Our chapter's Awards Policy is changing to include all Colonie Central High School Seniors

SCDFS Scholarship Awards Policy

 

​Our 2021 Scholarship Winners are listed below:

 

Above the Rim Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who played Varsity Boys Basketball and had an average of 85 or above.  Applicant wrote an essay describing how basketball helped to shape them as an individual.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500                                        Marcus Shelton

 

Sheila Allen Memorial Fund Scholarship

Sheila Allen was a South Colonie High School student.  Her life was tragically cut short and her dreams unfulfilled.  This Scholarship, in her memory, will be awarded to three female students who had an average of 2.8 or higher, demonstrated community involvement, financial need, and demographic or social need.  The students wrote an essay about the unfulfilled dreams of a specific person who motivated them to be successful.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$1,000 each                            Ava Coogan    Abigail Irons   Gabrielle Lupe                      

 

Sheila Allen Memorial Scholarship 2021

This scholarship, also in memory of Sheila Allen, is sponsored by her dearest friends who remember her fondly.  This Scholarship will be awarded to a female student who will pursue a degree in teaching, medicine or government.

$5,000                                     Madelyn Teale

                                                           

Lawrence A. Bach Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who is currently enrolled in music and has participated in a CCHS performing group all four years.  Based on an essay describing musical activities, how they have used music to serve the community, and how these experiences will be applied to future plans.  Letter of recommendation from a CCHS music teacher also required.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Ryan Tran                                                                 

 

Backyard Fence Future Leader Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior with a strong background in community service and volunteerism, an average of 85 or better, and will attend either a two or four year college. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Riley McGee                                                                          

 

Dr. Thomas A Brown / Cecile B. David Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to three seniors who will be attending a community college or pursuing a degree in social work.  Dr. Thomas A Brown was Superintendent of Schools in South Colonie from 1989 to 2005. Cecile B. David was a long time South Colonie resident and former faculty member and Associate Dean of the School of Social Work at SUNY Albany.  These awards fall under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500 each                              Michelle Dong                                                     Jaclyn Dyer      Logan Rudat                                                        

 

Bonnie Bucci Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who will be an Education major, or is pursuing a music major.  Extracurricular activities might include Varsity Golf, or choir.  Student may have played in the band. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Cameron Aery                                                                                               

 

Anne Bernice Bytner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in nursing, has volunteer experience in a hospital or nursing home and wrote an essay describing what it personally meant to them to be able to care for the sick. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500                                        Shelby Bilicki                                                                        

 

J. Dennis Cafaro Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who will be pursuing a degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or Economics and has demonstrated community service and leadership.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$1,000                                     Rachel Orenstein                                                                              

 

Cannon Funeral Home Caregiver Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who will be entering a curriculum that is considered to be a caregiver role, such as Nursing, Physical Therapy, Medical  Professional or Pharmacist or may be a student who has demonstrated caregiving as a volunteer in a community based organization.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Michelle Dong                                                                                  

 

The Michael & Patricia Carey Appreciation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has experienced severe medical hardship or had a family member who experienced a medical hardship, making it hard for the family to pay college costs.  This award is based on an essay explaining the medical or financial situation, the reason for attending college and what the student hopes to accomplish in the future. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$1,000                                     Evan Dunlap                                                                                     

 

Dolores Carona Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to two seniors who will be pursuing a degree in Education and are in memory of Dee Carona, a South Colonie Teacher.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$600 each                               Paige Canter  Lauren Pestuglicci     

 

John F. Cavotta Technology Award

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has expressed an interest in and taken classes in technology and will be attending college.  This Scholarship is in memory of John F. Cavotta, a former South Colonie Teacher.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$250                                        Caroline Fuller                                                                                                                                 

Milton L. Flood Memorial Boys' Football Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who is a high school football player and is based on an essay and coach's evaluation. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Cameron Aery                                                                                               

French and Spanish Language Award

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who intends to study foreign language in college and has a GPA above 90% in foreign language coursework over three years and has been active in the CCHS community. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$250                                        Rachel Orenstein                                                                              

                       

