Essay Contest - 9th - 11th grade
Grand Prize - $250 Visa Gift Card
The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes is encouraging students in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and/or Yates counties to submit an essay that answers the following question:
To enter the essay contest, simply submit the form below with a 1-2 page essay no later than January 19, 2018.
Follow @philanthrocat on Instagram for contest updates and winner announcements!
Scholarships for Students
If you are a high school senior or adult who lives in Upstate New York or Northern Pennsylvania you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. Scholarship applications are available now and most will close by February 16, 2017.
Individuals, families and companies have established funds at the foundation for educational scholarships so that deserving neighbors can attend college or acquire job skills. Scholarships have varying eligibility so please see below for more information.
High School Seniors
Many of our scholarship applications will now be accepted online only beginning in November 1, 2016. You can apply here but please read all information on this page. The first step in the application process is to create a new account within the online system. You will only need to do this once no matter how many scholarships you apply for. Please write down the username and password you use so you can refer back to it later. Check you email junk or SPAM folders for emails from the Community Foundation. This is how we communicate with you whether we have a question, need more information, or for denial notifications.
How to apply
Click below for instructions on how to use the online application system:
Scholarship Applicant Registration - Video Tutorial
Please make sure to follow the directions for each question on the application. This could mean the difference between your application being accepted or denied.
Scholarship eligibility vary, please see below for scholarship listings by school or click here for a full list of scholarships descriptions.
General Scholarship Descriptions - Submitting an application to the General Scholarship is one application for twenty-six scholarships. If you are a student living or going to school in one of the following counties, you are encouraged to apply: Alleghany, Bradford, Broome, Chemung, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Rensselaer, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, or Tompkins counties.
*Please note that many scholarships are based on financial need. Thus, your application requires your family’s tax return. If you do not include the form, you will not be considered for these awards.*
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE BY SCHOOL: To simplify your search, see below for scholarships that require their own applications. Scholarships are listed specific to your school. If you do not see your school listed, please see the General Scholarship Descriptions above, as you are likely eligible for scholarships within that application.
Addison High School
Bath-Haverling High School
Campbell-Savona High School
Corning-Painted Post High School
Elmira High School
Hammondsport High School
Horseheads High School
Hornell High School
Jasper Troupsburg Scholarships
Notre Dame High School
Odessa-Montour High School
Owego High School
Spencer Van Etten High School
Thomas A. Edison High School
Watkins Glen High School
Waverly High School
Chemung County High School
Steuben County High School
Schuyler County High School
Some of our scholarships are available to submit by paper application because of the special needs of the scholarships.
The Brooke Makowiec Memorial Scholarship – student graduation from Addison Central School that plans on attending a 2 or 4 year college or technical school.
Ernie Davis Scholarship – high school senior who exhibits qualities of integrity, leadership, courage, and humility. Graduating from an accredited high school in Chemung County or a high school in Corning. For more information, visit www.erniedavisscholarship.org
Ethel Strickarz Memorial Scholarship – graduating from a public, private, or homeschooled in Steuben County. May also be an adult learner who resides in Steuben County
Helen G. Schuyler Scholarship – student graduating or has graduated from a Steuben County High school that plans to study fine or decorative art at the collegiate level
The Momentum Scholarship – awarded to a graduating senior from Elmira High School. (application available in guidance office)
Twin Tiers Youth For Christ Scholarship – Christian whose high school is located in or they have been a resident of Chemung County or an adjacent county for over six months.