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Private scholarships are monies granted to students by sponsoring organizations, companies, or clubs, which do not need to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need. Some of these scholarships are offered nationally. National scholarships typically offer more money, but are highly competitive because more students apply for them. Other scholarships are offered regionally by local organizations. Applying for local scholarships may improve a student’s chances of receiving money, since these scholarships have fewer applicants.  

Keep in mind that when searching for scholarships, distinguishing between merit-based and non-merit-based will narrow your field, and provide more options to students who wish to receive aid for reasons other than academic performance. Students should listen to morning announcements for scholarship opportunities and deadlines.
And finally, there is Scholarships on Social Media @TFSscholarships on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Currently on File


ASSOCIATION OF FIRE DISCTRICTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – NED CARTER SCHOLARSHIP – Four $1500 scholarships to NY State high school seniors who will be graduating in June of 2017 and related to a firefighter, be a firefighter or be an explorer in a fire department that is a current paid member in good standing of the Association of Fire Districts in the State of New York. Available to those pursuing a post-secondary career in the community service related areas of endeavor at either a two or four-year college. Applications are available online at or from the Guidance Office. Deadline: Postmarked by March 4, 2017.

FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK (FASNY) – FASNY will be awarding twenty $1500 scholarships to high school seniors entering college. The applicant must be actively participating as a junior firefighter, Explorer or RAM in a group affiliated with a volunteer department. Applications are available at . Deadline: March 15, 2017.

THE SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION OF WNY(SHAWNY)- Dena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship. Any WNY high school senior who has a speech, language and/or hearing impairment and plans to further his/her education is eligible to apply. Download the application from Deadline: March 24, 2017.

WILLIAM MOREHOUSE SCHOLARSHIP – Renewable $500 annual scholarships available to qualified students who are pursuing a one, two or four-year college program in residential construction or related fields in New York State. This application requires a local interview. More information is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 24,2017.

*CLARENCE HOLLOW ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD –This $1000 scholarship is awarded to a Clarence High School senior who has provided community service to the Clarence Hollow Association. Information is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 24, 2017.

*KREHER FAMILY FARMS SCHOLARSHIP – This $500 scholarship is for a Clarence High School senior who plans on a career in agriculture or the food industry. A short essay is required. Information and application form are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 24, 2017.

*JAMES E. GROSSE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – The Clarence Jaycees will offer two scholarships of $450 in memory of James E. Grosse. Candidates should have a positive attitude and have had to overcome hardships on their way to college. Information is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 24, 2017.

*JEAN ELLEN MAYER MEMORIAL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP – This $250 scholarship is sponsored by the CHS PTO and Mr. Dennis Mayer, and is for a college bound senior who is community minded and has a strong sense of social responsibility. There is a short essay required. More information is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 24, 2017.

*NEW YORK WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – The Western Chapter of NYWEA is offering three awards, one for $1500, one for $1250 and one for $1000 for current seniors living in the seven county western NY region. The students must be enrolled in an environmental related curriculum at the undergraduate level (such as, but not limited to, biology, forestry, chemistry, engineering and water/wastewater treatment). Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 27, 2017.

*ONETA BAKER SCHOLARSHIP – The town of Clarence Historical Society will award one $300 scholarship to a Clarence High School senior in May. Applicants need to write a 500-word essay on the importance of Clarence history and its impact on you as a member of the community. More information is on file in the guidance office. Deadline: March 30, 2017.

*CLARENCE/NEWSTEAD FIRE COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP – This $250 scholarship is available to a Clarence High School senior who was in a special education program and plans on continuing their education in a trade school or college; or any student who is currently a member of a Fire Company explorer post or has a family member that belongs to a Volunteer Fire Company in Clarence. Applications available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 30, 2017.

*EIGHTH DISTRICT FEDERATED GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP-A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior residing in Alleghany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie or Niagara Counties who will be majoring in one of the following areas of study: horticulture, floriculture, environmental studies or related fields. Information and applications available at Deadline: Applications must be postmarked between March 15 and March 31, 2017.

*THE ONE HUNDRED CLUB OF BUFFALO, INC. SCHOLARSHIP Students must be the son or daughter of, or they themselves, active law enforcement, fire (including volunteer firefighters) and/or EMS personnel. Scholarship applications and information can be found on their website at DEADLINE: March 31, 2017.

ASSOCIATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN – Three scholarships will be awarded to young women of Italian descent who have been accepted into an accredited college or university. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTOMATION – Four scholarships are available to seniors from WNY high schools who are accepted into engineering and technology based programs at WNY colleges (two for 4-year schools and two for 2-year schools). Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

WELLNESS ALL-STAR SCHOLARSHIP – Presented by Independent Health and Business First. This scholarship for high school seniors will recognize one Wellness All-Star who makes our community a healthy place to live and will award the student with a $1000 scholarship. You can apply online at More information available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

SCALP AND BLADE SCHOLARSHIP – This $2500 scholarship is renewable for a total of four years, providing the student maintains satisfactory grades in college. A senior male member of the current graduating class in Erie County must be nominated by his high school principal or guidance counselor. Nomination is based on a high standard of scholarship; excellent personal characteristics, habits, diligence, and the candidate must be personable and possess outstanding leadership qualities. Applications areavailable in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

*THE ERIE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE LINKS, INC – A minimum of ten scholarships of varying amounts available to male or female African American students. Application is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 31, 2017.    

*THE MATTHEW R. ROW SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION-Two awards of $2500 each for graduating seniors who have suffered the loss of a parent. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 1, 2017.

THE WNY MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS EDUCATIONAL TRUST WILLIAM B TODD V MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – For students who will be enrolled in a manufacturing related field of study, one $1000 and several $500 scholarships will be awarded to current college and graduating seniors of Erie or Niagara Counties. For more information and to apply, go to: Deadline: April 2, 2017.

ERIE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP AND ERIE COUNTY FAIR SCHOLARSHIP – The Erie County Fair & Hamburg Casino will award up to $20,000 in scholarship funds. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or at Deadline: April 7, 2017.

KIDSPLAY SCHOLARSHIP – A $1000 scholarship will be given to a graduating senior who has participated in at least one KidsPlay program as a child. Information and applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 10, 2017.

*GREATER BUFFALO ALUMNAE PANHELLENIC SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship recognizes outstanding high school women who plan to attend a four-year college or university where NPC sororities exist. (These would include Buffalo State, UB, Niagara, Canisius and most SUNY schools, for example.) The candidates should reflect the spirit of fraternity women by exhibiting such values as strong work ethic, academic achievement, kindness and community involvement. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. See your counselor if interested. Deadline: April 14, 2017.

NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL FAIRS SCHOLARSHIP – Up to ten $1,000 scholarships may be awarded to New York State High School Seniors who have been active in their local fairs or outdoor amusement businesses. Applications are available at DEADLINE: April 14, 2017.

*WNY SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL – Up to four $1500 scholarships for high school seniors who demonstrate a high level of interest in the environment and outdoor activities. Students planning a course of study that would translate to a career in some form of conservation and wildlife enforcement would be highly desirable. Visit for details and application submittal. Deadline: April 15, 2017.

SOUTHWESTERN ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTEER FIREMEN SCHOLARSHIP – The SWAVF will award one $600 scholarship to a graduating senior for their first year of study at an accredited institution of higher learning. The SWAVF will award three $150 scholarships, one for each county not represented by the SWAVF Scholarship winner. Applicants must be either an active member, or child or grandchild or an active member of the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen. Go to to apply. Postmark deadline: April 15, 2017.

STUDENT-VIEW SCHOLARSHIP-$11,000 worth of scholarship money to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. Simply log onto and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. Deadline: April 22, 2017.

*CLARENCE AMERICAN LEGION POST 838 SCHOLARSHIP- A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a college-bound Clarence High School senior. This scholarship is based upon completion of an original 450-500-word essay. Application form and information regarding this scholarship is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 28, 2017.

*ERIE COUNTY COMMITTEE AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP - The Erie County Committee of the American Legion is offering three $500 scholarships. Instructions and application forms are available in the Guidance Office. DEADLINE: April 28, 2017.

*THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE – The Little Red Schoolhouse is offering a $250 scholarship to three seniors in high school who will be attending a two or four-year college in the fall of 2016. Students need to have attended The Little Red Schoolhouse, be a sibling of someone that has attended or be a child of someone that has been on the staff of The Little Red Schoolhouse. Information is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 28, 2017.

MARGARET KING MOORE MAYFLOWER PRIZE –A $1620 prize will be awarded to one high school junior or senior based on his/her 500 word essay titled: “The Mayflower Pilgrims Contribution to Early American History”. Information available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

AMHERST GARDEN CLUB-The Amherst Garden Club is offering up to a $1500 scholarship for a student pursuing a two or four-year degree in an accredited college/trade or technical school majoring in: conservation, environmental concerns, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, land management, landscape design, urban planning, and other related fields. For information and application, visit the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

PETER P. TYCZ II MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – A $250 scholarship for a graduating senior who resides in Niagara or Erie counties, has a relative who is/was a veteran and anticipates being accepted into an accredited program of higher education in the fall of 2017. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 1, 2017.

*MICHAEL J. KOGUTEK AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP- Two $1500 scholarships to students/veterans attending college in 2017. This scholarship will be awarded based on monetary need, scholastic ability, realistic goals, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Detailed information in the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 5, 2017.

*THE ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF BUFFALO, INC- Three $2400 scholarships are available to students accepted to the Engineering School of the State University of New York. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

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