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.

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 by 2019.  Applications are being accepted through July 23, 2018.  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.

Students must:

  • be residents of New York State
  • enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
  • plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program

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Enhanced Tuition Awards Application for 2018-19 Now Open

Students attending a private college in New York State may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 through the Enhanced Tuition Awards program.  More information, a list of participating colleges, and a link to the application is available at hesc.ny.gov/etaApplication deadline is July 31, 2018.

 Scholarships 

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

The American Legion John H. Secor Post 329 and Thomas A. Dexter Scholarships 2019:  Two scholarship opportunities for high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited college or university.  One is open to all seniors; the other is for members’ children or grandchildren.  Thomas A. Dexter Scholarship applicant must be a bona fide senior at Pearl River High School.  John H. Secor Post 329 Scholarship applicant must be the son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter of a current member of American Legion Post #329.  Official transcript, community service and a 300-word essay on the Bill of Rights required.  All materials must be received no later than May 24, 2019.

Andrew A. Fredericks Memorial Scholarship:  Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded in remembrance of FDNY firefighter Andrew A. Fredericks. Open to high school seniors but of particular interest to the children/grandchildren of firefighters or volunteer firefighters. Applicants must be planning to pursue higher education in the area of Public Service. Essay and three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2019.

The Billy Kayser Memorial Scholarship 2019:  Scholarship given in memory of Billy Kayser, a former Pearl River High School student athlete whose life was cut too short. The contest is limited to high school seniors. Please write an essay on “What Friendship Means to Me?” (300-500 words) and submit with the coversheet provided in the application. Two PRHS winners will be chosen. Completed coversheets and essays must be submitted to the Guidance Office by April 15, 2019.

The Chance Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship 2019:  The scholarship, dedicated to the memory of former Pearl River student, Chance Cosgrove, is made available to outstanding individuals who are committed to enhancing the quality of our community through service while exhibiting compassion and caring.  Essays and two (2) letters of recommendation are required.  Applications and information on the foundation can be found on http://chancecosgrove.org/scholarship-application/Deadline for submission is May 17, 2019.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International/Alpha Eta Chapter 2019 Scholarship:  The Alpha Eta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is offering a $1,000.00 scholarship to a female high school senior graduating in June 2019 to pursue a career in 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 recommendation required.  For an overview of the organization please visit www.dkg.orgDeadline for submission is April 16, 2019.

End Family Fire Scholarship Competition:  The Brady United organization, which advocates ending gun violence through awareness and education, is currently running an End Family Fire Scholarship Competition.  The scholarship competition challenges high school and college students to create a video which brings awareness to the issue of family fire and promotes safe gun storage as a way to prevent such tragedies.  There will be two winning entries, one from high school and one from college, and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  The winners will also have the opportunity to have their video used by the Ad Council and distributed nationally to over 1,600 television stations.  Video submissions are due by June 16, 2019. 

Evans Park PTA Scholarship:  Scholarship will be awarded to a student who attended Evans Park Elementary and who plans to pursue higher education.  Transcript, a 200-word written statement, community service and two (2) letters of recommendation are required.  Return completed applications to the Guidance Office no later than May 2, 2019.

Franklin Avenue PTA Star Scholarship:  Award offered to a graduate of Franklin Avenue Elementary School.  A 300-600 word essay describing how your experiences at Franklin Avenue relates to the school's mission statement, a list of community service/activities and two (2) letters of recommendation required.  Submit completed applications no later than May 3, 2019.

Hank Jaxel Scholarship Fund 2019:  One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female college-bound high school senior who has participated in youth softball in Rockland County and played any sport at the high school level.  Community service, college attendance in the Fall 2019, sportsmanship and a minimum 3.0 grade average are required to apply. Transcript and two letters of recommendation are required.  Email completed scholarships to bcarty@optonline.netApplication and documentation are due April 27, 2019.

