Below you will find descriptions of scholarships offered each year.  The scholarships described below are awarded based on a competitive application process.  Applications are posted as they become available.  Applications are usually posted in January-February of each year, and are due in April-May.  Eligibility criteria and application procedures for each scholarship are generally the same each year; however, due dates and award amounts may differ, and some scholarships may not be awarded every year.

 

In addition to the scholarships described below, the Community Foundation administers several scholarship funds that are awarded based on the recommendations of the guidance departments at particular schools.  For information on these funds, please contact the guidance department at your school or Jenna Cuilla at jcuilla(at)cfgcr.org or (518) 446-9638.

 

Congratulations to the 2013 scholarship recipients! The Community Foundation commends the 50+ local students who have been selected to receive scholarships, and we extend our gratitude to the organizations and donors who have made these scholarships possible. For a full list of recipients and scholarships, please click here.

 


 
 
 
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Applications are accepted for the following scholarships during winter/spring of each year.  Applications will be posted as they become available. Last updated July 14, 2014.

Ad Club Scholarship (up to $3,300):  For high school seniors or full-time college students, who are planning to enroll or currently enrolled at a Capital Region college or university, who are majoring in public communications, marketing, graphic arts, public relations, or any other communications-related curriculum.   Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed. 
 


Coach Ken Baker Memorial Scholarship (Two awards for $2,000 each): Coach Ken Baker spent nearly 40 years as a teacher and coach at East Greenbush, Hoosick Falls, and Cambridge School Districts, where he brought out the very best in the hundreds of young men and women that he touched.  This scholarship was established to ensure that the legacy of Coach Baker will live on through the awarding of scholarships to deserving high school seniors from both Hoosick Falls and Cambridge schools each year. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.

  


Ellen Barrett Bevins Scholarship Fund ($1,200): This scholarship will be awarded to a senior from Watervliet High School who plans to attend an accredited trade school, college or university (located in the United States) in pursuit of a degree or vocational certification. The student must demonstrate how he/she has given their time, effort and unselfish commitment to Watervliet High School. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Bebu Scholarship ($2,500): Established to provide scholarships for minority or economically disadvantaged students planning to attend SUNY Adirondack. The student must be academically high-achieving and be able to prove financial need. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


BETHLEHEM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS - Please note: the deadline to apply for all Bethlehem Central High School scholarships has passed.

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation are pleased to offer 12 scholarships to high school seniors at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, NY.

PLEASE READ: APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BETHLEHEM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Jonathan A. Albert Memorial Scholarship ($500)
  • Lorraine E. Boyle Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Frances A. Cocozza Memorial Award ($2,000)
  • Russell Ellers Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Frese Landscaping Community Scholarship ($250)
  • Jeremy Klugman Memorial Award ($2,000)
  • Parker D. Mathusa Memorial Award ($500)
  • Dorothy McDonald Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Ken Neff Eagle Award ($2,000)
  • Norek Family Spanish & Study Abroad Award ($1,000)
  • Gay C. Petri Memorial Award ($500)
  • Will Raub September 11 Memorial Scholarship ($500)
  • Katherine Talmage Homan Memorial Award ($1,000)
  • Dr. Josephine A. Vitillo Memorial Award ($1,000)

**Please note - see "Kevin M. Shea Memorial Scholarship" below, which is also for BCHS students**


John A. Boyd Scholarship Fund (two scholarships: $2,000 total for a two-year college OR $4,000 total for a four-year college): The John A. Boyd Scholarship goes each year to one senior planning to attend a four-year college or university and to one senior planning to attend a two-year junior college, each of whom shows outstanding potential for continued success. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Michele Brunette Scholarship Fund ($2,400): For a graduating senior from Troy High School who has demonstrated academic achievement, leadership skills, and evidence of financial need. The recipient must have clear career goals and must be accepted to either a two- or four-year college or university. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Michael J. Campbell Memorial Scholarship ($1,400): This award is intended for a graduating senior enrolled in a High School Vocational Education Program in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie Warren and Washington County of New York State OR a freshman already enrolled in a college or university in pursuit of an Associate's Degree in Construction Technology, Building Construction/Building Trades, Carpentry AAS or AOS, Construction Technology (with carpentry minor), or Construction Technology/Building Construction. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


THE CHAMBER OF SCHENECTADY COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS Please note: the application deadline for these scholarships has passed.

