• Senior Scholarship Page
    - Scholarships are listed by due date/deadline!!!  Must check ahead.
                                  Noteworthy loan/scholarships: 
    Jaye C. Duncan Lion's Student Loan-  Special community organization loan available only to Newfane students (high school seniors and college students) who plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college/university, or trade or technical school.  Students must reapply annually if they desire additional funding.  This is a low interest loan, currently fixed at 5%, which does not start accruing the interest until 12 months after completion, or leaving, college/school when a repayment schedule must be initiated. Apply by June 1.
    NYS Excelsior Scholarship- Available to  eligible NYS residents planning to attend a 2 or 4 yr. SUNY college (includes all community colleges).  New scholarship- first yr. made available is in 2017.
    NYS  Enhanced Tuition Award - Available to eligible NYS residents planning on attending a participating private NYS college (see list of participating colleges on website). New Scholarship- first yr. made available is in 2017.
    NYS Academic Excellence Scholarship info.- Students can not apply for this scholarship.  Each NYS high school is given a specific quota of available scholarships based on school size.  As per scholarship guidelines, Newfane HS forwards the nominations of eligible students based on the "Rank in Class" criteria methodology. As per scholarship policy: Class rank is based on the student's class rank at the end of their junior year (top ranked students who also meet the other scholarship eligiblity requirements of: Must graduate HS by end of their senior yr., be a legal resident of NYS for at least one yr., etc.).  Eligible students are notified of their selection for this scholarship prior to the February deadline.  In most cases, students must initially attend a college or university in NYS in order to receive the award.  Awards are renewable up to 4 yrs. (or 5 yrs. if enrolled in a 5 yr. program).
                                                        Scholarships are listed by due date/deadline!!!  Must check ahead. 
    Note:  If you are looking for additional scholarships, visit scholarship websites such as fastweb.com, and finaid.org.   Also, check out the following website for unusual scholarships:  Weird Scholarships (by category and also scroll down to the bottom for "101" top weird scholarship list).  Also check out ScholarshipGuidance.com ("find Scholarships"), StudentScholarships.org, and My College Options.  These websites list multiple scholarships throughout the year, each with varying deadline and eligibility guidelines (do not click on the selections in the "AdChoices" panel). 
    E-Alert Availability for Students/Parents:  When new scholarships are posted/added to this webpage, you can receive an E-Alert notifying you of this action.  If interested, follow the sign-up instructions- E-Alert Sign-up.
    Oct. 6, 2018 - AES Scholarship - This scholarship is intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. It will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
    Oct. 25 - Horatio Alger Scholarship -  Criteria:
    • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2019 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
    • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
    • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
    • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
    • Be a United States citizen
                       -Application online only.
    Nov. 6 - Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Must have volunteered over the past year (after Sept. 1, 2017), be in grades 5-12 and a legal resident.  Complete and submit an online application by Nov. 6, 2018 to the school principal or the head of one of the program's designated organizations.
    Nov. 15 - Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student ScholarshipThe 2019 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen.Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.
    Eligibility:  Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.  High school graduates are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.  Any questions can be directed to Lockport Elks Lodge scholarship chairman John Zieziula:  home-439-5818, or at the lodge- 434-2798.

