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 the counseling office well in advance of the deadline to allow for processing.

Questions and/or concerns about scholarships can be directed to the Counseling 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.) 

 

Community Arts Association’s 2024 Visual Arts Scholarships:  A $1,000 and $1,250 scholarship will be awarded to high school seniors from Bergen County, N.J. or Rockland County, N.Y. who intend to pursue an education in the visual arts and related fields at an accredited college or university.  Completed application form, official transcript, college acceptance letter, portfolio of artwork, and a 300-500-word “Artist’s Statement” required.  See application form for details.  Deadline for submission is April 5, 2024.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International: Alpha Eta Chapter 2024 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 2024 with plans to enter college in September 2024 to pursue a career in the field of education.  Candidates 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.orgDeadline for submission is April 17, 2024.

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 2024.  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, 2024.

The Hagan Scholarship:  Designed to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a four-year education and graduate debt-free, this nationwide need-based scholarship will award up to $7,500 each semester for up to eight (8) consecutive semesters to high school seniors.  Candidates should be high-achieving, goal driven students with financial need.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or have a Permanent Resident Card, have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, plan to enroll at an accredited four-year college or university after graduation, and work 240 hours each year from January 1 until commencement of the fall semester in college.  Federal Income Tax information and FAFSA SAR required.  Please see brochure for a complete list of eligibility requirements.  Application deadline is March 1, 2024.

The Happy Jack Memorial Scholarship:  The Happy Jack Fund will award up to three (3) $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who have suffered the loss of a sibling and demonstrate academic potential despite the adversity he or she has faced.  Completed application form, essay, and official transcript required.  For more information, please visit their website at https://www.happyjackfund.org/memorialscholarshipApplications must be submitted online by March 1, 2024.
*Note: Committee members of the Happy Jack Memorial Scholarship are aware that official transcripts must come from the Counseling Office. Please upload your unofficial transcript on the form but you must email guidance@pearlriver.org or visit the office to request that your official transcript be sent.

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Scholarship 2024:  $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 February 2, 2024.

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 Counseling Office of their application at least ten (10) days before the deadline so that official transcripts can be submitted in a timely manner.  Applications must be completed online.  The scholarship presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.  Each winner will be notified and will be asked to make a 3-minute speech accepting the scholarship and summarizing his or her experience.  Deadline for submission is April 5, 2024.

Morning Music Club 2024 Scholarship:  Morning Music Club is holding its annual auditions for scholarship awards on Thursday, March 7, 2024 (snow date March 14) 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.  Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than February 23, 2024.  DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 4, 2024.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) - Rockland Section 2024 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@ncjw-rockland.org with any questions.  (Please use this email address as the one listed on their application form is incorrect.)  Deadline for submission is April 5, 2024.

New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) 2024 Scholarships:  Three (3) scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors: The Bambino Scholarship for special education students; the Jensen Scholarship for students who excel in design; and the Goncalves Scholarship for students involved in promoting social justice, equal opportunity, and relief of human suffering.  Application and essay required for all three (3) scholarships. Eligibility and criteria are outlined in the application pages.  Submission deadline is March 11, 2024.

Nyack Center Young Women of Leadership & Vision 2024 Scholarship:  A $1,000 scholarship is available to a graduating female residing in Rockland County who has performed substantial community service.  All submissions must include a completed application form and an essay; two (2) letters of recommendation also required.  Please see application instructions for additional details.  Submissions must be received by March 1, 2024. 

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 graduating high school seniors with the annual Steven McDonald Memorial Scholarship. The top three students are chosen annually for a $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 award.  Applicants must have a family member within the NYPD (all ranks; active or retired), be a graduating high school senior with good academic and disciplinary standing, and have ties to a special needs community.  Please see application form for qualifying criteria.    Completed application form, essay, brief personal bio, and a high-res headshot or senior portrait required. All submissions are due no later than February 2, 2024.

O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship 2024:  Scholarship is 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, 2024.