MVP Health Care Scholarship ($1,000): These awards are for students entering a 2 or 4 year college or university to pursue a degree in a wellness-related field such as (but not limited to) nursing or medicine, nutrition, sports or fitness and will enter college in Fall 2013.  Students must be high school seniors residing in Schenectady County.  Students must have achieved a high school academic GPA between 75% and 85%. 

Doviak Scholarship for the Arts ($500):  This scholarship is awarded to a student entering a 2 or 4 year college or university to study in an arts-related field.  Student must be a high school senior residing in Schenectady County and attending Schenectady High Sayles School of Fine Arts.  Student must have completed several volunteer activities over the course of their high school career; special consideration given to applicants who have completed projects that focus on literacy-based initiatives with children under age 12.

Leonard K. Doviak Memorial Scholarships (two awards each year at $1,000):  These awards are for students entering a 2 or 4 year college or university to study any field.  Students must be high school seniors residing in Schenectady County.  Students must have achieved a high school academic GPA between 75% and 85%.

Walter J. Socha Entrepreneurial Scholarship (two scholarships of $1,000 each): This scholarship will be awarded to two students Scotia-Glenville High School:

  • One student who is a graduating senior at Scotia-Glenville HS and is pursuing a business degree with an interest in becoming an entrepreneur; AND

  • One student who is a graduating senior at Scotia-Glenville HS and is planning to attend a vocational or trade school certificate with an interest in becoming an entrepreneur.

Trans-Tech - Solid Surface Craftsman Skilled Trades Scholarship ($1,000):  Scholarship will be awarded to a student entering a certificate or apprenticeship program, or a 2 or 4 year college or university to study a skilled trade.  Student must be a high school senior residing in Schenectady County.  Student must qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. 


Joette P. Delia Curiano Scholarship (up to $1,000): Established by Joette’s family to honor the memory of their beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Troy High Schools, Schalmont High School, Schenectady High School, and Albany City High School planning to  pursue a nursing or health care-related degree. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Tina A. Dailey Memorial Scholarship ($3,500): For a graduating Shenendehowa High School senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in working with children. The student must be accepted to a four-year college or university to pursue a career in elementary education. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed..


C. Michael Darcy Scholarship ($1,300):  To honor Mr. Darcy's dedication to unionism by benefiting members of PEF Region I, grade 18 or less.  The scholarship helps pay tuition not covered by G.O.E.R. vouchers and/or additional higher education expenses.  Applications are also available from the Region 8 office. Click here for instructions and application.


Down Syndrome - Aim High Scholarship ($1,800):  To benefit students who will assist those with Down Syndrome by pursuing education and a career in the field of special education or speech, physical, or occupational therapy. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Don Forsyth Circle K Scholarship ($4,700): To provide recognition and financial assistance to individual members of Circle K clubs who have demonstrated exceptional community service. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Peter Gerkman Jr. Memorial Scholarship ($1,000): This scholarship will be awarded to a greater Capital Region high school senior who participated in the high school varsity-level football program. The student must plan to attend an accredited trade school, college or university (located in the United States) in pursuit of a degree or vocational certification. The student must have demonstrated scholastic ability with a minimum GPA of 80% and vocational achievement in construction technology. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Ruth Goldstein Memorial Music Scholarship ($500): For a graduating senior from a Capital Region high school who will continue on to study music education or music performance.  Special consideration will be given to students whose major instrument is of the woodwind family, piano students who accompany others, or students who demonstrate financial need. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


