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Community Foundation accepting scholarship applications


Although the Northern New York Community Foundation’s scholarship program focuses largely on high school students who will enter their first year of college, the system is increasingly helping working adults who have returned to school.

Both part- and full-time nontraditional students may apply for a foundation scholarship. Amounts will be awarded based on financial need.

“We’re trying to help them with a work-life balance,” said April L. Fallon, Community Foundation coordinator of partnerships.

Every person who applies as a nontraditional student and meets all requirements generally receives some amount of financial award, Mrs. Fallon said.

One specific financial break nontraditional students may receive is a new $500 scholarship from the North Country Council of Social Agencies, if those applicants in Jefferson or Lewis counties are in their third year of pursuing a human services degree.

“We want an encouragement to try to keep our community strong with good social and human service workers,” said Holly Armstrong, council co-president. “With our board of directors, it’s our 70th year and we wanted to do something special. We wanted to give back.”

Nontraditional students should apply through the Community Foundation for the scholarship, to be given out at the council’s 70th anniversary celebration Aug. 28 at Samaritan Summit Village. All foundation scholarship applications for nontraditional students in Jefferson and Lewis counties are now available, and due June 2. All other foundation scholarship applications are due April 1.

According to a foundation news release, regular Jefferson and Lewis counties scholarships — to be distributed over a four-year period — are for full-time undergraduate students entering their freshman year of college or technical school. Students within all St. Lawrence County school districts are eligible for one-year scholarships. A total of $50,000 has been made available for scholarships specific to St. Lawrence County residents.

Based on unmet financial need, recipients in Jefferson and Lewis counties may receive up to $12,000 over four years, and St. Lawrence County students could receive up to $2,000 for one year. Students selected for a scholarship who have no unmet financial need will receive a one-time merit award of $500.

Aside from the Community Foundation’s scholarship, the agency administers restricted scholarship funds throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Mrs. Fallon said Community Foundation-based scholarships that students receive in Jefferson and Lewis counties are reviewed at the end of each semester, to ensure students meet the required grade point average minimum. After the first semester of the freshman year, students must have a 2.0 minimum, and each semester after that should be a minimum 2.5. Throughout the 2013-14 school year, she said, many students received a GPA of 4.0.

“It’s nice they’re taking their studies seriously,” Mrs. Fallon said.

All scholarship recipients also will be required to write a thank-you note to donors.

Last year, the foundation awarded 380 scholarships, totaling $701,822, to 304 students. Since 1980, the agency has awarded more than $11.8 million in scholarships.

Scholarship information and applications are available on the foundation’s website,

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