Scholarship Opportunities

Deadlines Coming Quickly for Scholarship Applications

  • 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  (available now via their website, and usually due mid-April). Students will go to the foundation website and follow the link for “Scholarship Applications”. You will need an unofficial copy of your HS transcript for this application.  Primarily for students in their senior year.


  • 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.




  • NYS STEM Incentive Program– The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a public or private degree-granting college or university located in New York State. Recipients must be in the top 10 percent of students of their high school graduating class, pursue an approved, two or four-year STEM degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.
  • 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 .