Scholarships & Financial Aid

Local Scholarships
The list below are scholarships that are being offered to Chester Academy students this year. As the scholarships come into the Guidance Department, we will be updating this scholarship page. This year when the scholarships come in, I will be posting the scholarships on the bulletin board in the Guidance Department.
To print the scholarship applications, please click on the red highlighted applications or websites listed.

Rudolph Vallet Memorial Science & Education Scholarship - Deadline 5/28/20

The Rudolph Vallet Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior who achieved a minimum 3.3 GPA for all science and/or education related courses and will be pursuing a degree in either Science, a science related field, or Education.  Please fill out application and email to Mrs. Goodrich at or call the Guidance Office at 845-469-2231 x3307.

Rudolph Vallet Scholarship Application

The Orange County Soccer League Scholarship - Deadline 4/30/20

The Orange County Soccer League has awarded scholarships to college bound female soccer players since 2008.  We are now accepting applications for the 2020 scholarship.  Attached please find a notification with full details as well as a scholarship application document for the students.
This information is also available on our website:

The American Society of Civil Engineers Scholarship - Deadline 5/22/2020

An application is below for graduating seniors who are seeking to continue their education with the goal and desire to become a practicing civil engineer.                                              American Society of Civil Engineers Scholarship

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas - Court Holy Rosary Deadline 4/20/20

If you are a graduating senior from Greenwood Lake UFSD, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Catholic Daughters Scholarship Application

Hudson Valley School Food Service Scholarships

The Hudson Valley School Food Service Directors offer scholarships to two graduating seniors, the Steven Pinelli Memorial Scholarship and The Elvalee Woodside Memorial Scholarship. Seniors must be going to college and majoring in Food Service, Hospitality, Hotel Management or Dietetics.   Hudson Valley Food Application

Greenwood Lake Benevolant Association Scholarship - Deadline  4/25/2020

This scholarship is presented to a senior who is a resident of Greenwood Lake Union Free School District who plans to pursue a career in Law/Law Enforcement.

GWL Police Scholarship

Mediacom Entrepreneur of Tommorow Award - Deadline 5/1/2020

The Mediacom Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Award is presented to a graduating senior who is academically successful and who exemplify the same entrepreneurial spirit as Mediacom's Founder.   Mediacom Application

VHS Scholarships - Deadline 4/30/2020

Virtual HS is now accepting entries for this year’s Scholarship Program! This year they are asking VHS students to tell them about how their VHS course changed the way they think about online learning. Students need to submit their entries before April 30, 2020 for a chance to earn one of three $1,000 scholarships that are available! Go to:                                                                                               
SUNY Orange Scholarships - Deadline 5/1/2020

SUNY Orange has over 200 need-based and academic-based scholarship opportunities available for entering, returning and graduating students. Apply for a scholarship at

Excelsior Scholarship 

This scholarship is for all New York State residents going to either SUNY or CUNY colleges, including community colleges, in New York State. Please click on the link for more information. 

Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship - Deadline 4/20/20

The Vietnam Veterans of America Orange County Chapter 140 offers a scholarship to a child or grandchild of Vietnam era Veteran.  This senior must be planning to attend college.   Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Application

Hudson Valley Polonaise Society Scholarship - Deadline 5/15/20

To apply seniors must be of Polish Decent, a graduating Senior from an Orange County High School or the son/daughter of an active member of the Hudson Valley Polonaise Society.  Hudson Valley Polonaise Scholarship

The Orange County Municipal Planning Federation Annual Scholarship - Deadline 5/29/2020

The Orange County Municipal Planning Federation is offering a scholarship to a senior in Orange County.    Orange County Municipal Application

Colonel Ellis Memorial Scholarship- Deadline 4/15/2020

The Camp 124 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War offers the Colonel Augustus van Horne Ellis Memorial Annual Scholarship and Essay Contest. The high school senior must demonstrate high academic achievement, be involved in school and community activities, letter of recommendation and an essay.   Colonel Ellis Application

The Ellen White Scholarship - Deadline in 4/30/20

The Ellen White Scholarship is awarded to a Greenwood Lake student who attends either Warwick Valley or Chester Academy High School and who wishes to pursue an education in the medical related or service field.   Ellen White Application

Roy D. Parker Education Scholarship - Deadline 4/15/20

This scholarship is awarded to an Orange County or Sullivan County resident enrolled in or planning to enroll in SUNY Orange, Mount St. Mary College, or Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Middletown, NY.  Email the Guidance Office for an application.

