SCHOLARSHIP PAGE

 

The following is a brief summary of scholarship information that has come through the guidance office.  Details can be found by visiting the scholarships' websites.  Please note this is not a complete listing of all scholarships, many websites offer free scholarship searches. The one I frequently recommend is www.fastweb.com.  

Click here to use Fastweb's scholarship search!!

The following websites are also helpful: 

www.finaid.org, www.hesc.org, www.scholarships.com, www.studentscholarships.org.

All colleges and universities are now required to have a Cost Calculator on their websites so families can have an accurate prediction of how much they would be expected to pay for their child to attend that particular school.  Also, the government provides a cost comparison worksheet that families can use to compare the costs of the different colleges their children are considering, and to find out how much loan debt the student will have after their college career. It can be found here:  http://www.consumerfinance.gov/payingforcollege/ 

 

All students who hope to receive any type of financial aid for college need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible AFTER October 1st of their senior year.  Students and parents will need to sign with their own FSA pin number which can be created at any time.   The FAFSA is used by the federal government and colleges to decide how much money they will award the student in grants and scholarships (which do NOT have to be paid back) and how much would need to be covered by student loans (which DO have to be paid back, plus interest, in installments beginning 6 months after the student graduates from college).  The NYS TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application follows the FAFSA and is used to decide how much money New York State would contribute to the student's education.

 

ADDTIONAL FAFSA HELP IS AVAILABLE THROUGH NY STATE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION (HESC)

Live chat is available year-round, Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  Call 1-800-808-1790, Monday thru Friday Noon to 5pm for more information or feel free to contact them anytime at FAFSAhelp@HESC.ny.gov

 

NYS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Three scholarships are awarded each year, pending NYS budget approval, to seniors at Whitehall who meet certain criteria.  Students do not need to apply for this, the guidance office will automatically apply for them and they will be announced and awarded at Graduation. 

Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $1,500 and $500 to the two students whose Regents exam score averages are the highest using the following formula: 

English Regents Exam x 3, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents Exam x 3, Global History Regents Exam x 1, US History Regents Exam x 1, Physical Science Regents Exam x 1 and Living Environment Regents Exam x 1. 

 

SUNY Adirondack also has their own Academic Excellence Scholarship, details are included below:

(Please refer to www.sunyacc.edu for more information.)

Academic Excellence Scholarship

In order to be considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) for the 2018-2019 academic year, Whitehall students must:

Apply and be accepted to SUNY Adirondack AND complete the FAFSA by February 1.
Meet the following academic requirements:
• rank in the top 10% of his/her high school class at the end of his/her junior year,
• have a high school average of at least 90 at the end of his/her junior year.

Enroll as a full-time student in the Fall semester immediately following graduation.    

Due to budgetary reasons, the AES scholarship is no longer guaranteed to those who fall within the above guidelines.  The Scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be evaluated during the month of February. Students who do not receive the AES will be considered for several other scholarships. Students who receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship and who maintain their eligibility will receive the scholarship for four consecutive semesters, with no deferments.
Maintaining Eligibility

In order to maintain eligibility, a student must:
1. Maintain full-time (12 credits or more) enrollment.

2. Earn a 3.0 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) during the first semester and thereafter maintain a 3.2 Cumulative Quality Point Average (CQPA) or higher.  

NYS STEM SCHOLARSHIP

NY seniors who are in the top 10% of their graduating class, and plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY school to major in Science, Engineering, Technology or Math can qualify for a full tuition scholarship if they promise to work in their chosen field in NYS for at least 5 years after graduation.  Visit www.hesc.ny.org/STEM for details and to apply.

 

NYS Excelsior Scholarship

Provides full tuition for full time college students whose parents make less than $110,000 per year combined. Students will need to apply in order to receive this scholarship.  In return they must promise to work in NYS for at least the number of years that they used the scholarship.  Please be aware:

 * Students and parents need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and NYS TAP application as soon as possible after October 1st.  Do NOT wait for the Excelsior scholarship, as it is designed to be applied to any tuition costs left over after eligibility for Pell Grant, NYS Tap and other options have been exhausted.

 In order to apply, students must meet eligibility requirements, including:

 Be residents of New York State

  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years

To complete the application, you will need:

Your 2015 IT-201 NYS Income Tax Return(s).

  • Your current unofficial college transcript.
  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FASFA.

