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Volunteers are Eligible for Full and Part-Time Assistance

June 29, 2010

[LIBERTY] – Volunteers who help with 2010 Sullivan Renaissance projects are eligible to apply for two different college scholarship opportunities.  Applications for both programs are available online at

Sullivan Renaissance Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, through a donor-advised fund established by Sullivan Renaissance, is offering 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 2011 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 along with an additional letter of recommendation.  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.

Applications are due by Monday, August 2, 2010.  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 2010.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2011 spring semester.

Last year the Community Foundation awarded seven Sullivan Renaissance scholarships ranging between $500 and $1500: Brian Corcoran, Lumberland Circle Park, attending Wells College; Austin Gager, Forestburgh Renaissance, attending SUNY Cobleskill; Kayla Gager, Forestburgh Renaissance, attending Syracuse University; Ian Laufersweiler­, Forestburgh Renaissance, attending SCCC; Ruth McCoy, Mountaindale Community Development, attending University of Buffalo; Janine Lynn Neumann, Kenoza Lake Methodist Church, attending SUNY Oneonta; and Rebecca Rodriguez, Community Garden at SCCC, attending SUNY New Paltz.

Six college scholarships were awarded in 2008.

Sullivan County Community College

The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation is awarding scholarships to volunteers involved in Renaissance projects in their community.  The deadline is July 16.

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 SCCC full-time for the 2010-2011 academic year and must be a June 2010 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 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 2010 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. 

In 2009 one full-time scholarship of $1500 was given to Brian Mullally of Jeffersonville for volunteering on Sullivan West nature trail signage.  One part time scholarship of $750 was awarded to Gabriella Ginsberg of Hurleyville for volunteering on the South Fallsburg Rivoli Theatre and Fallsburg High School.

Since the scholarships began in 2003 a total of eleven full-time and seven part-time scholarships have been awarded.

Renaissance Program

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 5.  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.