Pearl River Lions Club High School Scholarship Essay Contest:  The Pearl River Lions Club will award $1,000 to a graduating PRHS senior planning on a career in the helping professions of human services, social work, or psychology (e.g. Teaching, Nursing, Mental Health, Public Health, Criminal Justice.) Community service and future education plans for a career serving others will be the most important considerations for this award. A 300-500-word essay is required. Please submit your essay to the Counseling Office no later than May 6, 2024 at 2:00 pm to be forwarded to the Pearl River Lions Club for judging.

Renee Craig “Music in Motion” Scholarship:  The Harmony Celebration Chorus will award a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior who is planning to major or minor in music, music education, voice, or theater.  A minimum of 3.0 GPA, official high school transcript, letter of recommendation from a music mentor, essay, and a visual/auditory video performance required.  Please see application form for details.  All materials must be received by April 1, 2024.

Robert “Beans” Capello Educational Scholarship: A $1,500 scholarship is available to an active member or a child or grandchild of an active member or previously active deceased member of a Rockland County Fire Department. (If relation is with a deceased member, the member must have been active at their time of death.) Completed application form, high school transcript, community service activities, list of school awards/honors, and a 250-word essay required.  The winning candidate must attend a scholarship presentation at host fire department meeting.  Application deadline is March 31, 2024.

Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN) Scholarship:  A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who identifies as female graduating from high school and enrolling in a certified undergraduate program in Fall 2024. A 500-word essay, one (1) recommendation letter, community service hours and official transcript required. A minimum of a “B” (3.0) average is also required for all applicants.  Applications must be received by March 15, 2024. Official transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation will be emailed separately to RBWN by the PRHS Counseling Department.  For this reason, all requests must be emailed to guidance@pearlriver.org by March 11, 2024 or we cannot guarantee your supporting documents will be submitted by the scholarship deadline.

Rockland Community Foundation Scholarships:  There are a variety of scholarships available on the Rockland Community Foundation website. They vary from community service to financial need to volunteering in emergency management to students who demonstrate respect and tolerance. Criteria, award amounts, and deadlines also vary. 

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 recommendation and digital audio or video 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, 2024.

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.  How and why are the efforts and sacrifices of the American soldier/military veteran so important?  See application for additional details.  Visit https://www.rollingthunderny3.org/tony-schembri-scholarship to see past winners.  Please contact suziq433@yahoo.com with any questions.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2024. 

The Rotary Club of Pearl River Scholarships:  The award criteria are diverse. All students needing aid and who are involved in community service are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be residents of the Pearl River School District for at least one year (12 months.) A 250-500-word essay, financial information, community service and leadership activities are all considered.  Scholarships are also considered for trade/technical schools or other special forms of continued study.  Applications without adequate financial information will not be considered.   All financial information will be held to the strictest of confidence and all applications are blindly reviewed and scored.  Transcripts required; unofficial transcripts accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  If you have any questions about the application process, please call (845) 222-3356 or e-mail PRRotaryScholarships@gmail.comAll applications must be submitted online by March 15, 2024. 

Sobo & Sobo Annual Scholarship Contest:  High school seniors are asked to create a piece of artwork that combines the Sobo & Sobo logo with a symbol, idea, or verbiage of the student’s interpretation of “justice.”  The work can be a painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture, or any piece of art the student envisions. The art should include three sentences from the artist explaining the submission.  The first-place winner will receive a single scholarship payment of $2,000, one (1) second-place winner will receive $1,000, and one (1) third-place contestant will receive $500.  Winners will be recognized with certificates at a formal ceremony.  Entries can be emailed to Scholarship@SoboLaw.com by 5:30pm on February 29, 2024.

Tri-State Consortium Kathleen Reilly Scholarship:  Pearl River School District will nominate one high school senior with demonstrated character, leadership, and academic achievement for a chance to win a $2,500 annual Tri-State Consortium Kathleen Reilly Scholarship.  Seniors who wish to be nominated must submit a completed application form, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and resumé highlighting leadership and community service activities.  In addition, a 500-word essay or a 3-minute video or podcast describing how you are a “social connector” who strives to bring others together and form networks of relationships in service to making the world a better place is also required.  Please be sure to read the instructions carefully.  Application forms and supporting materials must be submitted to the Counseling Office (videos can be emailed to guidance@pearlriver.org) no later than February 26, 2024 at 12:00pm.  Late submissions will not be considered.

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