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Volunteer with a Sullivan Renaissance Project to be eligible

July 19, 2016

[LIBERTY] – There is still time to apply for a Sullivan Renaissance scholarship!  Volunteers who have participated with a Sullivan Renaissance project this season are encouraged to complete and application for either of two scholarship programs.

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 Sullivan County residents who volunteer and make a significant contribution to a 2016 Renaissance project.  Scholarships are for the 2017 spring semester at an undergraduate college of one’s choice.  Recipients will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 8 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.

Interested applicants must demonstrate that they have volunteered for a 2016 Renaissance project in a significant way.  A letter of support from the project leader must be included with the application, along with the college or university the applicant will be attending, as well as the chosen area of study.  Candidates must describe their contribution to Sullivan Renaissance, the impact the experience had on them, and why they have chosen their particular area of study. 

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2016.  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 2016.  Scholarship funds will be released to the recipients’ college financial office for the 2017 spring semester.

Last year the Community Foundation awarded six Sullivan Renaissance Scholarships in various amounts up to $2000.  Since this program began in 2008 a total of sixty-three scholarships have been awarded.

SUNY Sullivan Scholarship

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation will also award scholarships to volunteers involved in 2016 Renaissance projects. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

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 2016-2017 academic year and must be a June 2016 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 2016 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?” in approximately 250 words, or submit a photographic portfolio or a video of their participation in the project. 

In 2015 one full-time SUNY Sullivan Scholarship of $1000 was given to a volunteer involved in Sullivan Renaissance project who is attending SUNY Sullivan.  Since these scholarships began in 2003 a total of seventeen full-time and nine part-time scholarships have been awarded.

Renaissance Program

Communities have been hard at work on their projects since grants were awarded in April and are looking for help before judging begins on August 8.  For the 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.  Applications are available online at

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Fisher Mears Associates and WSUL/WVOS.

Scholarships for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, and the SUNY Sullivan Foundation.