As of February 2011 Table of Contents About the Community Foundation 2
General Scholarship Information 3
Application Procedures 4
Application Timeline 4
Helpful Application Information 5
Other Scholarship Resources 7
Mary Abdoo Fashion Memorial Scholarship 8
Dr. Bernell E. Argyle Scholarship 8
ATHENA Scholarship (Adult) 8
ATHENA Scholarship (High School Senior) 9
Melissa D. Bisaccia Memorial Scholarship 9
Stephanie D. Brown Memorial Scholarship 9
Maynard and Ferne Brownell Family Scholarship 10
Jennifer Coudrey Memorial Scholarship 10
John J. Csizmar Memorial Scholarship 10
Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship 11
John F. DeGilio Science Scholarship 11
DCRCC Music Scholarship 11
Doherty-Package Pavement Company Scholarship 12
Bret Alan Frattellone Scholarship 12
Joseph H. Gellert, Dutchess County Bar Association Scholarship (Law School) 13
Hudson Valley Financial Professionals Scholarship 15
Hudson Valley Young Professionals Scholarship 16
Helen H. Huntington Memorial Scholarship 16
David Jagaciewski Scholarship 16
Lorien Niniel Kimlin Scholarship 17
Paul S. Kleidman Scholarship 17
Juan Lafuente Memorial Scholarship 18
Jay Lamando Scholarship 18
Manufacturing and Trade Scholarship 19
Dennis J. Markle Memorial Scholarship 19
Joseph H. and Mildred C. McManus Scholarship 19
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarship 20
Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship 20
Lisa Moray Memorial Scholarship 21
Audrey Morgenstern Memorial Scholarship 21
Robert H. Morrison Memorial Scholarship 21
Michael P. Murphy Public Service Scholarship (Graduate School) 22
Michael P. Murphy Public Service Scholarship (High School) 22
Patrick G. Nestler Scholarship 22
William J. Nichols Medical Scholarship 23
Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship 23
Ruth Oja Environmental Scholarship 23
Vincent Paino Sr. Memorial Scholarship 24
Luigi and Elisa Panichi Memorial Scholarship 24
Steven A. Parascandola Art Scholarship 24
Pawith Educators Scholarship 25
Poughkeepsie High School Educational Opportunity Scholarship 25
Poughkeepsie High School Class of 1958 Scholarship 25
George A. and Catherine V. Quill Scholarship 26
P.J. Ransley Memorial Scholarship 26
Red Hook Grange Scholarship (Dutchess County BOCES) 26
Red Hook Grange Scholarship (Red Hook High School) 27
John and Margaret Rehl Scholarship 27
Marjorie A. Rifenburg Scholarship 27
Maria E. McCarthy Ringwood Memorial Scholarship 28
Acacio "Roger" Rodrigues Memorial Scholarship 28
Scott Ruit Scholarship 28
H. Normington Schofield Scholarship 29
St. Stanislaus Knights of Columbus Scholarship 29
Maureen and Stan Straub Scholarship 29
Nora Zeller Strudwick Memorial Scholarship 30
Stanley J. Tarver Memorial Scholarship (Graduate Scholarship) 30
Andy Vito/Harold Tompkins/Ron Vece Scholarship 30
Christopher M. C. Ulanmo Memorial Scholarship 31
Justine Winters Memorial Scholarship 31
Kathleen H. Zwissler Memorial Scholarship 32
Scholarships by High School 33
Scholarships for College/Graduate Students 41
Guidelines & Application Form 42
About the Community Foundation Founded in 1969 as the Area Fund, the Community Foundation is a public, nonprofit organization created by area residents as a permanent resource for the entire county to make our region a better place for all of us to live and grow…today, tomorrow and always.
As a driving philanthropic force in our community, our mission is to strengthen our community by offering donors the means to establish charitable legacies, by making grants, and by providing leadership to address community needs in a manner that is responsible, responsive and lasting.
To accomplish this we:
Establish endowment funds for nonprofits and other charitable causes
Work with government, private foundations, and local leaders to address current and emerging needs.
Last year more than $1.6 million in grants and scholarships were awarded in Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam and surrounding counties – dollars that are working in our communities in response to the needs of our fellow residents.
There are more than 700 community foundations in the United States. The Community Foundation supports communities in Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam counties. For more information about the Community Foundation, please visit our Web site at www.cfhvny.org or call us at (845) 452-3077.
General Scholarship Information
What is the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation administers a wide variety of scholarship funds for area residents and others attending post-secondary, technical and vocational institutions of higher learning.
Am I eligible to apply?
All of the scholarships have very specific criteria that applicants must meet. The donor or advisory committees defined the eligibility criteria when the scholarship was established. However, the general criteria that apply to most scholarships are listed below.
plan to attend an accredited vocational or technical institution
enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours undergraduate)
demonstrate academic achievement
demonstrate economic need
May I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. You may apply to any scholarship for which you meet the eligibility requirements. If the scholarship utilizes the Common Application you need only fill out the application and provide the attachments once. Please note that if the attachments are different for each scholarship you must provide a single copy of the required attachments for each scholarship.
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
There is no charge to apply.
Will the scholarship awards cover the entire costs of my college education?
No. Scholarship awards are intended to provide only partial support. Most scholarships offer varying award amounts depending on the size of the fund, the number of qualified applicants and the criteria of the fund. Students should investigate additional sources of financial aid such as those listed in financial aid offices of high schools, colleges and public libraries. High school and college counselors can also provide information for federal financial aid.
Where can I attend school with these scholarships?
Most of the scholarships are for schools in the United States. Exceptions are noted in the scholarship description.
Are the scholarship awards taxable?
Generally, scholarships used for educational costs, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies are not taxable. However, any portion of the scholarship used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses is taxable. Please consult a tax expert for advice.
Do I need to repay scholarship money?
No. Scholarships are charitable grants.
Will the Community Foundation release any of my personal information that it receives?
All information received is confidential and will only be reviewed by the appropriate scholarship review committee members who agree to maintain confidentiality.
Does Community Foundation make the decisions regarding who receives scholarships?
Each scholarship fund has its own advisory committee that reviews applications and makes recommendations for scholarship recipients to the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
When will I be notified?
You will be notified after the selection committees meet and before June 15 in most cases.
If I am awarded a scholarship, will I receive the check?
No. The check goes directly to the institution’s financial aid or scholarship office.
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?
No. In most cases, scholarships are not renewable. A few scholarships do allow you to apply again in subsequent years. Several of the scholarships are multi-year scholarships and there are conditions for continuation. Check each scholarship description for further information.
Where would I send a thank-you letter if I receive a scholarship?
Address a thank-you letter to “Scholarship Committee” and mail it to Community Foundation, 80 Washington Street, Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601