For Local Students, HartLand Promise Makes All the Difference

Thanks to the HartLand Promise, Makenna Ventuleth '27 is one step closer to her career goals.

By Libby Cudmore


“I plan to go into the medical field, but those programs require such big loans,” said the biology and pre-med double-major. “The HartLand Promise brought that cost down so far that I don’t need to take out loans for my undergraduate degree.”

Ventuleth, a resident of Worcester, NY, learned about the HartLand Promise when a staff member from Hartwick spoke about it to her New Visions Health Care Professions program, offered through the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES. “At that point, I was planning to go to the University of South Florida,” she said. “I don’t like the cold!”

But she was intrigued and spoke to a few Hartwick alumni, including Susan Hugick ’91, her math teacher at Worcester Central School, and her New Visions mentor, Margaret Subik-Stevens ’96.

Ventuleth also chatted with Emily Thompson ’26, a current Hartwick nursing student who had been a year ahead of her in the New Visions program. “I asked how she liked the campus life,” she said. “She gave me a lot of good advice.”

But it was a Hartwick Accepted Student Day that finalized her decision.

Hartwick College HartLand student Makenna Ventuleth '27

“Seeing the science department and speaking with the biology professors was really helpful,”

Makenna Ventuleth '27

Biology Major

During Giving Day, Josie and Trustee Emeritus Dr. Brian Wright H’01 PM’11 showed their personal commitment to the HartLand Promise by matching dedicated gifts 2-1 through the Dr. Brian Wright H’01 PM’11 Family Fund as part of Giving Day 2023 this spring.

“The HartLand Promise supports more than just a great education. It's an investment in our community, making sure that every student in our region has the opportunity to find and pursue their passion at a wonderful student-centric local college.”

Trustee Emeritus Dr. Brian Wright H'01 PM'11

“The HartLand Promise made Hartwick the affordable option,” Ventuleth said. “And I feel good knowing that I made the right choice.”

Learn more about the HartLand Promise.

December 1, 2023
From The Wick Magazine, Wick Mag Fall 2023

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