Scholarship Opportunities

  • Naviance Scholarship Section – There are ongoing opportunities throughout the year; available to students in all levels of high school –  Naviance has various applications with various due dates. Every student at Valley Central High School is equipped with a Naviance account and has been trained on how to use it for college/career readiness. The SCHOLARSHIP section on the Naviance program is updated throughout the school year. Students can go to the “COLLEGES” tab in their account and then click on “SCHOLARSHIPS AND MONEY” and then click on “SCHOLARSHIP LIST”. If there are any questions about a particular scholarship, please see your counselor.
  • The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan  The Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan allows high school seniors to apply for more than 125 scholarship awards online with one general application. Their scholarships range in amount from $250 to $25,000 and have a wide array of granting criteria including academic achievement, athletic ability, community service, leadership skills, strength in the face of diversity, and more! The application portal opens in January, with all applications due by mid-April. Students, please go to the foundation’s website to apply. You will need an unofficial copy of your HS transcript for this application.   Find a list of scholarships available for 2022 here!  
  • Valley Central Scholarship Council – (available around the beginning of March, ). This organization has been raising scholarship monies for the students of Valley Central for over 40 years. With over $30,000 to award most years, there are multiple opportunities for students to win awards. 

  • Valley Central High School Common Application for Local Scholarships – (available around the beginning of March).  This application is separate and different from the Valley Central Scholarship Council application.  This common application is used to apply to many different local area scholarships from generous donors in our community. This gives students yet another opportunity to apply to multiple scholarships. Counselors visit Senior English classrooms to instruct students on how to apply. Applications will be made available online or in the guidance office in the Spring. This is for Senior-level students only.

  • VC Athletic Department Scholarship Opportunities – Please see the Athletic page for scholarship opportunities available. 
  • Community Garden Club of Marlborough-on-Hudson, NY
    Student applicants must be majoring in one of the following fields of study:  agriculture, floral design, horticulture, landscape design, botany, forestry, wildlife science, rural and urban planning, habitat or forest ecology, environmental conservation, land management or related subjects.  A high school transcript and letter of recommendation are required.  Please download the application in Naviance to apply.  Deadline is April 3, 2023.

  • Emily Akers Scholarship

    This scholarship will be awarded on the basis of extreme financial need, academic achievement, including GPA, extra-curricular activities, community service and work history (which may include family responsibilities), and essay.  Please go to your Naviance account for more information.

  • Excellence in Nursing Scholarship
    This is a $1500 scholarship available to a student who plans to pursue a career in nursing.  To apply, please go to your Naviance account and look for the Excellence in Nursing Scholarship under the Scholarship tab. 

  • New York Credit Union Association Scholarship
    Eligible applicants must be a member in good standing of the Hudson Valley Credit Union and be attending college for the first time in the fall of 2023.  Go to to apply.

  • Mid-Hudson Valley National Pan-Hellenic Council Scholarship:
    • African American or Caribbean male or female
    • Graduating high school senior
    Must plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or technical/trade school in the upcoming fall semester
    • C+ (75) or better cumulative GPA 
    Please go to your Naviance account to apply.

  • Orange County Municipal Planning Federation Scholarship
    Candidates  must be enrolled in or pursuing a full-time degree in one of the following subjects: Geography, urban, regional or community planning, urban design and/or landscape architecture; architecture; cartography/geographic information systems; civil engineering and/or surveying; environmental studies/science; public administration or a related field.  Attendance at the Orange County Association of Towns and Villages meeting will be mandatory in order to accept the scholarship.  Please download application from your Naviance account or get a paper copy from Mrs. DeFalco in the Guidance Office to apply. 
  • 2023 President’s Scholarship for Community Service
    Scholarship Eligibility / Criteria:
    A female student who is graduating from High School in 2023;
    A current resident of Orange County;
    Entering an accredited college or post-secondary training in the Fall of 2023 on a full-time/part-time basis;
    Involved in women’s / children’s issues as a volunteer.
    For more information and to apply, please go to

  • Scholarships offered for NYS students- In 2017, New York became the first state to offer free college tuition via its Excelsior Scholarship program. Even if you qualify for that form of gift aid, it won’t cover room and board. The state encourages you to visit your school’s financial aid office to learn about its Educational Opportunity Program. The Aid for Part-Time Study program could be a better fit if you’re going to school with a light course load. It offers up to $2,000 in aid.  Read more about New York financial aid grants here.

  • – offer fifteen scholarship programs available to New York students. More than 850 individual scholarships will be distributed through these fifteen programs. Go to for more information and to apply. Find them at this link:

  • SUNY Orange Scholarships – There are several scholarships available for students entering SUNY Orange in the fall of 2022.  Go to for more information and to apply.

  • SUNY Orange – Bill and Mary Devitt Scholarship
    This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student, who is graduating from Valley Central High School.  Criteria:  GPA of 80 or higher and financial need.  Please go to to apply.

  • SUNY Orange – Frommer Family Scholarship
    This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student who is graduating from Valley Central High School.  Criteria:  academic merit and demonstrable need.  Preference will be given to a student who plans on studying Computer Technology.  May also be awarded to a student who plans on studying in the academic fields of math, science or the health professions.  The award is based on the recommendation by Valley Central High School.  Please go to to apply. 

  • SchoolHouse Connection’s Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program
    This scholarship is opened to students who have experienced homelessness in the last six years. Must be born on or after October 15, 2002 and plan to attend college or a trade school for the first time in2023. For more information, and to apply, please go to:

  • Sobo & Sobo Video Contest
    Applicant must be a high school senior who will enroll in a two-year or four-year university immediately after graduating from high school. For more information, and to apply, please go to
  • Explore options through the Federal Government- and be certain to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  You can begin working on your FAFSA as early as October 1st of your child’s senior year in high school. Begin the FAFSA application process here.
  •  Corporate scholarships- Your parents also should check with their employer’s human resources department for company scholarships. Additionally, you may qualify for a scholarship from your own employer, whether you work full-time or part-time. In addition to scholarships, your employer may offer tuition reimbursement for courses you take that are relevant to their business. For instance, if you are a teller at a bank, you may get reimbursed for finance classes. Tuition reimbursement is very common in grad school. The work co-op office on campus is a great resource for finding employers that are willing to chip in for the cost of attending college.

Check Your Prospective Schools– Go to their website or call the financial aid office. If you meet the qualifications, find out how to apply. Don’t assume that by applying for admission, you’re applying for scholarships. It’s often a separate process. Be aware that scholarship deadlines can be different from those set for the college admission application. In fact, some schools ask you to submit an application for scholarships prior to your application for admissions. Raising your GPA and test scores in high school will help increase your chances of earning merit aid .