Scholarships for Seniors

Important Scholarship Information

Scholarships will be posted below as they become available and emails will be sent periodically via Naviance indicating the scholarship list has been updated.  Click on the scholarship name for instructions.  Students are responsible for meeting the deadlines of the scholarships.

Scholarship applications are also available through the Naviance website.  After signing in to Naviance, click on the "Colleges" tab, then scroll down and select "Scholarships."  All of the available scholarships are listed with links to their applications.

When supplemental materials such as transcripts and/or letters of recommendations are required, please submit these requests to your guidance counselor well in advance of the deadline to allow for processing.

Questions and/or concerns about scholarships can be directed to the Guidance Office or email scholarships@pearlriver.org

New York State College Tuition Programs

Excelsior Scholarship Program

The Excelsior Scholarship provides free tuition to New York State students whose families earn up to $110,000 annually, to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college.   It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually.  Apply or learn more at hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.  To find additional information on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply, students and their families can visit www.hesc.ny.gov or  www.ny.gov/college, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.

To apply, students must meet eligibility requirements, including:

  • Be residents of New York State
  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two or four-year college
  • Complete 30 credits per year towards their program of study
  • Graduate with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years

Family income requirements: This program is open to students whose annual household federal adjusted gross income is $125,000 or less.

To complete the application, you will need: IT-201 NYS Income Tax Return(s) for you and your parent(s), as applicable.

The Excelsior Scholarship Application is available here.    Students eligible to apply through the NYS DREAM Act can apply at https://nysdream.applyists.net/.

 More information can be found at the Excelsior Scholarship.

NYS Enhanced Tuition Award

Are you a high school graduate attending one of these private colleges or universities located in New York State next fall?  If so, you may be eligible for the NYS Enhanced Tuition Award.

To apply, students must meet eligibility requirements, including:

  • Be residents of New York State
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a participating private colleges or universities located in New York State
  • Complete 30 credits per year towards their program of study
  • Graduate with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years

Family income requirements: This program is open to students whose annual household federal adjusted gross income is $125,000 or less.

To complete the application, you will need: 2019 IT-201 NYS Income Tax Return(s) for you and your parent(s), as applicable.

The Enhanced Tuition Awards Application is available here   Students eligible to apply through the NYS DREAM Act can apply at https://nysdream.applyists.net/.

More information can be found at Enhanced Tuition Awards.

Scholarships for Academic Excellence

The New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence program provides scholarship assistance to outstanding New York State high school graduates.  Each year, 8,000 scholarships are awarded - up to 2,000 scholarships of $1,500 and 6,000 scholarships of $500 to top scholars from registered New York State high schools.  Awards are based on student grades in certain Regents exams.  Recipients can also receive other non-loan student aid, but the total cannot exceed the cost of attendance. 

Selection Criteria

Due to the cancellation of Regents exams in 2020 and a number of Regents exams that were not administered in June 2021, for this year and the next few subsequent years, Pearl River High School winners will be selected based on students' class rank at the end of their junior year.

 Scholarships spelled out in capital letters and underlined with a black graduation cap to the right

Please click on the links below for more information on each scholarship.

(Links to additional scholarship resources are available below this list.) 

 

Asian and Pacific Islander American ScholarshipScholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards.  APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who: live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status; are the first in their families to attend college; are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically), especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.  Applicants must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (unweighted) enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2022.  Letter of recommendation and FAFSA application required.  Applications must be submitted electronically by January 26, 2022.

