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Volunteers are Eligible for Full and Part-Time Assistance

July 20, 2012

[LIBERTY] – Volunteers who help with 2012 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, offers a limited number of scholarships to volunteers who make a significant contribution to a Renaissance project in their community.  Scholarships are announced in August and given for the 2013 spring semester to the undergraduate 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 describe the following: their contribution to Sullivan Renaissance; the impact the experience had on them; and why they have chosen their area of study. 

Applications are due by Monday, August 6, 2012.  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 2012.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2013 spring semester.

SUNY Sullivan Scholarship

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation will also award scholarships to volunteers involved in Renaissance projects in their community.  This deadline has been extended to Monday, August 6, 2012.

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 2012-2013 academic year and must be a June 2012 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 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 2012 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 nine Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships ranging between $500 and $1000: Jesse Fadis, Kenoza Lake Fire Department, attending Binghamton University; Maya Grady, Narrowsburg Beautification Group, attending Drexel University; Lauren Hazen, Town of Lumberland Circle Park, attending SUNY Oneonta; Meaghan Hazen, Town of Lumberland Circle Park, attending SUNY Brockport; Jonathan McCoy, Woodridge Kiwanis Club , attending Rochester Institute of Technology; Anthony Nittoli, Town of Mamakating, attending SUNY Fredonia; Patrick Reiser, Lumberland Parks & Recreation, attending SUNY Oswego; Erika Vorstadt, Erika’s Better Bags, attending SUNY Oneonta; and Matthew Young, Wurtsboro Renaissance, attending SUNY Plattsburgh.

Seven Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships were awarded in 2010 and 2009; and six in 2008.

In 2012 one part-time SUNY Sullivan Scholarship of $750 was given to Bonnie Carnell of Monticello for volunteering on the Monticello landscaping.

Since the SUNY Sullivan Scholarships began in 2003 a total of twelve full-time and eight 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 9.  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. 

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.