Seeing as New York State is situated in the Mid-Atlantic region as the third most populous and seventh most densely populated state with one of the most populous cities in the world, it is no surprise that there are numerous scholarships in New York to help its over 19.6 million residents attend post-secondary education. With a major global city, a thriving state capital region, and more rural surrounding communities, New York is an advantageous place to attend college because students can receive the best of both worlds. Regardless of which of the 83 public or 170 private colleges you may choose to enroll, the following are excellent scholarships that are specifically designed to provide financial aid to New York residents and students alike.
1. Anthony S. Santaro AGC Scholarship Program
Deadline: May 15th
Sponsored by the Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Anthony S. Santaro Scholarship Program offers up to 20 awards annually for $2,500 each to second, third, and fourth-year undergraduate students who are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in construction technology, construction management, or civil engineering. Qualified candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, be enrolled full-time at a New York-based institution, and be pursuing a career in the building and/or highway construction industry.
Anthony S. Santaro AGC Scholarship Program
10 Airline Drive Suite 203
Albany, NY 12205
2. Bob Allen New York Amateur Hockey Scholarships
Deadline: April 1st
Established in 2000 by the New York State Amateur Hockey Association in honor of its long-time President and Director Emeritus, the Bob Allen Scholarships provide $1,000 annually to graduating high school or prep school seniors who participate in the association by playing hockey for their school, community, or youth sports club. Along with the application, candidates must submit verification of enrollment in a New York college, a sealed official transcript, and three letters of recommendation.
3. Carol Ely Student Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 10th
In memory of the beloved president for the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC), the Carol Ely Student Scholarship Fund is designed to promote excellence in early childcare and education services statewide. As financial aid for professional development to provide care for young children, the program is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited early childhood education program in New York.
Carol Ely Student Scholarship Fund
230 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203
4. Debbie J. Tranello Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 31st
With the mission of financially assisting individuals who wish to pursue post-secondary education in pursuit of a career in the automotive parts management industry, the New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association offers the Debbie J. Tranello Memorial Scholarship. Eligible applicants must be New York State residents, be enrolled full-time in an associate’s degree program in the automotive industry, and be current NYSAAA members in good standing.
Debbie J. Tranello Memorial Scholarship
210 Lemoyne Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13208
5. Dorothy Strayer-Priemer New York Music Award
Deadline: January 24th
Each year, the Dorothy Strayer-Priemer New York Music Award is made available by the General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) of Amsterdam for $1,000 to residents of New York State who are entering their junior or senior year of college with a major related to the music field. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a music instructor, current college transcript, short personal essay, and a CD copy of two voice or instrument pieces.
Dorothy Strayer-Priemer New York Music Award
130 Guy Park Avenue
Amsterdam, NY 12010
6. Edward “Ned” Carter Memorial Scholarships
Deadline: March 1st
The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York offers four Edward “Ned” Carter Memorial Scholarships for $1,500 apiece to graduating high school seniors from across New York who are related to a firefighter, are a firefighter, or are an explorer in a fire department in the state. In keeping with the past president’s dedication to helping others, the scholarships are presented to students who will be pursuing a career in a community service, including fire service, nursing, social work, and teaching.
Edward “Ned” Carter Memorial Scholarships
P.O. Box 816
Medford, NY 11763
7. Empire State Potato Growers Inc. Scholarship
Deadline: January 15th
For New York residents who are pursuing an agricultural-related area of undergraduate studies, the Empire State Potato Growers Inc. has established a $500 annual scholarship specifically for those majoring in agricultural engineering, agronomy, crop and soil sciences, entomology, food sciences, horticulture, plant pathology, or agricultural economics. Applicants must provide an essay on ambitions in agricultural, list of extra-curricular activities demonstrating leadership qualities, an official grade transcript, and two letters of reference.
