Courtesy of SUNY Orange Foundation and Orange and Rockland; College Extends Offer to Four HS Sophomores

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Four high school sophomores, recently honored during SUNY Orange’s 2014 Sojourner Truth Awards program, have been selected to receive the inaugural SUNY Orange Foundation Sojourner Truth Scholarship as part of a collaborative new initiative between the Foundation and Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.

Scholarship offers, effective for the 2016-17 academic year, were extended to Eden Bantum (Washingtonville High School), Seriah Durandisse (Goshen H.S.), Emily Horrego (Goshen H.S.) and Evan McNeil (Middletown H.S.). The four were among a total of 480 students from Orange County high schools, in grades 6 through 12, who were honored at the College’s 24th annual Sojourner Truth Awards in March.

Should any or all of the four students elect to attend SUNY Orange, the scholarship offer is contingent on the students graduating from their respective high schools during the 2015-16 school year, remaining in good standing academically and within the community, and enrolling full-time at the College for the 2016-17 academic year.

“Like each of their fellow Sojourner Truth Award recipients from all grades, Eden, Seriah, Emily and Evan have already demonstrated excellence academically, and they have promising futures ahead of them,” said Vinnie Cazzetta, SUNY Orange vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the SUNY Orange Foundation. “The Foundation is happy to have joined with Orange & Rockland, a long-time supporter of the Sojourner Truth awards, to create this new scholarship program.

“We want to encourage our local high school students to strongly consider attending a college or university after graduation. By offering scholarships to these four high school sophomores who will soon be beginning the college selection process, we hope that they can proceed through that process comforted by the fact that SUNY Orange is an option for them, and should they choose SUNY Orange, they’ll receive some scholarship assistance,” Cazzetta added.

The Sojourner Truth Awards Programs celebrates students who have excelled in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, sciences and technology. The program aims to promote education in a positive manner and motivate students who are from groups that are traditionally under-represented in the college population to consider college as a viable and attainable goal.

For more information, contact Cazzetta at (845) 341-4726.

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Mike Albright
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