Scholarships

Throughout the year, in order to increase the likelihood that our students apply for and secure scholarships to help pay for their education beyond high school, the Guidance Office will advertise scholarships that come to our attention. We will advertise opportunities for both local and national scholarships. Local scholarships (from our area businesses and community organizations that support youth and provide monetary awards for post-secondary education opportunities) are definitely awarded to PYA students if they apply and win the selection competition process. Both types can be accessed by obtaining applications that are updated and stored in the Guidance Office Scholarship File Drawer or on-line at organizational web-sites. If a “hard copy” application is available in the Guidance Office, look in the Scholarship File Drawer BEFORE the green tab (this is where we place currently advertised scholarships with upcoming due dates). You will be kept informed of these scholarships and their respective deadlines in a variety of ways via scholarship newsletters, e-mails sent to student school @pycsd.org e-mail accounts, morning announcements, our PYCSD web-site in the PYA Guidance-Scholarship section, or advertised posters.

Also, you may search for scholarships on your own via the internet. Feel free to search for scholarships (and colleges, careers, test prep, etc) using the Penn Yan Academy School Counselors career/college search program at: www.choices360.com. Access this from home by using this activation code: NY01415 to create your account.

Below are some other web-sites that are popular for individualized computer based national scholarship searches:
ServU Credit Union Smart Saver Award (Local): $1,000 award deposited directly to the member’s bank account. Criteria: ServU Credit Union member, GPA of 75-90 (not higher than 90), and planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college in the Fall. Applications are available in the Guidance Office Scholarship Drawer, at www.servucu.com under Resources, Scholarships, and were e-mailed to each senior. If not a ServU Credit Union member….you are eligible to join. Deadline= March 18.

James H. Rice Memorial Scholarship: The Free & Accepted Masons of New York are offering several $1,000.00 memorial scholarships in the name of James H. Rice. Applicants need not have a Masonic connection. Criteria: Student is a current graduating senior from one of the 15 high schools in Yates, Ontario, and Seneca counties, student plans to enroll in a 2 or 4 year post-secondary institution of higher education, student possesses a minimum high school GPA of 87, copy of transcript is required, completed application required, and provide 2 letters of reference. Applications are available in the Guidance Office Scholarship Drawer and were emailed to each senior. Applications must be mailed to: Thomas C. Abraham, P.O. Box 32, Bellona, NY 14415. Deadline = April 1.

Yates County Retired Educators Association Scholarship: Offer a $500 scholarship to a PYA graduating senior who will be pursuing a college degree for the purpose of studying to become an educator. Criteria: Student must have a minimum 87 cumulative GPA, copy of transcript is required, completed application is required, and provide 2 letters of reference. Applications are available in the Guidance Office Scholarship Drawer and were e-mailed to each senior. Applications must be mailed to: Thomas C. Abraham, P.O. Box 32, Bellona, NY 14415. Deadline = April 1.