May 13, 2011
Middleburgh CSD joins the Schoharie and Cobleskill-Richmondville
school districts as partners in a $200,000 state grant with
State University of New York College of Agriculture and
Technology at Cobleskill that will allow high school students to
attend college and earn up to 20 college credits before
graduating from high school.
The grant creates the Schoharie Valley Smart Scholars Early
College High School program to provide opportunities for at-risk
and economically-disadvantaged students to graduate from high
school while simultaneously earning 20 college credits toward an
associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
"This is another opportunity for our students to excel and
get real-life experiences before graduating from high school,"
said Superintendent Michele Weaver. Middleburgh offers a variety
of advanced and pre-college courses as well as Distance Learning
for high school students.
The grant application, submitted by the
Capital Region BOCES Grants and Development Service, states
that "the most recent U.S. Census data reveals that the vast
majority of Schoharie County residents do not continue their
education beyond high school. In fact, the data shows that while
81 percent of county residents over the age of 25 possess high
school diplomas, only 17 percent have gone on to earn a college
degree. This college attendance percentage is lower than
state-wide averages, and in neighboring counties."
Students enrolled in the Schoharie Valley Smart Scholars
Early College High School will all receive college-readiness
supports, and have the opportunity to:
Graduate high school;
Participate in a small personalized learning community;
Attend classes tuition-free on the SUNY Cobleskill campus;
Earn 20 fully transferable college credits toward an associate’s
or a bachelor’s degree;
Gain the motivation and skills necessary to pursue a full
college degree after graduating from high school.
The Schoharie Valley Smart Scholars Early College High School
budget will be used primarily to cover the cost of the students'
tuition and books; some funding will also be used for a stipend
for a part-time program director and professional development.
The Schoharie CSD is the lead applicant and will hire the
director for the program.
"Smart Scholars allows New York high school students to
receive college credit, finish their degrees faster, and do it
at a significantly reduced cost," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I
commend my partners in government for working together and
delivering a program that is beneficial to so many young New
Here is the statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state
Education Department about the 16 Smart Scholars grants awarded
Here is the Capital Region BOCES release about the grant
Here is the 22-page grant application to create the Schoharie
Valley Smart Scholars program (PDF).