JERSEY CITY, N.J. / February 1,
2016 – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Vice President for Development
Joseph Sansone announced that the College has been presented with an endowment
of nearly $68,000 from Hudson Cradle.
The donation was given to
establish an annual scholarship for incoming freshman women who are single
mothers and reside in Hudson County. The Hudson Cradle scholarship recipient
must also be enrolled at Hudson County Community College as a first-time
student and demonstrate financial need.
Hudson Cradle was a nonprofit
organization in Jersey City that served nearly 500 at-risk infants over a 20-year
span. The organization was established in 1991 in response the “boarder baby”
crisis in New Jersey. Hudson Cradle provided infants – many of whom were
victims of prenatal drug addiction, HIV exposure, homelessness, chronic illness
and developmental delays – with pediatric nursing care, therapy and more; its
group of volunteers were dedicated to holding and rocking the babies in the
organization’s care. Significant upgrades in New Jersey’s foster parent program
diminished the need for Hudson Cradle’s services, and the organization closed
its doors in 2011.
“This endowment will go a long
way to assist young women in our community in developing a more sound future
for themselves and their children,” said HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. “For
two decades Hudson Cradle attended to the needs of the most vulnerable
inhabitants of our community, our infants. We are honored to have been
presented with this gift from such a well-respected organization, and we will oversee
the endowment with the same sense of caring that Hudson Cradle demonstrated
over the years,” he stated.
Hudson County Community College Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation
giving tax-exempt status to contributors. Since the Foundation was established
in 1997, it has provided over $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000
In addition, the HCCC
Foundation established the Foundation Art Collection nine years ago to coincide
with the initiation of the College’s Fine Arts studies program. Presently, the
Collection includes nearly 800 paintings,
lithographs, photographs, sculptures, and other works-of-art that are displayed
throughout all of the buildings on the College’s Journal Square Campus and at
the North Hudson Campus.
about HCCC Foundation scholarships may be obtained by contacting Mr. Sansone at
201-360-4006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.