The Chairish “Design Your Future” Scholarship: A $2,500 award is offered to students from diverse backgrounds and students who are majoring in design-related fields such as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering fields.  Students are asked to submit a 500-word essay on designing their ideal future and their plans to achieve them.  Applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll at a two-year, four-year or technical/vocational college or university in the United States.  Application deadlines are January 1 and June 30.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International: Alpha Eta Chapter 2022 Scholarship:  The Alpha Eta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a female high school senior graduating in June 2022 with plans to enter college in September 2022 to pursue a career in the field of education.  Student must have at least a B average, demonstrated good conduct and performed community service.  A 500-word essay and two (2) letters of reference are mandatory.  For an overview of the organization please visit www.dkg.org.  Deadline for submission is April 12, 2022.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Rockland County Alumnae Chapter ScholarshipsMultiple scholarships offered to Rockland County high school seniors of African descent who exemplify scholastic excellence, high ideals, and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the fall following their graduation year.  Students must have a GPA of 80 or above to be considered for an award.  Completed application form, documents verifying citizenship, letters of recommendation, SAT/ACT scores, high school transcript, and a short essay required.  Personal interviews will be conducted.  Application deadline is February 28, 2022.

Employment Boost Scholarships: Two quarterly $1,000 scholarships available for graduating high school students.  One scholarship is open to students studying any major and is also eligible for students who are currently undecided about their course of study. The second scholarship is available to students who will major in business or STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math).  Unofficial transcript, letter of acceptance, letter of recommendation and essay required.  Applications are accepted year-round, with quarterly deadlines of April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1 and must be received within the time frame to be considered eligible to be awarded that quarter. Scholarship awards must be used for the following semester of each year in which they are received.

Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarships:  The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) will award the Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to young firefighters who will be attending college in the fall of 2022.  Applicants must be a member of FASNY or have a parent or guardian who is a member of FASNY, a current junior firefighter, volunteer firefighter or volunteer with an EMS unit in the state of New York.  A résumé, two (2) letters of recommendation, certification of acceptance from the institute of higher learning, essay and a complete description of extracurricular activities required.  Contact scholarships@fasny.com if you have any questions.  Applications are due by March 15, 2022.

Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship Program:  Each GAR scholarship is worth up to $50,000 (approx. $12,500 per year.)  The recipients of the GAR scholarships are exceptionally qualified high school students with demonstrated financial need whose parents or guardians have, or had, a career in the financial services industry (commercial banks, investment banks, securities brokerage firms, insurance companies, fund and asset management companies, credit card and finance companies and similar businesses as determined by the Foundation).  Applicants must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and rank in the top 20% of class.  Transcript and essay required.  Questions can be directed to info@gordonrich.orgThe application and all supporting materials must be submitted no later than February 16, 2022.

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Scholarship 2022:  $1,500 will be awarded to a motivated high school senior who plans to pursue a career in nursing.  Transcript, two (2) letters of recommendation, SAT/ACT scores and a 500-700-word essay explaining why you want to be a nurse required.  Applications must be postmarked by May 4, 2022.

Knights of Pythias, New City-Orangetown Lodge #854 ScholarshipThe New City-Orangetown Lodge #854 of the Knights of Pythias Scholarship Association will present a scholarship to one deserving graduating student from each high school in Rockland County.  Students must have at least a B-average and be an active participant in community service.  The selection process focuses on the essay and whether it shows how the student’s community service reflects the Knights of Pythias precepts of friendship, charity and benevolence.  Official transcript required.  PRHS students must inform the Guidance Office of their application so that official transcripts can be submitted in a timely manner.  Applications must be completed and submitted online.  Deadline for submission is March 31, 2022.

Morning Music Club 2022 Scholarship:  Morning Music Club is holding its annual auditions for scholarship awards on Monday, March 14, 2022 (snow date March 21) at the Rockland Conservatory of Music in Pearl River, 45 South Main Street.  Auditions are open to seniors attending Rockland County high schools who intend to continue their music studies in college, university, or conservatory.  Applicants do not have to major in Music to qualify.  Please see application form for details.  Application deadline is February 25, 2022.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) - Rockland Section 2022 Community Service Awards:  In the spirit of advancing human welfare and the democratic way of life, $1,000 each will be awarded to the top three (3) applicants in Rockland County.  A minimum of one hundred (100) hours of ongoing voluntary community service is required for applicants; please see application for guidelines of service requirement.  Two (2) letters of recommendation from a service supervisor are also required (see form.)  Email awards@ncjwrockland.org with any questions.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2022.

