Scholarship Opportunities


    Scholarships: Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are reserved and/or available for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent, for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.

    Scholarships typically fall into two categories:
    • Merit-based aid: are scholarships that are awarded to a student by either a community or local organization or a college, without regard for financial need.
    • Need-based aid: financial aid is awarded to a student based on financial need.


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    The New York Bar Foundation 2019 The Honorable Judith S. Kaye Children and the Law Committee Scholarship


    The Scholarship will be awarded to three to five students who will age out or have aged out of foster care with a permanency goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) and are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or post high school certificate program during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students must demonstrate a school-related financial need beyond tuition that is not being met by other sources.

    All materials must be submitted by email or mail with a postmark on or before

    Monday, December 10, 2018

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    Mensa Scholarship To check eligibility, click on link.  Applicants need not be Mensa members to apply. January 15, 2019 Click Here
    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum”.  This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of the Foundation’s namesake, encouraging Scholars to positively impact the lives of others. 

    • Be a graduating high school senior;
    • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
    • Show leadership potential;
    • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
    • Present evidence of financial need;
    • Be a United States citizen;
    • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21;
    • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4–year College when applying for the scholarship
    February 1, 2019 Click Here
    Character Excellence Scholarship Applicants must be graduating Seniors attending full time college or trade school the fall following graduation.  Click on link to apply February 1, 2019 Click Here
    Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship

    One $8000 Scholarship ($2000 for 4 years) awarded in Erie or Niagara County.

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Must be a resident in one of the counties or communities mentioned above
    • Must be a graduating senior of a public or accredited private high school in Erie or Niagara County
    • Must plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics program
    • Must have a minimum composite SAT score of 1150 or ACT score of 27 (initial application only)
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (un-weighted)
    February 5, 2019  Click Here
     The America's Farmers Grow AG Leaders Program Scholarship  $1,500 Scholarship for students entering specific areas of agriculture related fields of study or chemical/electrical/mechanical engineering.  February 6, 2019  Click Here
    Native American Grants In Aid Scholarship  The Native American Grant(s)-in-Aid is awarded to a Native American woman, attending a two- or four-year college who is planning to work in the field of education or other service related field. She must have at least one Native American parent and be listed on a tribal role.  February 15, 2019 Click Here 
    DKG:  Pi State Awards, Scholarships & Grant(s)-in-aid Please click on link to seee various grants, scholarships and awards available.  Please check eligibility before applying. February 15, 2019 Click Here
    AFSA Scholarship

    $2,500 Scholarship:  Applicants must be a graduating High School Senior who is attending college for the first time in the award year.  Applicants parent or guardian must be an AFSA member in good standing.  Click on link to apply.

    February 28, 2019 Click Here
    Girl Friends, Inc. Buffalo Chapter

    The Fund provides awards of $1,000 to $1,500 annually for up to four academic years, depending on availability of funds, to qualified high school seniors who have been accepted to a four-year institution.  The scholarship is renewable for four years, provided applicants academic requirements are met each year. Our goal is to promote the academic achievement required to pursue careers including, but not limited to:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Business, Education, and Creative Arts.

    To be considered for a scholarship, a student must be nominated by a chapter of The Girl Friends®, Inc. Each chapter may nominate only one potential scholar.  The Girl Friends Fund, Inc. (“The Fund”) assists potential scholars in connecting to their local chapter of The Girl Friends®, Inc. when needed.

    March 1, 2019

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    2018 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County Master Gardener College Scholarship

    A person may receive the scholarship only once and must meet the following requirements:  Accepted by a recognized, accredited college or University in NYS and planning a course of study in horticulture, botany or a related field.  Click on link for the application.

    March 7, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. Click Here
    University at Buffalo School of Law "Lift As We Climb" Scholarship Application 2018 This Scholarship is sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Law Students of Color Committee.  Completed applications must be E-MAILED to by Monday, MArch 19, 2018 by 6pm.  Click on link for application. March 19, 2018 by 6pm  Click Here 
    2018 Dena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship Shawny will be offering the 16th annual Dena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship in May of 2018.  Any graduating WNY high school senior with a speech, language, and/or hearing impairment who plans to further his/her education and has benefited from speech and/or hearing services is eligible to apply.  Applications may be downloaded from the link or may be obtained by contacting Stephanie Verrico at  Completed applications must be postmarked by the due date.

