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 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.




April 19 – Hudson Valley School Food Service Directors Coalition: Two (2) separate $1,000 scholarships available – Steven E. Pinelli Memorial Scholarship and Elvalee Woodside Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships will be awarded to the two best senior applicants planning to attend an institution of higher education with a major course of study in Food Service, Hospitality, Hotel Management or Dietetics. Return the completed application to your guidance counselor by April 19, 2021.

April 23 – Eugenia Montes and Isidora Felipa Memorial Scholarship:  Open to all seniors and early graduates who display the following qualities: a strong relationship with family (especially with mom and grandma), kindness towards everyone, respect themselves and others, a hard-working individual both in school and out. In order to apply, please write a short essay with examples of how you demonstrate the above qualities and your future plans. Please email essay to by April 23. Please write in the subject line Eugenia Montes and Isidora Felipa Memorial Scholarship.

April 23 – Sullivan County Trail Association: Open to any Sullivan County High School Senior who plans to major in an Environmental field of study, such as Forestry, Wildlife Management, Environmental Biology, Soil & Water Conservation. Applications are due to Guidance by Friday, April 23.

April 23 – The Grateful Children Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is given in celebration of the successful lives of: Dr. Melissa Rene Winter, Tiffany Noel Winter and Nicholas Ryan Winter. Dedicated to the success of a single mom. Due to Guidance April 23.


  • Senior or early graduate
  • Must be the child of a single mother.
  • Must be seeking some form of higher education (college or trade school)
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 77
  • Must write an essay on:  “How do you plan to impact the world after completing your education” or “The meaning of integrity to you.”

April 23 – The National Organization of Women Scholarship: Open to all female seniors or early graduates. Applicants must submit an essay on “How does Feminism inform your life.” Due to Guidance April 23.

April 23 – The Rock Hill Fire Department Scholarship: First priority shall be to a Rock Hill Member then to an immediate family member of a Rock Hill Firefighter, a resident of the Rock Hill Fire District and members of the Boys Scott Troup 101. Include a short, typed essay about yourself, the college you are planning on attending and any community activities you have done. Due to Guidance April 23.

April 23 – The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Foundation High School Scholarship Program: This scholarship is due to Guidance by April 23. It is open to:

  • Students who are high school seniors residing in Sullivan County, NY and graduating in the spring of 2021.
  • Students who will study at an accredited college in NY State.
  • Students who are U.S. citizens.


April 26 – Ira Jay Cohen Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early graduates who plan on attending college in the Fall of 2021 with an anticipated career in public service or law. Please return to Guidance by  April 26.

April 26 – CSEA Orange County Unit 836: Open to all seniors and early graduates who have a parent or guardian of the CSEA Orange County Local 836. Due to Guidance by April 26.

April 26 – CSEA Orange County Unit 7900: Open to all seniors and early graduates whose parent or guardian is an Orange County employee and a member of CSEA Unit 7900/7902. The form must be filled out completely, essay questions answered, letter of recommendation, and transcript must be enclosed. Due to Guidance by April 26.

April 28 – The Honorable Louis B. Scheinman Memorial Scholarship Fund: Open to all seniors and early graduates who plan on attending a 2- or 4-year college/university and have qualities that Judge Scheinman exemplified: compassion, warmth, friendship and a natural inclination to see the best in people. Due to Guidance by April 28, 2021.

April 30 – Kiwanis Club of Monticello Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early graduates looking to attend a two- or four-year college, university or trade school. Please submit applications to Ms. Lagarde by April 30.

April 30 – American Culinary Federation Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early graduates who are exemplary students, maintain a cumulative GPA of 80 or higher and is accepted into an institution with a culinary, pastry or food service-related major. Please apply at Due April 30.



May 1 – The Auxiliary of the Wurtsboro Fire Company No. 1: is pleased to offer a $500 annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

Eligibility: Must be an Active Junior Firefighter, Child/Grandchild of an Active/Honorary Firefighter or Auxiliary Member of the Wurtsboro Fire District.
Graduating from a high school within the Hudson Valley Enrolled, or in the process of enrolling in a university, college or trade/vocational school in the upcoming fall semester Volunteers in community service
 To Apply: Complete the attached application; Write a one page essay on what community service you have done and what it has meant to you.
 All applications must be submitted to by May 1, 2021.


May 1 – Code Wizards HQ Educational Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early graduates who have a GPA of 90 or higher and are planning to study in a STEM program. Please apply at Due May 1.


May 1 – Grace Johansen Memorial Scholarship: The Grace Johansen Memorial Scholarship provides support to community-engaged Sullivan County high school seniors to assist with the costs of college. They will award two scholarships in the amount of $500 each. To apply, click here and complete the Google form, which includes an essay detailing how your volunteer experience has impacted you and your community. Due by May 1.


May 3 – Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs: Open to all senior and early graduates who are a member or have a relative (parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle) that is a member of the Federation of Sportsmen’s Club of Sullivan County and are pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in a New York State School with a major related to preserving and protecting natural resources. Please see attached for additional requirements. Due to Ms. Lagrade by May 3.

May 3 – Beth A. Clark Memorial Scholarship, Mu Chapter – Alpha Delta Kappa: Open to all seniors and early graduates who plan on pursuing a degree in education and has been accepted to an accredited college. Along with completed application (page 1 and page 2), please submit two letters of recommendation from two faculty members that discuss the applicant’s teaching potential and an official high school transcript. Due to Ms. Lagarde by  May 3.

May 3 – The Mamakating Knights of Columbus: This application is due to Guidance by May 3. In order to be eligible for this award, the student must be

  • A 2021 graduating senior available for an interview in mid-May and:
  •  A resident of the Town of Mamakating AND/OR
  • An active member or the child of an active member of one of the two Catholic parishes served by our council (Our Lady of the Assumption in Bloomingburg or the Church of St. Joseph in Wurtsboro).

May 5 – Sullivan County Farm Bureau – The Sullivan County Farm Bureau Scholarship is open to all seniors and early graduates. Please complete the application and return it to guidance by Wednesday, May 5.

May 7 – The Monticello Fire Department Scholarship: Open to all graduating students in Monticello High School, who are members or the child of an active member or child of a life member of the Monticello Fire Department (grandchildren may be considered if there are no eligible active or restricted member’s applying). Students must have maintained an 85 or higher GPA, and must have shown participation in community/school activities. All applications are due to Ms. Truesdell by Friday, May 7.

May 7 – The Thomas M. Callihan Fire Science Memorial Scholarship: Open to all graduating students in Monticello High School, who have maintained an 85 or higher GPA, and are planning on persuing an education in Fire Science.
All applications are due to Ms. Truesdell in Guidance by Friday, May 7.

May 7 – Colonel Ellis Memorial Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early graduates who demonstrates high academic achievement, a record of performance in school and community activities and has an interest in the heritage of the United States. Due to Ms. Lagarde by May 7.

May 11 – African-American Journalism Scholarship: Open to all African- American senior and early graduates who plan on attending a college or university in the Fall of 2021 and are studying towards a career in journalism. Please apply at Due May 11.


May 12 – American Legion Auxiliary: Esther Etkin Memorial Scholarship and Adelle Lazarowics Memorial Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early grads who are a child of a veteran (living or deceased) with a grade point average of 3.0-4.0. Student must submit verification of veteran’s status (Discharge papers or a membership card from a veterans organization, American Legion-VFW-etc.) and a letter of recommendation from the principal or guidance counselor. Due to Guidance by May 12.


May 12 – Jacob E. Gunther III Memorial Scholarship: Open to all seniors and early graduates who are planning on attending an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Due to Guidance by May 12.


May 14 – Brower Youth Award: Open to all seniors and early graduates who exemplifies qualities of a youthful environmental change leader. Please apply at Due May 14.


May 17 – The Brian Ingber Memorial Foundation Annual Recognition Award: Open to all seniors and early graduates who exemplify the ideals of volunteerism, service within his/her school and community, good moral and ethical character, and be a well-rounded student.  Due to Guidance by May 17.


June 1 – SUNY Sullivan Foundations Scholarship: The SUNY Sullivan Foundation is pleased to make available a limited number of scholarships for volunteers who have made a significant contribution to a Renaissance project. These scholarships are available to any student planning to attend SUNY Sullivan on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Application due to Guidance by June 1.



Aug. 16 – Sullivan Renaissance Scholarship: For an application to be considered by the donor-advised fund, the candidate must be a resident of Sullivan County and be able to demonstrate that they have volunteered for a 2021 Sullivan Renaissance project in a significant way. Volunteer activities may include gardening, beautification / caring for public spaces, project documentation, outreach or fundraising. Please contact Sullivan Renaissance if you have questions about eligible activities.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to read through the application and questions thoroughly. Determination and award amounts will be made based on the extent of the applicant’s volunteerism. Applications are due online by Aug. 16.


MonthlyCourse Hero Scholarship: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and attend a university or plan to attend a university. See website for further details. Submissions are due online monthly.


The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley gives Hudson Valley students access to more than 50 scholarships. Our common application has a built in eligibility quiz which informs students which scholarships they are eligible for. Some scholarships require supplemental materials. Additional awards may require you to download, print, complete and submit your application to your guidance office or to the Foundations.

Each scholarship requires you to provide academic information (including most recent transcript), financial information (including summary page of your Student Aid Report which you receive after filing your FAFSA), a resume, an essay and at least two letters of recommendation from someone who is not related to you.

See link for details: