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Maria College receives “Community Partner Award” for high school program

Press Release


Erin Clary
Director of Communications
Maria College

February 10, 2022

Maria College receives “Community Partner Award” for high school program

Albany, NY — Maria College has been named a 2021-22 Catholic School Liturgy Awardee by the Catholic School Office and the Albany Diocesan School Board. The “Albany Diocesan School Board Community Partner Award” was bestowed upon Maria College for its “College in High School Experience” program with Bishop Maginn High School and Catholic Central High School.

This program allows high school students to take free college courses before they graduate. The courses satisfy their high school electives while allowing them to earn college credit. Courses are developed by Maria College professors and taught by high school faculty. The program allows students to get a head start in college by entering with a number of credits already completed. Some students may even graduate early from high school or college.

 “Maria College is honored to receive the “Community Partner Award’ from the Albany Diocesan School Board as it is a testament to the College’s mission commitment to providing Catholic opportunity education to all those who can benefit, including those outside of our student body,” said Maria College President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble. “The shared Catholic faith-based missions of our institutions lay a rich foundation for students to pursue careers where they can give back and help others in need. Our collaboration is a commitment to empowering students through education and preparing students for meaningful work and life,” said Gamble.

“Maria College is providing our students with a pathway to continue their education in the faith beyond high school,” said Giovanni Virgiglio, Jr., Ed.D., Diocese of Albany Superintendent of Schools. “The Diocesan School Board is extremely grateful for this opportunity which helps to instill in our students Maria College’s principle of service to others.”

Dr. Gamble represented the College at the Liturgy on Thursday, February 10, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception led by principal celebrant the Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger where Maria College received the award. They were joined by a number of K-12 Catholic school awardees. Maria College is the only higher educational institution to receive an award this year.

Learn more about the College in High School Experience program.

Learn more about the Catholic Schools Week Awards.


About Maria College. Founded in 1958, Maria College is one of 17 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The private, co-educational, Catholic college in Albany serves approximately 800 students in a variety of bachelor degree, associate degree, a master’s degree, and certificate programs including liberal arts, healthcare management, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, and health and occupational sciences.


Photo caption: (left to right) Maria College Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College and Chief Academic Officer Anne Jung, Ph.D.; Maria College President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D.; Bishop of Albany Edward B. Scharfenberger. D.D.; and Maria College Senior Vice President, Chief Mission and Strategic Planning Officer, and Chief Advancement Officer Victoria Battell.