2018 College Scholarship Guide

Awards available to Highlands residents

By Chip Rowe

News flash: College is expensive, but there are thousands of scholarships available that may make a small dent.

The list below includes scholarships available to high school seniors or college students in the Highlands and/or Putnam and Dutchess counties. It does not include awards specific to individual schools. To search for scholarships offered by state and national organizations, see directories such as fastweb.com, collegeboard.org and scholarships.com.

Each listing includes who qualifies to apply, the amount of the award and the application deadline. For scholarships coded CFHV, apply at cfhvny.org. For those marked SGO, pick up an application form in your school guidance office or click on the “Apply” link to download the form in PDF format.


Acacio “Roger” Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship
Putnam or Dutchess seniors or college students pursuing a career in the building/construction industry such as architecture, engineering, construction management, electrical construction technology, plumbing and heating, welding or fabrication. | $2,000+ annually | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Firemen’s Association of the State of New York
FASNY reimburses tuition for active volunteer firefighters attending a New York community college or taking online courses through Empire State College. | $1,250 | ongoing | SGO | Apply

Hudson Valley Guns and Hoses
Paid or volunteer firefighters or law enforcement officers (or their immediate relatives) in Putnam or Dutchess who plan to major in criminal justice, fire science, public administration or related fields. | $1,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents
Haldane and Beacon seniors who have overcome obstacles, have a strong desire to achieve and demonstrate financial need. | $1,000 annually | April 18 | SGO

Mid-Hudson Ivy Foundation
Seniors from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha. | $500 to $1,500 | March 23 | SGO | Apply

Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Society
Seniors who plan to pursue a career in mental health, such as psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing or social work. | $125 to $500 | May | SGO

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Putnam and Dutchess seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. | $1,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

New York Benefits for Educators and Students Trust
Haldane or Beacon seniors who plan to pursue a career in business, health or education. | $1,000 | March 30 | SGO

New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal
Haldane or Beacon seniors who are (1) enrolled in special education, (2) have demonstrated resourcefulness and ingenuity to overcome a puzzling creative obstacle, or (3) plan to attend a New York college and who has record of involvement and work for a cause or organization that promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering or similar aspirations. | $3,000 to $5,000 | April 4 | SGO | Apply

Professional Nurses Association of Dutchess/Putnam
Putnam or Dutchess senior or college student pursuing a career in nursing. | $500 to $1,000 | May 12 | SGO

St. Luke’s Cornwall Health System
Seniors who have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer service at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, who are the sons or daughters of St. Luke’s employees or who plan to enter the medical field and have at least an 1100 SAT or 24 ACT score. | $1,000 to $1,500 | April 13 | SGO | Apply

Tompkins Mahopac Bank
Dutchess or Putnam seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA who plan to pursue an advanced manufacturing degree or technical program. | $500 | May 11  | SGO | Apply

Tony Schembri Memorial Scholarship
Seniors from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Sponsored by the Newburgh-based chapter of the veterans’ organization Rolling Thunder 3. | $500 | April 1 | SGO | Apply

How to Start Your Own Scholarship
Community foundation guides donors

By Chip Rowe

Want your own scholarship fund? The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley (CFHVNY) has helped individuals and groups establish nearly 60 that award grants to students in Dutchess, Putnam and/or Ulster counties.

The nonprofit, which has offices in Poughkeepsie and Kingston, processes applications for donors and administers the awards. Most scholarships offered are created in memory of family members, although some are tributes to schools, such as an award for Poughkeepsie High School graduates established by the Class of 1958.

Sally Cross

“Some people feel strongly that a school helped launch them in life,” explains Sally Cross, vice president of philanthropy for CFHVNY.

It takes a minimum donation of $50,000 to create a scholarship, which is enough to provide a perpetual annual grant of $1,000 to $2,000. “We want to make sure the award is enough to make a meaningful difference,” she said of the minimum.

CFHVNY chooses the winner or winners of each award, which is required by tax law, although the donor can be a member of the selection committee, she said.

When creating a scholarship, it’s best to keep the criteria as broad as possible, Cross said. Offering an award only to graduates of a certain school is fine, but finding suitable applicants for a grant for “left-handed violin players who are on the basketball team and went to a certain grade school” will be a challenge, she said, by way of example. Even scholarships provided to pursue specific majors can be tricky, because students often change their minds.