    March 21, 2018


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    Smithfield Foods Deli Brand Scholarship Presented by Margherita and Healthy Ones $2,500 Scholarship will be awarded to a college-bound student in WNY who is pursuing a degree in Foodservice, Culinary Arts, or Hospitality. Click on link for application.  Application must be received on or before March 27, 2018. Tuesday March 27, 2018 Click Here
    Taste of Buffalo's Culinary Advancement for Women Scholarship  This scholarship is being offered to promote the advancement of women in Culinary Arts.  It is a one time $1,000.00 scholarship and will be awarded to a female graduating from high school in June 2018.  The student must be pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts.  Please click on link for the application.  Completed application packet must be received on or before March 27, 2018.

    Tuesday March 27, 2018

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    The Zonta Club of Buffalo 2018 Young Women in Public Affairs Award This award is given to women, ages 16-19 years of age living in the District 4 Region.  Documents and application can be emailed to, placing the word YWPA and the student name in the subject line or applications can be mailed to:  Zonta Club of Buffalo Awards Committee, PO Box 1252, Buffalo, New York 14240-1252

    March 27, 2018

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    100 Club of Buffalo, Inc. Scholarship  Students or recent graduates may qualify for this scholarship if they are  the son or daughter of, or they themselves, active law enforcement, fire (including Volunteer Firefighters) and/or EMS personnel.  Click on link to apply online. March 31, 2018 Click Here
    Buffalo Chapter Of The Links, Inc. Scholarship

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • African American High School Senior, June 2018 graduate
    • Minimum GPA of 85
    • Accepted (or acceptance forthcoming) at an accredited college or university
    • The scholarship application, letter of recommendation and transcript must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.  No hand delivered applications will be accepted.  Click on the link for the application.
    March 31, 2018 Click Here
    2018 Cameron W. Hill Memorial (CWHM) Scholarship

    This scholarship is awarded annually to two graduating high school seniors, entering into nursing, medical, healthcare, or health science fields of study. Scholarships are awarded based on character, academic achievement, and expressed plans to enter into qualifying medical or health sciences field of study.  Please click on the link for more information.

    March 31, 2018 Click Here
    The Matthew R. Rowe Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The Matthew R. Rowe Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Not Profit corporation with a mission to provide educational scholarships to students from Western New York who have lost a parent/guardian , as well as sponsor the remaining parent for a registration to one of the Camp Widow programs offered by Soaring Spirits International. April 1, 2018 Click Here
    Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities For 2018 Scholarship Opportunities from Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, students must apply online at or click on the Click Here Link.  Students must be attending college Full Time. April 1, 2018 Click Here
    WNY Association of School Nurses Memorial Scholarship

    $500-$1,000 in Scholarship Funds Available. Eligibility:  Graduating high school seniors accepted into accredited BS school of Nursing in NY state(**ECC, NCCC and Trocaire Are Not BS Programs**), Resident of Erie or Niagara County

    Incomplete applications will not be considered

    April 1, 2019 Click Here

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  Scholarship 2018  Buffalo Alumnae Chapter

    This scholarship is for African-American students of the Buffalo/Niagara Region.  An essay, official transcript and two letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application in order to be considered.  Applications may be mailed or emailed to

    Postmarked by

    April 2, 2018

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    2018 Phi Omega Scholarship The Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. are soliciting participation in our annual Clarence “Rock” Conner’s High School Scholarship Contest. This contest is for Graduating High School Male Seniors, heading to college and is sponsored by The Phi Omega Scholarship Foundation in conjunction with the Fraternity.  Click on the link for the application. April 9, 2018 Click Here
    CAO Education Task Force 2018 College Scholarship

    All applicants must be a Senior in good standing at a public, parochial, charter or private school in Erie County with a G.P.A. of 80 or higher.

    Applicants who demonstrate financial need will be given priority.

    All Applicants must send a complete packet via hand delivery or by mail & postmarked by 5 p.m on April 11, 2018

    April 11, 2018

    Hand Delivered or Postmark Deadline:  April 11, 2018 by 5 p.m

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    The Erie County Chapter of The Links, Inc 2018 Scholarship

    For African American High School Students

    Postmarked by:

    April 13, 2018

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    The Women Teachers Association of Buffalo Annual Scholarship

    Scholarships of $750.00 will be awarded.  BPS High School Seniors who have been accepted at an accredited two or four year college are eligible to apply.  One of the scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior whose mother or grandmother has been a member of Women Teachers Association of Buffalo for two or more years.  Click on link for application.

    April 13, 2019

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    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.  Gamma Phi Omega Chapter 2018 Scholarship

    Please click on the link for the 2018 Scholarship Application.  African-American female high school seniors who are planning to enter a four-year college in the fall 2018 and whose three year average(GPA) is at least 85 may apply.

