additional letter of recommendation is required along with the letter from the project leader. 

Applications are due by Monday, August 3, 2009.  An interview of final candidates may be conducted before selection.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2010 spring semester.

Six individuals were selected by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties to receive college scholarships in 2008 ranging from $500 to $1500.  Those receiving scholarships were: Austin Gager of Forestburgh Sullivan First; Kayla Gayle Gager of Forestburgh Sullivan First; Garrett Grey of Neversink Renaissance; Sallie Ann Gubser of Bloomingburg Renaissance; Robert J. Neumann of Kenoza Lake Renaissance; and Nicole Terwilliger of Kenoza Lake Renaissance.

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 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 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 2009 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 has been extended to July 29.

In 2008 full-time scholarships of $1500 were awarded to: Jo-Ann Keesler of North Branch, for helping on the Buck Brook Renaissance project; and Ian Laufersweiler of Forestburgh for assisting with the Forestburgh Sullivan First project.  A part-time scholarship of $750 was awarded to Anthony Carmeci III of Forestburgh for work with Forestburgh Sullivan First.  Since the scholarships began in 2003 a total of ten full-time and six part-time scholarships have been awarded.

Renaissance Program

Despite the rain, communities have been hard at work on dozens of projects since grants were awarded in April.  Many can still use help before judging begins on August 6.  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.