Utica Dollars for Scholars 2021 applications - Deadline March 15, 2021

 
Attention graduating seniors in Oneida and Herkimer County High Schools. The application for all of the available awards can be accessed on the Students & Parents Tab at utica.dollarsforscholars.org. After setting up a free account, an interested student can complete their profile and see which scholarships they may be eligible for. 
 
 
About Utica Dollars for Scholars
Utica Dollars for Scholars was established locally in November 1994. Since its founding, UDFS has distributed nearly $1.6 million to almost 2,000 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. Do you know others considering college, please share our website at www.utica.dollarsforscholars.org.

 

PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE BY MARCH 15, 2021

     Proctor... Rome Free Academy... Notre Dame HS... Sauquoit
     New Hartford ... Whitesboro ... Camden... Poland
     Herkimer ... Little Falls ... James A. Green HS, Dolgeville
     Owen D. Young... Waterville... Remsen... Adirondack
     All High Schools in Oneida & Herkimer Counties

Click on the "Students & Parents" tab and create your profile. Download instructions from this weblink.

Students complete the online application on the Utica Dollars for Scholars website at https://utica.dollarsforscholars.org. The application must include requested comprehensive student information including the financial section, goals essay, high school transcript, and recommendation. The website also has information on other Scholarship America award opportunities plus other financial aid information. There is no cost to the student or family. UDFS scholarship search, application, and awards have no fees or charges.

Questions can be addressed via email to uticadfs@gmail.com. The deadline for the completion of the scholarship application is March 15, 2021


Whitesboro High School - Dedicated Awards Available

Four graduating seniors can receive awards specifically for Whitesboro HS students.  Apply now at Utica Dollars for Scholars, www.utica.dollarsforscholars.org.  Completed applications due no later than March 15, 2021. The Whitesboro award is as follows: 

  • KEVIN "BING" CROSSLEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Four students will each be awarded a one-time $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing a degree at any accredited college or university, or certificate, in Mechanical Engineering, Criminal Justice, Auto Tech, or any other trade-related program. Among these awards may be one scholarship to a student going to Cazenovia College to study Criminal Justice.

The online application must include requested comprehensive student information including the financial section (enter FAFSA EFC), goals essay, high school transcript, and recommendation. The website also has information on other national Scholarship America award opportunities. There is no cost to the student or family. UDFS scholarship search, application, and awards have no fees or charges.

Students apply online at utica.dollarsforscholars.org. Email questions to uticadfs@gmail.com. The deadline for completion of the scholarship application is March 15, 2021.

THESE ARE SOME, BUT NOT ALL, ADDITIONAL AWARDS WHITESBORO STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR

There are additional awards students graduating from high schools throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties may apply for. Among them are the following:

  • CNY HYDRONICS HEATING ASSOCIATION AWARD: One graduating senior or a non-traditional student who enrolls in the HVAC program at Mohawk Valley Community College. The award is up to two years and is $500 each year.
  • CREDIT BUREAU OF UTICA: One graduating senior with a minimum 2.0 (B) academic average who will be attending an accredited higher education institution located in Oneida or Herkimer Counties and pursuing a business or health care program. Other qualifications are a minimum HS grade point average of B or equivalent, with work experience and participation in volunteer or community service. A single award is for a single year and is $1,000.
  • LEONARD CAPUANA MEMORIAL AWARD: One graduating senior having a minimum HS grade point average of 2.5 or equivalent and who exhibits leadership in school or community. The award is for a single year and is $1,025.
  • MV ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF ALPHA PHI DELTA AWARD: One graduating HS senior illustrating academic achievement, leadership, school and community involvement. The preferred recipient is a legacy nominee who is a child or grandchild of a former APD Fraternity member. The award is for a single year and is $500.

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New Hartford High School Scholarships

Nine graduating seniors can receive awards specifically for New Hartford HS students. These 9 awards total $12,000. Apply now at Utica Dollars for Scholars, www.utica.dollarsforscholars.org.  Completed applications due no later than March 15, 2021. These are some, BUT NOT ALL, of the awards, you may be eligible for.

