General Scholarship Information

  • 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.

    Scholarship List:  See below for a list of scholarships that come through the Counseling office and are managed by the College/Career Coordinator, Vera Foster.  Applications are available online or as printable PDFs.  Please see Ms. Foster if you prefer a paper copy.

Scholarships List

  • American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships:  Offers merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students.

    College Board Opportunity Scholarships.  Complete six college planning steps for six separate chances at $500. When all six steps are finished, students are entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship.  Money can still be earned even if all steps are not completed. For more information, go to:

    EduMed Scholarships & Resources for African American Students:  Links to 20 scholarships and other valuable resources helping students achieve rewarding college educations and successful careers.

    Eisenhower College Alumni Association Scholarship Contest:  For college-bound high school seniors who plan to continue their studies in a liberal arts program.  Awards up to $5,000.  Essay with a minimum of 750 words required.  For more information, essay prompts and an application, go to: Deadline is 6/1/2022.

    Get-it-Straight Orthodontics Scholarship Award: $500 scholarship available to a senior who is a current or previous patient of the orthodontic office who underwent orthodontic treatment in the Pittsford, Greece or Gananda locations.  Student must have done community service in any area that was of benefit to others or made a contribution to society.  Essay required describing that experience.  Applications should be returned by June 11 to either Pittsford High School's Counseling Office College/Career Coordinator (Mrs. Anderson at MHS/Ms. Foster at SHS).  Get It Straight Application  Deadline is 6/11/2022.

    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
    • Adjusted gross family income of $110,000 or less

    For more information, please visit:

    New York State Education Department Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE): The Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE) provide a scholarship to attend an institution of higher education located in New York State to the top high school students, based on specific grading criteria through the end of a student’s junior year.  Students cannot apply directly for the scholarships but will be contacted by their school administration to obtain required information for the nomination form.  For more information, please see:

    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:

    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:

    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.  High school applicants should apply during their final semester of high school.  For more information and an application, go to

    PB&J Scholarship: Scholarships up to $1,000 available to students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.  Application, transcript and letter(s) of recommendation required. For more information and application, go to: Deadline 5/31/2022. 

    Pittsford Musicals Merit Scholarship:  Scholarship up to $250 available for high school seniors who are involved in the performing or musical arts (theatre performance, dance, vocal or instrumental music or theatre technical arts) AND intend to pursue studies in these areas at the college level after graduation.  Pittsford Musicals Merit Scholarship Application  Deadline is 5/20/2022.

    Skincare Ox – The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women: Each quarter $1000 + a care package filled with healthy, organic goodies to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals. Must be a HS senior, a female and a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident. All majors and GPAs may apply. Deadlines are January 1, March 31, June 30 and September 30 every year. All applicants must submit a 500 word maximum essay on the essay prompt found online at  Student essays will be judged on their originality, creativity, and dedication to healthy lifestyle choices.

    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 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.

    Urban League of Rochester: Click on  for a complete list of 2022 Scholarships and Applications.  Many scholarships participate in the Urban League's Common Scholarship Application.  Complete one application to be considered for multiple scholarships.

    VLP Smile Scholarship:  Dedicated to the memory of Valerie Lynn Palermo, a Greece, NY native.  Not required to be a Greece resident. SMILE stands for Students Making an Impact in Life through Education.  Essay requirement.  Multiple scholarships from $1,000 - $5,000. VLP Smile Scholarship Application 2022 For more information, go to  Deadline is 6/1/2022.

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