• 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- first yr. made available in 2017.
    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- first yr. made available in 2017.
     
     
    SCHOLARSHIPS:   2017-18
                                                        Scholarships are listed by due date/deadline!!!  Must check ahead. 
    Note:  If you are looking for additional scholarships, visit scholarship websites such as fastweb.com, and finaid.org.   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 ScholarshipGuidance.com ("find Scholarships") and StudentScholarships.org.  These websites list multiple scholarships throughout the year, each with varying deadline and eligibility guidelines (do not click on the selections in the "AdChoices" panel). 
     
    E-Alert Availability for Students/Parents:  When new scholarships are posted/added to this webpage, you can receive an E-Alert notifying you of this action.  If interested, follow the sign-up instructions- E-Alert Sign-up.
     
    September:
     
     
    October:
    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.
     
    November:
     
    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 jpeterson@newfane.wnyric.org
     
    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.
     
     
    December:
     
    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. 
     
    Dec. 31 - ACT Student Champion Scholarship - ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition. One winner per state.  Must be a HS senior and have taken the ACT exam (see score requirement below).
    • Applicants should be high school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and career actions
    • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater grade point average on a 4.0 scale
    • Preference will be given to underrepresented or first-generation college students.
     
    January:  
     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. 15 - Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship - Must be a graduating NYS senior with full time college studies that will benefit the agricultural industry.  Some agricultural related majors include: Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Crop & Soil Sciences, Entomology, Food Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Agriculture Economics.
     
    Jan. 15 - St. John Fisher College First Generation Scholarship
    • Have demonstrated academic motivation and success throughout high school
    • Be first generation college students (parents did not graduate from college)
    • Be high school seniors planning to attend Fisher in the following fall semester

    Jan. 15 - St. John Fisher College Foreign Language Scholarship - These scholarships are available to all high school seniors with proficiency in French or Spanish, and a minimum 1000 SAT (math and evidence-based reading and writing) or 19 ACT composite score. Students of all majors are eligible for this scholarship, with priority given to those majoring in a foreign language. (Fisher offers majors in French and Spanish.) Candidates must be nominated by a teacher or counselor and demonstrate:

    • Excellence in scholarship, character, leadership, and service
    • Communicative ability in the language with complete speech utterances beyond the present tense
    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!
     
    Jan. 19 - Canisius College Music Scholarship -  Must plan to attend Canisius College as a full time student and minor in music OR take music as an elective.  Must have HS music performance experience (solo or ensemble).  Solo audition and interview on Feb. 3 are a requirement for this scholarship competition.  Scholarship recipients are able to take private instrumental or voice lessons free of charge.
     
    Jan. 19 - Zonta International Young Woman in Public Affairs Award - Must be a graduating high school FEMALE, under the age of 19, who show an active commiment to volunteerism.  Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid), volunteer leadership achievements, knowledge of Zonta International and its programs, and support for Zonta International's mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy are also required.
     
     
    February:
     
    Feb. - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
     
    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. 1 - Canisius College Art History Scholarship - Must plan to attend Canisius College as a full time student and minor in Art History.
     
    Feb. 1 - Canisius College Studio Art Scholarship - Must plan to attend Canisius College as a full time student and minor in Studio Art.  Must provide a link to an online portfolio OR provide a flash drive of 15 labeled works in any medium created within the last two years.
     
    Feb. 1 - America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders/FFA Scholarships -  Must be a college-bound senior.  Residents of Niagara County in NY State are eligible to apply (see page 3).  Do not have to be a FFA member or major in a strict agricultural related area in college to be eligible (see page 2 for complete list of acceptable majors- which includes math, business, journalism, communications, etc. majors).
     
    Feb. 1 - Benjamin Milak Memorial Scholarship - Well rounded students wishing to apply for this scholarship must:
    •Be impacted by a learning disability, hearing impairment or cancer.
    •Be graduating in this current school year.
    •Attend a high school in Erie or Niagara County.
    •Have applied to a post-secondary educational program.
    •Possess a realistic career goal, one which they are capable of achieving.
    •Be community minded.
    •Have a respect for the natural world.
    •Possess a keen sense of humor, honesty and optimism.
     
     
    Feb. 2 - WNY Safety Conference Scholarship - Must be a college-bound HS senior and WNY resident.
     
    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.
     
    Feb. 15 - Monroe Tractor Scholarship - Must be a graduating senior from one of six WNY counties (includes Niagara) who plans on attending a 2 or 4 yr. college pursuing a career in an agricultural field.  An agricultural field is most everything in business related fields as well as engineering, computer sciences, biology as well as the more well know agricultural fields such as veterinary, mechanics, agronomy, and herd management.  No application form - just submit an essay outlined on the information sheet.
     
    Feb. 16 - Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship - Must be a college-bound senior enrolled in a Niagara or Erie County high school.  Must have a "B" or higher GPA. Must write an essay which demonstrates community involvement and commitment to human rights and/or equal opportunity in housing.
     
    Feb. 16 - Unyts Donate Life Club Scholarship -  
    • Graduating senior, who has been accepted into a 2 or 4 year program at an accredited college or certificate program.
    • Must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
    • Member of the Unyts’ Donate Life Club for a minimum of 2 full school years OR donated blood with Unyts successfully a minimum of 4 times.
    • Please note: Students have until the end of the 2017-2018 academic year to complete blood donations.
     
    Feb. 24 -  Ned Carter Memorial Scholarship - Must be a college-bound (2 or 4 yr. college) HS senior who plans of pursuing a career in a community service related discipline.  Must also be related to a firefighter, be a firefighter or be an Explorer in a fire department or fire district that is currently a paid up member of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York.
     