NYPD With Arms Wide Open Detective Steven McDonald Memorial Scholarship:  NYPD With Arms Wide Open, a non-profit group of NYPD families with special needs children, will be awarding a graduating high school senior with the annual Steven McDonald Memorial Scholarship. Eligible applicants must have a family member within the NYPD (all ranks; active or retired). Further qualifying criteria are listed on the application. Essay, letter of recommendation, brief personal bio, and a copy of vocational or college acceptance letter required. All submissions are due no later than February 4, 2022.

Porch Skilled Trade & Technology Scholarships:  Porch awards a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students.  Applicants must be 18 years or over and currently enrolled as a high school senior with a minimum 3.4 GPA.  Candidates must be pursuing a degree that enables him/her or others in the community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to home services offered by Porch.  More information available on the scholarship website.  Application dates are as follows: Spring Contest Cycle: April 17 – July 17 of each year / Summer Contest Cycle: July 18 – October 14 of each year / Fall Contest Cycle: October 15 – January 15 of the following year / Winter Contest Cycle: January 16 – April 16 of each year.

RASA (Regional Association of Supervisors and Administrators) 2022 Scholarship:  Scholarships will be awarded to children or stepchildren of an active RASA member.   The scholarships are based on academic achievement, and school and community involvement. RASA members whose children or stepchildren will graduate at the end of the current school year (June 2022) and plan to attend college or university the following school year are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted no later than April 1, 2022.

Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN) Scholarship 2022: Up to $1,000 scholarship offered to a female high school senior enrolling in a certified undergraduate program in Fall 2022. A 500-word essay, one (1) recommendation letter, community service hours and official transcript required. Minimum of a “B” average is also required for all applicants. Applications must be submitted online by March 18, 2022. Official transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation will be emailed separately to the scholarship by the PRHS Guidance department. For this reason, all requests must be emailed to guidance@pearlriver.org by March 11, 2022 or we cannot guarantee your supporting documents will be submitted by the scholarship deadline.

Rockland County Music Educators Association (RCMEA) Senior Music Scholarship:  Sponsored by music teachers in Rockland County, this scholarship is available for students planning a career in music. NYSSMA scores, two (2) letters of recommendations and digital or audio record of musical abilities are required.  Scholarship is intended for students who will be attending an accredited 4-year college or university with a major in music.  Deadline is March 31, 2022.

Rolling Thunder NY3 Tony Schembri Memorial Scholarship:  In honor of Tony Schembri, a veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder NY Chapter 3, a $500 scholarship is available for high school seniors.  A 500-word essay regarding ideas you have formed about the American soldier/veteran is required.  See application for essay theme and for additional details.  Visit https://www.rollingthunderny3.org/tony-schembri-scholarship to see past winners.  Please contact scholarship@rtnych3.com with any questions.  Deadline for submission is April 15, 2022. 

SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship:  A $1500 scholarship will be given annually to a selected student who currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population.  Open to high school seniors in good academic standing planning to enroll as a full-time freshman in a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university. The recipient will demonstrate a unique and admirable understanding and desire to show that "Aging Matters" to them.  All applicants can get more information and apply online at https://www.seniorcare.com/scholarship/Application deadline is May 15, 2022.

Steven W. Dauksza Memorial Scholarship:  The Steven W. Dauksza Memorial Scholarship Fund was started by Steven’s family to help students interested in pursuing a career in the automotive field.  Scholarships will be awarded to two Rockland students looking to follow in Steven’s footprints and pursue a career as an auto mechanic. There will be one scholarship award for $5,000 to UTI (Universal Technical Institute) and a second to a NYS automotive school for $2,000.  Interested applicants must submit an essay about how you became interested in the automotive field and why you chose to pursue a career as an auto mechanic.  Resume required.  Applications must be submitted no later than March 2, 2022.

Going Merry Scholarships