NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Awards scholarships of $500 or $1500 per year to students achieving academic excellence while in high school.

  • Receive $500 or $1,500 per year 

  • For high-achieving students graduating from a NYS high school and attending college full-time in NYS

  • Students are nominated by high schools

  • Must be a legal NYS resident for 12 continuous months prior to enrolling or qualified under NYS-DREAM Act


Students are nominated by schools.  Check with your high school for deadline dates

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$1,000 or $1,500

Amount determined by:

  • Scholarships of $1,500 and $500 are provided to high-achieving students at registered New York State high schools. 
  • Awards are based on student grades on certain Regent's exams. 
  • Students are nominated by schools.  Talk to your high school counselor for more information how you can receive this award! 
  • Recipients can also receive other non-loan student aid, but the total cannot exceed the cost of attendance.


Must reapply every year. 


Dependent on length of program

2 years for students pursuing their associate degree full-time.

4 years for students pursuing their bachelor’s degree full-time.

5 years for approved five-year degree programs.


Any award payment received may have tax implications. Please direct any questions to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Undocumented and other immigrant students: before submitting your application material, apply for eligibility under the NYS DREAM Act.

To receive the Scholarship, you must meet the following residency requirements: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • You are a legal resident of New York State and have resided in New York State for 12 continuous months.

Not a citizen or eligible noncitizen? Learn more about the NYS DREAM Act application.

High School, GED, or Ability to Benefit

  • Graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED), or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test.
  • Students are nominated by schools.  Talk to your high school counselor for more information how you can receive this award! 
  • Must attend college full-time in the fall term following your high-school graduation. 

College & Program

Once in college, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study a public or private college in NYS. 

  • Be in good academic standing.

  • Be enrolled full-time.

There are no income limits for this Scholarship.

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