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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Volunteers are Eligible for Full and Part-Time Assistance

June 3, 2011

[LIBERTY] – Volunteers who help with 2011 Sullivan Renaissance projects are eligible to apply for two different college scholarship opportunities.  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, 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 2012 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 a letter of recommendation.  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 1, 2011.  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 2011.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2012 spring semester.

Last year the Community Foundation awarded seven Sullivan Renaissance scholarships ranging between $500 and $1500: Karina Arango of Spring Glen, Phillipsport Community Center, attending Orange County Community College; Jaxon Denman of Neversink, Chestnut Creek Garden, attending SUNY Cobleskill; Lauren Hazen of Glen Spey, Lumberland Circle Park, attending SUNY Oneonta; Andrew Johnson of Wurtsboro, Mamakating Historical Society, attending Heavy Equipment Operator School; Kathryn Justus of Wurtsboro, Summitville Renaissance, attending SUNY Oswego; William McKerrell of Glen Spey, Lumberland Circle Park, attending SUNY Cortland; and Robert Jesse Neuman of Jeffersonville, Kenoza Lake Projects, attending SUNY Oneonta.

Seven college scholarships were awarded in 2009 and six 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 15.

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 2011-2012 academic year and must be a June 2011 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 2010 one full-time scholarship of $1500 was given to Jamie Evans of Neversink for volunteering on the Time and the Valleys Project. 

Since the scholarships began in 2003 a total of twelve 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 4.  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 U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS.