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Essay Contest - for 9th - 11th grade students

Grand Prize - $200 Visa Gift Card
Deadline to submit: January 18, 2019

The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. is encouraging students in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and/or Yates counties to submit an essay answering the following question:

What are you grateful for in your community?

Our hope is to prepare students for our scholarship opportunities when they are high school seniors. Students wishing to participate should complete the form below along with a 1-2 page essay. You may copy and paste your essay into the area provided on the form. Entries must be received no later than January 18, 2019. Follow @philanthrocat on Instagram for contest updates and winner announcements!

Name *
Address *
Please write a 1-2 page essay answering the question: What are you grateful for in your community?"

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 14, 2019.

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, 2018. 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 on the link below to create your account and begin selecting applications. Scholarship eligibility vary, so please know which scholarships you can apply for before creating an account. See below for eligibility guidelines.


Scholarships Available

Scholarship eligibility varies, 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 WITH SEPARATE APPLICATIONS 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 
Notre Dame High School
Thomas A. Edison High School
Watkins Glen High School

If you do not see your high school listed, this does not mean there aren’t applications available. Please see Scholarship Eligibility by County below.


Chemung County High School
Steuben County High School
Schuyler County High School

Paper Applications 

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

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

Justin Buckley Citizenship Award - awarded to a graduating senior of Hammondsport High School who has demonstrated truly outstanding qualities of service to the community. 

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. 

For more information or assistance contact Katie McConville at the Community Foundation office at or 739-3900.


The Community Foundation offers scholarships for adults seeking further education as non-traditional students, vocational students, early childhood educators and more.