Parents: Check for scholarships at your place of employment, unions, banks/credit unions, professional/club/membership affiliations, places of worship, Greek life affiliations, etc.
Merit-Based College Scholarships: Most colleges automatically consider applicants for merit-based scholarships when students apply. Many students receive merit-based scholarships. No special scholarship application is required, but to be considered for a merit-based scholarship, it is very important to check with the individual college for specific dates, deadlines, and requirements. Some early college application deadlines are in November or December.
College Specific Scholarships: Most colleges offer additional scholarships such as presidential scholarships, dean's 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. You are encouraged 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, Mrs. Karina Anderson. Applications are usually available online and sometimes as printable PDFs. For printable applications, please see Mrs. Anderson if you need help with a paper copy.
American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships: Offers merit- and need-based scholarships to qualified American Indian and Alaska Native students. https://www.aigcs.org
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: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/
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: https://eisenhowercollege.org/scholarships/ Deadline is 6/1/2023.
EduMed Scholarships & Resources for African American Students: Links to 20 scholarships and other valuable resources helping students achieve rewarding college educations and successful careers. https://www.edumed.org/financial-aid/african-american-student-scholarships-resources/
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 May 26th to either Pittsford High Schools Counseling Office College/Career Coordinator (Mrs. Anderson at MHS/Ms. Foster at SHS). Get It Straight Application 2023 Deadline is 5/26/2023.
Italian Civic League: For seniors who are of American-Italian lineage (at least one Italian parent) with a GPA of 85% or higher. Some knowledge or study of the Italian language is beneficial but not required. Two $1,000 scholarships to students in Monroe County. See Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling office for an application. Italian Civic League Scholarship Application Deadline 6/15/2023.
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: https://www.ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship
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 scholarship but will be contacted by their school administration to obtain required information for the nomination form. For more information, please see: http://www.nysed.gov/postsecondary-services/scholarships-academic-excellence-sae.
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. High school applicants should apply during their final semester of high school. For more information and an application, go to https://www.opploans.com/scholarship/
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 https://www.skincareox.com/scholarship/. 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 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.