    Dec. 12 - American Legion Oratorical Contest - Must be a high school student under the age of 20 to participate.  Oratorical contest for speeches on some aspect of the US Constitution and are 8-10 min. in length.  Contest is initially a community/American Legion Post level (just Newfane HS students).  Winners at the post level progress on to the next level and can win scholarship money.  View   NY American Legion Oratorical Contest for more info.  Any questions about the initial or successive contests can be directed to Mr. Paul Leader, email: NewfaneLegion@yahoo.com or pgleader@yahoo.com  or by  phone: (716) 471-0382.
    Jan. 4 - Ontario Shores FCU Scholarship - $500 scholarship to a Newfane HS college-bound graduating student.  Can be attending a 2 or 4 yr. college. 
    Jan. 5 - Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship -  Criteria:  Must be a U.S. Citizen, Must be a resident in Niagara or Erie County,  Must be a graduating senior of a public or accredited private high school in sponsoring location, 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) and Must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (un-weighted).
    Jan. 15 - Empire State Potato Growers Scholarship -  Must be a NYS resident pursuing an agricultural-related area of undergraduate study (ie. Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Crop & Soil Science, Entomology, Food Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Economics, etc.).
    Jan. 15 - Mensa Foundation Scholarship -  Must be a college bound senior student (do not have to be a member of MENSA to apply).  There are several general scholarships available at the national and regional levels, and in addition to that, Western New York Mensa has another $500 local scholarship that will go to a student from our chapter's area. (Our area includes the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties, and the western areas of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties.).  The application process is entirely electronic: all necessary information, as well as the application forms are available on the MERF website. 
    Jan. 18 - Zonta Club of Lockport Scholarship - Criteria:  Females ages 16-19 y.o. with:  active commitment to volunteerism, experience in school government, local government or workplace leadership, volunteer leadership experience, knowledge of Zonta International and its programs, and support for Zonta International's mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
    Jan. 19 - Niagara County 4-H Scholarships - Five different scholarships available to graduating seniors who have been involved in Niagara County 4-H programs.  Can apply for multiple scholarships on one application but must meet criteria for each scholarship.
    Jan. 28 - WNY Safety Conference Scholarship - Must be a college-bound WNY high school senior.
    Feb. 1 - Benjamin Milak Memorial Scholarship -  Well rounded students wishing to apply for this scholarship must:
    •Be impacted by a learning disability, hearing impairment or cancer.
    •Be graduating in this current school year.
    •Have applied to a post-secondary educational program.
    •Possess a realistic career goal, one which they are capable of achieving.
    •Be community minded.
    •Have a respect for the natural world.
    •Possess a keen sense of humor, honesty and optimism.
    Feb. 2 - Canisius College Music Scholarship - $1500 scholarship.  Must apply and attend Canisius College full time. Must have HS music performance experience and must complete a solo audition at Canisius.  Do not have to major in music to be eligible.  Can: minor in music, have music as a concentration in the Creative & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies major, or take music courses as electives.
    Feb. 5 - Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholarship
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Must be a resident of Niagara or Erie County
    • Must be a graduating senior of a public or accredited private high school in sponsoring location
    • 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)
    Feb. 14 - Bill of Rights Student Essay Contest - The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 and no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who (1) attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, and (2) who are in grades 8 -12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools.
    Feb. 15 - Canisius College Studio Art Scholarship -  $1500 scholarship.  Must apply and attend Canisius College full time.  Must minor in Studio Art or have a concentration in Studio Art as a major in the  Creative & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies program.
    Feb. 15 - Canisius College Art History Scholarship - $1500 scholarship.  Must apply and attend Canisius College full time.  Must pursue an Art History concentration in the  Creative & Performing Arts Interdisciplinary Studies major or an art history minor.
    Feb. 15 - LCTV Gaskill-Roeseler Memorial Scholarship - Must be a college-bound graduating high school senior.  Also, must also have documentation of at least 100 hrs. of community service in at least 3 areas (ie. school, church, scouts, etc.).  
    Feb. 15 - LCTV Anjeannette Briones Memorial Scholarship - Must be a college-bound graduating senior who has also volunteered, in some capacity, at LCTV.
    Feb. 15 - LCTV Thomas Riley Memorial Scholarship - Must be a college-bound graduating senior who plans to major in a communications area in college (ie. TV, radio, journalism, communications, media arts or other related communications fields).
    Feb. 15 - Monroe Tractor Scholarship - Available to WNY graduating seniors who will be pursuing a career in an agriculturally related field to include almost anything in business, engineering, computer sciences, and biology, as well as the more well-know fields such as veterinary, mechanics agronomy, herd management, etc.  There is no application per se.  Students must submit an essay, topics of which are listed on the downloadable document.

    Feb. 23 - Ned Carter Memorial Scholarships -  AFDSNY awards four (4) scholarships a year for $1,500 each, to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a two (2) or four (4) year institution of higher education and will be pursuing a community service related career. This may include but is not limited to fire service, EMS, nursing, social work, health related services, teaching, paramedic, etc.  Also, must:  


    Extended to Feb. 25 - Character Council of WNY Scholarship - (Seniors can apply anytime between Oct. 1- Feb. 25)  This $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior from a:  public, private, parochial, or home schools, enrolling full-time in a college or trade school the Fall following graduation.  Students must be current residents of Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie,  Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, or  Wyoming or counties to be considered.  The scholarship will be made payable directly to the chosen post-secondary institutions.

