Rondout Valley Central District Students Participate in President’s Challenge Scholarship Program at SUNY Ulster – Daily Freeman
The Rondout Valley Central District currently has 19 students participating in the SUNY Ulster President’s Challenge scholarship program. Upon graduation from Rondout Valley High School, these students will each have the opportunity to complete a two-year tuition-free college education at SUNY Ulster.
Current ninth graders Sophia Bollin, Kaylin Decker, Julia Deyo, InJolina Secreto and Chloe Warren are the latest additions to the program, which is open to college-related, first-generation students who apply when they are in 8th grade. The recipients continue to do well and graduate from high school, they will have their first two years of college at SUNY Ulster paid for by community sponsors.
As part of the program, students receive additional guidance and mentoring throughout high school to ensure they stay on track to meet their college goals. To be considered eligible for the program, which is supported by the SUNY Ulster Foundation, students must have a GPA of at least 80 percent, with at least 75 percent GPA in English, Math, Science and Studies. social benefits, until the third rating period. In addition, they must have had an attendance rate of 85 percent or more and minimum disciplinary violations.
Rondout Valley has been participating in the scholarship program since 2016. Previously selected students for the program include Grade 10 students Michelle Avello, Hanna Coddington, Kaitlynn Gratis, Damien Lanzar, Mia Mendez, and Thomas Rearick; 11th graders Evan Fraser, Christopher Lennon, David Pennacchio and Savannah Renfrow; and 12th graders Skylar Barringer, Lindzy Carlson, Mia Day and Alexa Defelecis.
On November 9, all Rondout Valley President’s Challenge fellows had the opportunity to visit SUNY Ulster. While on campus, they met and bonded with their peers, heard from mentors and key speakers, and took advantage of a variety of activities including the pledge of scholarships and participating in a photo scavenger hunt. which allowed them to familiarize themselves with the campus.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to these well-deserving students,” Jessica Torok, principal of Rondout Valley High, said in a press release. “We appreciate all that SUNY Ulster, the SUNY Ulster Foundation and our community sponsors are doing to make the PCS program possible. “