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Volunteers are Eligible for Full and Part-Time Assistance

July 11, 2013

[LIBERTY] – Volunteers who help with 2013 Sullivan Renaissance projects are eligible to apply for two different college scholarships.  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 for the 2014 spring semester at an undergraduate college.  Recipients will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 12 at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.

Interested applicants must demonstrate that they have volunteered for a Renaissance project in a significant way.  They need to include a letter of support 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 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 5, 2013.  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 2013.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2014 spring semester.

SUNY Sullivan Scholarship

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation will also award scholarships to volunteers involved in Renaissance projects in their community.  This deadline is also Monday, August 5, 2013.

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 2013-2014 academic year and must be a June 2013 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 plan 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 2013 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 twelve Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships ranging between $200 and $750: Luis Arango, volunteered in Phillipsport, attending New York University; Gabriella Ginsberg, volunteered in Monticello, attending SUNY Binghamton; Maya Grady, volunteered in Narrowsburg, attending Drexel University; Lauren Hazen, volunteered in Lumberland, attending SUNY Oneonta; Meaghan Hazen, volunteered in Lumberland, attending SUNY Brockport; Kendall Menges, volunteered in Callicoon, attending Rochester Institute of Technology; Brandon Rieber, volunteered in Rock Hill, attending SUNY Orange; Patrick Reiser, volunteered in Lumberland, attending SUNY Oswego; Amanda Rosenberger, volunteered in Callicoon, attending Oneonta State College; Kane Sauchuk, volunteered in Swan Lake, attending Binghamton University; Aaron Schmitt, volunteered in Livingston Manor, attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Rebecca Wood, volunteered in Smallwood, attending Keuka College.

Nine Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships were awarded in 2011, seven in 2010 and 2009; and six in 2008.

In 2012 one full-time SUNY Sullivan Scholarship of $1500 was given to Charles S. Gambino III for volunteering in Wurtsboro.

Since the SUNY Sullivan Scholarships began in 2003 a total of twelve full-time and nine 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 8.  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, Country Yossi Productions, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.