Jason Houston of Hudson Awarded Marine Sergeant James A. Haggerty Scholarship at C-GCC
Joan Koweek, executive director of The Columbia-Greene Community Foundation, presents Jason Houston of Hudson with the Marine Sergeant James A. Haggerty Scholarship earlier this month.
HUDSON, N.Y. – Jason Houston, of Hudson, has been awarded the Marine Sergeant James A. Haggerty Scholarship by the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation. He received the honor at a Veterans Day ceremony and celebration at Columbia-Greene Community College earlier this month.
The scholarship is presented to a C-GCC student-veteran who exemplifies the best traits of military servicemen and women as well as the drive to be a life-long learner. An Environmental Studies major at C-GCC, Houston served as a Navy Corpsman who worked closely with the Marines. During this time, he received numerous awards, including four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon.
Houston submitted an essay as part of his application for the scholarship, explaining the impact of the Marine Corps on his life, as well as his future educational goals. He cited the opportunity to teach and certify more than 200 Marines as combat lifesavers as one that allowed him to realize how passionate he was about teaching others.
Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive, two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies, as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked tenth out of 710 community colleges in the U.S. by WalletHub.com, and first in New York State, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.