Scholarships- Guidance

One type of financial aid is offered in the form of scholarships. Scholarships are FREE money that does not have to be paid back! Scholarships and awards are offered by many community groups and organizations as well as individual colleges so you should check out all resources.

Going Merry

What is Going Merry? It is a free scholarship search and application platform that allows students to find and apply for scholarships faster. On Going Merry, students are matched with eligible scholarships and then apply directly from the website. Applications are auto-filled with any information students have already provided. Students can also apply to multiple scholarships with one application form and request documents like letters of transcript, right on the platform. They also even have mobile apps on iOS and Android.

LendEDU Scholarship Search

LendEDU was founded in 2014 with the mission to empower consumers to make educated and informed decisions by providing free financial resources and unbiased advice. Some points covered in the guide are: different types of scholarships available, applying for scholarships, essay tips, letters of recommendation tips, and spotting scholarship scams.

The following list includes a small number of scholarships available and is only intended to give an idea of what is available locally and via the Internet. Refer to our financial aid page for more links to scholarship searches. Scholarships are for college-bound high school seniors unless otherwise specified.

Please take note of the deadline since it may be last years deadline. Deadlines are updated as current applications are received.

Other Scholarships

Air Force Academy Scholarships

The United States Air Force Academy, located just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a military academy for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. An Academy education is valued at more than $416,000, yet there is no cost to cadets. What is required in return is a commitment to serve as an officer in the Air Force. The length of commitment depends on your career path and other, such as graduate or medical school, that may extend it. Applying to the United States Air Force Academy is considerably more involved than applying to a typical college or university. For more information visit:

Elks Emergency Grants

These grants are for any student who will attend college or is currently attending college that has a disabled parent that is a member of the Elks. This grant is also available for a student whose parents was n Elk at the time of death. This grant, for up to $4,000 a year, is NOT an academic scholarship and can be renewed each year of college attendance. Deadline: on-going.

The Excelsior Scholarship

Student must be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term and have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less. See scholarship link for additional requirements and deadline information.
Apply online at: NYS Excelsior Scholarship Information
Amount: up to $5,500
Deadline: Each July

Firemen's Association HELP Tuition Reimbursement Program

Firemen's Association of the State of New York Higher Education Learning Plan is a tuition reimbursement program for students attending community colleges up to 80 credit hours. Courses in any area can be taken. Student volunteers are eligible to have up to 100% of their tuition paid to them in exchange for fulfilling specific requirements with a volunteer fire department. This incentive is being offered to help address a shortage of members with New York Volunteer Fire Departments. For more information on how to take advantage of this exciting opportunity go to

HESC Grants, Scholarships, and Loan Program

Northern New York Community Foundation

A variety of scholarships offered to St. Lawrence County students. Check out the list of their scholarships at
NNYCF would prefer that you fill out applications online. The NNYCF STEM scholarship deadline is now June 1.


With high costs of attending college, more and more students are considering Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs to help pay for college. ROTC is a college program offered at over 1,700 colleges and universities across the United States. ROTC prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the military after graduation. As detailed below, each service branch has its own take on ROTC and ROTC scholarships. The Coast Guard does not have ROTC program.
Air Force ROTC
Marine Corp ROTC

Clarkson Army ROTC
For more information contact Scott Toth, Enrollment Office, Clarkson University Army ROTC at or call Phone Number 315-265-2180.

Clarkson Air Force ROTC
For more information contact Scott Toth, Enrollment Office, Clarkson University Army ROTC at or call Phone Number 315-268-7989.

St. Lawrence University - Fort Drum Scholarship: This award is to honor Fort Drum military dependents or soldiers finishing their tour of duty by facilitating their obtaining college degrees at St. Lawrence University. This scholarship will meet all financial need that exceeds he total amount of other awards received by qualified students.

STEM Initiative Scholarship

Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics major in college and in the top 10% of your class. Check out this great scholarship!
STEM Incentive Program