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

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  To find additional information on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply, students and their families can visit or, 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

 Pearl River High School logo of a pirate 

Enhanced Tuition Awards Application for 2019-20 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 deadline is August 15, 2019.

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

Pearl River High School selects winners by computing a weighted average of the scores on all of the following Regents examinations taken by students prior to their senior year:


Regents Exam Weight
English Language Arts Common Core weight of three
Algebra 2 & Trigonometry weight of three
Global History weight of one
U.S. History & Government weight of one
Earth Science weight of one
Living Environment weight of one
Chemistry weight of one


 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.) 

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. Deadline has been EXTENDED to June 15, 2020.

The Chance Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship 2020:  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   Deadline for submission is May 15, 2020.

Community Arts Association, Inc. 2020 Visual Arts Scholarships:  Two (2) scholarships at $500 each will be awarded to high school seniors from Bergen County, N.J. or Rockland County, N.Y. who will major in art at an accredited college or university.  Portfolio of artwork and an “Artist’s Statement” required.  See application form for details.  Deadline date unknown.

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 or are majoring in business or STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math).  Unofficial transcript, letter of acceptance and letter of recommendation 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.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarships:   For students who have financial need and demonstrate integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Criteria includes high school completion by spring of 2020; enrollment by Fall 2020 to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States; demonstration of critical financial need; involvement in community service; and be a United States citizen. Applicants may contact with any questions. Application deadlines vary.  Please visit  for details.

Lincoln Avenue PTA Audra Marinelli Memorial Scholarship:  Two $500 scholarships offered exclusively to current Pearl River High School seniors who graduated from Lincoln Avenue Elementary School.  Essay and Google application form required.  Deadline to submit is May 18, 2020.

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)/Rockland Section 2020 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 with any questions.  Deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to May 15, 2020.

OMM Soccer and BuddyBall Scholarships 2020:  Scholarships are available to students who are residents of Orangetown and have played with OMM Soccer.  Applicant must be graduating from high school in June 2020 and plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college in September 2020. Please see application for additional requirements.  Deadline for submission is May 15, 2020.

Rockland County Fire Chiefs' Association, Inc. Edwin Murdock Memorial Scholarship:  Scholarship is open to all graduating students but weight is given to students who are connected to the Rockland County firefighting community.  Essay and transcript required.  Application must be postmarked by June 1, 2020 to the address on the application.

Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association Stuart L. Gates Scholarship 2020:  Applications for the 2020 RCVFA Stuart L. Gates Scholarship are available to students who will be starting college in the fall of 2020.  A minimum of two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded.  Eligibility for the scholarship requires that applicants be the child or grandchild of an RCVFA member or are a volunteer firefighter and a member of the RCVFA.  Transcript, resume and essay required.  Deadline for filing an application is June 15, 2020.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship:  Sigma Phi Epsilon is offering more than $300,000 in scholarship opportunities at over 140 campuses nationwide where chapters offer the Balanced Man Scholarship.  To qualify, incoming freshmen men should submit an online application and enroll full time at any of these universities for the fall 2020 term.  Applicants have no obligation to affiliate with or join SigEp to be eligible.  Please contact with any questions.   Final deadlines vary by school, but the early application deadline for most scholarships is June 1, 2020.

“Stop the Spread” Poster ContestScholarship is offered to promote public health.  Any student in the U.S. in grades 5-12 can enter by creating an 8 1/2 x 11 poster that encourages measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. This can include a creative background, a clever phrase, or even statistics about Coronavirus.  The winner will receive $500 and his/her poster will be promoted throughout New York in the fall of 2020.    The contest deadline is June 30, 2020.

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.  Submit completed applications to Ms. Harris at no later than 12:00 pm on May 18, 2020.