Scholarships

  • Parents:  Check for scholarships at your place of employment, unions, banks/credit unions, professional/club/membership affiliations, places of worship, Greek life affiliations, etc.

    College Specific Scholarships: 

    Merit Based Scholarships:  Most colleges automatically consider applicants for merit based scholarships when students apply. Many students receive merit based scholarships - from the top of the class to average students. No special scholarship application is required, but to be considered for a merit based scholarship, the college application deadline is often November 1st or  December 1st.

    Other College Specific Scholarships:  Most colleges offer additional scholarships such as presidential scholarships, dean scholarships, major related scholarships, audition based scholarships, diversity scholarships, first in college scholarships, etc.  These scholarships usually require an application and possibly letters of recommendation and/or an essay. Be sure to check each college that interests you to see what scholarship opportunities are available and what the deadlines are.  We encourage you to apply to as many as you can.

    Other Scholarships:

    Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has a number of scholarships.  See Mrs. Tyler in the College/Career Center for more information on the DAR scholarships:

    • Polly F. Burke Memorial Scholarship (Irondequoit Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution): For high school seniors who meet the following criteria: an American citizen, planning to attend any institute of higher learning, an outstanding academic record, and demonstrated commitment to community service.  Applicants must provide 3 letters of recommendation, transcript, and personal statement. $1,000. Deadline 3/1/20.
    • NYS Scholarship (NYS Level):  To financially assist deserving seniors who will attend a 4-year college in New York State. Total of $2,000 ($500 each year).  Deadline 1/15/20.
    • Helen & Arnold Barben Scholarship (NYS level):  To a female senior, born in the US and attending a 4-year college.  Total of $2,000 ($500 each year). Deadline 1/15/20.
    • Damaris Smith Desimone Scholarship (NYS level): For high school seniors who plan on majoring in History. One-time award of $1,000.  Deadline 1/15/20.
    • Peggy Jo Power Gifford Scholarship (NYS level): For high school seniors majoring in US History, Philanthropic Studies and non-profit Management.  One-time award of $5,000.  Deadline 1/15/20.

    GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship:  Seniors who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, and within the community.  Must be nominated by an eligible community leader, such as a high school Principal, elected official, or executive director of a nonprofit organization. Must demonstrate strong academic performance (3.0 or greater GPA or equivalent).  Must demonstrate financial need and be a US citizen.  Up to 20 $10,000/year scholarships. For more information and to apply, visit:  http://www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships.  Deadline is 1/3/2020.

    Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship:  Minority students who shows leadership potential, dedication to community service and financial need.  Must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or a composite ACT score of 21.  Up to $30,000 over four years.  https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/?bblinkid=184889171&bbemailid=16852183&bbejrid=1218609486. Deadline is 2/1/20.

    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest, sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.  Open to all high school students.  Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1917.  First-place prize is $10,000; second-place is $3,000; smaller awards from $100 - $1,000. For more information, visit:   Profile in Courage.  Deadline 1/17/20.

    New York State Excelsior Scholarship: Tuition-free degree program. In order to apply, students must:

    • Attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
    • Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program
    • Adjust gross family income of $110,000 or less

    For more information, please visit:  https://www.ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship

    New York State STEM Incentive Program: Provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10% of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field for five years after graduation. Rules and information can be found at: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/nys-science-technology-engineering-and-math-incentive-scholarships-service-terms-and-conditions.html

    New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): This program helps NY residents pay for tuition with a grant.  There are specific income requirements.  For more information, please visit:  https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/apply-for-financial-aid/nys-tap.html

    OppU Achievers Scholarship: $2500 Scholarship awarded four times a year to Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. To apply, students submit a short essay online.  Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response.  Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.  For more information and an application, go to https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/

    Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Scholarship:  For seniors of Polish descent.  Up to 10 $4,000 scholarships will be awarded.  Apply online at www.polishheritagerochester.org or see Mrs. Tyler in the Counseling Office for an application. Deadline: 2/1/20. 

    The Prudential Spirit of Community:  For any HS student who has demonstrated exemplary community service. Applicants must share about a service project they were involved in and explain the level of initiative and effort they put into the project. Also, describe the impact the project had on the community and what level of personal growth you experienced. Apply online at:  spirit.prudential.com .   $1,000 - $5,000. Deadline is 11/5/19. 

    The Rochester Area Community Foundation: RACF manages and awards over 1,000 scholarships. Some of the criteria used are: county/town of residence, ethnicity, academic interest area, company/employer, club/organization involvement.  Requirements and awards vary by the scholarship.  For more information visit:  https://www.racf.org/Scholarships/.

    Science Ambassador Scholarship:  Full tuition scholarship for women studying in STEM fields. Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity. Create a video up to 3 minutes long about a STEM topic.   https://www.scienceambassadorscholarship.org/. Deadline is 12/9/19.

    Sons of the American Revolution George and Stella Knight Essay Contest:  For all high school students.  One local winner will be selected to receive $200 and be passed along to the state and/or national levels.  Three state levels awards ($100 - $300) and up to $5,000 at the national level awards are available.  Essay should be 800 – 1,200 words based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or the framing of the US Constitution.  For more information, please go to Youth Contests & Awards under the Education tab of the SAR website, https:/sar.org or see Mrs. Tyler in the Counseling Office. Deadline is 12/31/2019.

    UNCF (United Negro College Fund): The UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective provider of minority scholarship assistance. Visit the UNCF website at https://uncf.org/ and select “Scholarships” to begin the process to determine for what scholarship(s) you might be eligible.  For questions, call 202-810-0300 or text “FUNDS” to 50555.

    Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Scholarship:  For seniors of Polish descent.  Up to 10 $4,000 scholarships will be awarded.  Apply online at www.polishheritagerochester.org or see Mrs. Tyler in the Counseling Office for an application. Deadline: 2/1/20.