Pre-Collegiate Preparation

The Scholarships for Academic Excellence


A completed Nomination Summary Form and completed Application Form(s) must be returned by the high school to the New York State Education Department no later than December 13, 2013

It has been reported that some schools are providing the nomination forms to individual students and having them complete the form.  The nomination forms must be completed by the School Administrator

This is very important...

this information,

including the individual application forms,
must be completed by the appropriate school administrator, and not by individual students.

Pending the appropriation of State funds by the New York State Legislature, 8,000 scholarships will be awarded.  Of the 8,000 scholarships, 2,000 scholarships will have a value of $1,500 each and 6,000 scholarships will have a value of $500 each.


Scholarship winners must attend a college or university (SAE’s cannot be used for trade schools) in New York State.  Those who do not attend a college or university in New York State forfeit the award.  Awards are renewable for up to four academic years of undergraduate study or five academic years, if the program of study normally requires five years as defined by the Commissioner of Education.  In the event that a scholarship is declined by the student or revoked by the Commissioner of Education, its benefits will lapse and no re-awards will be made.


(Section 94 of the New York Public Officers Law requires this notice to be provided when collecting personal information from individuals.) Information provided for the scholarships listed will be maintained by the Executive Director of the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs, Pre-Collegiate Preparation Programs and Scholarships Unit, New York State Education Department, Albany, New York 12234, telephone number (518) 486-6042.  The information collected on the application for the Scholarships for Academic Excellence is required to determine the winners of the scholarship and will be released to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation and the New York State Legislature.  Failure to provide a complete application may result in the denial of an award.   The information on the scholarship application is collected under the authority of the New York State Education Department Law 605 and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, subpart 145-1.  Each individual has the right to review personal information maintained by the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs, unless exempted by law.

for Further Information contact

PreCollegiate Preparation Programs and Scholarships Unit

New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719

Last Updated: February 14, 2014