PLATTSBURGH - Rosa L. Ganiszewski of Peru is the recipient of the 2009 Crab Island Memorial Scholarship.
Ganiszewski was recently presented with the scholarship by the members of the Clinton Community College Foundation and American Legion Post 1619. The post annually supports the scholarship which was established in 2005 to help non-traditional students pursue a degree at Clinton Community College. The scholarship is supported by the Crab Island-Post 1619 American Legion Memorial Fund and was named in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in defense of this nation's freedoms.
Steven G. Frederick, associate vice president for institutional advancement, and Wallace J. Hall, president of the CCC Veterans Club and a former U.S. Marine, presented the $3,000 scholarship to Ganiszewski, joined by representatives from the West Plattsburgh American Legion post John Rock, Michael Rock and Floyd Rock.
"This is a gift that will change lives," said Frederick. "It provides an opportunity to receive a college education for those who may otherwise be unable, and that kind of generosity just can't be measured."
The scholarship is awarded annually in the fall and spring semesters and covers the cost of tuition and books for one academic year, with continued funding for a second year as long as a 2.5 grade point average or better is maintained.
Candidates must be a resident of Clinton, Franklin or Essex counties. All academic majors are considered and preference is given to family members of American Legion Post 1619 and non-traditional adult students.