The Northern New York Community Foundation board of directors has set aside an additional $20,000 for scholarships for St. Lawrence County students.
Students in the county now may compete for $50,000 worth of scholarships, which can range from $500 to $2,000. Last year, a total of $30,000 in scholarships was awarded to St. Lawrence County students.
We awarded 15 one-year scholarships to seniors last year, as well as seven merit awards, and would like to see the one-year scholarships increase to approximately 25 this year, said April L. Fallon, coordinator of partnerships.
According to a Community Foundation news release, students in the following St. Lawrence County school districts are eligible to apply: Canton, Colton-Pierrepont, Edwards-Knox, Gouverneur, Hammond, Harrisville, Hermon-DeKalb, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Madrid-Waddington, Massena, Morristown, Norwood-Norfolk, Ogdensburg, Parishville-Hopkinton, Potsdam and St. Lawrence Central. Students may be awarded up to $2,000 for one year, based on unmet financial need as determined by the students college. Students who have no unmet financial need may receive a one-time merit award of $500.
All of those scholarships come from money the Community Foundation sets aside for scholarships, not funds from those specific schools. Ms. Fallon said the board approved about $570,000 to be spent on scholarships this year. Last year, the agency awarded $740,662 in scholarships to 352 students, but that number included scholarships approved by private committees that have funds managed by the foundation.
Since 1980, the foundation has awarded more than $11 million in scholarships.
Historically, money to the foundation has come from sources in Jefferson and Lewis counties, so scholarships in those two counties, which are based on unmet financial need, could total $12,000 over four years. With added outreach in St. Lawrence County, Ms. Fallon said, the foundation hopes to expand partnerships so much that students someday will be able to receive the same-size scholarship as their neighboring peers.
Scholarship applications are to be completed and returned to the foundation, or postmarked, by April 1. Applications and other information are available on the foundation website, www.nnycf.org.