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.) 

 

Eta Chi Lambda ScholarshipThe Eta Chi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has awarded scholarship aid to graduating Black students from Rockland County high schools annually since 1962. This year the award will be upwards of $4,000 to such students.  Eligible recipients must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. The winning recipients will be awarded based on a combination of academic promise, financial need, and character.  Transcript (they accept unofficial), essay, and interview required.  Please see letter and application form for details.  Complete applications must be emailed to hxl.scholarship@gmail.com no later than January 31, 2023.

NYS PTA Jenkins Memorial Scholarship:  Available to high school seniors preparing for a teaching career and planning to attend a SUNY school as well as pursue a baccalaureate degree in education; OR for those who plan to attend a two-year school and then transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in education.  Official transcripts required.  Visit https://nyspta.org/home/pta-leaders/awards-and-recognitions/jenkins-scholarship/ for more information. Completed applications must be submitted to the Counseling office by December 1 for the school portion.  We cannot guarantee that your application will meet the December 15 deadline if you submit your application to the Counseling office after December 1.

Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN) Scholarship 2023:  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 2023. 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 received by March 17, 2023. 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 10, 2023 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 at https://rocklandgives.org/scholarship-fund/. 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.

SOCIAL (Society of Irish-American Lawyers) Annual Scholarship:  A $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior of Irish-American heritage.  Each student will be evaluated based upon a submitted scholarship essay, evidence of leadership and service to school and community, and a letter of recommendation.  The applicant’s demonstrated academic ability, as well as any factors relating to the applicant’s character, are considered by the scholarship selection committee.  Essay, transcript (unofficial accepted), and letter of recommendation required.  All applications are due on December 1, 2022.

Going Merry Scholarships