Many Opportunities for Post-Secondary Educational Support Still Open to Tri-County Students
WATERTOWN — The deadline for several scholarship opportunities at the Northern New York Community Foundation for graduating seniors and nontraditional students is fast approaching for Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence county students.
“There are some unique opportunities for students across the tri-county area to receive help in their educational pursuits,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation executive director. “These scholarships have special meaning for the individuals and organizations that created them, and we are hoping for a strong and diverse pool of applicants this year.”
Members of the graduating class of 2021 who plan to enroll in post-secondary programs this fall must complete applications through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal by this Saturday, May 1, for the following scholarships:
George C. Boldt Scholarship — Established by his great-grandson, the scholarship honors the life and legacy of George C. Boldt Sr., a noted hotelier and philanthropist who built the famed Boldt Castle on Heart Island in the St. Lawrence River. It is awarded to three Jefferson County high school seniors who plan first-time enrollment in the fall as full-time undergraduate freshman students.
Michelle D. Salisbury Memorial Scholarship — Northern Credit Union, in partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation, awards the Michelle D. Salisbury Memorial Scholarship upon high school graduation to one student in each of the school districts in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties as well as the Pulaski and Sandy Creek school districts. The scholarship is in memory of Michelle D. Salisbury, a Northern Credit Union team member and Jefferson County native who passed away in 2009.
North Side Legacy Fund Scholarship — The North Side Legacy Fund was established in 2019 as a permanent fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation to forever honor and perpetuate the history and heritage of the North Side Improvement League. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are City of Watertown residents, as well as students with family ties to the league, and who plan first-time enrollment in the fall as full-time undergraduate freshman students. Students who plan to attend post-secondary technical, trade or vocational school are also eligible and encouraged to apply.
Members of the Alexandria, LaFargeville, Lyme, and Thousand Islands Central School Districts class of 2021 who plan to enroll in post-secondary programs this fall must complete applications through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal by Friday, May 7, for the following awards:
Thousand Islands Foundation Scholarships — A permanent Community Foundation affiliate, the Thousand Islands Foundation awards eight named scholarships, including: the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship; Grindstone Island Mary Lou Rusho Memorial Scholarship; Grindstone Island Research & Heritage Center Scholarship; the Hazel Northrup Hyde Family Scholarship; the Lechler Award Scholarship; the Margaret Maser Scholarship; the Ruth & Robert Phillips Scholarship; and the Elizabeth “Betty” Streets Scholarship. Students may also receive support from the Thousand Islands Foundation General Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors from Alexandria, LaFargeville, Lyme, and Thousand Islands Central School Districts.
Evergreen STEM Scholarship — Members of the class of 2022 — current high school juniors — who live in St. Lawrence County and plan to study and work in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields must complete applications through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal by Tuesday, June 1, for the Evergreen STEM Scholarship. Ten scholarship recipients will be named this summer and presented with the scholarships upon graduation from high school as they head to college.
Rebecca Rhodes Memorial Scholarship — Established by her family, this scholarship honors the life and memory of Rebecca A.G. Rhodes, a gifted geology student who, at the time of her passing, was graduating with an advanced degree in geological engineering. Jefferson County undergraduate students pursuing studies in the STEM sciences, especially geology, are encouraged to apply through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal by Tuesday, June 1.
Vici and Steve Diehl Foundation Graduate Scholarships — This Community Foundation affiliate fund offers scholarships to students pursuing graduate degrees in Environmental Studies or Music. Applicants must have graduated from a high school in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence county and should apply through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal by Tuesday, June 1.
Nontraditional Student Scholarship — Students from Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence counties who have had a break in their post-secondary education and are returning to a two- or four-year college or trade, vocational, or technical school, either full or part time, may apply through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal by Tuesday, June 1.
Students can now apply online using the same 2021-22 Scholarship Application for several scholarships that previously required unique applications. The application portal may be accessed from the Foundation’s home page at nnycf.org by clicking on the scholarship button, which redirects users to the application portal. Students should thoroughly read all application instructions.
Since 1980, the Community Foundation has provided more than $19 million in scholarship awards to students who live in the tri-county region. The Community Foundation annually administers nearly 400 restricted scholarships established by individual donors as well as scholarship funds on behalf of 32 school districts throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Contact Mary Perrine, coordinator of partnerships, 315-782-7110, or firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions about Community Foundation scholarships. Visit nnycf.org, to learn more about scholarships and to access the application portal.
About the Northern New York Community Foundation
Since 1929, the Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Through partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and generous families and individual donors, the Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of funds that benefit the region. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving and honoring legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others.
The Community Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors, and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring people together at its permanent home in the Northern New York Philanthropy Center to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live, work, and play.