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Community Foundation of Dutchess County

Community Foundation of Ulster County

Community Foundation of Putnam County

Scholarship Directory:

For scholarships to be awarded

for the 2011-2012 school year

80 Washington Street, Suite 201 280 Wall Street, P.O. Box 3046

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Kingston, NY 12402

Phone: (845) 452-3077 Phone: (845)338-2535


Web Site:

As of February 2011
Table of Contents
About the Community Foundation 2
General Scholarship Information 3
Application Procedures 4
Application Timeline 4
Helpful Application Information 5
Other Scholarship Resources 7
Scholarship Funds:

Mary Abdoo Fashion Memorial Scholarship 8

Dr. Bernell E. Argyle Scholarship 8

ATHENA Scholarship (Adult) 8

ATHENA Scholarship (High School Senior) 9

Melissa D. Bisaccia Memorial Scholarship 9

Stephanie D. Brown Memorial Scholarship 9

Maynard and Ferne Brownell Family Scholarship 10

Jennifer Coudrey Memorial Scholarship 10

John J. Csizmar Memorial Scholarship 10

Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship 11

John F. DeGilio Science Scholarship 11

DCRCC Music Scholarship 11

Doherty-Package Pavement Company Scholarship 12

Bret Alan Frattellone Scholarship 12

Joseph H. Gellert, Dutchess County Bar Association Scholarship (Law School) 13

Melissa Gleichenhaus Choral Leadership Scholarship 13

Robert K. Gould Memorial Scholarship 13

Frank Thomas Groff Scholarship 14

Joseph S. Guarneri, Sr. Memorial Scholarship 14

Thomas W. Haggerty Memorial Scholarship 14

Sandy Hamilton Scholarship 15

Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship 15

Hudson Valley Financial Professionals Scholarship 15

Hudson Valley Young Professionals Scholarship 16

Helen H. Huntington Memorial Scholarship 16

David Jagaciewski Scholarship 16

Lorien Niniel Kimlin Scholarship 17

Paul S. Kleidman Scholarship 17

Juan Lafuente Memorial Scholarship 18

Jay Lamando Scholarship 18

Manufacturing and Trade Scholarship 19

Dennis J. Markle Memorial Scholarship 19

Joseph H. and Mildred C. McManus Scholarship 19

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarship 20

Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship 20

Lisa Moray Memorial Scholarship 21

Audrey Morgenstern Memorial Scholarship 21

Robert H. Morrison Memorial Scholarship 21

Michael P. Murphy Public Service Scholarship (Graduate School) 22

Michael P. Murphy Public Service Scholarship (High School) 22

Patrick G. Nestler Scholarship 22

William J. Nichols Medical Scholarship 23

Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship 23

Ruth Oja Environmental Scholarship 23

Vincent Paino Sr. Memorial Scholarship 24

Luigi and Elisa Panichi Memorial Scholarship 24

Steven A. Parascandola Art Scholarship 24

Pawith Educators Scholarship 25

Poughkeepsie High School Educational Opportunity Scholarship 25

Poughkeepsie High School Class of 1958 Scholarship 25

George A. and Catherine V. Quill Scholarship 26

P.J. Ransley Memorial Scholarship 26

Red Hook Grange Scholarship (Dutchess County BOCES) 26

Red Hook Grange Scholarship (Red Hook High School) 27

John and Margaret Rehl Scholarship 27

Marjorie A. Rifenburg Scholarship 27

Maria E. McCarthy Ringwood Memorial Scholarship 28

Acacio "Roger" Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship 28

Scott Ruit Scholarship 28

H. Normington Schofield Scholarship 29

St. Stanislaus Knights of Columbus Scholarship 29

Maureen and Stan Straub Scholarship 29

Nora Zeller Strudwick Memorial Scholarship 30

Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship (Graduate Scholarship) 30

Andy Vito/Harold Tompkins/Ron Vece Scholarship 30

Christopher M. C. Ulanmo Memorial Scholarship 31

Justine Winters Memorial Scholarship 31

Kathleen H. Zwissler Memorial Scholarship 32

Scholarships by High School 33
Scholarships for College/Graduate Students 41
Guidelines & Application Form 42

About the Community Foundation
Founded in 1969 as the Area Fund, the Community Foundation is a public, nonprofit organization created by area residents as a permanent resource for the entire county to make our region a better place for all of us to live and grow…today, tomorrow and always.  

