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As the school year begins, many high school students, parents, and working Americans are thinking about their next educational steps.

With so many postsecondary options to consider, it's important that all prospective students have the information they need to make the best decision possible. These decisions-to pursue higher education, with which type of degree, and at which institution-all have a lasting impact on students and their futures.

That's why the U.S. Department of Education recently released its first annual update of the redesigned College Scorecard-available at CollegeScorecard.ed.gov-to ensure that students and families have the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and reliable information available on colleges, all in an easy-to-understand format. The site allows visitors to sort and filter their search results to easily compare schools and decide which college makes the most sense when considering the typical costs, average student loan amount, students' ability to repay their loans, and their future earnings.

We invite you to review and share this information on CollegeScorecard.ed.gov with students and families so they can make informed college choices.


Impacting the future of students.

A solid education sets a student up for future success. But the journey is getting more difficult by the day. College prices are skyrocketing. Income inequality is growing. And students are making hard decisions with massive debt staring them right in the face.

Simply put, being a student is hard. Really hard. But we're here to make it easier.

As a community, you have proven time and again that every student deserves a fair chance at the American Dream, no matter the cards they've been dealt.


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Utica Dollars for Scholars (UDFS), is celebrating its 25th anniversary of distributing scholarship dollars to local students this year. In addition to partnering with The Community Foundation, UDFS maintains relationships with local businesses, families, service organizations, and individual donors that help establish annual awards and special funds to recognize excellence and future potential in students throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties.

In November 1994, UDFS became affiliated with a national scholarship foundation, now known as Scholarship America. UDFS distributed its first awards in 1995, a total of $2,500 to 16 students. This past year, the organization managed the selection and distribution of 128 awards totaling $217,260. Since 1994, 1,670 awards totaling $1,070,270 have been distributed (including direct and matching scholarship dollars).

Awards have been made in all areas of academic study, health care, music, construction, and sports, among others. Students also are recognized for commitment to an area of study or for extracurricular activities such as volunteer work or participation in community organizations or events. Many of awards are one-time awards, but several multi-year scholarships are also awarded. 

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 15, 2019. Select the Students & Parents TAB to begin. Questions, write uticadfs@gmail.com 


Utica Lady Knicks Scholarship

Logo Utica Lady KnicksThe Utica Lady Knicks Scholarship was established to provide support for current and former members of the Utica Lady Knicks.

The criteria for selection are a graduating senior who will be attending an accredited post-secondary program and who has good academic credentials, involvement in school and community and a proven work ethic, and also participated in the Utica Lady Knicks women's basketball program.

In the UDFS online application, please answer the question which asks that you describe your participation as a member of the Utica Lady Knicks. Your Coach's name and years played in the Utica Lady Knicks must be indicated.

Applications for the Utica Lady Knicks Award are due by March 31. Previous awards were a minimum of $600.


 

Robert and Grace Reed Memorial Scholarship

The Robert and Grace Reed Memorial Scholars is an employer award for children of the employees of ECR International, Utica Division. 

Qualified applicants must have an overall high school average of 75 or higher, or a college GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent) or higher. Community Service and need will be considered as well as the student's academic standing. Also, in the UDFS online application, click on the "Essay" button when selecting the award and complete the information on family members employed at ECR Int'l. 

These Scholarships were established by the Reed Family and ECR International through an endowment at The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.

The Robert and Grace Reed Scholarship Award is named after the former President and Chairman of Utica Boilers and his wife. They believed that higher education was vitally important to the sons and daughters of his employees. Utica Boilers is now part of ECR International and the tradition of giving and supporting young people continues.

Applications for the Reed Award are due by April 15. Previous awards were a minimum of $1,000.


Scholarship America National and Regional Awards

Utica Dollars for Scholars is an affiliate of Scholarship America which also manages thousands of scholarship programs. Many are only open to employees of the sponsoring company or their families, but some are available to students in the general public. Use this web link to read about Scholarship America opportunities for 2019 and beyond managed by Scholarship America.

Scholarship America National and Regional Award Web Link: https://scholarshipamerica.org/what-we-do/students-parents/open-scholarships/


Mele Family Fund Scholarships are $3,000 a year for four years. Seniors at nine high schools in Oneida and Herkimer counties may apply.

 

 

 

Apply today for the Mele Family Fund Scholarships, each of 11 awards are worth up to $12,000 over a four-year period. Managed in partnership with The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, the Mele Scholarships are available only to students graduating at select High Schools in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Graduating seniors with specific academic intent and qualifications, and who will be attending a four-year college or university beginning in the Fall of 2019 are eligible for consideration. The following are the participating local high schools:

  • Proctor
  • Rome Free Academy
  • Camden
  • Remsen
  • Waterville
  • Sauquoit
  • Central Valley Academy
  • Poland
  • Herkimer

ASK YOUR SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Apply online today. Use the Students & Parents TAB above. The deadline is March 15, 2019. Questions? Write uticadfs@gmail.com 


Special Awards for New Hartford Central School Seniors

Are you a graduating senior at New Hartford (NY) Central School in 2019?  

A series of special awards just for graduating seniors at New Hartford High School are available this year. The deadline for completed applications is March 15, 2019. A total of $14,000 will be available. Begin your application using the Students & Parents TAB above. Questions? Write uticadfs@gmail.com

These awards are managed through a partnership with The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. These awards include the following:

  • William B. Recknall Memorial Award
  • Peter D. Fraser Memorial Scholarship
  • New Hartford Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship
  • Benjamin Zahir Mufti Scholarship
  • William L. & Gladys K. Boyle Memorial Scholarship

Apply online today. Use the Students & Parents TAB above. The deadline is March 15, 2019. Questions? Write uticadfs@gmail.com 


Over $1,000,000 in Scholarships and Matching Grants Since 1994

Utica Dollars for Scholars is proud to enter 2019 as our 25th year of raising funds and distributing scholarships to students throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties. Our affiliation with the national scholarship foundation now known as Scholarship America officially began November 20, 1994. 

The first awards were distributed in 1995, a total of $2,500 to 16 students. Most recently, in 2018 Utica Dollars for Scholars managed selection and distribution of 128 awards totaling $217,260. Over the period ending in 2018, a total of 1,670 awards were managed through Utica Dollars for Scholars, for a total of $979,700 in direct awards But during that same period, in collaboration with Scholarship America and other funding sources, many awards were matched at colleges attended by our student award winners. This matching scholarship total is $90,570

As a result, and at the start of our 25th year, a total of all awards distributed through Utica Dollars for Scholars is $1,070,270.

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 15, 2019. Select the Students & Parents TAB to begin. Questions, write uticadfs@gmail.com 


Utica Dollars for Scholars announcing 25 years, partnership expansion with The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

Utica Dollars for Scholars (UDFS), announcing its 25th anniversary of distributing scholarship dollars to local students, also is broadening its partnership with The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, expanding the number of named awards supporting student scholarships at high schools to 25. UDFS Logo

"For the past 25 years, UDFS has supported our young people by serving as a vehicle for donors to provide financial assistance, enabling students to attend various colleges or post-secondary education programs," said Nadean Gleitsmann, UDFS president. "By awarding these scholarships, we're one more group of people telling our students that we believe they can succeed and that their community wants to support their efforts."

In November 1994, UDFS became affiliated with a national scholarship foundation, now known as Scholarship America. UDFS distributed its first awards in 1995, a total of $2,500 to 16 students. This past year, the organization managed the selection and distribution of 128 awards totaling $217,260. Since 1994, 1,670 awards totaling $1,070,270 have been distributed (including direct and matching scholarship dollars).

In addition to partnering with The Community Foundation, UDFS maintains relationships with local businesses, families, service organizations, and individual donors that help establish annual awards and special funds to recognize excellence and future potential in students throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties.

Possible Starts HereThis year, Scholarship America has a new theme - The Possible Starts Here. "We share the belief that with self-determination and generous support, anything is possible for all students," said UDFS founding member and treasurer Bruce Brodsky.

Awards have been made in all areas of academic study, health care, music, construction, and sports, among others. Students also are recognized for commitment to an area of study or for extracurricular activities such as volunteer work or participation in community organizations or events. Many of awards are one-time awards, but several multi-year scholarships are also awarded. 

The application deadline for 2019 scholarships is March 15, and students from high schools in Herkimer and Oneida counties are encouraged to apply. 

 


UTICA DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS
CELEBRATING OUR 25th ANNIVERSARY IN 2019.

Our Mission is to establish and maintain a growing source of financial and academic support for local students.
To start or update your scholarship application, select the "Students & Parents" tab at the top of the page. Application Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019. 
CLICK HERE to download instructions.


Over $150,000 in scholarship opportunities available in 2019!

Partial applications will not be considered, so please be sure that all components of the forms have been completed (except Financial Aid information, which is not required). Application completion includes selecting and submitting awards for which you are eligible, answering any custom questions for specific awards, parental consent if under 18 years of age, transcripts, and references. If you have any questions, please send an email to uticadfs@gmail.com.

