state scholarships

The following scholarship/award list is updated to the best of our ability throughout the school year.  Availability, funding, eligibility requirements and due dates change from year to year and are available on the website and application links listed below. We have attempted to make this a bit more user-friendly by sorting into three categories: Local, State and National. The guidance office will also periodically place flyers in senior mailboxes and also utilize the TV message screen to alert students of upcoming deadlines.  Please remember, there is an abundance of money out there for the taking! A bit of work may result in monetary rewards!

Resources & Scholarships for Homeless and Housing-Insecure Students:

This page provides an extensive list of on-campus, community, government, and online resources that are dedicated to helping homeless and housing-insecure students. And as the title suggests, we also provide information on scholarships and other financial aid opportunities that can help offset the cost of tuition and housing.

Alfred State Scholarships - For a complete list of available scholarships as well as detailed information, visit > Financial Aid > Scholarships

The American Legion - provides a variety of scholarships to support higher education for youth. Multiple scholarships students may be eligible for. For more details: Scholarships | The American Legion

Bridging the Dream Scholarship - Open to current high school seniors of a diverse background, plan to enroll at a 2- or 4- year college or vocational/technical school, minimum 2.75 GPA, Pell Grant eligible. BridgingTheDreamInformation Scholarship deadline: May 17th.

The Cristin Ann Bambino scholarship - Available to a college or technical school-bound special education student with an active IEP or 504 plan from a NYSIR-member school district. Awarded on a regional basis with one statewide award. Seven regional winners will receive a $3,000 award, one second prize winner will receive a $4,000 award and one statewide winner will receive a $5,000 award. The regional scholarships will be awarded locally, and the $5,000 scholarship will be given at our annual meeting in May Click here for more information: Information and Scholarship_Criteria Applications should be received on or before Monday, March 11, 2024.

Boom & Bucket's Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship awarded each year to a student pursuing a heavy machinery themed program, available to both currently enrolled students and future students who are planning to attend a program within the next 12 months. Program can be at a college or a trade school anywhere in the United States or Canada.  For more information and to apply: BoomAndBuckets - Please submit your application by 12:00PM central time on June 15th of each calendar year. Winners will be chosen by July 15th.

The Excelsior Scholarship - Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced state revenues and the processing of new applications is pending on Federal assistance, which has been delayed since April. Excelsior Scholarship awards may have to be reduced and/or prioritized for current recipients as provided for under the program. Click here for details: New York State Excelsior Scholarship application

Ned Carter Memorial Scholarship - Scholarship application details here: Details and application here AFDSNY awards four (4) scholarships a year for $1,500 each, to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a two (2) or four (4) year institution of higher education and will be pursuing a community service-related career. This may include but is not limited to fire service, EMS, nursing, social work, health related services, teaching, paramedic, etc. Submitted online or postmarked no later than March 2, 2024.

FASNY / Firemen's Association of the State of New York (Information/Application) - Applicant must be actively participating as a volunteer firefighter or junior firefighter or participate in a volunteer EMS program. Must be a member in good standing with FASNY or have a parent/legal guardian who is a member. Application must be postmarked or electronically submitted by 3/15/2024.

John F. Finn Memorial Scholarship Program - (JohnFinnScholarshipApplication) 5 scholarships, $2,000 each to students with parents currently a member in good standing of Council 82 and must have maintained an overall average of 74 or above for the last six (6) semesters. Application must be postmarked by April 25th.

Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association - (2024StudentApplication) 2 scholarships, $2,500 each to students enrolled in an environmentally related program in a two-year or four-year college or university. For more information: (2024Instructions). Application deadline June 15, 2023.

Gift of Sight - New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. (2020Application) Recipient must be a current high school senior. Application deadline is April 30, 2020.

The Joseph Goncalves Student Humanitarian scholarship - Awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. The overall winner will receive a $5,000 award and the runner up will receive a $3,000 award. The $3,000 scholarship will be awarded locally, and the $5,000 scholarship will be given at our annual meeting in May. Click here for more information: Information and Scholarship_Criteria Applications should be received on or before Monday, March 11, 2024.

The Institutes CPCU Society (Syracuse Chapter) - Three classes of scholarships up to $1,000 available. 1. Open to all students planning to attend college in the fall. 2. Open to students enrolled in a Risk Management and Insurance Program in Central New York. 3. Open to all sons, daughters, grandchildren or legal wards of a member in good standing of the Syracuse Chapter who plan to attend College in fall of 2024. Click here: CPCUApplicationInformation

The Paul Jensen scholarship - Awarded to two individuals on a statewide basis. Must have excelled in design. The overall winner will receive a $5,000 award and the runner up will receive a $3,000 award. The $3,000 scholarship will be awarded locally, and the $5,000 scholarship will be given at our annual meeting in May. Click here for more information: Information and Scholarship_Criteria Applications should be received on or before Monday, March 11, 2024.

Leonard Bus Sales - is proud to announce the 6th Annual “A Day in the Life of a School Bus” Art Competition & Scholarship to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school students across New York State. StudentReleaseForm Deadline: October 9, 2023. Rules/Regulations

Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship - Each year, the STEM Scholarship Program awards $10,000 to 200 recipients studying engineering or computer science at a 4-year college or university. Recipients may renew the scholarship up to three times for a total potential value of $40,000 per student. (LockheedMartinScholarshipApplication_Information) The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023.

New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators Scholarship(s) - The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators will once again be awarding four scholarships (two academic and two athletic) in the amount of $3,000 each to students residing in the Assembly or Senate District of members of the Conference. This year the application process will be done completely online and no paper applications will be needed or accepted. Deadline for application submission is this Friday, March 15, 2024. No late applications will be accepted. Academic: Athletic :

New York Insurance Scholarship Foundation, Inc. - Be a part of an exciting profession that is constantly evolving yet offers stable careers to talented individuals! For criteria, application process and to apply: NYInsuranceScholarshipApplication Deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2024.

New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82 (Council82Application) - Graduating senior who will attend institutions of higher learning beyond high school in the coming year whose parent(s) is/are member(s) in good standing of Council 82. (Council82 Instructions) Deadline March 31, 2021.

New York Water Environment Association Inc. Scholarship Apply here: (Details/Application) - Graduating senior who will be enrolled in an environmentally related program in a four-year college. Deadline February 28th at 5pm.

NYS Troopers PBA Scholarship Fund - (ScholarshipInformation) 25 scholarships will be awarded. Graduating senior must me child/step-child of PBA member (active, retired and BCI Associate members) in good standing. Read more about scholarship guidelines here. Application Deadline June 15th.

Pat Hynes Memorial Scholarship by NAWIC Greater Rochester Chapter #314 - (3) $1,500 scholarships annually to a high school senior entering full-time schooling in a construction-related field or a female entering a training or similar program in the trades. Application deadline is May 14th. To apply: ApplicationInfo

Quentin Smith Sr. Memorial Scholarship - The 7th District of NY Sons of The American Legion will award a graduating senior that resides in Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne or Yates County. Scholarship amount of $500. Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2021. (QS Info and Application).

RDGA Foundation, Inc. - Application and information here: RDGA Foundation Scholarship Information for High School Seniors entering their freshman year of College or Trade School. Students do not need to have played golf in high school to apply for the scholarship. Application deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 15, 2022, to be considered for the scholarship.

ScholarshipBuddy - Focuses on providing scholarship information to high school students in the state of New York and other areas. For more information, click here: (