8. Excellence in Accounting Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: April 1st
Presented by the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), the Excellence in Accounting Foundation Scholarships offer up to $2,500 annually for state residents who have enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate accounting program at a four-year institution within New York. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, have completed a minimum of 72 credit hours, be enrolled for at least 12 semester credits, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Excellence in Accounting Foundation Scholarships
14 Wall Street 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
9. Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships
Deadline: June 30th
Administered through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships cover the cost of attending a public college in-state for children, spouses, and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence in 2009. Students must have graduated from a U.S. high school, be enrolled full-time, and be in good academic standing in an approved program.
Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships
99 Washington Avenue Room 1430A
Albany, NY 12255
10. International House Performing Artists in Residence Scholarship
Deadline: June 6th
Annually, the International House presents the Performing Artists in Residence Scholarship for $5,000 to three musicians, actors, or dancers applying to live at the I-House for the first time who are pursuing graduate studies in performing arts in New York City. Selection is based on demonstrated financial need, fields of study, academic performance, artistic talent, and applicants’ interest in contributing to the community through participation in its programs.
International House Performing Artists in Residence Scholarship
500 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027
11. John A. Maderer Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 1st
In honor of a beloved steamfitter in Western New York for over four decades who passed away at the age of 70 on Thanksgiving Day from asbestos-related lung cancer, the John A. Maderer Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to ambitious graduating high school seniors in Alden, Batavia, West Seneca, and Orchard Park. Preference will be given to full-time students who are in danger of falling into the financial gaps within the federal and state financial aid system.
John A. Maderer Memorial Scholarship Fund
5205 Chestnut Ridge Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
12. Joseph T. Weingold Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: December 5th
In memory of the first executive director of the NYSARC who pioneered policy in New York to significantly shape national policy on developmental disabilities, the Joseph T. Weingold Memorial Scholarship is presented annually for $3,000 to two full-time students enrolled in a degree program leading to special education certification at a New York university. All nominations must be made through the special education division of a college’s education department by the chairperson.
Joseph T. Weingold Memorial Scholarship
393 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
13. Kerry D. Marsh Annual Scholarship Program
Deadline: June 15th
Sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association in honor of the outstanding man who served as General Counselor for 40 years, the Kerry D. Marsh Annual Scholarship Program offers $5,000 to current or former New York State ProStart students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in hospitality or food service management. Students must demonstrate the passion, accomplishment, discipline, tenacity, and service that Mr. Marsh personified.
14. Margaret Raley New York State Migrant Student Scholarship
Deadline: April 15th
At the Geneseo Migrant Center, the Margaret Raley New York State Migrant Student Scholarship is available for $500 to recognize the educational achievements of migrant farm-worker students with a history of migration to and/or within New York. While preference will be given to graduating high school seniors from Columbia County, all members of the migrant community with a caring attitude towards others are eligible to apply for funding.
Margaret Raley New York State Migrant Student Scholarship
3 Mt. Morris-Leicester Road
Leicester, NY 14481
15. May C. Randazzo Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 14th
In honor of a beloved public relations manager who died after a brief illness at the age of 57, the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awards the May C. Randazzo Memorial Scholarship annually to junior or senior-level students majoring in public relations or communications at a western New York university. Recipients will be chosen based on scholastic achievement, interest in community service, unmet financial need, and involvement in professional organizations.
May C. Randazzo Memorial Scholarship
726 Exchange Street Suite 525
Buffalo, NY 14210
16. Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarships
Deadline: March 24th
In order to promote the ideals of service and honor college-bound students who engage in ongoing volunteerism, the Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarships are granted for $5,000 to graduating high school seniors who will be enrolling full-time at any of the 17 undergraduate colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Candidates must have completed at least 50 hours of service at community-based organizations in the last twelve months to foster civic engagement and/or improve quality of life for community residents.