William Randolph Hearst Scholarship ($5,300): For students who have been accepted into ninth grade at a Capital Region private high school, but would be unable to attend without additional financial assistance. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Shirley Kelly Scholarship ($13,000): Established in honor of Mrs. Kelly's 80th birthday to enable a student from Columbia High School (East Greenbush) to pursue an education and career in elementary education. Applications are available in the Columbia High School guidance office and from the Community Foundation. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship:  Established in memory of Edna A. Lauterbach, RN, former president of Competent Care, Inc. and American Care, Inc., this scholarship is open to nurses in New York State who are seeking to enhance their skills through business-related education. Scholarships are awarded to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses residing in New York State.  Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Herbert K. and Isabel C. Liebich Four-Year Scholarship ($23,000):  Established to honor the founders of Albany Frosted Foods, one of the original companies to form Sysco Corporation, by awarding a scholarship each year to the children of employees or retirees of Sysco Foods of New York, Inc.. Applications are available each spring from any of the Sysco Foods of New York, Inc. personnel offices. Awards are paid over four years. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Herbert K. Liebich Two-Year College Scholarship (two awards of $7,700 each): Established to honor Mr. Liebich's lifelong work and to recognize his dedication to education, by awarding a scholarship in his name each year to the children of employees or retirees of Sysco Foods of New York, Inc. Applications are available each spring from any of the Sysco Foods of New York, Inc. personnel offices. Awards are paid over two years. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


David C. Maxwell Scholarship ($1,000): This scholarship will be awarded to a senior from Watervliet High School who plans to attend an accredited trade school, college or university (located in the United States) in pursuit of a degree or vocational certification. The student must have taken business courses as part of his or her high school curriculum. Academic achievement is not a major criteria for this award. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Niskayuna Community Foundation Scholarships (two available; one application for BOTH scholarships):  Please note: the application deadline for these scholarships has passed.
Established to provide scholarships for students who reside within the Town of Niskayuna or the Niskayuna Central School District.  The student must have been accepted at or planning to attend an accredited college or university.  Applicants must have a clearly demonstrated commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Niskayuna.  Scholarly achievement will be considered. For more information, please contact the Niskayuna Community Foundation.

The Huether-Gillian Scholarship (up to $1,000): established in 2007 through the Niskayuna Community Foundation to recognize a graduating high school senior, who is a resident of the Town of Niskayuna or of the Niskayuna School District. Mr. Huether established a scholarship in memory of his parents to help a community minded student who needs assistance to further his/her education and who plans to continue to perform significant community service in the future.

The Niskayuna Community Service Scholarship Award (up to $1,000): established through the Niskayuna Community Foundation to recognize a graduating high school senior who is a resident of the Town of Niskayuna or of the Niskayuna School District and who has performed significant community service.


Coach Dan Reinfurt Scholarship ($1,000): This scholarship will be awarded to a Watervliet High School athlete who exemplifies the qualities most admired by Dan Reinfurt in a student athlete: sportsmanship, humility, dedication and belief that he or she can succeed. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Gene Robb Journalism Scholarship (up to $2,000):  Established to recognize the many significant contributions that Gene Robb, former publisher of the Times Union, made to the field of journalism. The student must have a clearly demonstrated interest in journalism and provide samples of journalistic work. Personal recommendations are required. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Lou Rubin and Ike Cohen Memorial Scholarship (up to $2,800): Assists outstanding students who plan to pursue post-secondary education in college and vocational programs. Applicants must be dependent children of full-time employees of designated periodical wholesaler organizations, and/or national periodical distributors, and/or publishers in specified areas east of the Mississippi River, with one year of service. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Kevin M. Shea Memorial Scholarship (up to $1,500):  Established by the Sons of the American Legion Post 1040 and the Elsmere Fire Company in memory of Kevin M. Shea.  This scholarship is intended for a senior at Bethlehem Central High School who has participated in student athletics and is actively involved in community service. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Lawrence Spraragen Memorial Scholarship (up to $1,500):  Established in memory of Lawrence Spraragen to provide scholarships for children or grandchildren of current, active members of IBEW Local 236 or the management or staff of a signatory contractor to IBEW 236. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.


Steiner Scholarship of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs (up to 50% of tuition):  This scholarship is intended to provide assistance to minority students who are interested in attending the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs in grades 6-8. For more information, please contact Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Admissions Office by clicking here or by phone at (518) 587-2224.


John G. and Diana S. Waite Scholarship ($1,000):  To provide assistance to a student who is a resident of Rensselaer, Albany, or Washington counties and/or a student of Jersey Shore Area Senior High School in Jersey Shore, PA, who wishes to study Architecture, Architectural History, History, or Historic Preservation. Please note: the application deadline for this scholarship has passed.