    Mar. 1 - American Association of University Women Scholarship - $5000 scholarship for two senior girls from either Niagara or Erie County.  Applicants must be attending college full time at an accredited college in the fall.  Must have a GPA >95%.
    Mar. 1 - NCCC Distinguished Student Scholarship - 1. Applicant must be graduating from a Niagara County high school with a Regents/Adv. Regents diploma in June 2019 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a B (83-85) weighted average. 2. Applicant must be planning to enroll as a full-time matriculated student at NCCC for the fall semester of the year the award is issued. 3. Applicant must have previous volunteer community service and demonstrated involvement in high school activities (Include in essay). 4. Applicant must provide assurance that he or she plans to remain in or return to Niagara County after completion of his/her education and future volunteer commitments (Include in essay).

    Mar. 8 - Equine Collaborative International Scholarship - Equine Collaborative International, Inc. (ECI) is offering a $500.00 scholarship to any person entering a college program or technical/certification program related to the equine industry (Parelli, John Lyons, Farrier, etc.) upon graduation from high school.


    Mar. 15 - Gerard Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarship -  25 $1500 scholarships being offered.  Must be:

    • Be a member in good standing with FASNY or have a parent/legal guardian who is a member.
    • Attend high school as a senior who is enrolled in the fall 2018 school year at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning or an accredited technical post-secondary school.
    • Serve as a current Junior firefighter, Explorer Scout or RAM in a group affiliated with a volunteer department; a volunteer firefighter; or a volunteer with an EMS unit.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to both volunteer emergency service and the community.
    • Please note – your fire company’s membership in FASNY does not automatically make an individual a member of FASNY. Eligibility for this program requires current individual membership in FASNY.

    Mar. 18 - WNY Chapter NYWEA Scholarship - Three different awards available to graduating WNY seniors who will be enrolled in an environmental related curriculum at the undergraduate level.  Examples of curriculums:  biology, forestry, chemistry, engineering, & water/wastewater treatment.

    Mar. 20 - NOCA Scholarships - Seven Niagara-Orleans Counselors Association (NOCA) Scholarships are available to graduating college-bound Niagara/Orleans County seniors.  Criteria varies between scholarships so read the eligibility requirement for each scholarship.  You can apply for more than one scholarship!  Submit only one copy of your application (to include letters of recommendation, essays, or any addendums) to Mr. Smith in the guidance office.  Mr. Smith will attach your transcript and sign the form as NOCA Member.  Do not mail to the address on the form!!!  Pay close attention to how the scholarship committee grades/ranks each submitted application ("Selection Criteria") so you can maximize your chances of securing a scholarship.

    Mar. 23 - Allentown Art Festival Scholarship - Must be a 4 yr. college-bound graduating senior from WNY who is planning on majoring in a visual arts major in college.

    Mar. 27 - Zonta Club of Lockport Scholarships - Three scholarships will be awarded to senior girls graduating in June from a high school in Eastern Niagara County (includes Newfane).  Two of the scholarships can be used towards the educational cost at any college the student attends - the third scholarship, the student has to attend NCCC.  

    Mar. 29 - Kenan Arts Council Scholarship- $1,000 scholarship available to certain Niagara County high schools - to include Newfane HS.  Students must be graduating college-bound high school seniors who plan to major in art, dance, design, music or theater.  Must also meet high academic standards (at least > 80% average) and be involved in extra-curricular and community activities.

    Mar. 29 - Independent Health Wellness All-Star Scholarship -  This scholarship recognizes one high school senior who makes our community a healthier place to live. Students can nominate themselves!  $1000 scholarship plus $1000 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate.

