Senior Scholarship Page
- Scholarships are listed by due date/deadline!!! Must check ahead.
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 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"), StudentScholarships.org, and My College Options. 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.
Oct. 6, 2018 - AES Scholarship - This 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.
Oct. 25 - Horatio Alger Scholarship - Criteria:
- Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2019 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
- Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
- Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
- Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
- Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
- Be a United States citizen
-Application online only.
Nov. 6 - Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Must have volunteered over the past year (after Sept. 1, 2017), be in grades 5-12 and a legal resident. Complete and submit an online application by Nov. 6, 2018 to the school principal or the head of one of the program's designated organizations.
Nov. 15 - Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship -
The 2019 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.Eligibility:
Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. High school graduates are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Any questions can be directed to Lockport Elks Lodge scholarship chairman John Zieziula: home-439-5818, or at the lodge- 434-2798.
Dec. 12 - American Legion Oratorical Contest
- Must be a high school student under the age of 20 to participate. Oratorical contest for speeches on some aspect of the US Constitution and are 8-10 min. in length. Contest is initially a community/American Legion Post level (just Newfane HS students). Winners at the post level progress on to the next level and can win scholarship money. View NY American Legion Oratorical Contest
for more info. Any questions about the initial or successive contests can be directed to Mr. Paul Leader, email: NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (716) 471-0382.
Jan. 5 - Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship
- Criteria: Must be a U.S. Citizen, Must be a resident in Niagara or Erie County, Must be a graduating senior of a public or accredited private high school in sponsoring location, Must plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics program, Must have a minimum composite SAT score of 1150 or ACT score of 27 (initial application only) and Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (un-weighted).
Jan. 15 - Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship
- Must be a NYS resident pursuing an agricultural-related area of undergraduate study (ie. Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Crop & Soil Science, Entomology, Food Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Economics, etc.).
Jan. 15 - Mensa Foundation Scholarship
- Must be a college bound senior student (do not
have to be a member of MENSA to apply). There are several general scholarships available at the national and regional levels, and in addition to that, Western New York Mensa has another $500 local scholarship that will go to a student from our chapter's area. (Our area includes the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties, and the western areas of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties.). The application process is entirely electronic: all necessary information, as well as the application forms are available on the MERF website.
Jan. 18 - Zonta Club of Lockport Scholarship
- Criteria: Females ages 16-19 y.o. with: active commitment to volunteerism, experience in school government, local government or workplace leadership, volunteer leadership experience, knowledge of Zonta International and its programs, and support for Zonta International's mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Feb. 1 - Character Council of WNY Scholarship - (Seniors can apply anytime between Oct. 1- Feb. 1) This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior from a: 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 scholarship will be made payable directly to the chosen post-secondary institutions.
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.
•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 - Canisius College Music Scholarship - $1500 scholarship. Must apply and attend Canisius College full time. Must have HS music performance experience and must complete a solo audition at Canisius. Do not have to major in music to be eligible. Can: minor in music, have music as a concentration in the Creative & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies major, or take music courses as electives.
Feb. 15 - Canisius College Studio Art Scholarship - $1500 scholarship. Must apply and attend Canisius College full time. Must minor in Studio Art or have a concentration in Studio Art as a major in the Creative & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies program.
Feb. 15 - Canisius College Art History Scholarship - $1500 scholarship. Must apply and attend Canisius College full time. Must pursue an Art History concentration in the Creative & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies major or an art history minor.
Feb. 15 - LCTV Gaskill-Roeseler Memorial Scholarship
- Must be a college-bound graduating high school senior. Also, must also have documentation of at least 100 hrs. of community service in at least 3 areas (ie. school, church, scouts, etc.).
Feb. 15 - LCTV Thomas Riley Memorial Scholarship
- Must be a college-bound graduating senior who plans to major in a communications area in college (ie. TV, radio, journalism, communications, media arts or other related communications fields).
April: (reminder if need transcripts or signatures- spring recess is Apr. 15-26)
Apr. 1 - Lockport Elks Lodge Law Enforcement Scholarship -
Must ge a graduating senior who plans to attend college (2 or 4 yr.) majoring in a degree program in any aspect of law and law enforcement. Any questions can be directed to Lockport Elks Lodge scholarship chairman John Zieziula: home-439-5818, or at the lodge- 434-2798.
Apr. 1 - Lockport Elks Lodge Rodney Conrad Memorial Scholarship-
Must ge a graduating senior who plans to attend a 4 yr.) college majoring in one of the following degree programs: Education, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Business, Accounting, and Mathematics. Any questions can be directed to Lockport Elks Lodge scholarship chairman John Zieziula: home-439-5818, or at the lodge- 434-2798.
May 1 - Newfane American Legion Lester Oakes Memorial Scholarship
- This award, in the amount of $500.00, will be awarded to one Newfane senior. The selected student must show proof of college acceptance. Criteria: Must 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); Graduating as a senior student from Newfane Senior High School, or home school in Newfane Central School District; Planning on attending college (2 or 4 yr.) or a trade/technical school; Student must have at least a “B” average in Social Studies (80% or greater); Student must have had one year of American History with a “B” average; and finally the student must be involved in community service activities.
May 17 - Newfane American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship
- Must be a college-bound graduating senior student from Newfane High School planning on attending college (2 or 4 yr.). Must also be involved in community service activities and must be son/daughter/grandchild of a veteran.
June 30- Pinnacle Peak Scholarship - Please write an essay telling us what you’re doing to fight or how you plan on fighting issues surrounding substance abuse or addiction. Examples could include your future career path, volunteering for a related cause, or even helping someone you love seek treatment. Winner will receive a $500 tuition scholarship.
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 23 - NYS Excelsior Scholarship - Now available for NYS students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University. See all scholarship criteria/info. on website.
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.