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Scholarship Information

Berlin SMITH Scholarship

The SMITH Scholarship will be awarded to two graduating Berlin students who demonstrate the following qualities: Service-Merit-Integrity-Truth-Honor in honor of Bob Smith, a Berlin Graduate. The award will be in the amount of $1,000 to two graduating seniors that have attended Berlin High School for a minimum of two years and are planning to attend college or vocational training. 


CAP COM Scholarship

2021 CAP COM Scholarship Program is now open! CAP COM is awarding $81,500 in scholarships and awards!

  • Legacy Scholarship
  • Trade Scholarship
  • Technology Scholarship
  • Reinvestment into Learning Scholarship
  • Making a Difference Awards for Students and Educators

Find out more information at:


Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County



FARM CREDIT EAST, ACA is offering several $1,500 college scholarships to students pursuing careers in agriculture, commercial fishing, the forest products industry or a related field. To apply you must fill out our brief application and complete an essay. The application can be found on our website at All applications and essays need to be
submitted through our website by April 1, 2021.


First New York FCU Scholarship

First New York awards scholarships annually to students meeting the following criteria:
  • Member in good standing at First New York FCU
  • Graduating High School Senior
  • Planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college
  • An active community volunteer
  • Application
  • Deadline: May 7, 2021
  • Award Amount: $1,000


Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarships

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) maintains a strong commitment to education, both in the fire service and our communities. So each year, we provide deserving high school graduates with Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarships. These $1,500 scholarships allow young firefighters to continue their post-secondary education.


New York State Society of Professional Engineers’

Capital District Chapter

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers’ Capital District Chapter is offering scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to graduating high school seniors in the Capital District who intend to study engineering. More information.


Upstate New York Hosta Society Scholarship

The Upstate New York Hosta Society was founded in September of 1996 as a non-profit educational organization.  Its primary goal is to promote knowledge of and interest in growing the popular perennial plant commonly known as Hosta. The Hosta Society is offering a scholarship opportunity again this year for a local capital district graduating senior student who is interested in entering College or an accredited Postsecondary Vocational training program in one of the following qualifying fields of study: Landscape Design/Architect, Floriculture, Greenhouse Management, Landscape Maintenance, Turfgrass, Gardener/Groundskeeper, Golf Course Maintenance, Arborist, Floral Design, Biology (with a concentration in Plant Sciences ONLY) Natural Resources, Ecology, Environmental Science or other type of Horticultural major.

Hudson Valley Community College

Hudson Valley Community College offers scholarships specifically for students in Rensselaer County. The application deadline for each of these is March 13.

Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted Find More Information Here

Ryan W. Gardner Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Rensselaer County Association of Town Superintendents of Highways
Awarded to a Rensselaer County high school graduate entering the Civil Engineering Technology or Construction Technology program.

Clarence Charles Sliter, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Awarded to an incoming student enrolling in the Automotive Technology Program. Preference is given to a student from Rensselaer County with a strong community volunteer portfolio. Scholarship is renewable for a second year provided student maintains an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Otto V. Guenther Scholarship/Award
Established to honor Hudson Valley Community College’s first president, Otto V. Guenther, this scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the nursing program, any other related health science degree or certificate program, any degree or certificate program related to laboratory technology or the physical education program. Eligibility based on financial need and scholastic ability. Preference will be given to residents of Rensselaer County.

Christopher M. Premo Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a Rensselaer County high school graduate entering the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. Preference for a student majoring in Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Construction Technology.

Norm Stahlman Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a Rensselaer County high school graduate majoring in Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Construction Technology.

To apply, students should go to and sign in with their Hudson Valley issued username and password. If they do not know or cannot remember their username or password, they may request it by completing the Username and Password Request Form.

Email or call the Foundation Office at (518) 629-8012 with any questions.

Hudson Mohawk AHEC

The Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, known as Hudson Mohawk AHEC, will be awarding scholarships of $500 each to high school seniors and individuals newly entering an approved healthcare related certificate or degree program at a local community college, university or training entity within New York State. Applicants must reside within or be a graduating senior from a high school within the Hudson Mohawk AHEC service region, which includes: Albany, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

  • Application
  • Deadline: 12:00pm, on Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Award Amount: $500


2021 El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

This scholarship is now available to any high school senior in the United States that desires to apply. More information can be found on the scholarship application below:


NYSUT Retiree Council 10

NYSUT RC 10 is pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship award for 2021 public high school graduating seniors pursuing a degree in education at either a two-year college, transfer program or a four-year college. This scholarship award will be given to one qualified student from each of the four counties represented by RC 10 (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington).


Price Chopper & Market 32 Supermarkets

2021 Corporate Scholarship

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2021 Corporate Scholarship Program. The online application will be available in the coming weeks and can be accessed at The application deadline is February 28, 2021. Consideration will only be given to those applications that are complete and are submitted with all of the requested supporting documents. Please refer questions to the Scholarship Office at 1-877-877-0870. We look forward to informing you of the 2021 scholarship recipients!

Price Chopper and Market 32 Supermarkets 2021 Corporate Scholarship Program

  • Application
  • Deadline: February 28, 2021
  • Award Amount: $1,000


Rensselaer County Retired Teachers’ Association (RCRTA)

2021 Education Scholarship

RCRTA will be offering a $1,000 Education Scholarship to a deserving Rensselaer County senior planning to pursue a college degree in the field of education at the Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary level.

Rockwell Scholarship from the Junior League of Albany

Through the generosity of the late Junior League of Albany member Marjorie Doyle Rockwell, and in her memory, the Junior League of Albany awards the Rockwell Scholarship each year in the amount of $1,000 to assist one young woman to help obtain the education and skills necessary to further her volunteer potential. Please direct any questions to


Applicants must be the primary member on a SEFCU account and will be judged on academic performance, extracurricular, community and volunteer activities, and quality and content of a written essay. For more information, visit

  • Robert Cornute Memorial Scholarship – $2,500 award given to a student who demonstrates excellence in the classroom, leadership skills and a commitment to the community. In addition, a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts, whether through school or volunteer work is required for consideration of this scholarship.
  • John llacqua Memorial Scholarship- This one-time, $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior planning to attend Siena College
  • Jean Myers Memorial Scholarship- This one-time, $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior planning to pursue a business degree at a 2-or 4-year College.
  • Smart Sense Scholarship- These one-time, $1,000 scholarships are available to all high school seniors who are SEFCU
  • New York Credit Union Association (NYCUA) Scholarship- These $500 and $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are SEFCU members.


Zonta Club of Albany

The Zonta Club of Albany offers an exceptional opportunity to recognize students who excel in community service. The Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award is given to a student whose outstanding community service goes beyond what is required and has a positive impact on the community. Academic achievement is not a factor in selecting the award recipient. Applications are sought from Capital Area high schools. Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors. The club winner’s application becomes a finalist for the Zonta District 2 Jean M. Coon Award, which includes both a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000. This award is announced in June.


Zonta International

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing the candidate’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. More information.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

McCormick & Murphy Personal Injury Scholarship

Berkshire Bank NeXt Gen Scholarship – Deadline 1/31/2021

Hagan Scholarship

School Systems FCU Patricia A. Gee Memorial Scholarship: Deadline 1/30/2021

New York Credit Union Association College Scholarship Program: Deadline 1/8/2021