    Mar. 30 - Gladys Carol Scholarship -  A Gladys Carol Scholarship is an award up to $5,000, and is merit based.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) is required.  A Gladys Carol Scholarship will award $2,500 for one year of study, and can be renewed for a second $2,500 award for a consecutive year of study if the following pre-requisites are met: Must stay enrolled in a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field of study at an accredited non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United States for the follow-on academic year -AND- Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) -OR- Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) while working in a paid position or internship, or as a volunteer, or a combination thereof a minimum average of 16 hours per week. Basic Award Criteria:

           1.    Applicant must be enrolled full time as defined through credit hours at their institution.

           2.    Applicant must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math field.

           3.    Applicant must have a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

           4.    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or a current passport.

    Mar. 31 - 8th District Federated Garden Clubs of NYS Scholarship -  Eighth District Federated Garden Clubs of New York State announces a$1,000 stipend will be awarded to a graduating high school senior residing in one of the following Western New York counties: ALLEGHANY - CATTARAUGUS - CHAUTAUQUA  -ERIE and NIAGARA.  Applicant must be planning to major in one of the following areas of study:  Agriculture, Botany, Conservation, Environmental Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, Wildlife Science, or a field related to the above.

    April:   (reminder if need transcripts or signatures- spring recess is Apr. 15-26)
    Apr. 1 -  Lockport Elks Lodge Law Enforcement Scholarship - Must ge a graduating senior who plans to attend college (2 or 4 yr.) majoring in a degree program in any aspect of law and law enforcement.  Any questions can be directed to Lockport Elks Lodge scholarship chairman John Zieziula:  home-439-5818, or at the lodge- 434-2798.
     Apr. 1 -  Lockport Elks Lodge Rodney Conrad Memorial ScholarshipMust ge a graduating senior who plans to attend a 4 yr.) college majoring in one of the following degree programs:  Education, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Business, Accounting, and Mathematics.  Any questions can be directed to Lockport Elks Lodge scholarship chairman John Zieziula:  home-439-5818, or at the lodge- 434-2798.
    April 1 - Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo Scholarships - Numerous scholarships for college-bound graduating seniors from Niagara and Erie County who have at least a "C" average.  Application opens Jan. 1 and closes April 1.
    Apr. 1 - WNY Assoc. of School Nurses Scholarship - Must be resident of Niagara or Erie County and a graduating senior accepted into an accredited BS school of nursing program in NYS (4 yr. nursing program only!  Students going into 2 yr. nursing programs are ineligible for this scholarship).
    Apr. 1 - STI Cares Scholarship - Must be a college-bound graduating senior student planning on attending an accredited college with at least a 75% GPA. (Note:  STI is the bus company that services Newfane Schools so our students are eligible.)
    Apr. 1 - Niagara County Assessors Scholarship - The Niagara County Assessors' Association awards an annual scholarship to a graduating Senior from Niagara County who will be attending a New York State College or University. The amount of the scholarship award is $1,000.00.
    Apr. 1 - GMiS Scholarship  - 
    • Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities
    • Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree
    • Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the underserved community
    • Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.


    Apr. 1 - Matthew R. Row Scholarship - Four scholarships this year (each in the amount of $2,500) to high school seniors in WNY who have lost a parent/guardian.


    Apr. 10 - Marnie Currie Quinones Scholarship - This is a $1000 scholarship for college-bound Newfane senior females


                1) Graduating senior FEMALE student from Newfane Senior High School

                2) Must have at least a “B” average (80% or greater)

                3) Planning on attending college (2 or 4 yr.)

                4) Must be involved in extracurricular activities such as, but not limited to:

                            Athletics (can be school-based or community-based athletics)

                            Community/volunteer activities

                            School related extracurricular activities

                            Church youth group

                            Part-time employment

                5) Financial need may also be considered

    Apr. 12 - Newfane Youth Football and Cheerleading Scholarship - The Newfane Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization would like to award 2 scholarships to graduating seniors who have participated in the Newfane Youth Football and Cheerleading program. Two $200 scholarships will be awarded to either a Football player or a Cheerleader that has participated for at least 1 year in the organization. 


             -Must have played or cheered in the organization at least 1 year

             -Must plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college


    Apr. 12 - Niagara County Sheriffs Office Victim Assistance Scholarship -  The Victim Assistance Unit offers supportive services to victims and survivors of Homicide, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Assault, DWI, Robbery and Larceny.  In honor of National Crime Victim’s Week, they are offering a $250 scholarship to one graduating senior in Niagara County.  This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future”

    Students considered for the scholarship must complete the application and write an essay about how they or someone close to them has been impacted by a crime. 