As a driving philanthropic force in our community, our mission is to strengthen our community by offering donors the means to establish charitable legacies, by making grants, and by providing leadership to address community needs in a manner that is responsible, responsive and lasting.

To accomplish this we:  

  • Establish endowment funds for nonprofits and other charitable causes

  • Help donors in their charitable giving

  • Assist financial advisors and attorneys to explore giving options to benefit their clients

  • Provide grants and resources to community organizations

  • Provide scholarship opportunities to area students, and

  • Work with government, private foundations, and local leaders to address current and emerging needs.  

Last year more than $1.6 million in grants and scholarships were awarded in Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and surrounding counties – dollars that are working in our communities in response to the needs of our fellow residents.

There are more than 700 community foundations in the United States. The Community Foundation supports communities in Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam counties. For more information about the Community Foundation, please visit our Web site at or call us at (845) 452-3077.

General Scholarship Information

What is the Community Foundation

Scholarship Program?

The Community Foundation administers a wide variety of scholarship funds for area residents and others attending post-secondary, technical and vocational institutions of higher learning.

Am I eligible to apply?

All of the scholarships have very specific criteria that applicants must meet. The donor or advisory committees defined the eligibility criteria when the scholarship was established. However, the general criteria that apply to most scholarships are listed below.

Applicants must:

  • plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college or university as an undergraduate student or

  • plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical institution

  • enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours undergraduate)

  • demonstrate academic achievement

  • demonstrate economic need

May I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. You may apply to any scholarship for which you meet the eligibility requirements. If the scholarship utilizes the Common Application you need only fill out the application and provide the attachments once. Please note that if the attachments are different for each scholarship you must provide a single copy of the required attachments for each scholarship.

How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?

There is no charge to apply.

Will the scholarship awards cover the entire costs of my college education?

No. Scholarship awards are intended to provide only partial support. Most scholarships offer varying award amounts depending on the size of the fund, the number of qualified applicants and the criteria of the fund. Students should investigate additional sources of financial aid such as those listed in financial aid offices of high schools, colleges and public libraries. High school and college counselors can also provide information for federal financial aid.

Where can I attend school with these scholarships?

Most of the scholarships are for schools in the United States. Exceptions are noted in the scholarship description.

Are the scholarship awards taxable?

Generally, scholarships used for educational costs, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies are not taxable. However, any portion of the scholarship used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses is taxable. Please consult a tax expert for advice.

Do I need to repay scholarship money?

No. Scholarships are charitable grants.

Will the Community Foundation release any of my personal information that it receives?

All information received is confidential and will only be reviewed by the appropriate scholarship review committee members who agree to maintain confidentiality.

Does Community Foundation make the decisions regarding who receives scholarships?

Each scholarship fund has its own advisory committee that reviews applications and makes recommendations for scholarship recipients to the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

When will I be notified?

You will be notified after the selection committees meet and before June 15 in most cases.

If I am awarded a scholarship, will I receive the check?

No. The check goes directly to the institution’s financial aid or scholarship office.

If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?

No. In most cases, scholarships are not renewable. A few scholarships do allow you to apply again in subsequent years. Several of the scholarships are multi-year scholarships and there are conditions for continuation. Check each scholarship description for further information.

Where would I send a thank-you letter if I receive a scholarship?

Address a thank-you letter to “Scholarship Committee” and mail it to Community Foundation, 80 Washington Street, Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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