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Dutchess Community College Scholarships

Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.

A non-profit organization 501(C)(3)

Jocelynn Banfield, Development Vice President

2016 DCC Scholarship Recipients

By Barbara Van Itallie

The Poughkeepsie Branch annually presents scholarships to two graduating non-traditional Dutchess Community College students to use to further their education at a four year institution.  The two 2016 recipients are Sarah Green and Sekaya Newsome.

Sarah is from Kent Connecticut and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School class of 2009. Her major at DCC was Human Services.  She will be attending Oregon State University Student, as a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies student. She explains, “I took a history class over the summer and my professor asked if anyone in the class was a feminist. Surprisingly nobody raised their hand, including myself. For the rest of the semester we discussed what it means to be a feminist. This sparked an interest for me to study women's history.”  Her long term career goal is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working to empower others. She says, “I am immensely grateful for this scholarship; it will help defer the cost of textbooks.”

Sekaya is from Beacon, New York and was home schooled through high school.  Her first time being a public school system was her freshman year at DCC. She majored in Liberal Arts in Sciences with a concentration in biological sciences. She will attend Binghamton University to pursue a bachelors in Integrative Biological Sciences. Her career goal is to become a pediatric oncologist and also hopes to go on to become an advocate for young girls thinking of going into STEM and human services based careers.  She says that Dutchess Community College has matured her in many ways.  Sekaya writes, “Receiving this scholarship is an achievement in itself. It is the first scholarship that I have received, and the significance of the scholarship is huge. When I received the scholarship, I felt that I had finally earned my certificate as an educated woman to be a positive role model to my younger sisters, and younger girls who need to know that the world is their oyster.  Thank you so much for the scholarship, this really does mean a lot to me.”

The Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW was involved in the initial efforts to create a community college in Dutchess County which resulted in the establishment of Dutchess Community College.

Two $600 Scholarships Awarded Annually

Traditionally the Poughkeepsie Branch has awarded two $600 scholarships to non-traditional women students graduating from DCC and continuing their education at a four year institution.

One of these scholarships is covered by an endowment fund formed in 2011.  You can see the details for this endowment below.  The Poughkeepsie Branch will continue to award a second $600 scholarship through our annual fund raising efforts and personal contributions.  If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, please click on the button below:

Endowment Fund

The Branch has established an endowment fund to ensure at least one Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW scholarship will be awarded annually by DCC in perpetuity.

As of May 2011, an initial scholarship has been assured.  DCC will grant an annual $500 scholarship from the interest on the endowment, and, if necessary, make up the difference from its own non-restricted fund raising efforts.  Due to the current economic climate, Dutchess County Community College has made the decision not to raise current tuition.  Their current enrollment has grown to over 10,000 students and many of these students will continue their educations elsewhere and be in need of tuition assistance. 

In November 2011, the endowment was increased to $12,000 so that a $600 scholarship will be awarded annually from the endowment.

Trish Prunty, Geeta Desai, Barbara VanItallie,
Mary Lou Davis with DCC President D. David Conklin.




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