Patricia H. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior pursuing higher education in the field of Special Education or Elementary Education and has pursued their love of music as a member of a school-related music group.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Emily DeCrescenzo                                                                           

 

Robert & Patricia Hagen Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated academic achievement while overcoming learning obstacles. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Ryan Weaver                                                                                     

 

Hsia Zappi Mental Wellbeing Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has struggled with or has overcome a mental illness. This scholarship may also be awarded to a student who hopes to pursue social work and mental health services. The student has written essays on mental health and how it has impacted their life.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five youth live with a mental health condition.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500                                        Owen Smith                                                                           

 

Key Club Contribution Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to two seniors who are members in good standing and have shown exemplary dedication to Key Club. It is based on the number of years in the club, awards won from the club and also NYS Key Club conferences attended and the total number of hours volunteered. Also based on an essay of 200-250 words, "How has Key Club affected you?" This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars.

$250 each                               Shelby Bilicki             Emily DeCrescenzo                                       

 

Jonathan D. Kirk Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who will pursue a two or four year degree in Accounting or Finance and who has a proven record of volunteer work.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500                                                                      Marin Hawley                                                                          

 

MacKenzie Kate Malone Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a female senior who has a true passion for helping the less fortunate through volunteer work, who has a love for traveling, and was an athlete who ran Cross Country, Track, or played Lacrosse. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$3,000                                     Abigail Irons                                                                         

 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis J. Marcelle Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who displays outstanding effort in Social Studies and who is continuing his or her education at a college or a university.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Carly Kretzler                                                                        

 

Metro Ford Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated academic achievement and is enrolling in college to study business or automotive technology. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Vanessa Jones                                                                                   

 

Justin Mirabile Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior continuing his education in the technology industry and based on an essay, academic achievement, and community involvement.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$1,000                                     Sara Kelly                                                                  

                       

Nelson Family "Brass Ring" Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who will pursue a degree in Business, Finance, or Economics and who will be attending at two or four year college and had an average above 75. This scholarship is also based on an essay, "Discuss the role of private companies in the fight against Covid-19 - cite at least two and their impact."  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Miranda Van Ness                                                                            

                                                                       

Pure Adapt Web Technologies Scholarships

Pure Adapt, Inc. is locally owned and operated by four Colonie High School graduates from the classes of 1999 and 2000.  Pure Adapt designs, develops, markets, and operates e-commerce stores and other websites in an array of industries. Their customer-first focus, web marketing expertise, and efficient business processes have enabled them to become industry leaders in just a few short years.  This Pure Adapt Web Technologies Scholarship is awarded to two seniors who have an active interest in any area of web technologies and will attend college in the Capital Region.   This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500 each                               Dominic Abate            Trevor Filkins                                               

 

Raider Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a two or four year degree and has given back to the community with a good heart. This award was created from money raised to create a memorial garden for Corey Womack and Justin Mirable who both died during their Senior years at CCHS and to now honor all our alumni and staff who've gone before us, to know they will always have a place in our hearts. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Michayla Smith         

                                                                                   

Shana Salecker Marra Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to two seniors who will be pursuing a degree in Special Education and is in memory of Shanna Salecker Marra, a South Colonie Teacher.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$250 each                               Paige Canter              Kiley Smith

 

David Scaringe Memorial Scholarship I

This scholarship is awarded to a senior pursuing a career in Engineering with a secondary interest in Music.  This scholarship is also based on an essay, "Why do you feel you are deserving of this scholarship?"  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$1,000                                     Christine Shiyam                                                                 

 

David Scaringe Memorial Scholarship II

This scholarship is awarded to a senior pursuing a career in Engineering.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$1,000                                     Franklin Emuchay                                                                           

 

Sherry Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who ran Cross Country or Track and who plans to study either science or business in college.  Student wrote an essay, "How has running impacted your life?"  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$400                                        Madelyn Teale                                                                                   

 

South Colonie Cheerleading Booster Club Basketball Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to two seniors intending to pursue a two or four year degree.  Scholarships are based on an essay, "How has cheerleading affected your life and how will it affect your future plans?" as well as on community service. These awards fall under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$250 each                               Karena Hubicki            September Mostransky                            