E.J. Szulwach Environmental Scholarship - Deadline in 5/1/20

Students must attend an Orange County School (preference will be given to a graduate from Chester Union Free School District). The senior must plan to continue their education in the areas of environmental studies, agriculture related majors/degrees, land protection, forestry, horticulture, fishery sciences, hydrology, water resource science, or water usage.  Visit to apply.  E.J. Szulwach Application

Bill Perry Memorial Fund for Music Education & Appreciation - Deadline 4/15/20

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Orange County High Schools with preference given to graduates of Chester Academy and Warwick Valley High Schools who plan to pursue music education. Visit Music for Humanity to apply.

Charlie Reichle Memorial Scholarship Fund - Deadline 4/15/20

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has participated on a baseball team, plans to attend a 2 or 4 year college, has a GPA of "B" or higher and submits a 250 word essay encompassing why you feel you are deserving of this scholarship. Email the Guidance Office for an application.

Al Romm Interdisciplinary Journalism Scholarship - Deadline 5/1/20

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who speaks one other language besides English, has been involved with the high school newspaper or yearbook and is pursuing a career in journalism. Visit to apply.

Ian Bennett/Situation Cares Memorial Scholarship - Deadline TBD

This scholarship is open to seniors who attend Orange County Schools. The Candidates must submit three examples of their art, which may be in the form of design, music and/or performing arts and write an essay.  All submissions must be submitted electronically to: Creativity is urged.   Situation Cares Application

Orange County Youth Football and Cheerleading Scholarship - Deadline 4/15/20

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors who have participated in the Orange County Youth Football and Cheerleading program for multiple years and is planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college upon graduation.  Visit to apply.

Tony Schembri Memorial Annual Scholarship Award - Deadline 5/1/20

Rolling Thunder is a nationwide all-volunteer veteran-support organization that is offering a $500 scholarship.  They are asking seniors to write an essay of approximately 500 words. The theme is: How and why the efforts and sacrifices of the American soldier/military veteran are so important. Email the Guidance Office for more information.

Alumni Scholarship - Deadline 5/23/20

The Chester Alumni's offer scholarships for any graduating senior from Chester Academy.  Please stop in the Guidance Office for an application or go to the website and click on the scholarship info link to get applications and information regarding the scholarships.

Alumni Application    Descendant Application   Vocational and Technical Application

Emily Akers Scholarship - Deadline 5/1/20

The Children's Enrichment Committee of Orange County, NY is offering three $1,000 scholarships for those who qualify.  These scholarships will be based on extreme financial need, academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service/work history and an essay.  Emily Akers Scholarship Application

Enhanced Tuition Award 

(private schools that opt in to this scholarship - list of colleges is on the website):
Click on the enhanced tuition link to see the private schools that will opt into this scholarship.
NYS Tuition Assistant Program (TAP):

Scholarships that we will be receiving soon or have expired:

Mid-Hudson Area Retired Teachers' Association Scholarship - Deadline 3/30/20

The Mid-Hudson Area Retired Teachers' Association is pleased to announce that four scholarships in the area of $3,000 each will be awarded this year. Students must rank in the top 25% of the class, be accepted to college, and plan on a career in the field of education.

Hispanic Scholarship Funds

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit a 2020-2021 HSF Scholarship Program application for Phase 1 is February 15, 2020, 5:00 PM. To get started, students should visit  and create a MyHSF profile. Doing so will enable them to fill out a scholarship application and learn more about what we have to offer.

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians - Deadline 4/1/2020

 The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Ita Division 6, Orange County, New York is sponsoring TWO $250.00 Scholarships for High School Students in Orange and Sullivan Counties who wish to further their education at an institution of higher learning; one for students pursuing an academic major and one for students pursuing Vocational or Technical studies. 

The Scholarship requires a written essay that should be not less than 250 words or more than 500 words on the topic “What I have done in the past year to help others.”

  •          Judy O’Brien Van Put, LAOH Historian
  •          1184 Old Route 17
  •          Livingston Manor, NY 12758          

         Please Note That Mailed Applications Should Be Postmarked No Later Than April 1th; No Applications/Essays Will Be Accepted After the Deadline.

