Although the Northern New York Community Foundations scholarship program focuses largely on high school students who will enter their first year of college, the system is increasingly helping working adults who have returned to school.
Both part- and full-time nontraditional students may apply for a foundation scholarship. Amounts will be awarded based on financial need.
Were trying to help them with a work-life balance, said April L. Fallon, Community Foundation coordinator of partnerships.
Every person who applies as a nontraditional student and meets all requirements generally receives some amount of financial award, Mrs. Fallon said.
All foundation scholarship applications for nontraditional students in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are now available, and due June 2. All other foundation scholarship applications are due April 1. Students within all St. Lawrence County school districts are eligible for one-year scholarships. A total of $50,000 has been made available for scholarships specific to St. Lawrence County residents.
Based on unmet financial need, St. Lawrence County students could receive up to $2,000 for one year. Students selected for a scholarship who have no unmet financial need will receive a one-time merit award of $500.
Aside from the Community Foundations scholarship, the agency administers restricted scholarship funds throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
All scholarship recipients also will be required to write a thank-you note to donors.
Scholarship information and applications are available on the foundations website, www.nnycf.org.