    Apr. 30 - Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Hockey Gary Hill Mem. Scholarship - Must be a graduating college-bound senior who participated in the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Hockey League for a minimum of 5 yrs. (spring league not included).  You did not have to be in midgets to be eligible.
    Apr. 30 - IVLA College Scholarship - Must be: U.S. resident accepted to an accredited U.S. university, community college, or trade school.  Must submit a 300 – 500 word essay.  Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and must be a high school senior or undergraduate student with 1+ school year(s) remaining.
    Apr. 30 - Friendship Memorial Scholarship -  All Newfane High School graduating seniors about to enter their freshman year at a College, University or Technology school are eligible to receive this scholarship.  Three scholarships in the amount of $1000 will be available annually.
    May 1 - Newfane American Legion Lester Oakes Memorial Scholarship - This award, in the amount of $500.00, will be awarded to one Newfane senior.  The selected student must show proof of college acceptance.  Criteria: Must be a son/daughter of a veteran of the US military (must be able to provide supporting records/documentation ie. copy of parent’s DD214 Discharge Form); Graduating as a senior student from Newfane Senior High School, or home school in Newfane Central School District; Planning on attending college (2 or 4 yr.) or a trade/technical school; Student must have at least a “B” average in Social Studies (80% or greater); Student must have had one year of American History with a “B” average; and finally the student must be involved in community service activities.
    May 1 - Vietnam Veterans Peter Tycz Mem. Scholarship - Must be a resident of Niagara or Erie County and have a relative who is/was a veteran.  Must also plan to attend college in the fall and also show a unique blend of academic achievement and community service.
    May 1 - Italian-American Police Assn. of WNY Scholarship - 1. Applicant must be a resident of Western New York. 2. Applicant must be a senior in High School. 3. Applicant must be accepted to a certified college for the Fall 2019 term. 4. Applicant must have a minimum average of 80 percent. 5. Applicant must submit to an interview by the awards committee if requested to do so.
    May 1 - Mike Little Memorial Scholarship - Candidates must be a Newfane Central High School Senior expected to graduate June 2019. Two $1,000 scholarships available.
    May 3 - American Legion Michael J. Kogutek Scholarship - The scholarship will be awarded based on veteran status of family members, financial need, scholastic ability, realistic goals, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. All students must show proof that they have been accepted at an accredited college or university prior to receiving the scholarship.
    May 4 - Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship - Two $500 scholarships available to eligible students.  Eligibility:  Must be a college-bound (accredited college or technical or trade school) Niagara County high school senior and must be a relative of a US Vietnam Veteran.
    May 17 - Newfane American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship - Must be a college-bound graduating senior student from Newfane High School planning on attending college (2 or 4 yr.). Must also be involved in community service activities and must be son/daughter/grandchild of a veteran.
    June 14 - Abbott & Fenner Scholarship - The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.  To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic listed on the webpage. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. 
    June 30- Pinnacle Peak Scholarship - Please write an essay telling us what you’re doing to fight or how you plan on fighting issues surrounding substance abuse or addiction. Examples could include your future career path, volunteering for a related cause, or even helping someone you love seek treatment. Winner will receive a $500 tuition scholarship.
    July - US FIRST Scholarships - FIRST (robotics) scholarships available for engineering or computer science students.  Can sort long list by deadline, state (where college is located), program, etc.
    July 23 - NYS Excelsior Scholarship - Now available for NYS students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University.  See all scholarship criteria/info. on website.
    Aug.  -  NY State STEM Incentive Program Scholarship - The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation. Carefully review the list of inclusive college majors (approved "programs of study) and approved occupations list to ensure that you qualify!
    NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program -  Must be matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program full-time at a degree-granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a math or science teacher in secondary education. 
    NOTE: If you are a high school senior you may not apply at this time.  You may apply in January of your first year of college.  A recipient receives an annual award payment for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to a NYS resident student attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (SUNY), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. See additional criteria on website.