College, Local Schools Receive Smart Scholars Grant

July 29, 2011

Three Schoharie County school districts will be sending students to SUNY Cobleskill over the next three years, thanks to winning a highly competitive $199,999 grant. The New York State Education Department and the Governor’s office recently announced winners in its Smart Scholars Early High School program, which gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school, graduating high school with at least 20 fully transferable credits.


Among the 16 winners across the state was the Schoharie Valley Smart Scholars project, a partnership of Schoharie Central (the lead agency), Cobleskill-Richmondville and Middleburgh school districts, and SUNY Cobleskill. The Capital Region BOCES will also be contributing professional development as part of the three-year project.


The Schoharie Valley partnership targets first-generation college students, meaning the participants will be the first in their family to attend college.


“This will be a marvelous and exciting opportunity for students who will be the first in t heir families to go to college, significantly improve their first-year success rate, and practically eliminate the cost of tuition at the same time, thus reducing the financial burden on their family,” said Brian Sherman, superintendent of Schoharie Schools. “The activities of the newly formed consortium will also provide benefits to all students in their respective home districts.”