Senior Scholarship Page
- Scholarships are listed by due date/deadline!!!  Must check ahead.
                                                        Noteworthy loan/scholarships: 
Jaye C. Duncan Lion's Student Loan-  Special community organization loan available only to Newfane students (high school seniors and college students) who plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college/university, or trade or technical school.  Students must reapply annually if they desire additional funding.  This is a low interest loan, currently fixed at 5%, which does not start accruing the interest until 12 months after completion, or leaving, college/school when a repayment schedule must be initiated. Apply by June 1.
NYS Excelsior Scholarship- Available to  eligible NYS residents planning to attend a 2 or 4 yr. SUNY college (includes all community colleges).  New scholarship- 2017 first yr. made available.
NYS  Enhanced Tuition Award - Available to eligible NYS residents planning on attending a participating private NYS college (see list of participating colleges on website). New Scholarship- 2017 first yr. made available.
                                                    Scholarships are listed by due date/deadline!!!  Must check ahead. 
Note:  If you are looking for additional scholarships, visit scholarship websites such as, and   Also, check out the following website for unusual scholarships:  Weird Scholarships (by category and also scroll down to the bottom for "101" top weird scholarship list).  Also check out  This website lists multiple scholarships throughout the year, each with varying deadline and eligibility guidelines (do not click on the selections in the "AdChoices" panel). 
Oct. 1 -  Vivant Smart Home Scholarship - Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States. Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than September 10, 2018. Winner is not based on financial need. Applicants required to submit a video (see “Make A Video” tab for details). Student must be declared, or have intent to declare a major in one of the eligible disciplines listed in the Scholarship Official Rules
Oct. 2 -  Wendy's Heisman Scholarship - Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations - see list of approved sports on website.
Oct. 25 -   Horatio Alger Scholarship - Must be a full time senior in a US high school with plans to enter college next fall.  Must exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree (4 yr. college diploma) at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the US (may start your studies at a 2 yr. institution and then transfer to a 4 yr. institution).  Must also demonstrate critical financial need (< $55,000 adjusted gross income is required).  Also, be involved in co-curricular and community service activities plus display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.  Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (= "C" or 73% ave.). Lastly, must be a US citizen.
Oct. 31 - VFW Voice of Democracy Contest - Patriotic audio essay competition with a grand prize of $30,000.  Competition open to high school students in grades 9-12.
Nov. 17 - Young Musicians Scholarship -  Sponsored by Friends of the BPO and Buffalo Chamber Music Society.  The purpose is to recognize exceptionally talented young people who are pursuing music in their future studies.  These scholarships are available to high school seniors from Erie and Niagara County, who will major in music at any college or university in Fall 2018.
Nov. 27 - NCMEA Music Scholarship - The NCMEA scholarship was created to aid Niagara County students who are pursuing a career in music. Students must be attending a NCMEA member school and be a candidate for graduation in June of 2018 in order to be considered for the scholarship.  Please contact NCMEA Vice President Judy Peterson (Newfane Middle School) with any questions at
Nov. 27 - Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship -   The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.
Dec. 1 - Newfane American Legion Constitutional Speech Contest - Speech contest (8-10 min. speech) sponsored by the American Legion.  Students can win monetary awards at each level they advance to and win.  Students must be a high school student in grades 9-12 to be eligible. 
 Jan. 5 - Ontario Shores FCU Scholarship- Must be a college-bound HS senior who plans to enroll in college full-time (2 or 4 yr. college).
 Jan. 5 -  Cornerstone CFCU Scholarship - Applicant must be a member in good standing of a participating NY credit union who meets all of the following criteria:  College-bound senior, attending college for the first time in fall 2018, will be enrolled in either a 2 or 4 yr. accredited educational institution, and member agrees to use any scholarship funds awarded at an educational institution only.
 Jan. 15 - Mensa Scholarship -  An applicant does not need to be a member of Mensa, but must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.  Awarded on the basis of a 550 word (or less) essay that describes the applicant’s career, vocational, and/or academic goals along with information that shows how the applicant intends to achieve the stated goal. 
Jan. 19 - Niagara County 4-H Scholarships - Five 4-H scholarships available. Must presently be an enrolled active Niagara County 4-H member and be furthering your education beyond HS to be eligible for these scholarships.  Must also be a graduating HS senior. Participating in the county fundraisers is a major component for these awards.  You may apply for all the scholarships that you meet the criteria for - all on one application!
Feb. 1 - Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship -  Must:  Be a graduating MINORITY high school senior; Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States; Show leadership potential; Demonstrate a dedication to community service; Present evidence of financial need; Be a United States citizen; and Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading(EBRW) sections or a composite ACT score of 21.
Feb. 1 - The Character Council of Western New York Scholarship$1000 cash scholarships to high-school seniors who exemplify character in their daily livesThe scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors from public, private, parochial, or home schools, enrolling full-time in a college or trade school the Fall following graduation. Students must be current residents of Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie,  Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, or  Wyoming or counties to be considered. The scholarships will be made payable directly to the chosen post-secondary institutions.

Feb. 4 - Northrup Grumman Engineering ScholarshipTwo $8,000 scholarships available to selected students in Niagara or Erie Counties.  Must be a graduating senior who plans to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics program.  Must also have a minimum composite SAT score of 1150 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 (>88%) - un-weighted, grades 9-12 (initial application only).
Feb. 15 - Anjeanette Brione Memorial - LCTV Scholarship  - A $1,500 award given to an outstanding LCTV student volunteer.  Must have volunteered in some capacity for LCTV and plans to attend college full time.  Preference is given to candidates residing in the City or Town of Lockport.
Feb. 15 -  Gaskill-Roeseler Memorial - LCTV Scholarship  Must be:  A graduating senior planning on attending college full time, provide evidence of at least 100 hrs. of community service in at least 3 different areas, and must reside in the City OR Town of Lockport.
Feb. 15 - Thomas Riley - LCTV Communications Scholarship - Must be:  A graduating senior planning on attending college full time in the field of communications, able to provide evidence of interest in the communications field, must have a GPA of  > 80% , and must reside in the City OR Town of Lockport.
Apr. 1 - Lockport Elks Lodge Law Enforcement Scholarship - Must plan to enroll at a 2 or 4 yr. college majoring in a degree program in any aspect of law and law enforcement.
Apr. 1 - Lockport Elks Lodge Rodney Conrad Memorial Scholarship - Must plan to enroll at a 4 yr. college and major in any of the following majors:  Education, Engineering, Sciences, Humanities, Business, Accounting, or Mathematics.
July  -  NY State AIMS (Achievement and Investment in Merit) Scholarship - [HESC scholarship rep. said updated (2017) AIM Scholarship will be made available on May 5 and ends on July 10 so check as soon as is available!].  
  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • graduate from a NYS high school in the class of 2017;
  • enroll full time as a first time student in an eligible NYS college for the fall 2017 term; and
  • have achieved at least two of the following during high school:
    • have graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above (>87%);
    • have graduated “with honors” on a New York State Regents diploma or received a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (or AP) examinations;
    • have graduated within the top 15% of his or her high school class.
Aug.  -  NY State STEM Incentive Program Scholarship - 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. Carefully review the list of inclusive college majors (approved "programs of study) and approved occupations list to ensure that you qualify!
NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program -  Must be matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program full-time at a degree-granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a math or science teacher in secondary education. 
NOTE: If you are a high school senior you may not apply at this time.  You may apply in January of your first year of college.  
A recipient receives an annual award payment for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to a NYS resident student attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (SUNY), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. See additional criteria on website.