 

South Colonie Friends of Theatre Arts - Actor Theatre Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by South Colonie Friends of Theatre Arts and is awarded to a senior who is a member of South Colonie Friends of Theatre Arts, has worked with the high school theatre program for at least two years, and plans to pursue theatre work at college. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$300                                        Emma Kennedy

 

South Colonie Girls Softball Scholarships                                                

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who played softball with the South Colonie Youth Softball League. This scholarship is also based on an essay, "Please describe what playing softball has taught you."  These awards fall under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Emily DeCrescenzo                           

 

South Colonie Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior for exceptional time and effort devoted to community service. This scholarship was established in 1998 through a grass-roots effort of individual alumni.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Anne Weiler                                                                                      

 

South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to two seniors who have devoted exceptional time and effort to community involvement and volunteerism.  Funding for these scholarships comes from individual South Colonie Dollars for Scholars officers and directors.  These awards fall under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500 each                               Conor Boardman            Riley McGee                                                                          

South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Morelli Foundation Chapter Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has devoted exceptional time and effort to community involvement and volunteerism.  Funding for this scholarship comes from a donation from the Morelli Foundation. These awards fall under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.                                           

$500                                        Ava Coogan                                                   

 

Stewart's Shops Holiday Match Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has made a difference in their community.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        William Carroll                     

 

The Niko Strong Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior that was challenged personally, academically, or socially in the beginning stages of high school and was able to turn it around and persevered, setting his or herself up for future success. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$508                                        Dillan Tidd

                                                                                   

Edward J. Szesnat III Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who is a student athlete or cheerleader and is based on an essay describing a lesson the student learned by playing sports.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500 per year for 4 years            John Aidala                                                   

           

Tabner, Ryan & Keniry LLP Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student athlete with an average of 85 or greater who obtained a varsity letter during senior year and will attend a four year college. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500                                        Jason Dongelewic                                                                                         

Greg Aidala Presents: "The Knock-Knock Who's There?" Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior planning on attending college for a degree in the Arts. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$250                                        Traver Smith             

 

The Lauren Tanski Literature and Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior going to college to study literature, photography or other forms of art.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$750                                        Enzo Lontoc                                                                          

 

Amy Seyboth Tirador Memorial Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to two seniors currently enrolled in the high school music program who have participated in a musical performing group all years in high school and is based on a letter of recommendation from a high school music teacher. This award is sponsored by the Electrical Workers Local #236 Motorcycle Club. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500 each                               Christine Shiyam            Ryan Tran

 

           

 

Adrianna Truesell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who plans to pursue a degree in nursing or medicine. Student prepared an essay describing what field most intrigues them in the study of nursing or medicine.  This award is in memory of Adrianna Truesell, a Colonie Central High School student who left us too soon.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$500                                        Logan Rudat

 

The Vito Ramundo Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to three seniors who plan to attend Siena College.  These scholarships are based on community involvement or students who participated in a team sport.  The students maintained an average of 90 or better.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter. 

$500 each                               Dominic Abate    Karena Hubicki            September Mostransky                                        

West Albany Italian Benevolent Society & Women's Auxiliary Italian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior who has excelled in Italian I and Italian II with an average of 92 or higher, demonstrates enthusiasm for the Italian language and culture, speaks the Italian language both inside and outside of class, demonstrates community involvement and will attend a two- or four-year college or university.  It is also based on an essay describing how the Italian language has made a difference in life.  This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$250                                        September Mostransky                                                                

 

Eleanor B. Grounds Winne Memorial Scholarship

Eleanor was a graduate of Roessleville Elementary School and taught for more than twenty years.  This scholarship is awarded to a student who attended Roessleville Elementary School, had good attendance in high school, and is going into the field of education. This award falls under the umbrella of the South Colonie Dollars for Scholars Chapter.

$250                                        Emily DeCrescenzo                                                                           

 

 

TOTAL - 60 SCHOLARSHIPS, $37,658