For more information, contact Cross at [email protected] or 845-452-3077.


Cold Spring Lions Club
Senior who resided in Philipstown as of July 1, 2017, based on need, academic record and potential to succeed. | $2,000 | May 7 | SGO | Apply

Daughters of the American Revolution
Putnam seniors who “exhibit extraordinary citizenship and integrity and service to his or her community while maintaining high academic standards.” | $500 | April 13 | SGO

Daughters of the United States Army
Haldane or O’Neill senior who is the child or dependent of an active, retired or deceased U.S. military service member. | $2,000 | April 5 | SGO | Apply

Glaser Orthodontics
Haldane seniors who plan to pursue a career in a health field. | $500 | March 31 | SGO | Apply

Joan Connelly Memorial Scholarship
Putnam seniors who plan to pursue a career related to mental health or in human services such as social work, psychology, nursing, education, counseling, community mental health, or child and family studies. Sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Putnam County. | $500 | March 30 | SGO | Apply

Master Gardeners
Putnam seniors who plan to pursue a degree in plant science, horticulture, floriculture, architectural landscape design, forestry, botany or other environmental-related program. Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County. | $500 | April 30 | SGO | Apply

Philip Baumgarten Memorial Scholarship
Philipstown senior who volunteers for a local nonprofit and/or has worked for a local business. Sponsored by the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. | $1,000 | April 6 | SGO

Putnam County Children’s Committee
Putnam seniors who exhibit a “commitment to service to the community, and  strength of purpose in achieving an educational goal, ability and maturity.” | $500 | April 14 | SGO


ATHENA Adult Scholarship
Dutchess females who has been out of high school or college for five years and are pursuing degrees at a New York or online school. | $1,000 to $2,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Beacon Schools PTOs
The Parent-Teacher Organizations at J.V. Forrestal, Glenham, Sargent and South Avenue elementary schools offer scholarships to Beacon seniors who attended each of them. The Beacon High School PTO also offers scholarships. | $300 to $1,500 | May 18 | SGO

Beacon Sons of Italy
BHS senior of Italian heritage or related to a member. | $250 | late May | SGO

Bettie Brown Scholarship
BHS senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and community service throughout high school. Sponsored by the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. | $500 | April 1 | SGO

Charles S. North Scholarship for Music and Art
Dutchess seniors who plan to major in music performance, music/art education or visual arts (ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture). | $1,500+ | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Beacon Elks Lodge 1493
The Elks offer the Rush Greenough Scholarship to a BHS senior with “extraordinary community service” and the Doc Roberts Scholarship to a BHS senior who plans to pursue an engineering or technology-related degree. | Varies | May 19 | SGO

Dustin James Fallen Police Officer Memorial Fund
BHS seniors who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement, emergency services or the military. | $500 | April 16 | SGO | Apply

Dutchess County Counseling Association
Dutchess seniors who have at least a 90 average. | $1,000 | April 27 | SGO | Apply

Dutchess County Dairy Committee
Dutchess seniors who plan to pursue a career in agriculture such as agronomy, animal science, communications and environmental courses. Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County. | $2,000 first year, $1,000 after | May 20 | SGO

Dutchess County Agricultural Society
Dutchess seniors and college students who plan to pursue a degree in agriculture, horticulture or human ecology or a career related to agriculture or horticulture. | $2,000 annually | May 11 | Apply

Dutchess County Retired Teachers Association
Dutchess senior with an average of at least 80 percent who intends to pursue career in teaching. | $1,000 | April 3 | SGO

Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade Committee
Dutchess seniors and college students of Irish descent.  |  $1,000 | May 27 | SGO | Apply

Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship
Dutchess seniors or college students pursuing  a career in nursing at a New York school. $1,500+ | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Frank Thomas Groff Scholarship
Dutchess seniors who are members of the Roman Catholic Church. | $1,000 annually | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

George A. and Catherine V. Quill Scholarship
BHS seniors “who must apply themselves to prosper or those who are able to demonstrate financial need.” | $500 to $1,500 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

