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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Albany Roundtable Offers Scholarship

The Albany Roundtable, an all-volunteer non-profit corporation celebrating its 35th season in 2014, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

The group presents a civic luncheon series which is open to the public and attracts an average of 70 participants each month to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects relating to the region.

The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a high school senior who is recommended by a member in good standing of the Albany Roundtable. The application must be submitted by a student in his or her senior year of high school, and will be awarded contingent upon acceptance an attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 21, 2014, and the scholarship will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in May at the University Club of Albany.

A short questionnaire, available here and at Roundtable meetings in January, February and March, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor at the applicant’s school, or if the student is home-schooled, by a member of the community. An official transcript including courses, grades and grade point average should be included, as well as an essay of 300-500 words on the following topic: 

“Citizenship includes the exercise of certain personal responsibilities, including considering the rights and interests of others. Discuss your involvement in a civic capacity which demonstrates your commitment to the community.  This can include religious, social, and/or political activities.

Applications may be mailed to the Roundtable or may be submitted by email to

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for civil discussion of the issues of the day,” said Chris Hawver, who began as the President of the 501c3 organization in September, 2013. “We hope that this scholarship will help to foster a new generation of civic leaders who will go on to contribute to their communities in ways that we cannot yet imagine.”

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