For Immediate Release: December 2013

Contact: Darren Johnson, (518) 381-1323

SCCC and The Schenectady Foundation

Continue to Support Schenectady Youth

The Schenectady Foundation awards $100,000 grant to SCCC's Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College program

The Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) Foundation, Inc. and The Schenectady Foundation proudly announce a $100,000 grant to The Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College program, which is designed for Schenectady High School students who face significant barriers to success, such as poverty, low academic achievement and limited social support. This is the second $100,000 grant from The Schenectady Foundation to the college-run Schenectady Smart Scholars program, and it will be highly valuable to the program's many initiatives, which include college level summer coursework at SCCC and other tutoring and academic enrichment activities.

"The Schenectady Foundation's investment in Smart Scholars exemplifies our long-term focus on strengthening families by supporting initiatives that build self-reliance, academic, social and life skills," said Robert Carreau, the Schenectady Foundation's executive director. "We are impressed with the indicators of student success and the engagement of the families, and are pleased to help ensure that this resource is available for students in our community."

The year-round Smart Scholars program provides students with a wide range of academic, social and emotional support services, both at Schenectady County Community College and Schenectady High School (SHS). Smart Scholars receive instruction at Schenectady High School in a small learning community, with their own teachers, schedule and curriculum plans. During the summer, students take classes at SCCC, where they gain not only college credit, but also valuable exposure to a college campus and to the college experience. In June 2014, the first class of Smart Scholars will graduate from Schenectady High School, a milestone that will display the true impact of the Smart Scholars program.

"The grant from The Schenectady Foundation will help further grow this program, and expand more opportunities for students," said SCCC President Dr. Quintin Bullock. "This will not only benefit students in need, but ultimately the greater Schenectady community."

There are currently 196 Smart Scholars enrolled, and recently 150 freshmen entered the program. The Schenectady Foundation grant will be used to provide programs to support the students in their studies and activities during the summer, in addition to providing more services during the school year.

"The SCCC Foundation continually seeks community partners to assist us in supporting important College initiatives that ultimately enhance student success," said Michael Wollman, SCCC Foundation Board Chair. "We thank The Schenectady Foundation for this generous grant, which helps us meet this goal."

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