Scholarships / Financial Aid


 Hard copies of some scholarships are available in the Counseling Office. 

Other scholarships are listed below under 'Related Links' 


Navigating the Financial Aid Process:

Please see this presentation developed by the SUNY system on successfully navigating the Financial Aid process.

Our college-bound students and their families are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid - the FAFSA.

Visit the Start Here, Get There campaign to help navigate the process.


  •       Word of mouth for scholarships offered through local businesses, banks, clubs, etc.
  •       Scholarship box in counseling office (check often)
  •       Bulletin boards outside cafeteria
  •       Gananda web site
  •       Call the Financial Aid offices and check web sites of your colleges of interest 
Healthcare Nursing Scholarship - Deadline September 18
$1000 Scholarship is offered to students entering, or currently pursuing, an educational program related to nursing or medicine. Applicants must be at least 17 years old and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship awards this $1,000 scholarship to high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated desire to major in or pursue a degree in a STEM(or closely related) discipline. 
Newcomer Funeral Service Group  - Deadline October 23
The 2020-2021 scholarship is open to all students pursuing a degree in mortuary science who will be enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year, as well as high school seniors who intend to enroll in a mortuary science course of study. 
Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship - Deadline October 31
Scholarships to exceptional high school students dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. 
Open to seniors, particularly minority students, planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. Gain valuable experience in your field while attending college and earning a degree. $30,000 value
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions.

2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Deadline November 10
Volunteer service required.
Scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university.
American Welding Scholarship -  Deadline November 30
For students in a welder training certificate program. Students complete one master application for all eligible National, District, and most Section Scholarships.
Open to students who are members of National Honor Society
Rochester Oratorical Application - Deadline December 1
Oratorical Contest on Ethics using Rotary's Four-Way test. 
Be a high school senior who plans to enroll full-time or half-time (at least 6 credits per term) undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire academic year. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. 
Section V Scholarship - Deadlines: Fall Sports - 12/7/2020
Opportunity for Seniors. Section V offers a $250 scholarship for each sport each season to be used toward future academic endeavors. Winners are chosen based on a letter of recommendation from their coach, their high school transcript and activities sheet, as well as their responses to application questions. 
Each year, Elmira College offers academic scholarships to students interested in attending our college. Each student can only be awarded one academic scholarship. There are a variety available.
Crosslites Scholarship - Deadline December 31
There are no minimum GPA or test score requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship contest. Any student that is currently enrolled in a high school, college, or graduate school may apply. Write a reflective essay (400-600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes or messages and judges will pick the top candidates to vote for.
Foot Locker Scholar Athletes - Application closes January 8
Up to $25,000 per recipient, Up to 20 recipients, Seniors with GPA ≥ 3.00, U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, Be currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community based sports, be entering college in the Fall of 2021 as a Freshman at an accredited four-year institution for an undergraduate degree, not be an employee, officer or director of Foot Locker, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, or a member of the immediate family of such an employee, officer or director. Required Documents Recommendation Letter
Air Force ROTC Scholarship - Deadline January 14   
Class of 2021 senior that is interested in attending Air Force ROTC while in college. Applicants must either be a United States citizen or obtain U.S. citizenship by the last day of the first term of their freshman year (for four-year offers) or the first term of sophomore year (for three-year offers). 
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Deadline January 15
For high school students. Contest topic -describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth.
For senior students who are planning careers in government service.
Scholarships are awarded based solely on 550-word essays expressing applicants’ academic and professional goals and how their personal experiences will help them to accomplish those goals.
Assists seniors who have completed an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or other computer related field of study. Winners of the award receive $10,000 per year
Equitable Excellence Scholarship - Applications open until  Jan 18th, deadline 1/28 or at 10,000 applications.
A total of 369 awards will be granted. Scholarship awards are in the amounts of $25,000, $10,000 and $2,500. 
Applicants to the Equitable Excellence Scholarship must: Demonstrate courage, strength and wisdom as shown by community impact through volunteer service, be high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States, and be a United States citizen or legal resident living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.
Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship - Deadline Wed, Jan 20th
Up to $25,000 per recipient, up to 100 recipients. This scholarship is for young innovators, creators and dreamers (ages 16-24) who want to share his/her/their passion and receive support to pursue this passion through a higher educational outlet. This is not needs or obstacle based; it is a passion-based scholarship program.


