Our Mission: South Colonie Dollars for Scholars, Inc. is a volunteer community based financial resource awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors who are furthering their education. Funding is provided through grass roots efforts and local, state & national partnerships.

Our Vision: South Colonie Dollars for Scholars, Inc. will expand as the leading community partner to explore, pursue, create, promote & award a range of existing and new scholarships for all Colonie Central High School students. Single and multi-year scholarships will be developed to encourage and support long term post-secondary education.

Our Affiliation: South Colonie Dollars for Scholars, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization run by community volunteers. We are affiliated with Scholarship America®, the nation's largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization. With the high cost of post-secondary education and increasing reliance on loans, local scholarship programs, which play a critical role in assuring that deserving individuals will have access to programs and choices that best meet their needs. Dollars for Scholars volunteers believe that higher education is our best investment and want to assist motivated and deserving individuals achieve their goals.

Fast Facts

  • Successful turnkey scholarship process with a dedicated team of community volunteers
  • South Colonie Dollars for Scholars is now the largest volunteer-based, single source of scholarship offerings at Colonie Central High School's Annual Awards Ceremony
  • By-laws adopted and fully chartered - March 2003
  • 15 directors with three-year staggered terms
  • Six functioning committees
  • Microsoft Access database in place for membership and other key data
  • Strong working partnership with the Colonie Central High School Counseling Center
  • Appropriate insurance in place
  • Comprehensive website with many links: southcolonie.dollarsforscholars.org
  • Two "Dollars for Scholars Community" signs at the high school
  • Specific fundraising initiatives ongoing
  • Strong working relationship with the administration of South Colonie School District and all school buildings
  • Funds management - local credit union and national mutual funds family
  • Tri-fold brochure promotes our activities within the South Colonie community
  • Scholarships

​History of Scholarships Awarded

Year Awarded   # of Scholarships     Total Amount Awarded

May 2003               3                                         $3,500

May 2004               4                                         $2,550

May 2005               17                                     $11,750

May 2006               32                                     $20,500

May 2007               36                                     $20,000

May 2008               41                                     $24,500

May 2009               43                                     $22,175

May 2010               44                                     $23,300

May 2011               51                                     $29,025

May 2012               56                                     $29,150

May 2013               46                                     $26,450

May 2014               44                                    $23,150

​May 2015               41                                    $26,000

​May 2016               52                                    $27,750

Note: All scholarships awarded to Colonie Central High School seniors

THANK YOU for your interest in South Colonie Dollars for Scholars