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. Click here to use Fastweb's scholarship search!!
The following websites are also helpful:
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
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 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.
Some private colleges are now offering their own version of the Excelsior Scholarship, for example:
Ithaca College's New York State Tuition Award provides up to $6,000 per year to incoming students from New York who would qualify for the state's Excelsior Scholarship or Enhanced Tuition Awards program.
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.
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 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 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.
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 chooses to attend:
Ned Carter Memorial Scholarship - Deadline February 24th
Seniors who are attending a two or four year college upon graduation, and who are firefighters, related to a firefighter or an Explorer in a fire department or fire district currently a member of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of NY can apply for one of four, onetime, $1,500 scholarships. Scholarship applications are available in the guidance office.
The Junior League of Albany Rockwell Scholarship Award - Deadline February 28th
Seniors who are female can apply for this $1,000 scholarship if she is planning to pursue a college or vocational program and is currently involved in volunteer organizations or activities which serve the same or related focus areas as the Junior League of Albany. Details can be found at www.juniorleaguealbany.org and applications can be emailed to Rockwellscholarship@juniorleaguealbany.org.
New York Water Environment Association Scholarships - Deadline February 28th
See Scholarship Binder for details or visit nywea.org/scholarship for an application and more information.
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.
Phi Delta Kappa Future Educator Scholarship - Deadline March 1st
Seniors who plan to become teachers can apply for one of six $1000 scholarships. Applications are available in the guidance office.
The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award Program - Deadline March 1st
Young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteer in their community or school can apply for this award. Details can be found at siadirondacks.com and a copy of the application is available in the scholarship binder in the guidance office.
Epilepsy Foundation Scholarships - Deadline March 15th
Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently being treated for epilepsy who plan to continue their education. Applications are available in the guidance office and at http://bit.ly/EFNENYCollegeScholarship
Firemen's Association of the State of New York Scholarships - Deadline March 15th
Seniors can apply for one of 25 $1,500 scholarships to be awarded to active volunteer firefighters or junior firefighters or volunteer EMS members. Please visit www.fasny.com for details and to apply.
Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship - Deadline March 21st at 4 pm
Berkshire Bank will award $52,500 in scholarship money to 35 students. Eligible students will be seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (85), plan to attend a two or four year college or technical school, and come from a family that makes less than $100,000 per year. Students can apply at: berkshirebank.com/scholarships
NYSUT Retiree Council 10 Scholarship - Deadline March 28th
Seniors pursuing a degree in education at either a two year college transfer program or a four year college can apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Applications are available in the guidance office or by emailing email@example.com.
Amy Bindelglass Memorial Scholarship - Deadline March 30th
Juniors or Seniors can apply for this $750 scholarship in memory of a two year old organ donor who lost her life in an automobile accident. Applicants must write a well-thought out, creative submission on the topic of organ donation. Details can be found in the guidance office scholarship binder.
Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing of the Capital Region (CEN) Scholarship - Deadline March 31st
Seniors who plan to attend a two or four year college, university or trade school in a major which could lead to employment with a manufacturer are encouraged to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. Applications are available in the scholarship binder and on the CEN website
American Public Works Association Scholarship - Deadline April 1st
Seniors who plan to attend an accredited institution of higher learning in the fall to pursue a major related to Engineering, Public Works Management/Administration/Operation can apply. Applications are available in the guidance office and at http://newyork.apwa.net/ under the CAPITAL tab, drop down Scholarships.
Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center Health Career Scholarships - Deadline April 2nd at 12 pm
Ten $500 scholarships will be awarded to local high school seniors entering an approved healthcare related program at a local community college and/or a certification program. Applications are available in the guidance office and at www.gohealthcareer.org. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
YMCA Earth Service Award Scholarship - Deadline April 2nd
Any student in grades 9-12 can apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Students who earn this scholarship have demonstrated environmental leadership skills and completed some sort of a project to benefit the environment. This could have to do with recycling, gardening or anything to benefit the earth. Scholarship applications are available in the guidance office and also at http://camp.cdymca.org/wp-cont
New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal Scholarships - Deadline April 4th
The Cristin Ann Bambino memorial scholarship will be awarded to a college bound special education student who has overcome special challenges to complete high school and obtain acceptance to a college or university. Nine scholarship winners will receive between $3,000-$5,000 each. The Jensen Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has excelled in design during high school. One scholarship for $3,000 and one scholarship for $5,000 will be awarded. The Joseph Goncalves Student Humanitarian Scholarship will be awarded to two seniors who plans to attend college in New York state and can demonstrate a record of involvement and work for a cause that promotes social justice, equal opportunity or other humanitarian cause. Two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 and $5,000 will be awarded. Applications are available in the guidance office and at www.nysir.org.
NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs & NYS Showpeople's Association Scholarship - Deadline April 13th
High school seniors or current college students can apply for one of seven $1,000 scholarships if they have been active in their local fairs or outdoor amusement business and plan to pursue a degree. Applications are available in the guidance office or at www.nyfairs.org.
Adirondack Runners Scholarship - Deadline April 20th
Seniors who are runners can apply for this $600 scholarship by completing an application which includes an essay about the significance of running in their life. Applications are available in the guidance office.
American Legion Scholarship Program for Whitehall Central School - Deadline May 15th
The American Legion has let us know that they will award TWO substantial scholarships to two seniors this year, one in Memory of Joseph and Daniel Mastrovich and one in honor of Blanche Mastrovich. In order to be eligible for the scholarship in Memory of Joseph and Daniel Mastrovich seniors must have been accepted into an accredited university or college prior to May 1st. Seniors will be encouraged to apply this spring by submitting a detailed resume of activities and an essay. Details will be provided on this page as soon as they are finalized.
Going to a trade school? The following is advertised as helping students find trade school scholarships: