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Scholarship opportunities for seniors

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and feel fortunate to live in a community which embraces and rewards our students' achievements and are grateful for the community organizations and private donors for their generosity.


Over the course of the academic year scholarships become available to our students. Some are local, some are regional and some are national. Each scholarship has its own specific criteria and procedure for applying. Scholarship information can be obtained by contacting any one of the guidance counselors.

All scholarships are posted on the website scholarship page. In addition, the Monticello High School Guidance Department is utilizing a remind text/e-mail service. Click here to sign up for the scholarship remind text and e-mail service.

Students can obtain scholarship applications from a guidance counselor or download them from the website below. It is important to follow the directions stated on the application. Some require students to submit them directly to the sponsor while others require that the application is submitted to the guidance office.

Due dates are firm and must be adhered to. Often the date due to the guidance office is different from the due date listed on the application. This is because guidance personnel need time to collect recommendations, transcripts and other required information.

March through May are the primary months for scholarship applications. It is suggested that the students have their scholarship letters of recommendation and resumes on file in their guidance counselor’s office prior to March 1 to expedite the processing of scholarship applications.

It is strongly recommended that scholarship recipients show their appreciation by sending a note of thanks to the donors.

Scholarship Offerings 2017-18

Please click on the links below for scholarship applications. Scholarships are separated by month and are based on application deadlines. Consider saving this page in your browser and visiting often, as new scholarships are routinely added.


Jan. 15 - The Empire State Potato Growers Inc.: this is an annual award for undergraduate students residing in New York State, pursing college studies benefiting the agricultural industry.


Feb. 1 -The Jackie Robinson Foundation: Eligible to students of color that have scored at least 1000 on combined SAT or composite 21 on ACT. Open to US residents planning to attend a four-year institution of higher education. Please visit for the application and more information.

Feb. 19 - Ned Carter Memorial Scholarship: Provided by the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York these scholarships are named in honor of past president Edward “Ned” Carter. In keeping with Ned’s lifelong dedication to community service and helping others, this scholarship will be presented to high school seniors who will be pursuing a career in a community service related discipline.

Feb. 28 - Mid-Hudson Chapter of New York State Association of School Business Officials: Graduating students in good academic standing planning a post secondary course study in the field of business, finance, and/or education are eligible.


March 4 - SUNY Sullivan Presidential Scholars Application: Awarded to students with a minimum overall GPA of 90 and are planning to attend SUNY Sullivan full time for Fall.

March 9 - Fireman’s Association of the State of New York: Each year deserving high school graduates are offered Gerard J. Buckenmeyer FASNY Volunteer Scholarships. These scholarships allow young firefighters to continue their post-secondary education at a college of their choice.

March 13 - Professional Women of Sullivan County present the Naomi Morgan Scholarship: For girls of African American or Native American descent. Applicants should have been residents of the county for the past two years and met the entrance requirements for the college of their choice.

March 15 - Wurtsboro Board of Trade Scholarship: Offered to high school seniors living in the town of Mamakating pursuing higher education. Consideration will be given based on community involvement, academic achievement, and field of study.

March 18 - Gene Smith memorial Peacemaker Scholarship: Offered by the United Methodist Church and open to all graduating seniors. Please submit applications to the guidance office.

March 23 - Mamakating Lions Club: Applicants must be graduating seniors who reside in the town of Mamakating.

March 23 - Betty Keil and Elsa Greenwald Memorial Scholarship Fund: Available to two graduating seniors that reside in the town of Mamakating to honor the memory of Betty Keil and Elsa Greenwald. Candidates should be planning to pursue a career in the medical field. Scholastic standing, citizenship, leadership, potential, school spirit and need are all factors which will be considered.

March 23 - Delaware Highlands Conservancy is awarding The Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship: Open to high school seniors planning to pursue a career in land stewardship and/or environmental studies, especially those applicable to the needs of the Upper Delaware River region.

March 23 - The Frederick K. Robinson Memorial Scholarship: Given to a graduating senior who has either been directly affected by substance abuse or is studying substance abuse prevention, social work, mental health or a similar field. If you fit neither of these qualifications and would still like to apply, you may write a short (1-2 page) research paper on the effects of alcohol or drugs can have on your body.  

March 23 - The Catherine Abate Memorial BKAA Scholarship: The Bashakill Area Association is awarding three $350 scholarships to candidates graduating from Sullivan County high schools. Submit a 250 to 300 word essay identifying a local environmental problem and possible resolutions. Please include your name, mailing address and phone number on your essay. Must be postmarked by March 23, 2018. Mail to:

PO Box 1121
Wurtsboro, NY 12790

March 28 - Orange County Youth Football and Cheerleading Scholarship: Graduating seniors planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college upon graduating who have participated in the Orange County Youth Football and Cheerleading program for multiple years.

March 30 - The New York Schools Insurance Foundation offers three separate scholarship opportunities:

The Cristin Ann Bambino Scholarship: awarded on a regional basis with one statewide award. It is available to a special education student who is college bound. The goal of this scholarship is to reward a student who has worked through his or her special challenges to complete high school and gain acceptance into a college or university.

The Jensen Scholarship: is available to a student who has excelled in design in his or her high school career. The goal of this scholarship is to reward a student who has shown interest and promise in design and who wishes to pursue this path in college.

The Goncalves Scholarship: is available to a student who demonstrates an involvement and works for a cause or organizations that promotes social justice, equal opportunity, relief of human suffering or other aspiration generally understood to be within the meaning of humanitarian activity throughout their high school career.


April 9 - Sunna Rasch Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in the Performing Arts distributed by The Periwinkle Fund for the Arts: Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded, annually, to a deserving graduating Sullivan County high school Senior. Applicants must be committed to pursuing some aspect of the performing arts in his/her higher education.

April 9 - Devoe-ted to a Cure Scholarship Fund: Graduating Sullivan County seniors with a 3.0 their junior and senior years are eligible. Candidates must be in good standing with the law and enrolling in a college of veterinary medicine or medical science with a concentration in oncology following graduation. Proof of community service is also required along with an essay. Submit to Guidance by April 9

April 11 - Ashley & Sierra Memorial Scholarship Fund: Open to graduating seniors residing in Monticello School District. Candidates should have 3.2 GPA or above, demonstrate financial need, must be committed to achieving his/her goals, and has maintained a safe driving record during high school.

April 11 - Skoda Family Scholarship Fund at Cornell Cooperative Extension: Preference is given to a graduating senior planning to attend Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA who plans to major in agriculture. However, if there is no student planning on majoring in agriculture, the criteria would just be attendance to Doylestown.

April 11 - Earle and Elizabeth Wilde Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Scholarship Fund: Candidates should be graduating seniors from the Sullivan County area who plan to continue their education in an agricultural related field at either the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill or Morrisville.

April 11 -  Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society: Two Grants-in-Aid Awards are given to senior girls  who are entering the teaching profession. Candidates will only be eligible for this award if she has been accepted into a college.

April 15 - Sheldon Soffer Scholarship in Music and Visual Arts: Offering $1,000 scholarship. The interested applicant, who identifies as L, B, G, T, Plus, or an Ally, will need to either write a 1-2 page essay, or create a video (up to 5 minutes), discussing why their art is important to them. Applicants must attend a Sullivan or Wayne County high school and plan on pursuing music or visual arts in college.

April 20 - The Jacob E. Gunther, III, Memorial Scholarship: Criteria for consideration include academic achievement, community service, financial need and acceptance into an accredited college with plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Read more about the criteria

April 20 - Colonel Augustus van Horne Ellis Memorial 12th Annual Scholarship and Essay Contest: open to all seniors to aid in the expenses for post secondary education or military service. Candidates should demonstrate high academic achievement, a record of performance in school and community activities, and an interest in the heritage of the United States.

April 20 - Mamakating Knights of Columbus Scholarship: Eligible award recipients should be a resident of the town of Mamakating AND/OR an active member or child of and active member of one of the two Catholic parishes served by our council. Recipients should also demonstrate financial need, dedication to community service and academics.

April 23 - Rock Hill Fire Department Scholarship: First priority shall be to a Rock Hill Fire Department member then to an immediate family member of a Rock Hill firefighter and then to a resident of the Rock Hill Fire District.

April 23 - Democratic Women of Sullivan County: Open to female college bound seniors in Sullivan County. Must be a currently registered Democrat or intending to register once turning 18. Criteria include commitment to community service and financial need.

April 23 - Monticello Fire Department Scholarship: Students must be a graduate of Monticello High School. Must be either a child or grandchild of an active member of the Monticello Fire Department. Student must have maintained a scholastic average of 85 or higher and shown participation in community or school activities.

April 23 - Thomas M. Callihan Fire Science Memorial Scholarship: Candidates must be graduating from Monticello High School and maintained an average of 85 or higher. The student must have shown participation in community and or school activities. (i.e. Thanksgiving food drive, Key Club, Interact Club, etc. )

April 25 - Sullivan County Trail Association: applicants must be seniors at a Sullivan county high school and who plan on majoring in an environmental field such as forestry preservation, wildlife management, environmental biology, soil & water conservation, etc.

April 25 - Peter H.Cahalan Scholarship Fund: Open to seniors in Sullivan County planning to attend 2 or 4 year colleges with an average of at least 85. Candidates should have an interest in finance or sports fields of study along with their commitment to their community.

April 25 - Marine P.F.C. Jerry B. Evans Memorial Scholarship Packet: Available to graduating seniors residing in the town of Mamakating. This Scholarship honors the memory of Marine P.F.C. Jerry B. Evans of Wurtsboro, who lost his life in the Armed Service of the US while deployed in Viet Nam. Scholastic standing, citizenship, leadership, potential, school sprit are all factors that will be considered.

April 25 - Ira Jay Cohen Scholarship: Will be awarded to two local high school students expected to graduate in June 2018 who will be attending college in the fall of 2018 with an anticipated career in public service or law. Due to Guidance April 25.

April 27 - Blake and Dorothy Washington Scholarship: Open to graduating seniors and past graduates who are currently enrolled in an institute of higher learning. Candidates must exhibit attributes of scholastic achievement, character, integrity, and industriousness.



May 1 - American Legion Ralph S. Breakey Jr Scholarship Award: Applicant must be a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a veteran (living or deceased). Applicants must graduate during the year the award is made and have attained a GPA of 3.0-4.0.

May 2 - The Brian Ingber Memorial Foundation Annual Recognition Award: Open to graduating seniors in Sullivan county exemplifying ideals of volunteerism, community service, and be of good moral and ethical character.


June 14 - The Abbot and Fenner Scholarship Program: Open to all juniors, seniors and current college students.



Oct. 6 - AES Engineers Scholarship: This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study. To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on the website