Scholarship Opportunities

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The scholarships described below are awarded based on a competitive application process. Eligibility criteria and application procedures for each scholarship are generally the same each year; however, due dates and award amounts may differ, and some scholarships may not be awarded every year.

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  • Each scholarship has its’ own set of eligibility criteria (such as school you are currently attending, course of study you intend to pursue, etc.). You will need to answer several questions to determine your initial eligibility before you will be able to complete and submit applications.
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Greater Capital Region Competitive Scholarships




Beta Psi Scholarship (up to $4,000): For Capital Region (Albany County, Rensselaer County, Schenectady County, Saratoga County) high school seniors planning to attend a 4-year college or university. Applicants must be of exemplary character, demonstrated outstanding achievement, and be of African American or African descent. Previous Beta Psi Scholarship recipients may also reapply for a renewal scholarship.

Michael Gregory Boyd Scholarship ($1,000): For high school seniors from Troy-area high schools planning to attend a two- or- four-year college or university or technical/trade/certificate program. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to service through their church and/or school community and be of African American or African descent.

The Makings of a Man Scholarship (amount varies): Provides educational support for Black and brown men who have felonies on their record and thus do not qualify for financial aid. The scholarship can be used for a trade school, professional certification, college or university.

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Gateway Trail Scholarship (up to $6,000):  For graduating high school seniors or current college students who are enrolled Tribal Members of the following NYS  Iroquois Tribal Nations: Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora and Tonawanda. Available in 2024.


Communications | Journalism | Marketing


Gene Robb Journalism Scholarship (up to $4,700): Established to recognize the many significant contributions that Gene Robb, former publisher of the Times Union, made to the field of journalism. The student must have a clearly demonstrated interest in journalism and provide samples of journalistic work. Personal recommendations are required.

Capital Region Advertising Federation (CRAF) Scholarship (up to $3,500): For high school seniors or full-time college students from the Greater Capital Region or current college students enrolled at a Capital Region college or university, who are majoring in public communications, marketing, graphic arts, public relations, or any other communications-related curriculum.

American Marketing Association NY Capital Region Chapter Scholarship (up to $2,000): Recognizes a high school senior from the Greater Capital Region or a current college student at a Greater Capital Region college/university currently pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in marketing, communications or a marketing-related curriculum.

General Opportunities for Capital Region Students


Amalia Scholarship Fund for Higher Education ($3,000): This scholarship is for a current or former client of the US Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Albany, currently residing in the Greater Capital Region, to pursue a 2- or 4-year college or university or technical/trade school professional certificate program.

Michael J. Campbell Memorial Scholarship ($1,700): This award is intended for a graduating senior enrolled in a High School Vocational Education Program in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie Warren and Washington County of New York State OR a freshman already enrolled in a college or university in pursuit of an Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology, Building Construction/Building Trades, Carpentry AAS or AOS, Construction Technology (with carpentry minor), or Construction Technology/Building Construction.

Capital Region Chamber Scholarships

  • Capital Region Chamber Continuing Education Scholarship ($2,000) – One award for a non-traditional age (older than 25) student beginning or returning to college or pursuing a trade certification. Applicant must be a resident of one of the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, or Schenectady and must demonstrate financial need.
  • Schenectady Chamber Scholarship ($2,000) – One award given to a graduating senior of a Schenectady County High School with a GPA between 80%-89%. Please note: if your GPA exceeds 89%, your application will not be considered for this award.
  • Capital Region Chamber Chuck Steiner Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) – One award of $2,000 to a graduating senior of a high school in the following counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga or Schenectady, that demonstrates diverse interests and local community service. There are no academic requirements for this award.
  • Capital Region Chamber Unified Military Affairs Council Scholarship (Two [2] awards of $2,000 each available): For students whose parent(s) serve at one of the following military installations: Stratton Air National Guard Base; Navy Operational Support Center Glenville; Naval Support Activity Saratoga; Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa; Watervliet Arsenal; or Joint Force Headquarters Latham. Applicants must be entering a technical/trade school or a two- or four-year college or university in the Fall semester.

Down Syndrome – Aim High Scholarship ($2,400): To benefit students who will assist those with Down Syndrome by pursuing education and a career in the field of special education or speech, physical, or occupational therapy.

Don Forsyth “Circle K” Scholarship ($5,200): To provide recognition and financial assistance to individual members of Circle K clubs who have demonstrated exceptional community service.

Peter Gerkman Jr. Memorial Scholarship (up to $1,000): This scholarship will be awarded to a Greater Capital Region high school senior who participated in the high school varsity-level football program. The student must plan to attend an accredited trade school, college or university (located in the United States) in pursuit of a degree or vocational certification.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship ($6,200): For students who have been accepted into ninth grade at one of the following Capital Region private high schools: Albany Academy, Albany Academy for Girls, Christian Brothers Academy, Darrow School, Doane Stuart School, Emma Willard School, Hoosac School, LaSalle Institute, Loudonville Christian School, Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Student must demonstrate that they would be unable to attend without financial assistance.