Utica Dollars for Scholars includes award programs for graduating seniors attending ALL high schools in Oneida and Herkimer counties.

In 2018, 128 scholarships totaling $217,000 were presented to students at a ceremony held at First Presbyterian Church in Utica. Utica Dollars for Scholars was established in November 1994. Since its founding, UDFS has distributed over $1,000,000 in scholarships and matching grants to nearly 1,700 students at Thomas R. Proctor High School, Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School, and many other high schools in Oneida and Herkimer counties.

An all-volunteer community non-profit scholarship organization, Utica Dollars for Scholars partners with local businesses, The Community Foundation, families, service organizations, and individual donors to establish annual awards and special funds to recognize excellence and future potential in local students.


HOW TO AFFORD COLLEGE - FREE BOOKLET!

Scholarship America's free guide breaks financial aid down into six easy steps

College is the best investment you can make in your future.

A college degree may seem expensive -- but the benefits are clear. College grads feel happier, live longer and earn more over the course of their careers than those who finish high school. Despite the importance of the investment, funding a college education is a huge challenge, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when seeking and applying for financial aid. 

Scholarship America Guide to How To Afford College. 
To help, we've broken the process into six steps that can lessen the confusion and fear surrounding financial aid, and ensure that you know just how to afford college!

CLICK HERE to receive your free guide: How to Afford College
 

OPEN SCHOLARSHIPS - Corporate, National and Regional Awards

In addition to local scholarship for students living in Oneida and Herkimer (NY) counties, Scholarship America also manages some scholarship programs that are open to students in the general public. CLICK HERE see those programs; to search other options, you can create a free profile in our Student Center, where you'll be able to search Utica Dollars for Scholars awards and scholarships from partners like Fastweb. You can also find more search options in our Financial Aid & Scholarships section.

CLICK HERE to view national and regional scholarship opportunities.

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College is expensive. We can help. Free Ebook: The Scholarship Coach

Utica Dollars for Scholars and Scholarship America believes that every student deserves an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial status. To make sure the high cost of college doesn't keep students from earning their degrees, we're happy to bring you the latest free ebook in our Scholarship Coach series.This free e-book features more than 50 pages of highlights, tips and tricks for scholarship seekers in high school and college!

CLICK HERE for your free copy of The Scholarship Coach.

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The Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Center

Welcome to the Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Center! By creating a free profile you will get access to Scholarship America's valuable resources, and you will have the opportunity to apply for relevant scholarships. Create a profile with us if you are located in Oneida or Herkimer (NY) counties. if you wish to gain access to our other resources and will have the opportunity to match to scholarships through our partners, like FastWeb. In addition to scholarships, you'll find college guidance, financial aid advice, video tips and much more. Also, don't forget: Scholarship availability is constantly changing, so make sure you return to your profile often.

CLICK HERE to enter your free profile and Oneida/Herkimer county scholarship application.

 

ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM

The 2019 Utica Dollars for Scholars Annual Awards Program will be held during the Spring, on a day to be announced, at the First Presbyterian Church, Utica. Our event will begin sharply at 6:00 pm and normally lasts about one hour. Please join us afterward for a light reception. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 1605 Genesee Street, Utica. Enter from the parking lot entrance which is off Scott Street or Faxton Street. Go through the door with columns that has a sign that says "Sanctuary Entrance".


What is Dollars for Scholars®

Dollars for Scholars®, a program of Scholarship America, is a national network of local chapters, driven by local volunteers that help hometown students in 3,000 communities across the country.

In addition to raising funds and distributing scholarships for students, chapters also provide assistance with college readiness and the financial aid process.

 

 

Utica Dollars for Scholars was founded in 1994.

We are a local foundation comprised of dedicated community and school volunteers who raise scholarship money and provide financial and academic support to local students. We operate locally with volunteers who determine how best to meet the needs of students who apply. We coordinate many awards throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties, using a single application process so as to reach more students. 

Our focus is to recognize the generosity of local donors and organizations that are the lifeblood of our efforts. Utica Dollars for Scholars is part of Scholarship America, a national network of community-based, volunteer-operated scholarship foundations in cities, towns, and neighborhoods throughout the United States.

We access a Collegiate Partners Program of colleges, universities and post-secondary schools across the United States that agrees not to reduce their grant aid when Dollars for Scholars scholarships come to their campuses. Many institutions also provide a matching amount of scholarship based on Dollars for Scholars awards.

 

Contact Utica Dollars for Scholars®

 
Mailing Address: Utica Dollars for Scholars®, P.O. Box 1733, Utica NY 13503-1733
 
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