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship Program 2019:  For students with financial need, have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and are committed to pursuing a technical certification/degree.  Criteria includes high school completion by spring of 2019; enrollment by Fall 2019 to pursue and complete an Associate or technical degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution; demonstration of critical financial need; involvement  in community service; and be a United States citizen. Applicants may contact scholarships@horatioalger.org with any questions. Application deadline is June 15, 2019.

James H. Anderson American Legion Post 1199 Thomas P. Meyer Community Service Award:  The award is open to all Pearl River High School seniors who are planning to attend college, technical school or a recognized apprenticeship or union training program. Proof of acceptance must be provided and validated prior to the award being granted. Do not include your academic achievements, transcripts or grades as this will disqualify your application.  A 1,500-word essay on pressing issues facing our country today and why you feel they are so important is required.  Deadline for submission is April 30, 2019.

JCC Rockland’s Larry Weiss Sports Teen Leadership Award:  JCC Rockland’s Larry Weiss Sports Teen Leadership Award will be presented at the JCC’s Wall of Giving ceremony on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 pm to two (2) outstanding Jewish High School seniors, one male and one female, who excel in varsity sports, are active in community service and are academically strong students.   Those selected will each receive a $1,000 Israel Bond.  Applicants must have been raised as a Jew, be a Jew by choice living as such and have at least one Jewish parent.  Letter of recommendation, transcript and essay are all required.  Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

John G. Bellew Memorial Scholarship:  This $3,000 scholarship is available to a son/daughter of an active, deceased or retired New York City firefighter; seeking students planning to attend college in the fall. Interview is required. Submit your completed application, essay, transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation to the guidance office. Deadline for submission is May 5, 2019.

Lincoln Avenue PTA Audra Marinelli Memorial Scholarship:  Scholarship offered exclusively to current Pearl River High School seniors who graduated from Lincoln Avenue Elementary School.  Essay and application required.  Please submit essay and application form to the Guidance Office by April 22, 2019.

The National Children’s Cancer Society Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship:  Fifty-eight $3,500 scholarships available to childhood cancer survivors who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation.  Applicants must be a childhood cancer survivor under the age of 25 and diagnosed before the age of 18, a U.S. citizen and accepted into a post-secondary school in the Fall 2019.  Official transcript, two (2) letters of recommendation, college acceptance letter, essay and documentation of diagnosis required.  Please see application form or visit https://www.thenccs.org/scholarship/ for more information.   Applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2019.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)/Rockland Section 2019 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 community service is required for applicants; please see application for guidelines of service requirement.  Two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one from a service supervisor, are also required (see form.)  Email awards@ncjwrockland.org with any questions.  Deadline for submission has been extended to April 15, 2019.

O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship 2019:  Awarded to students seeking to pursue a career in law enforcement; attention given to financial need and past academic and extracurricular achievements. Applicant must be a graduating senior planning to attend an accredited college or university. Two (2) letters of recommendation required.  Please visit www.ogradybrown.com for more details. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2019.

Pearl River Gun Club Joseph V. Caccamo, Jr. Memorial Award 2019:  Award is open to all Rockland County high school seniors.  College attendance is not a requirement for applying.  Essay on the Second Amendment and completed application are required. This is a non-academic award; submission of transcripts and grades will disqualify applicant.  Entries must be received no later than May 2, 2019.

Pearl River High School PTSA 2019 Scholarship:  Available to graduating PRHS seniors who have contributed to the community. Please read directions very carefully and follow instructions exactly as written.  Three (3) $1,500 scholarships will be awarded.   This is a NON academic award.  Please submit all applications to the PRHS Guidance Office by May 2, 2019.

Pearl River Lions Club High School Scholarship Essay Contest:  The Pearl River Lions Club is looking to recognize graduating PRHS seniors planning on a career in the helping professions (human services, social work and psychology). Community service will be the most important requirement for this award. An essay will be required. Deadline for submission is May 6, 2019.

Pearl River Little League (PRLL) Scholarship:  Four (4) awards will be awarded (two female, two male) to Pearl River High School seniors who have participated in the Pearl River Little League in the past.  Essay of no more than 100 words required.  Please submit completed application form and essay to the Guidance Office by May 3, 2019.

