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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 12/1/21) 


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: Greater Long Island Running Club 2022 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: Click here for PDF paper application or Click here for a Google Form

Deadline: Postmarked or submitted online on or before April 4, 2022



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, 2022



Name of Scholarship: “No Sweat” Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Can use for any educational purpose, from books to summer camp. In just two steps, you’re in! Apply by signing-up for a Cirkled In account and then complete your portfolio.

Scholarship Amount: $2,500

How to apply:

Deadline: December 31, 2021



Name of Scholarship: Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

Description/Requirements: Design an advertisement that will educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving, and convince them with a clear call to action not to text and drive, drink and drive, eat and drive, or any other distraction you choose to focus on. You may focus on distracted driving as a whole, or pick a specific kind of distracted driving, but the message/focus of your advertisement must be clear. You will be judged based on the quality of the content, it’s usability as an ad (billboard, commercial, PSA, poster, radio ad, etc.) and how it effectively convinces drivers to stay focused on the road. We are looking for creative, and helpful ads with maybe a bit of humor or irony.

Scholarship amount = $1,500

How to apply:

Deadline: December 31, 2021



Name of Scholarship: Create a Greeting Card Scholarship


  • Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.
  • Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.
  • The finalists will again be decided by voting!
  • The applicant with the winning entry will receive a cash scholarship of $10,000 plus a $1,000 prize for their school.

How to apply:

Deadline: March 2, 2022



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 more than $30,000. Open to students in grades 9 – 12.

How to apply:

Deadline:  April 28, 2022



Island Federal Credit Union Scholarship Program

Description/Requirements: All students who are graduating high school in 2022 and are pursuing advanced, full-time study after graduation are encouraged to apply for an Island Federal Scholarship. Eleven (11) eligible 2021 high school seniors will be awarded = 3 – $10,000 Scholarships & 8 - $2,500 Scholarships. Simply meet the following requirements at your time of submission and you are entered:

  • Be a current high school senior (Class of 2022)
  • Have an Island Federal checking account with a Debit Mastercard

How to apply: Click here

Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2022

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: 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: August 15, 2022



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