Phyllis Klein Scholarship - Deadline 4/1/20

The Warwick Valley Quilt Guild offers a scholarship to a graduating high school senior planning to pursue an education in the field of fiber arts (including majors such as textile arts, fashion design, fashion marketing) and fine arts (including such majors as painting, sculpture, graphic art). The applicant must be planning to continue his/her education in a fiber art or fine art field. Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application.

2019 Ponton Law Scholarship - Deadline 

This $1,000 scholarship is now available to any high school senior with a 3.0 GPA who resides in the United States that desires to apply. More information can be found on our scholarship application below:

Shepard Coleman Performing Arts Award - Deadline TBA

Any student in Orange County can apply for the award.  Minimum age is 16 years old. The award is intended to be applied toward the cost of furthering education in the performing arts. Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application.

SAANYS 2019 Student Scholarship Application Region 5 - Deadline in April

This scholarship is open to any high school senior graduating in June 2019. Applicants must be sponsored be a current SAANYS active member in good standing.  Students must have demonstrated good school and community citizenship, are planning to go on to higher education, and who otherwise satisfy criteria by the SAANYS Retiree Scholarship committee. Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application. 

NY Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Scholarship - Deadline 2/28/20

The New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) is offering scholarships for high school seniors interested in pursuing an environmental major in college. Visit the NYWEA website for the scholarships information page with full descriptions of all state-level NYWEA scholarships and the online application.  Please note, Google Chrome is the recommended browser for compatibility with our online forms. Go to

Orange County Counselors' Association Scholarship - Deadline 3/6/20

The Orange County Counselors' Association offers an Academic Scholarship, CTEC Scholarship and a Special Education Scholarship.  Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application.

The Second Lieutenant Emily J.T. Perez Scholarship Application - Deadline 2/28/20

The Second Lieutenant Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez scholarship is in memory of Emily's death and is offered to women of color who exemplify scholarship and service just as Second Lieutenant Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez did. Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application.

Ned Carter Memorial Scholarship - Deadline 2/22/20

The Ned Carter Memorial Scholarship is offered to 4 high school seniors who will be attending a two or four year college upon graduation. Four, onetime $1500 scholarships will be awarded and the senior must be related to a firefighter or be an Explorer/Junior Member in a fire department or fire district that is currently a paid up member of the Association. Stop by the Guidance Department for an application.

H2M Architects & Engineers STEM Scholarship - Deadline 3/14/2020

This year H2M will be awarding six $1,000 scholarships to various school districts in NY/NJ. If you plan to enter a career in architecture, engineering, planning, land surveying, landscape architect or environmental science are welcome to apply for this scholarship. Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship - 2/1/2020

The Jackie Robinson Foudation Scholarship is now available at The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 1, 2020 by 5:00 pm ET.

NYSIR Scholarships - Deadline 3/27/20

NYSIR offers three scholarships:

The Joseph Goncalves Student Humanitarian Scholarship - will be awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated any kind of humanitarian activity.

The Paul Jensen Memorial Scholarship - will be awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated an inspired imagination and creative aesthetic in his or her school career.

The Cristin Ann Bambino Memorial Scholarship - will be awarded to a graduating senior who is also a college bound special education student.

Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application

Joyce Betros Senior Scholarship Program - Deadline 4/1/2020

The TEG Federal Credit Union will award three $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement and community service throughout their high school careers.  Each applicant must be a TEG member or have a parent/guardian who is a TEG member in good standing. The senior must show how they demonstrated commitment to their community and must provide proof of acceptance to their college of choice for the Fall 2020 semester.  Please stop by the Guidance Office for an application.

NYS Memorial Scholarship 
(for dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers (including NYS Correction Officers), and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York:

Mercy College Scholarships

Mercy College is offering a STEM Scholarship for all Biology majors of up to $10,000 per year plus a laptop. Apply at

College Board Suite of Scholarships
The following link is to the College Board scholarships.  Scroll down to additional scholarship partners. 
 Mount Saint Mary College Scholarship
ew this year, the Mount is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students interested in studying education. For more information, visit 
NYS Scholarship Information

QUEST Scholarship Program

WISE - Women In Science and Engineering Scholarship Programs are available at most Colleges for females pursuing degrees in these fields. Since each college has their own specific program, we have provided 2 examples for your review:

FINANCIAL AID Informational Links
FASFA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Federal) 
  • A FASFA form must be fill-ed out if you wish to take-out Federal Student Loans
HESC - Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS)
  • HESC form can be filled-out directly from the FASFA form

Information on scholarship scams


SUNY EOP Requirments - Please review site for Income Requirements

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