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C-GCC receives $500M grant for tuition assistance

Jul 03, 2022 1:00 am

Ted Remsnyder is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Columbia-Greene Community College has been granted $500,000 by the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation to cover tuition costs for students who do not qualify for financial aid. The grant will be used to create the HRBT Foundation Education Matters Scholarship for those ineligible for federal and state assistance, or who are only receiving partial federal and state aid. The funds will be disbursed beginning in September for the 2022-23 school year, with the grant money targeted at expanding the pool of residents who can attend the community college. HRBT Foundation President Carl Florio said the organization was looking for an effective avenue to expand educational opportunities for residents in the region. “The HRBT Foundation approached us and said they were going to help students from Columbia and Greene counties,” Joan Koweek, executive director of the Columbia-Greene Community College Foundation, said last week. Koweek said the grant should cover, if not everything, almost everything. She also said the college does not yet have an estimate of how many students the grant could help in the upcoming school year. “It’s really hard to say because it’s based on how many credits a student takes,” she said. Koweek said the college was grateful to receive the foundation’s grant. “It was very generous and thoughtful of them to allow us to do this,” she said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.