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College Scholarship Information

This is a list of college scholarships that the SHA Guidance Department is in receipt of via US Mail or email notification. It is not inclusive of ALL potential scholarships that may be available to students. Therefore, our students & their families are encouraged to also research college scholarship opportunities on the individual college Financial Aid websites, SHA's website resources page, Naviance, internet searching or please consult your daughter's counselor for further assistance.


  (Most Recent at Top as of 1/8/20)

Name of Scholarship: Excelsior Scholarship
Under this groundbreaking program, more than 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year will qualify to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State. The new program begins in the fall of 2017 and will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.

If you would like to be electronically notified when you may apply for the Excelsior Scholarship, please enter your email address on the Excelsior Scholarship Alert form found on the link below. If you do not wish to register for notifications, you can check for periodic updates at

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Name of Scholarship: Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union

Description/Requirements: Seniors must be a member of a participating New York Credit Union

How to apply:

Deadline: January 10, 2020



Name of Scholarship: Greater Long Island Running Club 2020 Herb & Betty Grayson Memorial Scholarship

Description/Requirements: $2,000 awarded to 1 or more graduating Nassau or Suffolk County HS seniors chosen on the basis of involvement in and service to the LI running community. In order to qualify, a paper must be submitted describing your involvement in and service to the running community, as well as your personal running accomplishments. (Max 3 pages in length, typed & double spaced).

How to apply: Please see Mrs. Gillespie in the Guidance Office for an application.

Deadline: Postmarked on or before April 3, 2020



Name of Scholarship: LI2Day Scholarships


The LI2DAY Scholarship – supported by the LI2Day Walk, was established to recognize the profound effect of breast cancer/other women’s cancer have on a family.  Nearly $200,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2004. The LI2Day Scholarship is designed to provide a one-time award of $2,500 to a high school senior who resides with a parent or guardian who is a survivor of breast cancer and/or other women’s cancer or resided with a parent or guardian who has passed from breast cancer and/or other women’s cancer. (Five (5) scholarships available in 2020).

Maria A. Sciara Scholarship(Those aspiring to become teachers will be given extra consideration for this scholarship). This is a $2,500 scholarship that will be awarded to 3 graduating seniors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The student must reside or have resided with a parent or guardian who is a survivor of any cancer other than breast cancer and/or other women’s cancers or have resided with a parent or guardian who has passed from any cancer other than breast cancer and/or other women’s cancers. (Three (3) scholarships available in 2020).

The awarding of these scholarships will be based on an evaluation of the following criteria:

  • Content & completeness of application, including school, community & outside activities
  • Quality & content of personal statement (this criteria is very important) one page or less
  • Letter of recommendation
  • HS educational effort & definite plans for the 20-21 Academic year

How to apply:

Deadline: April 1, 2020



Name of Scholarship: FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship Program

Description/Requirements: The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York Scholarship Advisory Committee with award (25) $1,500 scholarships to HS seniors entering college. The awards recognize exemplary members of the youth fire service who also contribute to their communities. (Winners will be notified by mail & names will be posted at on or before June 1, 2019)

How to apply:

Deadline: Applications must be received by March 15, 2020



Name of Scholarship: SCAD Challenge

Description/Requirements: Your students can put their artistic vision on display for the opportunity to earn a scholarship to SCAD, the university for creative careers. The SCAD Challenge competition is open to current juniors and seniors in high school as of the 2019-20 academic year. Entries must demonstrate creativity, innovation and a strong understanding of aesthetics. A panel of SCAD faculty will review and evaluate submitted entries, and three winners will be selected from each category.

SCAD Challenge categories:

  • 2-D design
  • 3-D design
  • Architecture and industrial design
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Film and animation
  • Graphic design
  • Performing arts
  • Photography
  • Writing

How to apply:

Deadline: February 17, 2020 by 5:30 pm



Name of Scholarship: Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union – The Patrick McNeill Memorial Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union offers college-bound high school seniors the opportunity to compete for the Patrick McNeill Memorial Scholarship. As a volunteer during the early years of the Credit Union, Pat McNeill dedicated his time and energy to serve others. Mr. McNeill was an original director of the credit union in 1969 and served on the Board of Directors for 12 years, three as President. Four scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each are awarded and two $500 awards. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be a member at Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union. If you are not yet a member, you can become one today.

How to apply:

Deadline: RECEIVED by January 31, 2020



Name of Scholarship: The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Description/Requirements: Scholarship opportunities for Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander college students for the 2019-2020 school year.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2020. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online.

How to apply:

Deadline:  January 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm




Name of Scholarship: National Co-Op Scholarship Program

Description/Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship, you must apply to one of the following 9 WACE Partner Institutions listed – Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Wales University, Merrimack College, RIT, SUNY Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, Wentworth Institute of Technology.


  • Cumulative HS GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Apply for admission for the 2019-2020 academic year at institution(s) you select on the scholarship application
  • Meet other merit scholarship criteria as established by the instiutio9n(s) selected on the application
  • Must be current HS seniors or transfer students

How to apply:

Deadline: February 15, 2020



Name of Scholarship: Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Description/Requirements: Hispanic Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher should register with the Hispanic

Scholarship Fund to find out more about a wide range of scholarship opportunities.

How to apply: (Opens approx.. January)

Deadline: Middle of February (TBA)



Name of Scholarship: AXA Achievement Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Seniors planning to enroll full time in an accredited 2 or 4 year College/University in the fall of 2019. Must write an essay demonstrating ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in a non-academic activity in school, the community or workplace. **Only the first 10,000 applications will be considered. Don’t delay!**

How to apply:

Deadline: December 15, 2019



Name of Scholarship: Essay Contest for Ayn Rand’s Anthem, The Fountainhead, & Atlas Shrugged

Description/Requirements: Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. This year we will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000. Open to students in grades 9 – 12.

How to apply:

Deadline:  September 19, 2019 or April 30, 2020 or May 28, 2020



Name of Scholarship: College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Description/Requirements: National scholarship program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get into college. Now, you have the chance to build on your school's existing college preparation efforts by helping students focus on the most important actions in the process.

Students have the chance to earn scholarships when they:

  • Build a college list.
  • Practice for the SAT®.
  • Improve their SAT score.
  • Strengthen their college list.
  • Fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Apply to college.

Beginning with the class of 2020, we're awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000 when students complete those six steps. This year so far, the College Board has awarded $400,000 to our first 500 Opportunity Scholarship winners.

How to apply:

Deadline: Various deadline dates. Please view website for details.


Name of Scholarship: College Board – Official SAT Practice Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Students in the Class of 2020 who use the free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy can earn a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. The College Board will award 150 scholarships every month through October 2019. (75 of those scholarships will go to students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.)

How to apply: Click here Practice for 6 hours on Khan Academy to qualify and earn one entry in the monthly drawing. Earn one entry for each additional hour you practice, up to a total of 20 hours.

Deadline: Scholarships awarded every month through October 2019. A new edibility window starts on the first day of each month and ends at midnight on the last day of the month. The drawing occurs on the first day of the following month.



Name of Scholarship: NYS STEM Incentive Program

Description/Requirements: The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.
An applicant must:
  • be a NYS resident and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the fall college term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation;
  • be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class at a NYS high school;
  • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at a SUNY or CUNY college;
  • earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each term after the first semester;
  • execute a Service Contract agreeing to reside and work in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in NYS for five years.
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Deadline: Applications available October 2019
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