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.
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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 www.nyfairs.org. 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 http://ow.ly/WFo58 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 www.SWAVF.com to apply. Postmark deadline: April 15, 2017.
WESTERN NY HOTEL/MOTEL ASSOCIATION AND VISIT BUFFALO NIAGARA SCHOLARSHIP – A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to an Erie County high school senior who will be matriculating at a local two or four-year college or university to pursue a degree in the hospitality and/or tourism field. Information is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 14, 2017.
TOUGH COOKIE FUND SCHOLARSHIP – This $500 scholarship is awarded to a female student that exemplifies courage, strength in spirit and the ability to overcome obstacles in their life. Applicant must have financial need. Application is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 15, 2017.
ANGELA RIORDAN MEMORIAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP – This $500 scholarship is for a graduating Clarence High School senior who has successfully completed a minimum of four regents or higher level science courses and plans to pursue a career in any science related field. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 21, 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 www.student-view.com and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. Deadline: April 22, 2017.
*L. D. BELL NIAGARA FRONTIER CHAPTER AIR FORCE SCHOLARSHIP – A $1000 scholarship for young men and women in their senior year, who have excelled in academics, participated in extra-curricular activities, and exemplified outstanding leadership traits. Applicants must have maintained an 85% or above grade point average to qualify. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: April 25, 2017.
*L. ALMA MCNUTT MEMORIAL PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP – A $1000 scholarship awarded by the Lancaster Opera House to a high school senior who displays talents and abilities in drama, music, dance, scriptwriting or other related fields in the performing arts. Apply online at www.lancopera.org. Deadline: April 28, 2017 at 4pm.
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.
*CLARENCE CENTER ELEMENTARY PTO SCHOLARSHIP – This $500 scholarship is available to a graduating senior who attended Clarence Center Elementary School. The application is available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
*CLARENCE CENTER VOLUNTEER FIRE CO LADIES AUXILLARY SCHOLARSHIP – This is a $500 award for a Clarence High School Senior who will be a full time student in a higher education program next year. The interested student must submit a 350 word or less essay explaining how their volunteer hours have benefitted them and their community. More information is available in 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.
*NEW ERA STUDENT ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP – This $2500 grant will be awarded annually to one male and one female student athlete. New Era admires people who “Fly Your Own Flag”. If you express yourself uniquely, send a 350-500-word essay explaining how, along with any academic or athletic honor or awards. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 13, 2017.
*HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION OF WNY SCHOLARSHIP – Qualifying students must be high school seniors, graduating in June 2016 and planning to attend a four-year college or university in New York State. Students must also plan to major in social work, psychology or a counseling related field and have a GPA of 85 or above. Information can be found in the Guidance Office. Deadline: May 15, 2017.
*ADOPTION STAR ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP – Adoption STAR will award two to six academic scholarships ranging from $500-$1500 to college bound students who meet their criteria. The applicant must have been adopted or in foster care and be known to overcome adversity. Apply at adoptionstar.com/adoption-star-academic-scholarship-program. Deadline: May 15, 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.*NORBERT J BUSKEY MUSIC EDUCATION IN BAND SCHOLARSHIP – This $1500 scholarship is available for any graduation Senior planning to pursue a music education major in band. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
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