    April 16, 2018

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    2018 Minority Youth Law Pipeline Essay Contest

    The Minority Bar Foundation, Inc. announces their annual 2018 Essay Contest for High School Juniors and Seniors interested in a Career in Law.  Please click on link for guidelines and application.

    April 27, 2018

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    Society of American Military Engineers Buffalo Post 2018 Scholarship

    Applicant must be a high school senior/high school graduate or student enrolled in an accredited college or university.  Please complete the attached form, prepare two (2) essay question responses, obtain a copy of school transcripts, and submit the combined package , via email to 

    April 30, 2018

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    Kiwanis Club of Buffalo Foundation / Ruth A. Jantz Memorial Scholarship

    THis annual scholarship is presented to a high school senior from the City of Buffalo for attendance at a colleg or institute of higher learning of their choice.  The scholarship, with a minimum award of $1,000, will be granted to a student based on merit, acamic achievement, financil need, and a demonstrated commitment to service to the community.  Special additional consideration will be given to a student who is physically challenged with any loss or permanent restriction of any limb, or severe impairment to vision, hearing or speech.

    April 30, 2018

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    2017-2018 COEA Scholarship

    Please click on link for application.   Eligible students must be a graduating BPS Senior and must be entering a four year college or university

    May 11, 2018

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    2018 Buffalo Council of Supervisors and Administrators Scholarship

    Please click on link for application.  Eligible students must be a graduating BPS Senior and must be entering a four year college or university.

    May 11, 2018

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    2018 B. Davis Scholarship

    Please click on link to apply to this $1,000.00 Scholarship.  Juniors and Seniors currently in High School and all students currently registered in a post-secondary institution may apply.

    May 22, 2018

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    Career & Technical Educators Guild:  Outstanding CTE Student Award

    This $250 award is to be awarded to a CTE student that has successfully completed their CTE Program.  This student must have demonstrated leadership abilities, CTE program success, and community involvement. Click on link for application and submission directions.

    May 25, 2018

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    2018 Russell Salvatore Scholarship Award Competition

    Please click on link for application.  Eligible students must reside in Erie County, have graduated in 2018, and at least one of your parents must be on Italian descent.

    June 1, 2018

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    Animation Career Review "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship

    $1000.00 Scholarship awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing an animation related degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Click on link for eligibility information and online application.

    June 1, 2018

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    Fashion Schools "Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship

    $1000.00 Scholarship awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Click on link for eligibility information and online application.

    June 1, 2018

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    Online MBA Report "Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship

    $1000.00 Scholarship awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing a business degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Click on link for eligibility information and online application.

    June 1, 2018

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    Buffalo Public Schools Scholar Incentive Award

    This award will be given to a college-bound graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence in high school.This award will be given to (5) students in the amount of $1,000.00 to be used towards books, etc.  Please click on the link for the criteria and application.

    June 8, 2018

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    Nicholas Patterson Perpetual Scholarship Fund

    Looking for hard working motivated students who work to achieve their educational goals.  The Patterson Fund has $2,000.00 scholarships that can be used for any education related expenses.  Click on link for more information.

    June 11, 2018

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    The Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women Scholarship Fund

    This scholarship is intended for the educational and cultural advancement of Moslem Women.  Applicant must be a Moslem Female HS Senior to apply.  Please click on link for application.

    June 15, 2018

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    "Curlie" Jackson Scholarship

    This Scholarship is sponsored by Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  Membership at Calvary C.M.E. Church is NOT a requirement to apply for the CJ Scholarship.  You must be an African American Male to apply.  Please click on the link for more information and to apply.

    June 30, 2018

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    Bespoke Surgical: Advocacy for LGTBQ+ Scholarship Students currently enrolled in college or headed there in 2018 and want to win a $2,000 scholarship to help cover expenses, consider entering the Bespoke Surgical scholarship contest. Bespoke Surgical will award a $2,000 college scholarship to a highly motivated student who is socially conscious and can thoughtfully respond to the prompt in the web page attached in 800 words or less.  Click on the Click Here link to access web page. By Midnight August 31, 2018 Click Here
    NYS Excelsior Scholarship Information

    In order to apply, students must 

    • Be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term applying for;
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
    • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two or four year degree program.
    • Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation.
    • Maintain good academic standing.
    • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's degree in four years.
    • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

    Limited Application Window, for new applicants only, before each semester.

      Spring 2019 Application Deadline: Monday, January 14, 2019

    Window not yet open for Fall 2019

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