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Scholarship Recipients -- Their Stories

Our scholarships are given to assist adult women in completing their education and pursuing career aspirations. The recipients must be 25 years of age or older, in their senior year at Hudson Valley and have at least a 2.5 GPA, coupled with a strong determination to succeed academically. They also must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady or Schoharie counties. Recipients were selected through a competitive application process that included the submission of a compelling 300-word essay.

At the 2017 Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, two scholarship recipients from Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) spoke about how their Women's Fund scholarships have helped them achieve their goals. Click here to read exceprts from their speeches.

At the 2011 Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, a scholarship recipient from Hudson Valley Community College received a standing ovation after her inspiring speech about her difficult journey to better life for herself and her daughter. Click here to read this wonderful speech.

In 2010, the Women's Fund awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to six women. Read their inspiring stories here.