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For Immediate Release: April 8, 2013

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady County Community College Foundation to Cover Half Tuition for Students in New Honors Concentration Program

Students enrolling in Schenectady County Community College's new Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Concentration now have an added incentive half off their tuition bill.

The SCCC Foundation has announced that it will invest approximately $68,000 to provide scholarships for the first cohort of 20 students in the new honors concentration. The Foundation will provide half-tuition for each student for up to four semesters. "Providing scholarships that will cover half-tuition to this inaugural group of scholars is an excellent example of how the Foundation helps SCCC students successfully complete their educations and realize their future professional goals," said Michael Wollman, Chair of the SCCC Foundation Board of Directors.

Eileen Abrahams, Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, played a major role in designing the program. "In the six years I have been at SCCC, I have become aware of the large number of students in the greater Schenectady area who are highly motivated and extremely capable," she said. "For various reasons, often including financial ones, many choose to remain close to home. I believe the honors program will challenge and delight these students."

The concentration, part of the A.A. degree program, features a "cornerstone to capstone" curriculum. The cornerstone course, which includes a service-learning component, will help students develop their academic writing skills. Students will also begin to develop an e-portfolio, which will serve as a portable archive to exhibit their intellectual development throughout their academic careers. The two-semester, team-taught, interdisciplinary capstone experience will culminate in their presenting to the public the results of their yearlong research project. Associate Professor Abrahams adds that because students must also complete a laboratory science course, as well as a higher-level course in mathematics, they will be in an extremely strong position to transfer into the highest quality four-year institutions to complete their undergraduate study.

Dr. Penny Haynes, Vice President of Academic Affairs, said that the College looks forward to having the new concentration as part of its diverse academic programs. "SCCC is pleased to offer highly motivated students a unique opportunity to explore their academic interests in a rigorous and supportive learning environment," Dr. Haynes said.

In addition to the substantial scholarships, students in the new concentration will utilize a laptop classroom and have access to a special honors lounge on campus.

SCCC is now recruiting students for the honors concentration which begins in Fall 2013. Requirements for admission include a high school average of at least 90, a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, and an interview with members of the Honors Committee. Students will be expected to maintain a 3.0 G.P.A to remain in the program and continue to earn the scholarships.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Eileen Abrahams at 518-381-1403 or the Division of Liberal Arts at 518-381-1392.

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About SCCC: One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers 46 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs.

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