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(315) 312-2265
 
Oct. 8, 2001
 
CONTACT: Mike Flaherty, 312-2106
Joseph Grant, 312-2250
 
AUXILIARY SERVICES UNDERWRITES
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
OSWEGO -- When Auxiliary Services makes its annual rent and utilities payment to SUNY Oswego, the money ends up supporting the college experience of high-achieving students here.
That's because the $490,000 Auxiliary Services paid last year and the $510,000 it paid this year underwrites half of the $1 million Presidential Scholars Program, said Joseph Grant, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.
Auxiliary Services is a not-for-profit corporation allied with SUNY Oswego that runs such campus operations as the College Bookstore, all dining services, vending machines and Fallbrook Recreation Center. It pays rent and utilities to the college for its many facilities on campus.
The corporation is overseen by a board of directors that consists of nine students, three faculty, three administrators and three alumni representatives. Fred Vigeant, a senior broadcasting major, is the current president of the board.
Grant said SUNY Oswego has 177 new Presidential Scholars this year, who have an average high school grade average of 93 and SAT scores of 1230. The $1 million scholarship program provides merit scholarships to students who show strong academic promise.
"The program has helped us to increase the quality of the student body and the quality of the undergraduate experience," he said.
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