LaSalle Institute in Troy has launched a new needs-based scholarship program called the Lasallian Achievement Awards. The additional $150,000 in scholarships will go to promising students who otherwise might not have access to a Lasallian education for financial reasons. The first scholarships will be offered to students enrolling in September, based on academics, extracurricular involvement, good character and the potential to excel as leaders. About 45 percent of LaSalle students currently receive financial aid. The lead donor is The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. Learn more at

St. Catherine's Center in Albany just held its annual "Dog Days of Summer," a tribute to therapy and rescue dogs. More than 20 dogs visited the center, which serves children who are coping with abuse, neglect, mental illness, homelessness and trauma.

In related news, LIZ AND SCOTT JELSTROM of Loudonville volunteered to do landscaping at St. Catherine's Center's Hubbard House; a golf tournament raised $20,000 for the center; and the Albany Barn just hosted a showing of original art created by children from St. Catherine's participating in an expressive arts therapy group....

St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Earning high honors with distinction are MAGGIE BROWN, STASIA EPLER and ASHLEY PACHECO.