External Scholarships

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External Scholarships

External scholarships are funds that students can apply for and receive from an outside or external source not affiliated SUNY Ulster or Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. These scholarships can be from organizations within our community, religious organization, professional organization, or a high school. If you earn an external scholarship, these funds should be directed to Student Accounts with your name and Student ID Number (U Number). 

Please utilize this partial list of External Scholarship notifications.


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Fit Small Business Scholarship:

Have you written a business plan for a competition, class, or to further your own entrepreneurial ventures? If so, we invite you to apply for the Business Plan Scholarship from Fit Small Business. We are interested in finding out what you learned from writing a business plan. Apply for the scholarship by submitting a 500 to 1,000 word essay on “What I learned from writing a business plan”.   


  • Undergraduate or graduate students with any documented disability.  
Award amount:
  • $2,500


  • April 1 (Spring semester), November 1 (Fall semester).  

Application & Link: 

Scholarships for Student Caregivers 

As the population of older adults continues to grow and life spans lengthen, more and more young people are taking on the role of caregiver for older loved ones. On top of their demanding caregiving duties, many of these young people are simultaneously pursuing high school, college or graduate-level education. Scholarships for student-caregivers help ease the financial burden faced by these extremely hardworking students.



  • Students caregivers, with various additional criteria per scholarship
Award amount:
  • $500 - $2,000 varies per scholarship


  • Varies per scholarship

Application & Link: 

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley offering the Lorien Niniel Kimlin Scholarship 

Lorien Niniel Kimlin Scholarship  

In memory of Lorien Niniel Kimlin who tragically died in an accident in 1998, Lorien’s family and friends have established a scholarship to keep her memory alive.  Lorien was a student at Dutchess Community College who studied foreign language and was majoring in International Business.  Lorien’s ultimate goal in life was to someday work for the United Nations where she hoped to make a contribution to promoting peace between all nations. 

Questions can be directed to  Aliza Krevolin, Director of Special Projects 


  • This scholarship is available to students at Marist College or Dutchess, Orange or Ulster Community College who graduated from a Dutchess, Orange or Ulster county high school and who plan to study the Spanish language abroad in Spain next year A successful applicant will have an understanding of how the study of Spanish in Spain will help them to pursue career goals that may utilize this knowledge.  Some consideration will also be given to the financial need of the applicant.

Award amount:

  • $4,500 toward the program in which the student intends to participate.


  • April 1, 2019  

Application & Link: 

The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship

Do you have a compelling recovery story? Have you witnessed the challenges that addiction can present, or helped someone overcome substance use disorder? Share your experience and describe why you are eager to enter the health care field for a chance to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

To enter to win a $1,000 scholarship, simply submit a short essay (no more than 500 words) describing why you are passionate about substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Essays can be in the form of a personal narrative with a medical perspective or focus specifically on clinical experience.


  • Students pursuing a medical-related course of study.

Award amount:

  • $1,000 scholarship


  • June 30, 2019

Lark Diabetes Prevention Scholarship

Aims to raise awareness and put added focus on preventive health. Lark is a healthcare company that helps prevent chronic illness, and seeks to inspire students to come up with solutions to help improve the health of others around them. 


  • Students with an interest in healthcare, health innovation, and the sciences 

Award amount: 

  • Three awards, based on an essay competition, totaling $3,500 per year ($2,000, $1,000, and $500). 
  • December 17, 2018

Application & Link: 

The Patrick Dwyer College Scholarship

Award amount: 

  • One winner will be selected and receive $1000 towards higher education


  • High school students graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school.
  • Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school.


  • November 30, 2018

Application & Link: 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Award amount: 
  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • Ability to pursue any area of study.
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.
  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2019.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2019.
  • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Test Scores – Receive a minimum SAT total of 1200 or ACT composite of 26.
  • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000.
  • College Scholarship Program. High school seniors can start their application on Thursday, September 6. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 20
  • Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Community college students transferring to a four-year institution can start their application on Thursday, September 13. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 27. This year, students will apply via the new Common App for Transfer. 