 

ATTENTION SENIORS!  The Excelsior Scholarship Application is not open yet.  Seniors who plan to attend college full time next year at a college that is part of the SUNY or CUNY system, and have a family income of less than $125,000 per year can apply for this full tuition scholarship.  For more details and to apply please visit: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/ The application is expected to open around March and close around July.

   

New York State also offers an Enhanced Tuition Award that can be used at some private college in New York State.

Please visit their website for a list of colleges and to apply:  https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/enhanced-tuition-awards.html

 

PRIVATE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of private college scholarships are awarded by colleges such as St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, RPI, Elmira College, Wells College, Sage College of Albany and Russell Sage College.  Juniors can apply to be considered for these scholarships by filling out an application and submitting it to the guidance office by the spring of their junior year.  The colleges set the criteria for who is to earn these scholarships (usually requires a GPA of 90 or above and a significant amount  of community service) and a committee of teachers and administrators decides which students are awarded the scholarships.  The winners are announced at an awards ceremony in the spring.  Applications available in the guidance office.  

Please submit application and a resume of activities by February 1st.

 

Junior Scholarships PDF

 

Many colleges offer their own scholarships available to their students only.  Please visit individual college websites to learn more.  The following are some examples of college specific scholarships:

 

College of St. Joseph Alumni Referral Program

Students who attend CSJ and were referred by an alumni receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend!  Whitehall has multiple CSJ grads.  See Mrs. Carey for details.  

 

College of St. Joseph Provider Scholarship Program

 To be eligible, you must:

-Complete an undergraduate admission application

-Demonstrate a commitment to making a difference

-Submit transcript that reflect a 2.0-4.0 GPA.

The total value of the Provider Scholarship is more than $65,000 over the course of four years.

In order to successfully be a “Provided Scholar” the student must:

-Maintain a program academic standing of 2.0-4.0 GPA.

-Participate in at least one campus activity

-Complete 15 hours of community service each semester

 

St. John Fisher College in Rochester's Foreign Language Scholarship

Each year, St. John Fisher College offers two Foreign Language Scholarships to high school seniors. These scholarships recognize achievement in foreign language as sound preparation for college work. Available to all high school seniors with proficiency in French or Spanish, and a minimum 1000 SAT or 22 ACT composite score. Students of all majors are eligible, but priority is given to those students majoring in a foreign language.

Winners will receive $3,000 annually, over four years, if they complete 2 foreign language courses during their first year at Fisher and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative average. Application can be downloaded from go.sjfc.edu/freshman-scholarships. Deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 15th.

 

St. John Fisher College also offers other scholarships including a Community Service Scholarship/First Generation Scholarship for students who are the first in their family to attend college.  For details visit www.sjfc.edu and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

   

Keuka College offers a $17,000 Community Achievement Award to students with a record of community service.

Visit www.keuka.edu for details and to apply.

 

Skidmore College offers the Filene Music Scholarship of $15,000 per year.  Please visit www.skidmore.edu/music for details and to apply.

 

MARLBORO COLLEGE RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIP

Seniors hungry for a free college experience should visit www.marlboro.edu/scholars

 

Please visit individual websites of the colleges you are interested in to find out about other scholarships that they offer.

  

The following scholarships are able to be used at any college the student attends:

    

P.E.O STAR Scholarships - Deadline September 28th

$2500 non-renewable scholarship to be awarded to exceptional high school senior women.  Awarded annually.  For more information visit http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projectsphilanthropies and scroll down toward the end to the PEO STAR Scholarship.

 

Elks Foundation Scholarships - Deadline November 15th

Please visit www.elks.org/scholars/ to apply for the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Legacy Award or other scholarships. 

 

American Legion Scholarships - Application opens November 15th 

Please visit www.legion.org/scholarships for details.

 

TCT Federal Credit Union Scholarships - Deadline January 4, 2019

Applicants must be a member of the credit union.  To learn more about joining visit www.asmarterchoice.com.  Applications will be available on the website after October 15th. www.tctfcu.org       Link to Schloarship Application PDF

 

Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship - Deadline January 15th

NYS residents who plan to study an agriculture related field can apply for this $500 per year renewable scholarship.  Please visit http://empirepotatogrowers.com/scholarship/ for more information and to apply.

 

NYWEA Scholarships - Deadline February 28, 2019

The NY Water Environment Association offers $50,00 in scholarship money each year.  Applications will be available on their website after December 10th.  Please visit www.nywea.org for details and to fill out an application.