Pearl River Middle School (PRMS) Scholarship 2018:  Non-academic scholarship available to a Pearl River High School senior who has graduated from Pearl River Middle School.  Essay and application are required (see application.)  No report covers, staples, or additional paperwork (i.e. transcripts, resumes, etc.)  Submit essay and completed application to the Guidance Office by May 3, 2019.

Pearl River Teachers Association (PRTA) Scholarship 2019:  The PRTA scholarship is available to current Pearl River High School seniors. Guaranteed winners.  Essay and some financial information is requested.  Consideration is given to children of union members. Also included is information on the Bill Bates Scholarship, given in memory of a deceased faculty member to a student with significant contribution to the arts while in high school. Completed application form and essay must be returned to the Guidance Office no later than April 16, 2019.

Pearl River Woman’s Club Memorial Community Service Scholarship:  Scholarship will be given to students graduating in 2019 in recognition of their volunteer time in service for the benefit of others. It is not based on academic performance or financial need. It is based solely on community service above and beyond the high school graduation requirements. Please check application for residency requirements. This is a community service award; do not include a transcript with your application.  References and a 500-word essay required. Visit www.facebook.com/PearlRiverWomansClub for information on the organization. All applications must be emailed or postmarked by April 12, 2019.

Professional Nurses Association of Rockland County 2019 Scholarship:  Two (2) $750 scholarships offered to high school seniors pursuing a career in nursing.  Official transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation must accompany application form.  Deadline for submission is April 15, 2019.

Ramapo Lodge Knights of Pythias Scholarship 2019:  Two (2) $1,000 scholarships available to two (2) graduating seniors from a Rockland County high school who will be attending an accredited college.  Students must be active in school and community service.  While it is a merit scholarship, financial or personal need may be considered.  Official transcript, two (2) letters of recommendation, brief statement and interview are all required.  Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2019.

Rockland County Central Labor Council Scholarship:  Available to the children of members of the AFL-CIO labor group, including teachers. Essay required. One scholarship is available. See application for additional details. EXTENDED deadline is April 30, 2019.

Rockland County Chiefs' Association ScholarshipScholarship is open to all graduating students but weight is given to students who are connected to the Rockland County firefighting community.  Transcript required.  Application must be postmarked by June 1, 2019 and sent to the address on the application. 

Rockland County Women’s Bar Association (RCWBA) Law Day Scholarship Essay Contest:  Scholarship is open to all Rockland County High School seniors.  $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to the winning essay of no more than 500 words pertaining to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Please see application for guideline and essay question.  All entries must be received via email to correspondence@rcwba.org by April 18, 2019.

Romanesque Lodge Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Louisa Palermo Humanitarian Award Scholarship:  A $500 scholarship is available to students planning on attending college in the fall of 2019.  Applicants must have an average of 85% to 90%, be involved in the school community and have provided service throughout the local community.  Official transcript, two (2) letters of recommendation and essay required.  Please submit application forms and essays to the Guidance Office on or before April 8 to allow time for processing.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (Camp 124): Colonel Augustus van Horne Ellis Memorial Annual Scholarship and Essay Contest:  Contest is open to all high school seniors in Rockland County. $250 scholarship will be awarded to a student of high academic achievement with a record of performance in school and community activities and an interest in the heritage of the United States.  Letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay required.  Submission deadline is April 15, 2019.

Vincent Linguanti Memorial Scholarship:      A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who has been accepted to a 2- or 4-year college or university. Applicants must have a grade average of 75 or above and 100+ hours of volunteer service to a local fire department, ambulance corp. or youth police academy. Transcript, multiple letters of recommendation and 250-word essay required.  Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

William V. Harris, Jr. Memorial Scholarship:  Two (2) $500 awards available to graduating seniors.  Scholarship is based upon contributions to the community.  Essay, intentions for future, two (2) letters of recommendation and community service are all required.  Return all completed applications to the Guidance Office by May 18, 2019.