Financial Aid and Scholarships

Below is the presentation
from the 2021-2022
Parent Financial Aid Night.
This is a good way to get
a sneak peek into
what was covered. 

2021/2022 HS Presentation CW

You can file your
as early as OCTOBER 1st.

Start your
FAFSA here.

Below are a few recommended sites for scholarship searching.

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Going Merry is like the
Common App for scholarships. See how it works by clicking 

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If you missed this year's Parent FAFSA information night at GCS,
make sure to take a look at the presentation linked on the left. 

The Excelsior Scholarship Application usually opens in April.
Looking for more information or looking to apply? 
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Local and Regional Scholarships

Below is a list of the local and regional scholarships that arrive in the guidance office during the late winter/early spring. The vast majority of these scholarships are for seniors.

Although some award amounts are listed, please note that these amounts are subject to change from year-to-year. Also note that application deadlines change year-to-year.

When referencing the details of a scholarship application is it important to have the application from the correct year. This list is simply a reference for you.

These are some of the scholarship opportunities to come. As current scholarship applications are received, all seniors will receive an email including the details, application whereabouts and deadline. Additionally, multiple copies of all applications are hung outside the guidance office.

ADIRONDACK PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP - Award amount varies. This scholarship is available to any student who feels they need to apply for financial aid due to financial need. The applicants should have some community service and leadership experience.

ADIRONDACK SCHOOL COUNSELING ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP - The Adirondack School Counseling Assoc. Provides a $1500 scholarship to a senior planning to attend a 4 yr college to study human services, sociology, psychology, or a related “helping” field. This scholarship is awarded to Adirondack schools on a rotating basis. We are not offered this scholarship every year.

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP) has provided more than $9500 in college scholarships to local area high school seniors that will be attending local Albany area colleges, universities, or trade programs. Seniors who wish to apply for this scholarship must complete a 500 word essay on “What I do to encourage others,” based on their achievements, commitments, and creativity.

Albany-Tula Multimedia Contest - For capital region HS students. $1000, $750, $500 prizes available.  Essay topic; How could relationship among international communities be useful in responding to global crises?

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY SCHOLARSHIP - For college bound young women who demonstrate academic achievement, community service and financial need. Awarded to female seniors who plan to attend a 4 year college or university.

AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION NY CHAPTER CAPITAL DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIP -  The Capital District Branch of the APWA sponsors this scholarship for candidates pursuing a degree in Public Works related fields including but not exclusively in the fields of Engineering, Public Works Management/Administration/Operation or other programs within the public works profession.

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS MOHAWK-HUDSON SECTION REGION 1 - A monetary award to a graduating senior seeking to continue their education with the goal and desire of becoming a practical civil engineer. This year, 2020, offering 4 $1000 scholarships.


BATTEN KILL VALLEY RUNNERS SCHOLARSHIP - A monetary award given to deserving high school seniors with an interest in running.

THE BECKER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP -High School seniors who have attended Greenwich Central for the full academic year are eligible to receive an award if he/she plans to attend some accredited institution of higher learning in the year following graduation from Greenwich.

THE BILL SHRADER MEMORAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Bill Shrader Sr. Memorial Scholarships have been established in the memory of Bill
Shrader, Sr., an outstanding life-long runner and one of the founding members of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club. The purpose of the program is to encourage and support young runners in their efforts to make running a lifelong part of a healthy lifestyle. In 2021, four $3,000 non-renewable scholarships will be awarded to runners planning to attend a college, university or community college on a full-time basis. A

CANCER FIGHTING SCHOLARSHIP - The Cancer Fighter Scholarship seeks to honor ten (10) graduating high school seniors from around the nation who have been leaders in the fight against cancer. This includes students who have battled cancer themselves, helped loved ones/friends through cancer, or led the fight against cancer in their school and community.

CAP COM -  LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP - These 25 scholarships are given to honor 3 generous individuals within the CAP COM community. The essay question relates to success -what it means to you/ what you learned from success. Applicants must be a member of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, as well as a high school senior planning to go on to college.

CAP COM - ART GOEDEKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - This $2000 scholarship is given in the name of longtime board member Art Goedeke who was passionate about computer science and information technology. Applicants must be a member of CAP COM Federal Credit Union, as well as a high school senior planning to go onto college to study computer science or technology.

CAPITAL DISTRICT COUNSELING ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP - three (3) $1,000 scholarships for Capital Region students. These scholarships are made available to local students who are enrolling at a Capital Region undergraduate institution. Either 2 or 4 year schools or transferring into a capital district 2 or 4 year school.

CEN MANUFACTURING SCHOLARSHIP -  A scholarship for capital region students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing focused program.

