NEW PALTZ — When golf enthusiasts team up with SUNY New Paltz and Campus Auxiliary Services Inc., it’s good news for SUNY New Paltz students – to the tune of more than $20,000.
Local businesses and the university’s contracted vendors are responsible for a marked increase in scholarship donations raised by the third annual SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Golf Tournament, held at the Nevele Grande Resort Golf Course in Ellenville on June 8.
Additionally, participants included New Paltz faculty and staff, alumni and committee members.
With 88 players, the tournament raised more than $21,000 for academically-deserving students to attend the university. Last year, the scholarship tournament generated $12,000.
“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to the local businesses who contributed so many gift certificates and prizes for the raffle, and to our business partners for making this our most successful tournament yet,” said Nick Lyons, assistant vice president for administration at the university and one of three staff members who co-chair the Golf Tournament Committee.
The annual event raises money that goes directly to student scholarships, bringing a college education to students who may not have the financial means to further their studies without scholarship support.
Scholarship funding made available to New Paltz students by the tournament includes three new scholarships for the university’s Adopt-a-Scholar Program. The following corporations have sponsored the four-year scholarships: M&T Bank, Campus Auxiliary Services and Follett Bookstore. Other scholarships were provided by Kolram Access Services, Ilco-Unican and the Times Herald Record.
After the 18th hole, the scholarship tournament continued with a reception and awards banquet at the SUNY New Paltz campus, with food donated by the university’s food service provider, the Wood Company.
“Our intent is to make this tournament a New Paltz tradition that will continue to establish partnerships and serve the college community for future years,” said Lyons, who chairs the tournament committee with Campus Auxiliary Services director Bill Long and campus telecommunications director K.C. Stevens. For more information, call 257-3370.