CHARTER UP Scholarship

Award amount:

  • The amount awarded per recipient is $10,000 per academic year.
  • First-generation U.S. citizens (born outside the US), refugees, or immigrants (legal documentation is not required) Currently enrolled - or high school senior intending to enroll - in an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university as a full-time undergraduate student. High school seniors intending to enroll are also eligible.


  • July 25, 2018

Application & link: 

2018 LEAD Scholars Program 

Award amount: $5,000 per year.


  • 2018 LEAD Scholars Program is available for incoming freshmen students who embody Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity (LEAD). U.S. citizen or permanent resident is eligible to apply.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Application & link: LEAD Scholars Program

Zumper.com Scholarship


  • Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college who will be attending an accredited university or college in 2018 - 2019 is eligible to apply.


  • Winter: November 15, 2018 (to receive a Spring scholarship)
  • Spring: April 1, 2019 (to receive a Fall scholarship)

Award Amount: $1,000

Application & link: Zumper.com Scholarship

JMD Furniture Scholarship 

JMD Furniture understands that college prices are always going up and wants to contribute $1000 per year to help students lower the fee for their education.

A student who is a current college or university student that hasn’t reached their final year yet, or a high school senior that has already been accepted into a college or university. 

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

Application & Link: JMD Furniture Scholarship

Chase Rubin Scholarship 

Award Amount: $1000

Current high school students graduating in 2019 that have already been accepted into an accredited college or university or current college students who haven’t reached their final year of school.

Eligible students can enter by submitting a 500-word essay on the following topic, “What is one place that you have traveled to that helped shape your life?” If you haven’t traveled very often, the question can be modified to be “What is one place that you would like to travel that you think would help shape your life?” 

January 31, 2019

Application & Link: Chase Rubin Scholarship

PayScale Women in STEM Scholarship

Any and all current or college-bound women who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.

Award Amount:
Two (2) scholarship awards of $2,000 to two individuals.

(Application Opening Fall 2018)


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External Scholarships - 2018 Deadline has passed.

Check back to apply in 2019. 


Karl Jobst Scholarship 

The Karl Jobst Scholarship was created to provide support aspiring dentists, dental hygienists and those who wish to work in academia at! Students from all majors and areas of study are encouraged to apply. 


The following people are eligible for the Karl Jobst scholarship:

  1. High school students graduating this calendar year, and have been accepted into a college, or university in the USA.
  2. Students currently enrolled in a college or university, and not having reached their senior year.

All applicants must be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

NYS Organization of Bursars and Business Administrators Scholarship

2019 Deadline - July 1


  1. Registered for at least half time at a member school and have completed at least 15 credit hours of college coursework.
  2. Good academic standing
  3. Enrolled in a degree granting program

New York Credit Union Association Scholarship Program

2019 Application not available yet. 

Next Deadline: January 2019

Apply directly through your Credit Union. 

Mental Health Association in Ulster County Scholarship

(May Evans & Lucille Pritchard Endowment Funds Memorial Scholarship )

Next Deadline: May 2019

Other Scholarship Resources:

Specialty Scholarships   

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

is created to assist Latino students in finding funding resources for college.


Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)

The AFCEA offers awards based on merit and leadership. Many are focused on technology or military based careers.


The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NANBPWC )

The NANBPWC gives professional women resources to assist them in succeeding in the fields of entrepreneurship and technology development.


Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is an organization dedicated to improving the rights of the LGBT community and provides scholarship information for individuals in the LGBT community.


The American Legion

American Legion offers scholarships and other resources to assist young people.  There are awards for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.


The Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veteran's of America has scholarship programs which provide some financial assistance to PVA members and their families so that they may achieve their goals in the academic arena.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Veteran's of Foreign Wars has scholarships designed to provide service members and veterans with financial assistance for college as a way of saying "thank you" to our service men and women.


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Information Sites


StudentAid.ed.gov is the Department of Education's site on federal financial aid. Find information on preparing for college, what types of aid are available, what you might be eligible for, how to apply for financial aid and repaying your loans after you graduate. 


FinAid.Org will provide students with general information on financial aid, loans, FAFSA and/or military benefits. 


Scholarships4School.com assists students with finding external scholarships and doesn't deal with FAFSA or federal aid. 

Scholarship Finders

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