CHIEF GEORGE BELL JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - To a graduating senior who is in pursuit of a future in criminal justice, fire science or paramedicine/emergency medical services. We will be looking for a senior who demonstrates the characteristics demonstrated by Chief Bell every day; dedication to public service, kindness, honesty and the desire to put the welfare of others before one's self.

CLIFTON G. SOUSIE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Award sponsored by Ashlar Charities Ltd to honor Cliff for his dedicated service to the youth of Greenwich. Cash award to two seniors going on to college who best exemplify Cliff’s attributes of character, compassion, and community service.

COMFORT FOOD/LUKY FUND SCHOLARSHIP - $1000 scholarship awarded to a student who exemplifies the values shared by the Comfort Food Community such as empathy, generosity, understanding of diverse populations, reliability, trustworthiness, respect for confidentiality and dedication to the cause of improving the Greenwich area, especially those with food insecurity.

CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP - This is a scholarship for anyone who has or who may be interested in opening an account with TCT or any other participating credit unions. The awards range from $500-$1500. DUE JANUARY 7th. 

CSEA DANIEL X CAMPBELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - CSEAs Capital Region will award a $750 scholarship in memory of Dan Campbell who was known as the voice of the CSEA and working families. This award is given to a graduate whose parent or guardian is a member of CSEAs Capital Region and is attending a NYS institution of higher education.

DAVE VANDERZEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP -  The Board of Directors of Bridging People and Places established this scholarship in memory of Dave Vanderzee, founder of Willard Mountain Ski Area. This $500 award is offered to any young person who has faced a serious illness or serious life crisis. Applicants must be enrolled in a certified technical or vocational training program, or an undergraduate or graduate program, for the semester following the application.

ELKS AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP - An award of $250 will be given to a high school senior. Scholarships are based on on “Leadership and Volunteerism” to a student who will be continuing their education in the fall.

ELKS LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP -  Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined below.

ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP - The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four year scholarships to the highest rated applicants, ranging from $1000 per year to $12,500 per year. Applicants must be high school seniors pursuing a 4 year degree and be enrolled full time to qualify. Applicants need not be related to an Elks member.

EMPIRE STATE POTATO GROWERS SCHOLARSHIP - This is a $500 award given for up to 4 consecutive academic years of undergraduate education. The award is given to a student pursuing college studies benefiting the agricultural industry.

FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS - The Firemen’s Association of the State of NY will be awarding 25 - $1500 scholarships. These scholarships are available to volunteer firefighters, Junior Firefighters, Explorers and Rams.

GREENWICH COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - Student must be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning in the year following graduation. Awards based on student’s academic standing and financial need.

GREENWICH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOLARSHIP - A monetary award made to any senior who has been accepted into a NYS college and plans t0 major in a business related field.

GREENWICH PTSA SCHOLARSHIP - A scholarship given to any graduating senior who has positively contributed to our school and or community.

GREENWICH TEACHERS ASSOCIATION PEDAGOGICAL AWARD - A monetary award made to a senior planning a career in preschool, elementary, or secondary education.

HUDSON MOHAWK AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER - A monetary award to any senior entering a healthcare related certificate or degree program at a local community college, university or training entity within NYS.

Hudson River Crossing Seedling Award - A monetary award made to a senior who has shown to be a leader and role model among their peers. Has shown a commitment to environmental preservation and efforts to support the community.

J. WALTER FITZPATRICK AWARD - An award presented by the Greenwich Lions Club, given to a senior who has done the most for their community.

LUCKY FUND COMFORT FOODS SCHOLARSHIP - A monetary award made to two high school seniors at GCSD who have made significant contributions in areas that support Comfort Food Community’s mission to end hunger and build community through the power of good food.

MATHCOUNTS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP - This $3000 scholarship is awarded to students who participated in Mathcounts in 7th or 8th grade. Applicants may be seniors in high school, students attending 2-4 yr community colleges, colleges and universities, and student currently pursuing graduate studies at accredited universities.

MARI COPENY SCHOLARSHIP - The Mari Copeny Award will be given to the graduating high school senior that best embodies the ideals and values of
activist Mari Copeny. A 13-year-old from the city of Flint, Michigan, Mari has been a selfless and brave leader in her community. For students who care about the world around them and recognize their positions in making the world a better place.

MICHAEL "NICK" KARP MEMORAL SCHOLARSHIP - Michael Karp was a lifelong Greenwich resident with served his country in the US Navy during WWII, was an active member in local VFW Post and American Legion Unit, Served as a volunteer fireman and past Chief, was the Town of Greenwich Supervisor and Local business owner for many years. This award is given by VFW Post #7291 and it's Auxiliary to a graduating senior who has demonstrated motivation, good citizenship, community involvement and concern for others. Consideration would be given if enlisting in any one of the branches of the Armed Forces.

MILITARY CONNECTION SCHOLARSHIP - (4) %500.00 scholarships will be awarded. To be eligible to apply studnts must have or had a service memner in thier family.