H. Normington Schofield Scholarship
BHS seniors who plan to major in environmental studies or education. | $1,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Hudson Valley Financial Professionals
Dutchess seniors who plan to pursue a career in the financial services industry such as banking, finance, insurance or investment banking. | $500 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Hudson Valley School Food Service Association
BHS seniors who plan to pursue degrees in food service, hospitality, hotel management or dietetics. There are two scholarships, one honoring Steven E. Pinelli and the other Elvalee Woodside. | $1,000 | late April | SGO

I Am Beacon Making a Difference Scholarship
A Beacon senior who “exhibits the values of community and giving back.” | $2,000 | May 9 | SGO | Apply

Jennifer Coudrey Memorial Scholarship
Dutchess female senior who plans to pursue a career in physical therapy. | $1,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Jo Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Seniors who submit a print, artwork or voice project related to remove intoxicated drivers from the roads. Sponsored by Dutchess County R.I.D. Also open to juniors. | $500 | April 1 | SGO

Joseph H. and Mildred C. McManus Scholarship
Dutchess seniors or college students “who must apply themselves to prosper or who demonstrate financial need.” | $1,000 to $3,000 annually | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Joseph H. Gellert/Dutchess County Bar Association
Dutchess student enrolled in law school. | $1,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Joseph S. Guarneri Sr. Memorial Scholarship
BHS seniors “who have overcome or are overcoming personal, financial, family or emotional difficulties.” | $650+ | April 1  | CFHV | Apply

Juan Lafuente Leadership Scholarship
Dutchess seniors who demonstrate academic achievement (especially in math and science); leadership contributions to school and community; and character. Students must attend a New York college. | $1,000 to $1,500 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Leslie C. and Irene G. Roe Athletic Scholarship
Dutchess seniors who have demonstrated outstanding athletic skills and will attend a New York community college or SUNY/CUNY school. | $1,500 annually | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Marjorie A. Rifenburg Scholarship
Dutchess seniors or college students of Native American descent. | Up to $4,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Mary McKenzie Memorial Scholarship
BHS seniors of African-American descent. | $500 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Maynard and Ferne Brownell Family Scholarship
BHS seniors with financial need and athletic and/or community service. | $750 annually | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Michael P. Murphy Public Service Graduate Scholarship
Dutchess graduate students planning a career in government. | $1,000+ | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

New York State Association of School Business Officials
Dutchess senior who plans to pursue career in business, finance and/or education. Sponsored by the Mid-Hudson chapter. | $500 | March 2, 2018 | SGO

New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs
Senior who has been involved with the Dutchess County Fair, with preference to those who plan to study a field related to agriculture, fair management or the outdoor amusement business. | $1,000 | April 13 | SGO | Apply

Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship
BHS seniors “who have demonstrated excellent academic and athletic achievement and have a meaningful record of community service.” | $2,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Patrolmens Benevolent Association
BHS senior who plans to pursue a career in law enforcement. | $1,000 | May 18 | SGO

Robert K. Gould Memorial Scholarship
BHS seniors with “extensive community service experience.”  | $2,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Southern Dutchess NAACP
BHS seniors with 2.5 GPA with financial need. | $1,000 | late April | SGO

Stephanie D. Brown & Barbara M. Murphy Memorial Scholarship
Dutchess seniors who intend to major in education and become elementary, middle school or high school teachers. | $1,000 to $2,000 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

Steven and Linda Lant Family Scholarship
Dutchess seniors or college students pursuing a major in business or finance at a New York school. | $2,500 | April 1 | CFHV | Apply

TEG Joyce A. Betros Scholarship
Dutchess senior who is a TEG Federal Credit Union member (or whose parent or guardian is) who has demonstrated academy achievement and commitment to community. | $1,000 | April 2 | SGO | Apply

TWINKS Social and Civic Club Scholarship
Dutchess African-American seniors with academic average of 85 or higher. The scholarship is offered by the Poughkeepsie chapter of TWINKS, which stands for Today’s Women Initiating Nobility Knowledge and Sisterhood. | $1,000+ | April 16 | SGO | Apply

Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation
Dutchess senior or resident of more than three years who has a GPA or 3.0 or higher who plans to attend a college in Ulster, Dutchess or Orange counties or the online Empire State College. A separate scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to major in business, finance or accounting. | $2,000 | March 31 | SGO

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