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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 10/11/19)

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: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Essay Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Awards will be made to students who plan to attend a college as a FT student during the fall of 2020 & who needs financial assistance. Students must also demonstrate moral character, serious educational purpose & leadership on the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A 200-300 word essay is required – “How have the accomplishments & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. affected or impacted my life & society?”

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

Deadline: Return completed application to Mrs. Gillespie by November 4, 2019



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: Boston University Trustee Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Trustee Scholars rank at the top of their classes and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee from a competitive pool of applicants after rigorous review. The Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years. To be considered, students must submit their application for admission with the two Trustee Scholarship essays.

How to apply:

Deadline: December 1, 2019



Name of Scholarship: Horatio Alger Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Seniors must have at least a 2.0 GPA, demonstrate involvement in school and community activities, and demonstrate strong financial need. There are a variety of additional scholarships available by State, Career & Technical & Targeted Scholarships with various deadlines. (Please see website for more information).

How to apply:

Deadline: October 25, 2019 (National Scholarship)



Name of Scholarship: Coca Cola Scholars Program

Description/Requirements: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 30th class in 2018, the Foundation has provided over 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $66 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Seniors are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

How to apply:

Deadline: October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm



Name of Scholarship: Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Description/Requirements: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

How to apply:

Deadline: November 5, 2019



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: VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Writing Competition

Description/Requirements: A national speech writing competition open to 9th – 12th grade students. Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.


The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

How to apply:

Deadline: October 31, 2019, midnight



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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