Ruth Goldstein Memorial Music Scholarship ($800): For a graduating senior from a Capital Region high school who will continue on to study music education or music performance. Special consideration will be given to students whose major instrument is of the woodwind family, piano students who accompany others, or students who demonstrate financial need.

Marian Settle Memorial Music Scholarship (up to $1,800): Established in 2015 to honor the memory and musical legacy of Marian Settle, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and educator. Applicants must be graduating seniors of a high school in Fulton, Montgomery or Schoharie counties who are planning to study music or music education or current college students from Fulton, Montgomery or Schoharie counties. Applicants must demonstrate participation in music-related activities in their community and/or school. Deadline: March 16 at midnight

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School District and College Specific Scholarships


ALBANY, TROY, SCHENECTADY, SCHALMONT  – Joette P. Delia Curiano Scholarship ($1,000): For a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year college to pursue a heath care or nursing degree from one of the following high schools: Troy High Schools, Schalmont High School, Schenectady High School, or Albany High School, with demonstrated scholastic ability and the ability to demonstrate financial need. Deadline: March 16 at midnight

Bethlehem Central Scholarships

COLUMBIA – Shirley Kelly Scholarship ($17,100): A four-year scholarship established in honor of Mrs. Kelly’s 80th birthday to enable a student from Columbia High School (East Greenbush) to pursue an education and career in elementary education. The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

TROY – Michele Brunette Scholarship Fund ($2,900): For a graduating senior from Troy High School who has demonstrated academic achievement, leadership skills, and evidence of financial need. The recipient must have clear career goals and must be accepted to either a two- or four-year college or university. Deadline: March 16 at midnight

HOOSICK FALLS/CAMBRIDGE – Coach Ken Baker Memorial Scholarships (Two awards of $4,000 each): Established to honor the legacy of Coach Baker, the scholarship is open to seniors of Hoosick Falls and Cambridge High Schools.

Established to honor the memory of beloved coach and teacher Ron Jones. This is not an athletic award, rather, it was established to recognize students who have demonstrated a devotion to the community of Hoosick Falls through compassion, action, respect and excellence.

RAVENA COEYMANS SELKIRK – Daniel Sullivan Doyle Memorial Scholarship ($1,250): This scholarship, established in memory of long-time educator at Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School Daniel Doyle, will be awarded to a graduating senior of RCS who is planning to study history, music or education at a 2 or 4 year college or university.

SHENENDEHOWA – Tina A. Dailey Memorial Scholarship ($8,000): This scholarship honors the life of Tina A. Dailey. It is awarded annually to a senior at Shenendehowa High School who intends to pursue an education and career in elementary education. Applicant must have a minimum of an 80 average and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university in the fall. Please see the guidance department at Shenendehowa for an application form.

SUNY ADIRONDACK – Bebu Scholarship ($3,200): Established to provide scholarships for minority or economically disadvantaged students planning to attend SUNY Adirondack. The student must be academically high-achieving and be able to prove financial need.

Workplace Sponsored Awards


AngioDynamics, Inc ($3,000): Applicants must be a child/dependent of an AngioDynamics Inc. Employee and plan to attend a college/university or trade/professional certificate program in the Fall. Visit: 

Austin & Co. Inc. Scholarship (up to $1,000): The Austin & Co., Inc. Scholarship Fund was established to recognize outstanding service and achievement by Austin & Co., Inc. employees and their families. One award will be given for expenses related to education or educational enrichment activities (examples: educational summer camps, certification program, travel, or similar educational experiences).

C. Michael Darcy Scholarship ($2,100): This scholarship is open to New York State employees. Applicants must be members of Public Employees Federation (PEF) Region 8; Grade 18 or less.

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Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship (up to $6,200): Established in memory of Edna A. Lauterbach, RN, former president of Competent Care, Inc. and American Care, Inc., this scholarship is open to nurses in New York State who are seeking to enhance their skills through business-related education. Scholarships are awarded to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses residing in New York State. Deadline: June 1

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The Lawrence Spraragen Memorial Scholarship (up to $1,970): Established to the child or grandchild of a current, active member if IBEW Local 236 or the child or grandchild of the management or staff of a signatory contractor to IBEW Local 236. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior and must have been accepted at or plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or be a current college student or a union member that would like to continue his/her education. Deadline: May 1.

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Phyllis E. Dake “Make Your Own” Scholarship – Scholarships available for children/dependents of Stewart’s Shops employees. Please visit for applications and more information.

Herbert K. and Isabel C. Liebich Scholarships (2 awards of $10,000 each for two-year scholarships; $26,700 for one four-year scholarship): Established to honor the founders of Albany Frosted Foods, one of the original companies to form Sysco Corporation, by awarding a scholarship each year to the children of employees or retirees of Sysco Foods of New York, Inc.. Applications are available each spring from any of the Sysco Foods of New York, Inc. personnel offices. Scholarships are awarded each year to one senior planning to attend a four-year college or university and to two seniors planning to attend a two-year college.