The scholarship program will award 25 renewable $5,000 scholarships. High school seniors, high school graduates and current college undergrads can apply, as long as you plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study during the 2021-22 school year. Applicants must be survivors of cancer, 25 years old or younger, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need. 
If you’re the brother or sister of someone who is in treatment, who has survived or who passed away from childhood cancer, you’re eligible to apply for one of 25 renewable $5,000 scholarships. Applicants can be high school seniors, high school graduates or current college students.
$4000 Scholarship Award - Applications in the Counseling office. For seniors of Polish Descent. 
$1,500 scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Scholarships are in addition to merit awards and are renewable for 4 years. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.
$1,500 scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students. The scholarships are in
addition to merit awards and are renewable for four years. Applications are available in the Counseling Office.
One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.
Offering scholarships for seniors interested in pursuing an Environmental Major in college.
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship - Deadline February 28
Scholarships up to $5,000 per year, to fill gaps for veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been utilized. Scholarships are renewable each year, to help recipients focus on completing their degrees.  Wells Fargo’s emergency grant program helps veterans already enrolled in post secondary education meet their household expenses when faced with unexpected financial setbacks. Ranging up to $1,000, these immediate, one-time grants are designed to keep recipients in school without creating undue financial hardship. 
Reliant Credit Union - Deadline February 28
Must be a Reliant member. Application Deadline is February 14 for the Donald  K. Rhine Scholarships available for Seniors, NYCUA  Rochester Chapter Scholarship, NYCUA  Statewide Scholarship Program
Graduating seniors are urged to write a 500 - word essay on the following topic: “A School Administrator Who Has Made a Difference in My Life”. Entrants may win up to $1000.00 college scholarship. Click here to download a flier.
Each award has its own criteria. Some include good grades; but most are looking for hard working, well rounded individuals contributing to their school and wider community. They are merit rather than need based awards. All recipients must be continuing their education beyond Gananda. There are several multiyear or “renewable” awards. Seniors must complete the application by March, but should keep checking back - deadlines vary.
2020 graduating High School Seniors who will continue their education to prepare for a career in some way connected to the diverse agricultural industry. $1000, $1500, and $2000 will be awarded. 
FLCC Scholarships - Deadline March 1
Scholarship eligibility criteria varies and can include community service, county of residence, and the subject a student intends to study. Some scholarships have no specific criteria – all students who apply are eligible. Scholarship amounts vary with most around $1,000.
For Seniors - $2000.00 scholarship - Applications are in the Counseling office, in ESL branches and online.
For Seniors - 25 $1500.00 Scholarships. The awards recognize exemplary members of the youth fire service who also contribute to their communities. 
Section V Scholarship - Deadlines: Winter Sports - 3/15/2021
Opportunity for Seniors. Section V offers a $250 scholarship for each sport each season to be used toward future academic endeavors. Winners are chosen based on a letter of recommendation from their coach, their high school transcript and activities sheet, as well as their responses to application questions. 
Each year, the STEM Scholarship Program awards $10,000 to 200 recipients studying engineering or computer science at a 4-year college or university. Recipients may renew the scholarship up to three times for a total potential value of $40,000 per student. 
African - American high school seniors in Wayne County who have plans to attend an institution of higher learning (2 or 4-year college, trade, technical or professional school). A one-time grant (not continuing) will be awarded to four
selected high school seniors upon registration at an institution of higher learning. There will be two awards for $1500 and two awards for $500.
CSEA Scholarships - Deadline April 15
In total, $23,000 in scholarship money is available to CSEA members’ children. High School Seniors are eligible to apply.
Golden Apple Scholarship - Deadline April 16
For students looking to pursue a career in teaching. In response to the ongoing teacher shortage, Roberts Wesleyan College, News 8, and Advantage Federal Credit Union are back to award three more $10,000 Golden Apple Scholarships in 2021-2022.
$500 (One-time award). Must be attending a 4-yr college/university or 2-yr community college for Fall 2021. 
Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted
$500 Scholarship. Application application available online and in the Counseling Office. For seniors planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or vocational school. 
$1750 awarded to 4 Walworth resident graduating seniors - renewable for up to 4 years and $7000. 
Section V Scholarship - Deadlines: Spring Sports - 5/31/2021
Opportunity for Seniors. Section V offers a $250 scholarship for each sport each season to be used toward future academic endeavors. Winners are chosen based on a letter of recommendation from their coach, their high school transcript and activities sheet, as well as their responses to application questions. 
For seniors who plan to continue their studies in a Liberal Arts program at a 2 or 4 year college. 
PB&J Scholarship Fund - Deadline June 6
Awards college bound senior students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to perform well academically but still have the drive to succeed. Amount $500.00 - $1000.00.
Get It Straight - Deadline June 20
$500 Scholarship will be awarded to any patient who donates their time in any area of community serve. Student must be a current or previous patient of Get-It-Straight who underwent orthodontic treatment in the Pittsford, Palmyra, Greece or Gananda location.
El Dabe Ritter Scholarship  - Deadline June 30
$1500 scholarship available to any senior to be used for any form of school related expenses. 
This scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1000. The scholarship can be used for any form of school related expenses. Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited university, in the U.S.A. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
James Ponton Law Scholarship - Deadline July 31
For Seniors, judged & awarded primarily on merit & need. $1000 Scholarship. 
Anyone meeting the requirements who can demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the Real Estate field will be considered. $1000 scholarship, 3.0 Minimum GPA, applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2021.
George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest, rules and contact info also in Counseling Office.
For Seniors who demonstrate Leadership,Drive,Integrity, Citizenship 
For students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college 
"Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program 
For students interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college
"Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship 
For students pursuing a Fashion related major at an accredited post-secondary school or college 
Aspiring Nurse Scholarship
For students who are interested in pursuing a college education in nursing.
Related Scholarship Links

New York State – offers a variety of grants and scholarships for residents who plan to attend in-state colleges. – gives every student one place from which they can apply to all of their scholarships. We are a company founded by Stanford graduates who all relied on financial aid to pay for college.

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Disabled Scholarship Opportunities - Students with disabilities qualify for a number of unique scholarships

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College-scholarship-guide – this scholarship guide take students through a series of steps that helps organize and points the student into the right direction of where to look for appropriate scholarships. – scholarship search engine – free database of scholarships, grants and contests  – QuestBridge is a powerful platform that connects the nation’s brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities

LinkstoOtherScholarships - Urban League of Rochester scholarship opportunities

Helpful Websites: - Online application and information on Federal Student Financial Aid - Complete the financial aid estimator - Estimates your eligibility for federal student aid - Input your information and have matching scholarships emailed to you - Comprehensive directory of merit scholarships