There are many local scholarships available to graduating seniors. Scholarship requirements vary, students should contact their guidance counselor regarding eligibility for specific local scholarships. Contact the guidance office for available scholarship applications and required paperwork.
Military Scholarships & Educational Benefits
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – This web page provides information on educational benefits for veterans and their children. The U.S. Armed Forces has several programs that will provide students with money to pay for school. For additional information about these programs, call your local service recruiter (obtained from your guidance counselor or listed in the phone book).
- Montgomery G.I. Bill – Under the Montgomery G.I. Bill, each of the Services, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and their Reserves and the National Guard, provide a cash incentive to encourage you to join and serve a tour of duty.
- ROTC Scholarships – The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program provides students with money for college while they are in school, in exchange for a service commitment. Upon graduation, ROTC students become commissioned officers and start as an ensign in the Navy or Coast Guard, or a second lieutenant in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps. Full ROTC Scholarships pay for tuition, fees and book costs for all four years of college. Smaller ROTC scholarships are available depending on the service. Application procedures vary by the service. For more information:
- Air Force ROTC and the United States Air Force Academy – Students, parent, counselors, and financial aid personnel will find a wealth of information here, as well as the ability to apply for scholarships online.
- The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) – Two-year college open only to enlisted men and women. It offers a variety of programs leading to an Associate’s Degree, in more than 70 scientific and technical fields. Courses are free and the Air Force pays for up to 75% of the cost of the college courses through its Tuition Assistance Program.
- Each of the four Armed Forces operates its own Service Academy as a four-year institution of higher education. All students who are admitted to a Service Academy receive a full scholarship with a small monthly stipend. Upon graduation, students are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps or as an ensign in the Navy or Coast Guard. For more information:
- The American Legion – The American Legion offers a variety of scholarships and information to assist students looking toward college.
Other scholarship/aid links
- Smart student guide to financial aid – Aid estimator and scholarship search
- Fastweb – Database of private-sector scholarships, grants and loans
- College Board – Scholarship search and financial planning resource
- Guide to college savings plans – Money Magazine’s guide to making college affordable
- CollegeScholarships.com – A list of scholarships from around the country
- Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation – Scholarships sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company
- Gates Millennium Scholars – The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
- Free 4-U Scholarship Database – Scholarships for many ethnic groups and minorities
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) – Information from NASFAA about applying for grants and loans
- United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – Financial aid from the United Negro College Fund
- StudentScholarships.org – Database of scholarships available for students in New York State