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 and some paper applications are available in a black scholarship binder in the guidance office. 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.
The following websites are also helpful: www.finaid.org, www.hesc.org, www.scholarships.com, www.studentscholarships.org.
Click here to use Fastweb's scholarship search!!
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. This helpful worksheet can be found at 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 JANUARY 1ST of their senior year. Students and parents will need to sign with their own 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 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.
NYS ACHIEVEMENT AND MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
Graduating seniors who plan to attend college full time in the fall at an eligible NYS college, and are NYS residents and US citizens, can apply for a $500 scholarship if they meet at least two of the following criteria:
1) have graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above (88 average)
2) have graduated “with honors” on a New York State Regents diploma or received a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (or AP) exams
3) have graduated within the top 15% of his or her high school class.
For more information and to apply visit: hesc.ny.gov NY-AIMS
SUNY Adirondack Academic Excellence Scholarship
Please note, these guidelines were updated in May 2016 and the procedure for students to apply has changed.
In order to be considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) for the 2017-2018 academic year, a student must:
1. Graduate from one of the participating North Country high schools (Whitehall is one of these schools).
2. Apply and be accepted to SUNY Adirondack AND complete the FAFSA by February 1st.
3. Meet the following academic requirements;
a. rank in the top 10% of his/her high school class at the end of junior year,
b. have a 2016 SAT score of at least 1270 or an ACT score of at least 26,
c. have a high school average of at least 90 at the end of his/her junior year.
4. Enroll as a full-time student in the Fall semester immediately following graduation.
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.
New for 2017-2018!!
New York State now offers the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides full tuition for full time college students whose parents make less than $100,000 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 5 years after graduation.
A few things to keep in mind:
* Students and parents need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and NYSTAP application as soon as possible if they haven't already. 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 or a Bachelor's Degree
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.
More information can be found at hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.
There are a number of scholarships offered by colleges that are available only for their own students such as:
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 by February 1st.
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 2016 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.
Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition - Deadline December 1
Four year, full tuition scholarship to strong academic students. For more information and to apply visit: bu.edu/admissions/trustee
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.
MARLBORO COLLEGE RENAISSANCE SCHOLARSHIP
Seniors hungry for a free college experience should visit www.marlboro.edu/scholars
Please visit individual college websites to find out about other scholarships that they offer.
Other scholarships are able to be used at any college the student chooses to attend such as:
Wendy's Heisman Scholarship for Student Athletes - Deadline October 2nd
Seniors: To learn more and apply visit: wendysheisman.com
Coca Cola Scholarship - Deadline October 31st
Seniors: Visit their website to apply: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
NYS PTA Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education Scholarship - Deadline December 15, 2017
Seniors who plan to pursue a career in teaching can apply for this scholarship. Applications are available in the guidance office. Whitehall can send 2 applications forward to the Scholarship committee.
American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships - Deadline March 1st
The American Legion offers multiple scholarships that often go unclaimed because students don't want to do the work to apply!! If you want money to pay for college, and you don't mind filling out forms and writing essays, come to the guidance office to view the available scholarships for which you can apply.
*Best Mattress Review company is offering a $1,000 scholarship in an effort to give back to the community while also promoting sleep awareness. This scholarship is available to eligible HS seniors, current college students, and graduate students. The deadline is May 19, 2018 and the scholarship is non-renewable. Students create a video application to apply. You can check out all of the details here: https://www.