  • William B. Recknall Memorial Fund: THREE graduating seniors. The award for a single year is approximately $2,300.
  • William L. & Gladys K. Boyle Memorial Scholarship Fund: One graduating senior pursuing a career in elementary education, in particular, Kindergarten. A student demonstrating leadership, promise, good character, and potential attending an accredited US college or university. The award for a single year is around $1,200.
  • Peter D. Fraser Memorial Scholarship: One FEMALE  and one MALE graduating senior, who is a school athlete, and having average scholastic achievement. A background in community service has shown strength and courage under adverse circumstances, a person of integrity with a sense of humor. The award for a single year is around $695.
  • New Hartford Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship. One FEMALE and one MALE graduating senior demonstrating academic improvement. The award  is for a single year is around $1,200.
  • Benjamin Zahir Mufti Scholarship Fund: One graduating senior planning to major in English and pursuing a course of study in creative writing and enrolling in an accredited 4-Year college or university. Also, demonstrating financial need. The award for a single year is approximately $950.
  • Kazanjian Family Scholarship: One graduating senior who will be attending college. The preferred recipient will be selected based on factors such as school activities, academic achievement, work ethic, leadership, character, family hardship, and financial need. The award is for a single year and is $1,000.

Students complete the online application on the UDFS website at https://utica.dollarsforscholars.org. The application must include requested comprehensive student information including the financial section (enter FAFSA EFC), goals essay, high school transcript, and recommendation. The website also has information on other national Scholarship America award opportunities. There is no cost to the student or family. UDFS scholarship search, application, and awards have no fees or charges.

Students apply online at utica.dollarsforscholars.org. Email questions to uticadfs@gmail.com. The deadline for the completion of the scholarship application is March 15, 2021.


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Utica Dollars for Scholars (UDFS) distributes 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, 1,981 awards totaling $1,575,000 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 the Mele Awards are fourlyear scholarships. 

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 15, 2021. 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 15. 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 My Scholarship  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 2021 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 15 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 2021 are eligible for consideration. The following are the participating local high schools:

  • Proctor
  • Rome Free Academy
  • Adirondack
  • Camden
  • Central Valley Academy
  • Dolgeville
  • Herkimer
  • Little Falls
  • Owen D. Young
  • Poland
  • Remsen
  • Sauquoit
  • Waterville

The Mele Family Fund Award goes to a graduating senior at selected Oneida and Herkimer County high schools who will matriculate in a four-year college or university this year. It is considered for renewal for up to three additional years. The eligible recipient is initially selected based on excellence in Math, Science, or Humanities. If offered, an annual renewal award may be considered if the originally selected student continues as a full-time undergraduate in good standing enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program in a 4-year college or university. Among the criteria, the student must maintain a minimum academic average of 'B' or '3.0' on a 4.0 scale. Additional qualifications and funding availability may apply to be considered for renewal.

Students complete the online application on the Utica Dollars for Scholars website at https://utica.dollarsforscholars.org. The application must include requested comprehensive student information including the financial section, goals essay, high school transcript, and recommendation. The website also has information on other Scholarship America award opportunities plus other financial aid information. There is no cost to the student or family. UDFS scholarship search, application, and awards have no fees or charges.

Questions can be addressed via email to uticadfs@gmail.com. The deadline for the completion of the scholarship application is March 15, 2020.

ASK YOUR SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Apply online today. Use the Students & Parents TAB above. The deadline is March 15, 2021. Questions? Write uticadfs@gmail.com 


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

Utica Dollars for Scholars is proud to enter 2021 with over  25 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 2020 a total of 1,981 awards were managed through Utica Dollars for Scholars, for a total of $1,575,000 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 more than $90,570

As a result, and at the start of our 27th year, a total of all awards distributed through Utica Dollars for Scholars is $1,575,000.

DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 15, 2021. Select the Students & Parents TAB to begin. Questions, write uticadfs@gmail.com 


 

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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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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!

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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.

 

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