    Feb. 28 - NY Water Environmental Association (NYWEA) Environmental Career and Nicholas Bartilucci Scholarships - Must be a NYS resident and a 4 yr. college-bound senior starting college full time in Sept. 2018.  Applicant must be enrolling in, and graduate from, a BS or BE full-time program with a focus on environmental issues. Such programs could include but are not limited to: i. Environmental Engineering ii Civil Engineering with an environmental minor iii. Chemical Engineering with an environmental minor iv. Hydrogeology with an environmental emphasis v. Biology or Microbiology, with an environmental emphasis.
     
    Feb. 28 - Additional NYWEA Scholarships ($2500) -  Three additional scholarships available from NYWEA, worth $2500 each. One is for children of NYWEA members, one is for NYWEA student members, and the last is for high school students pursuing an Environmental Studies at a 4 yr. college.
     
    March:  (reminder if need transcripts or signatures- spring recess is Mar. 26-Apr. 6)
     
    Mar. - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
     
    Mar. 1 - American Association of University Women (AAUW) -Buffalo Branch- Scholarship - Must be a college-bound (full time 2 or 4 yr. college) FEMALE graduating from a Niagara or Erie County high school. Must have at least a 95% average.
     
    Mar. 2 - NCCC Distinguished Student Scholarship - Recipient receives two years of tuition free education at NCCC (must attend NCCC full time). Must be a graduating Niagara County senior who will be graduating with a Regents Diploma in June 2018 and have a minimum cumulative GPA of a "B" or higher (> 83%).  Must have previous volunteer community service and demonstrated involvement in HS activities.  Must provide assurance that you plan to remain in, or return to, Niagara County after completiion of your education and future volunteer commitments (include in essay).  NOTE:  Compare to the Excelsior Scholarship, listed at top of this page).
     
    Mar. 15 - Gerald J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarships -  Must: 1) Be a member in good standing with FASNY or have a parent/legal guardian who is a member, 2) Attend high school as a senior who is enrolled in the fall 2018 school year at an accredited two or four-year institution of higher learning or an accredited technical post-secondary school, 3) Serve as a current Junior firefighter, Explorer Scout or RAM in a group affiliated with a volunteer department; a volunteer firefighter; or a volunteer with an EMS unit, 4) Demonstrate a commitment to both volunteer emergency service and the community.
     
    Mar. 16 - NYWEA Scholarship - Must be a college-bound graduating senior from WNY (includes Niagara County).  Must also plan to enroll in an environmental related curriculum at the undergraduate level such as, but not limited to:  Biology, forestry, chemistry, engineering, and water/wastewater treatment.
     
    Mar. 30 - Kenan Arts Council Scholarship -  Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded this year to two high school seniors attending one of  seven indicated Niagara County high schools (to include Newfane) who plan to attend college and major in art, dance, design, music, or theater.  Applicants must have applied to and/or been accepted by a school for higher learning.  Applicants should meet high academic standards and be actively involved in extracurricular and community activities.  Applicants must have achieved a high school average of at least 80%.
     
     
    April:   (reminder if need transcripts or signatures- spring recess is Mar. 26-Apr. 6)
     
    Apr. - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
     
    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.
     
    Apr. 1 - Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Scholarships - Several scholarships available to eligible students. 
    • Must be a permanent resident of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties)
    • Must have a minimum “C” or a 2.0 (on a 4.0 system) G.P.A. average or greater
    • Must be accepted to a nonprofit, United States Department of Education accredited school for full-time, undergraduate study
    • Preference is given to Pell eligible students attending school in Western New York
    Apr. 2 - Niagara County Assessors Association Scholarship - One $1,000 scholarship. Must be a graduating senior from Niagara County who will be attending a NY State college or university in the fall of 2018.
     
    Apr. 13 - NCCC Foundation Scholarships - Multiple scholarships available for students planning on attending NCCC in the fall of 2018. See link of NCCC Scholarships list and also view the Student Scholarship Application Procedure link on this webpage.
     
    Apr. 22 - Student Insights Scholarship - Must be a HS senior who plans to attend a 4 yr. or 2 yr. college or career school.  No essay required - just complete a survey about area colleges.  Scholarships are awarded via a random drawing.
     
    May:
     
    May - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
     
    May 1 - Newfane American Legion Lester Oakes Memorial Scholarship - Must be graduating as a senior student from Newfane Senior High School (or home schooled in Newfane Central School District).  Must also:  Be a son/daughter of a veteran of the US military (must be able to provide supporting records/documentation ie. copy of parent’s DD214 Discharge Form), planning on attending college (2 or 4 yr.) or a trade/technical school, have at least a “B” average in Social Studies (80% or greater), a student must have had one year of American History with a “B” average and must be involved in community service activities.
     
    May 4 - American Legion Michael J. Kogutek Scholarship - Must be a college-bound HS senior.  Award based on veteran status (including family members), financial need, scholastic ability, realistic goals, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.  Must show proof of college acceptance prior to receiving this scholarship.
     
    May 18 - American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship - Must be a graduating senior student from Newfane High School who plans on attending college (2 or 4 yr.).  Student must be involved in community service activities and must be a son/daughter/grandchild of a veteran.
     
    June:
     
    June - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
     
    June 14 - Abbott & Fenner Scholarship - Available to juniors and seniors.  Just write an essay on the topic chosen by the donor and submit to the email address listed.
     
    July:
     
    July - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
     
    July  10 -  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!].  
             Criteria: 
    • 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.
    August:
    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.
     
    October 2018:  
    Oct. 6, 2018 - AES ScholarshipThis scholarship is intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. It will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.