April 5, 2012

Stewart’s Shops Pledges $60,000 for SUNY Empire State College Scholarships; College Foundation to Match Gift

Combined gifts generate $40,000 annually for community-college graduates in Stewart's Shops' service area

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – April 5, 2012)  Stewart’s Shops has pledged $60,000 over three years to SUNY Empire State College to support graduates of community colleges as they continue their education at SUNY Empire State College.

The Empire State College Foundation will match this gift, enabling the program now to provide $40,000 annually to community-college alumni who live or work in the Stewart’s Shop service area throughout eastern New York state.

Stewart’s also funded this program from 2007 to 2011 with gifts of $14,000 each year, which also were matched by the Empire State College Foundation. After four years, the program resulted in significantly increased graduation rates among the students receiving scholarship support. When the current pledge is completed in 2015, this program will have provided almost a quarter of a million dollars in scholarship funding.

“We are proud to provide scholarship opportunities to students who have demonstrated the ability to achieve success. Supporting public higher education is an important part of Stewart’s commitment to the community,” said Susan Dake, president of the Stewart’s Foundation. “The flexibility of time and place provided by an Empire State College education gives people juggling work, family and education a clear path to earning a bachelor’s degree. Often an individual earning a degree positively impacts an entire family.”

Hugh Hammett, vice president for external affairs at SUNY Empire State College, added, “This remarkable scholarship program is a three-way win. It benefits students in the communities that Stewart’s Shops serves, it gives a boost to community-college graduates seeking to go on for a bachelor’s degree and it provides Empire State College with a larger pool of highly qualified applicants.”

This program was created to support students who already have successfully graduated from a community college in the Stewart’s Shops’ service area. 

Community colleges in the Capital Region include SUNY Adirondack, Hudson Valley Community College and Schenectady County Community College

In the North Country, eligible community colleges are Clinton Community College, Jefferson Community College and North Country Community College

In the Mohawk Valley, participating community colleges are Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Herkimer County Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College.

In the Hudson Valley, eligible institutions include Columbia-Greene Community College, Dutchess Community College, SUNY Orange, Sullivan County Community College and SUNY Ulster

Eligible students are invited to apply online at www.esc.edu/stewartsshops

For more information on Stewart’s Shops, go to www.stewartsshops.com

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and coursework onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choosing.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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