17. New York State Golf Association Scholarships
Deadline: May 15th
Annually, the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) awards multiple scholarships for up to $2,000 each to state residents who are currently matriculated in a two or four-year degree program full-time with a major in agronomy, turf grass management, professional golf and country club management, or other golf-related programs of study in the United States. Applicants must submit a short personal essay on personal goals, future career plans, previous work experience, extra-curricular involvement, and what golf means to them.
New York State Golf Association Scholarships
P.O. Box 15333
Syracuse, NY 13215
18. New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship
Deadline: March 15th
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) offers the New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship for up to $5,985 to students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree to become a secondary (grades 7-12) math and/or science teacher. Eligible candidates must be attending a New York college full-time, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and sign a contract to fulfill five years of full-time employment as a secondary education math or science teacher upon graduation.
New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship
99 Washington Avenue Room 1430A
Albany, NY 12255
19. Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship
Deadline: June 1st
For female students who have previously participated in a tournament held by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, the Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship is granted annually to help cover the costs of attending a higher education institution full-time within New York State. Eligible applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, submit a 250-word essay on future career goals, and be available for a personal interview.
Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship
265 Sunrise Highway Suite 38
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
20. Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine
Deadline: January 31st
Created by the New York Women in Communications Foundation, the Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine is presented for $5,000 annually to college students in New York State who have demonstrated an interest in magazine journalism and/or publishing with a declared major in a communications-related field. Along with the scholarship funding, recipients are given the valuable opportunity to visit the magazine headquarters and spend a week-long internship with the editorial team.
Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour Magazine
355 Lexington Avenue 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
21. Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship
Deadline: June 15th
With the goal of increasing the number of qualified educators and adjunct clinical faculty members in New York State, the HESC has established the Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship to provide up to $20,000 to registered nurses enrolled at an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program in nursing education. Recipients must maintain good academic standing, respond to annual status reports, and return a service agreement for practice upon graduation.
22. Sonia S. Maguire Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
Deadline: March 31st
The Swiss Benevolent Society of New York (SBSNY) bestows the Sonia S. Maguire Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award annually to graduating college seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated sustained academic excellence within a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher in a demanding study program. Qualified candidates must have Swiss parentage, reside within New York State, and demonstrate need for financial support.
Sonia S. Maguire Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
500 Fifth Avenue Room 1800
New York, NY 10110
23. Susan W. Freestone Educational Award
Deadline: April 15th
Established in 1945 in honor of the outstanding woman who served as National Grange Juvenile Superintendent for more than a decade, the Susan W. Freestone Educational Award provides up to $1,000 to members of a Junior Grange in New York State who will be enrolling in an approved two or four-year institution after high school graduation. Selection for the non-renewable awards will be based on character, scholastic record, financial need, and involvement in extra-curricular activities.
Susan W. Freestone Educational Award
100 Grange Place
Cortland, NY 13045
24. Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 17th
For graduating seniors from New York City high schools in any of the five boroughs, the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program offers full-tuition awards to 10 recipients annually to attend Barnard College, Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Fordham University, Long Island University, New York University, Pace University, Polytechnic Institute of New York, St. Francis College, or St. John’s University. Qualified candidates must rank in the top 15% of their high school class, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and major in any discipline except life sciences or fine arts.
25. Valerie Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: February 1st
Through the Central New York Community Foundation, the Valerie Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor a self-motivated learner who went back to school years later to earn a master’s degree and became a math instructor at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. Candidates for the $1,500 award must be female students attending University College, have a declared major in math or science, and demonstrate success despite significant life challenges.
Valerie Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund
431 East Fayette Street Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202
Even though New Yorkers have a notorious reputation for being tough and resourceful, they too can have trouble the financial mountain to afford the rising costs of earning a college degree. Luckily, simply being a resident of the “Empire State” opens up several doors for scholarship funding opportunities that will reduce the financial burden of higher education and help make affording college that much easier. Whether you are a native New Yorker or are moving to the state to take advantage of abundant learning opportunities, be sure to check out these 25 great scholarships in New York to achieve your fullest potential in higher education.