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. It is very important to check with the individual colleges for specific dates, deadlines, and requirements.
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. You are encouraged to apply to as many as you can.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has a number of scholarships. See Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling Office for more information on the DAR scholarships:
- Polly F. Burke Memorial Scholarship (Irondequoit Chapter): 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. One year scholarship of $1,000. Deadline 3/1/2020.
- NYS Scholarship (NYS Level): To financially assist deserving seniors who will attend a 4 year college in NYS. Total of $2,000 ($500 each year). Deadline 1/15/2020.
- Helen & Arnold Barben Scholarship (NYS level): Female, need based and attending a 4 year college. Total of $2,000 ($500 each year). Deadline 1/15/2020.
- Damaris Smith Desimone Scholarship (NYS level): For high school seniors who plan on majoring in U.S. History. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation, transcript, financial need form and a goal statement. $1,000. Deadline 1/15/2020.
- Peggy Jo Power Gifford Scholarship (NYS level): For high school seniors majoring in U.S. History, Philanthropic Studies and Non-Profit Management. One time award of $5,000. Deadline 1/15/2020.
Elvira Caroselli Creative Spirit Award. For high school juniors and seniors in Monroe County who demonstrate a creative spirit. Minimum amount $250. Information about how to apply at https://www.racf.org/Scholarships/Scholarship-Database?s=1017 Deadline 4/15/2020.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship: For college-bound 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 U.S. citizen. Up to 20 $10,000/year scholarships. More specific details about the scholarship and the online application are available at https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/ Deadline is 1/13/2020.
Greater Rochester Area Payroll Association (GRAPA): Scholarship available to high school seniors planning to enroll in a 2 or 4 year program at an area college (within 50-mile radius of Rochester) with a minimum B average, planning to pursue a degree program with an emphasis on business related studies. See Mrs. Anderson in Counseling for more information and an application. Deadline: 4/9/2020.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: Minority student who shows leadership potential, dedication to community service, financial need. Must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or a composite ACT score of 21. Up to $30,000 over four years. Apply online at: https://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/?bblinkid=184889171&bbemailid=16852183&bbejrid=1218609486 Deadline is 2/1/2020
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, as well. For more information: JFK Profile in Courage Deadline 1/17/2020.
Monroe Professional Engineering Society Scholarship: MPES is the local chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and distributes scholarships for graduating high school seniors who plan to study engineering at an ABET accredited college starting the fall of 2020. Minimum criteria is 600/500 math/verbal SAT score or 29/25 math/English ACT score and 85 or 3.0 GPA. Average one time scholarship award is $2,000. Over $15,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded. See Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling Office or go to http://www.monroepes.org for more information and an application Deadline is 12/20/2019.
National Society of the 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. Anderson in the Counseling Office. Deadline is 12/31/2019.
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 ten $4,000 scholarships will be awarded. Apply online at www.polishheritagerochester.org or see Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling Office for an application. Deadline is 2/1/2020.
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. For more information and to apply online: spirit.prudential.com. $1,000 - $5,000. Deadline is 11/5/19.
Reliant Community Credit Union Donald K. Rhine College Scholarship Program: Applicants must be a Reliant member, be a HS Senior, demonstrate the credit union philosophy of "people helping people"; play an active role in your community through community service; demonstrate high achievement in academic performance and activities. For more information and application go to https://www.reliantcu.com/about-us/scholarships Deadline is 2/14/2020.
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/.
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. Student essays will be judged on their originality, creativity, and dedication to healthy lifestyle choices.
Sokol 2020 High School Literary Awards Contest: Monroe County students in grades 9-12 are invited to enter their poetry, short fiction prose (no essays), and/or recorded performances to this prestigious annual contest. First Prize $300, Second Prize $200, Third Prize $100. Find complete instructions at www.Sokol.ffrpl.org or call 585-428-8350. Deadline is 1/31/2020.
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.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Scholarships (for more information and applications, see Mrs. Anderson in the Counseling office.)
- Patrice B. Cummings Scholarship: Scholarship available to college-bound female high school seniors who have excelled academically, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, are involved in community service and/or organized activities and demonstrate being a responsible, positive, self-disciplined and respectful individual with an interest in service to the community. Deadline is 2/1/2020.
- Psi Omega Zeta Scholarship: For college bound, female high school seniors who have excelled academically, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, are involved in community service and/or organized campus activities, and demonstrate being a responsible, positive, self-disciplined and respectful individual who is interested in service to the community. Deadline is 2/1/2020