Scholarships

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The Schenectady Foundation has a longstanding commitment to helping area students attain their dream of a college education.  In 2017 the Foundation intends to award two Anna Hudson Erbacher Scholarships and one Schenectady STEM scholarship. 

Anna Hudson Erbacher Scholarships - Thanks to a generous gift to the Foundation from John Erbacher in memory of his wife, Anna - a passionate and dedicated teacher -- The Schenectady Foundation offers a scholarship to graduating seniors of Schenectady County high schools who intend to pursue teaching careers. Today, more than 40 years since her death, Anna Hudson Erbacher continues to make a difference in the lives of young people who share her commitment to teaching. Two Erbacher Scholarships are awarded annually.  The scholarship is valued at $10,000, which may be paid over a period of four years.

Schenectady STEM Scholarship - Thanks to a gift from the estate of Sanford A. and Marilyn Shuler, the Schenectady STEM scholarship was introduced in 2014. This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Schenectady High School who intend to pursue engineering and science in college. Criteria for the selection of scholars include academic performance and financial need.  The scholarship to be awarded in 2016 is $5,000 which may be paid over four years.   Read more about Sanford Shuler and the Schenectady STEM Scholarship.

Please note that the deadline for submitting your online scholarship application is 5 PM on Friday, March 17, 2017.  Click here to start your Scholarship Application.

The Foundation also supports other scholarship programs including:

Sponsor-A-Scholar - The Foundation has given multi-year, substantial support to Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) at Schenectady High School. SAS provides economically disadvantaged students with emotional and academic support and one-on-one mentoring. Students are selected for the program after completing ninth grade and guaranteed a college scholarship if they stay in the program and attend college. Recent SAS participants have been accepted to, among others schools, Brown, Cornell, Colgate, Hamilton, RIT, Skidmore, Hobart, Siena, Union and HVCC.

Clarkson MAT Scholarship -- Working with Clarkson University's Graduate College, the Foundation is helping to provide a scholarship to underserved students aspriring to be teachers. The Clarkson MAT Scholarship provides a $15,000 scholarship, jointly funded by Clarkson and The Schenectady Foundation.  The intent of the scholarship is to prepare teachers to do their student teaching in Schenectady City Schools, and to go on to a teaching position in Schenectady or other urban districts.