NED CARTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Association of Fire Districts of NYS is sponsoring 4 - $1500 scholarships in honor of Past President Ned Carter. Applicants must be related to a firefighter, be a firefighter, related to a fire District Commissioner, Fire District Treasurer or Deputy Treasurer, or Fire District Administrator/Manager or be an Explorer in a fire dept of a Fire District that is currently a paid up member of the Association of Fire Districts of NYS. These scholarships are available to high school seniors who will be attending a 2 or 4 year college to pursue a career in a community service related discipline.

NEW YORK CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS - These scholarships are available to members of a participating NY credit union. These awards are for college bound high school seniors attending college for the first time. Students must be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited educational institution.

NEW  YORK STATE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS - A scholarship for young people pursuing an engineering career ranging from $1000.00 to $2500.00 to student who attend an ATEB-accredited engineering program.

NEW YORK WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION (NYWEA) SCHOLARSHIPS -  Offering multiple scholarships with different deadlines.

NORMA A. GANNON MEMORAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE - A scholarship given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership experience or community service or volunteered in a variety of activities while at Greenwich Central School.

NYSUT RETIREE COUNCIL 10 - This scholarship will be given to one qualified student from each of the 4 counties represented by RC 10 (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington). The $1000 award is given to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in education at either a 2 yr college transfer program or a 4 yr college.

OPERATION ADOPT A SOLDIER SCHOLARSHIP - Graduating seniors may apply for 1 of 4 - $250 scholarships, sponsored by the volunteer members of Operation Adopt A Soldier. Student must have or had a service member in his/her family.

PRICE CHOPPER & MARKET 32 SUPERMARKETS SCHOLARSHIPS - There are several scholarships offered by Price Chopper & Market 32 Supermarkets. Details and applications can be found online. These scholarships are given out by region.

SARATOGA HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER GUILD SCHOLARSHIP - The Saratoga Hospital Guild is offering 5 - $1500 scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have documented volunteer participation in healthcare programs.

SCHUYLERVILLE COMMUNITY THEATER SCHOLARSHIP - This award is given to high school seniors who wish to pursue a degree in music, dance, drama or theater arts.

SEFCU SMART SENSE SCHOLARSHIP - These scholarships are for State employees who are members of the federal credit union.

SOROPTIMIST VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD - This award recognizes young women between the ages of 14-17 who make the community and world better through volunteer efforts. These are women who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it.

THE BATTEN KILL VALLEY RUNNERS SCHOLARSHIP - Each year the Batten Kill Valley Runners Club (BKVR) issues scholarships to deserving high school and college students with an interest in running.  The amount of these awards varies from year to year but may range from $250.00 to $5,000.00 depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the number of applicants.  The program is open to students within southern Vermont and southern Washington County, New York, with priority given to applicants who have been members of the BKVR for at least one year.

THE BRUCE H. HAMILTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Washington County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association presents this $500 award to students who are seeking advancement through education in the criminal justice field and/or have had a positive impact on their community.

THE DONALD J. NASSIVERA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Washington County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association presents this award of $500 to Washington County students who are seeking advancement through education in the criminal justice field and/or have had a positive impact in their community.

THE RENAISSANCE AWARD - A monetary award $500 to a graduating senior of GCS (or 2- $250 awards) given in memory of colleague, friend, and Renaissance Man, Brady Waite. Please submit a digital media project (30 seconds to 2 minutes) that conveys your passion in one or more of the area Brady Waite also found interesting. Areas include - Computer Science, Mathematics, Photography, Writing, Science Fiction, Karate, And Quick Wit & Impersonations.

THE RISE ABOVE PERSEVERANCE AWARD - Award given to a graduating high school senior who has overcome personal, health, financial or family issues with a goal or entrepreneurship or college. A $1000 award given to a single student or split between 2 deserving individuals.

THE VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD - For young women between the age of 14 and 17 who volunteers in your community or school? Who sees challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win a Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award.

TRI-COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S SCHOLARSHIP -  This $500 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is continuing their education and pursuing a career in the field of food service/hospitality.  (chef, cook-manager, restaurant, school, healthcare, or dietitian)

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR SCHOLARSHIP - The Washington County Fair awards 5- $500 scholarships to individuals who are currently, or previously have been, active in the Washington County Fair.

WASHINGTON COUNTY FARM BUREAU - Several $500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors or current college students pursuing a career in agriculture or agribusiness.

YMCA EARTH SERVICE AWARD - All students in grades 9-12 residing or attending school in Warren, Washington, or Saratoga Counties are eligible to apply. Students will be honored based on - Contributions towards the improvement of natural resources and the environment, and Leadership demonstrated in the planning and execution of an environmentally themed project, program, or service to the community. Scholarship is $1000.