Schenectady hardware store celebrates 100th anniversary with scholarship program

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FILE - Schenectady Hardware & Electric Schenectady Hardware & Electric President Chris Spraragen (center) with Jim Salengo, executive director of the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp (right) and Mayor Gary McCarthy and in January.
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SCHENECTADY — Schenectady Hardware & Electric is celebrating its 100th year in business by giving back to the community with a pair of college scholarships.

The Erie Boulevard store has offered the Lawrence Spraragen Memorial Scholarship for the past 15 years, but for the store’s 100th anniversary the business is set to award $2,500 college scholarships to two recipients.

The scholarship, named after Lawrence Spraragen, whose grandfather Ben Spraragen founded Schenectady Hardware & Electric in 1923, will be awarded to two children or grandchildren of a current or active member of IBEW Local 236, an Albany-based electrical workers’ union.

“The backbone of our success is our employees, and some of our families have been with us for generations,” Schenectady Hardware & Electric President Chris Spraragen declared in a statement. “To commemorate our first 100 years, we want to celebrate the families of electrical contractors and journeymen, who will help build our community for the next 100 years.”

The scholarships are offered through a partnership with the Community Foundation for the Capital Region, with the application deadline set for May 1.

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior and must have been accepted to an accredited two-or four-year college or university or be a current college student. Applicants may also be a current union member looking to continue their education. Students can apply for the scholarship at

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