Other Sources of Financial Aid
SUNY Empire Diversity Honors Scholarship
To qualify, the student must be a NYS resident and a U.S. citizen who makes a contribution to the diversity of the school’s student body, and who has overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to succeed in higher education. Student must be enrolled in a degree program and meet the college-defined academic achievement requirements. Funds are matched from New York State and the Herkimer County College Foundation, Inc. Availability of scholarships is contingent on State and Foundation funding. For an application and more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
To be eligible, the applicant must be at least onefourth American Indian, Eskimo or Aleut and must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Education, 3701 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 260, Arlington, VA 22203.
NYS Aid to Native Americans
Must be a member on the official tribal roll of a NYS tribe or child of a member. Contact the Native American Education Unit, NYS Education Department, Room 374 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.
NYS Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Workers.
These Memorial Scholarships provide financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers, and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York. Students must be matriculated in an approved program of study and attending full time. Students must be in good academic standing, must maintain a cumulative “C” average after receipt of two annual payments, and not be in default of a student loan guaranteed by HESC. Award amounts cover annual cost of attendance.
NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence
Scholarships for Academic Excellence are awarded to outstanding graduates from registered New York State high schools. Awards are based on student grades in certain Regents exams. Students must be a high school grad, be matriculated in an approved program of study in the state of NY, be in good academic standing, be a NY resident, be a US citizen and not be in default of a student loan. Award amounts are $1500 or $500 for up to 5 years.
Veterans Tuition Awards
Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for fulltime study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State. Eligible students are those with an honorable discharge who served in the Persian Gulf, Vietnam War and Afghanistan. Award
amounts are 100% of tuition costs.
NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
These awards were created to provide financial aid to students whose parent served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency. Eligible students are those whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, either died, suffered a 40% or more disability, was classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death.
New York Lottery – Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Scholarships are awarded to student leaders who have demonstrated a strong academic performance, participated in extracurricular activities, and displayed a commitment to community service. A $5,000 scholarship is distributed in $1,250 annual payments to one graduating senior from each participating public and private high school in New York State. NYS Higher Education Services Corp. administers several other scholarship programs such as:
NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship
Flight 587 Memorial Scholarship
Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)
Note: Additional information regarding NYS scholarships can be obtained at: http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Grants_Scholarships_and_Awards
The College is approved for study under Title 38 US Code: Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Act), Chapter 35 (Dependents’ Educational Assistance Act), Chapter 32 (the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Act), Chapters 30 and 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill) and Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill). Benefits are determined by the number of credit hours carried. For further information and applications, contact the Herkimer County Community College Registrar’s Office.
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Workforce Development Act
Funds are targeted to assist adults and dislocated workers. Contact the Working Solutions Career Center in your area.
Faculty Student Association Emergency Loan Fund
The Bursar's Office administers a revolving loan fund from which students may borrow a short term (30, 60, 90 days) small amount fo money. These limited funds are non interest bearing and limited to one per semester. Apply at the Bursar's Office.