 

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships - Deadline May 1st

Various scholarships are available for students who are the daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, son, grandson or great grandson of a veteran who served in the Armed Forces during WWI, WWII, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Grenada/Lebanon, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War on Terrorism.  Application forms and details can be found here:  Link to Scholarship PDF

For assistance with these applications please contact Barb Neddo at 518-499-2786 or bneddo3@nycap.rr.com.

 

American Legion Scholarship Program for Whitehall Central School - Deadline May TBD

 The American Legion awards a scholarship in memory of Joseph and Daniel Mastrovich.  In order to be eligible for the scholarship seniors must have an 85 or higher GPA and must have been accepted into an accredited university or college prior to May 1st.  Seniors can apply for this scholarship by submitting a detailed resume of activities and an essay on a specific topic to the guidance office before the deadline of May 15th.  Details are available in the guidance office.  The American Legion has let us know that this $5,000 award will be split between two seniors in order to help more students. 

 

This year the American Legion will also be awarding a scholarship in memory of Blanche V. Mastrovich.  This $2,500 award will be given to a senior girl who exemplifies the character and values of Blanche Mastrovich, a lifelong Whitehall resident, WHS graduate and longtime Whitehall School bookkeeper. Senior girls who wish to be considered for this award can submit a detailed resume of activities and an essay on a specific topic to the guidance office before the deadline of May 15th. Details are available in the guidance office.

 

Joseph & Daniel Mastrovich Information

Blanche Mastrovich Information

 

NEW LAST YEAR The James Henry Byrne Scholarship - Deadline May

Scholarship worth $250.  Any senior going on to post secondary education, entering the military, attending a technical college or entering a profession that requires tools or supplies can apply for this scholarship.  An essay of 300 words or less is required, the topic is "What did your years at Whitehall High School mean to you?  What are your plans for your immediate future and why?"  Please let Mrs. Carey know if you would like to apply, and submit your essay to the guidance office on or before May 18th.

James Henry Byrne Scholarship Information

 

Adirondack School Counselor Association SUNY Adirondack Scholarship - Deadline May TBD

The Adirondack School Counselor Association will award one scholarship in the amount of $800 to a Whitehall senior planning to attend SUNY Adirondack, or another community college in NYS that offers a major not available at SUNY Adirondack Please let Mrs. Carey know if you would like to be considered for this scholarship.  We would like this to go to someone in need of help to pay for college.  Please provide a copy of your financial aid award letter to the guidance office on or before May 18th, in order to show financial need.  

 

Washington County Childrens' Committee Scholarship - Deadline May TBD

(This does not mean you are low income, it just means you need help to pay college tuition.)  A transcript and letter of recommendation from your school counselor will be required.  Please tell Mrs. Carey if you believe you qualify and would like to apply.  Applications are available in the guidance office.  A copy of your financial aid award letter and your Student Aid Report will be required as proof of demonstrated financial need.  

 

Lt. Donald J. Nassivera Memorial Scholarship - Deadline June TBD

$500 scholarship awarded to students interested in the criminal justice field, or any student tha has been a positive influence in the community.  Applications are available in the guidance office and a 200 word essay is required.  

 

Investigator Bruce Hamilton Memorial Scholarship - Deadline June TBD

$500 scholarship awarded to students interested in the criminal justice field, or any student tha has been a positive influence in the community.  Applications are available in the guidance office and a 200 word essay is required.  

 

Dorothy M. Smith Memorial Scholarship - Deadline June TBD

This is a $550 scholarship guaranteed to go to one of our seniors!  Seniors planning to attend a FOUR year college or university next year, who have an 80 or above average, usually an essay of no more than 500 words is required.  The essay should include the name of the college you plan to attend and the reasons why you value the opportunity to obtain a four year degree.  Look for details to be announced in the spring.

 

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program - Deadline June TBD

Seniors who are enrolling in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program that will lead to employment who can demonstrate financial need (in this case they must be eligible for the Pell Grant) can apply at application.horatioalger.org.

 

Washington County Fair Scholarships - Deadline August TBD

Five $500 scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are currently or have previously been active in the Washington County Fair.  Applications are online at https://www.washingtoncounty fair.com/fair-scholarship

 

Going to a trade school?  The following is advertised as helping students find trade school scholarships:

https://www.imagine-america.org/applyforscholarships/

 

 CHECK BACK AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH!  NEW SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION COMES IN THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR.