National and Local Scholarship Resources

This page has two sections: search tools to help you access the thousands of scholarships available nationally, followed by a table of dozens of local WNY scholarship opportunities in order by annual due date.

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WNY Area Scholarships

This is the most comprehensive list of local scholarships for students in WNY. Due dates vary annually; approximate dates are shown and are updated as they come in.


Due Date

Scholarship Name

$ Value

Eligibility Requirements

10/4 Dr. Joseph Manch Scholarship 1,000 Buffalo resident attending public or private HS in city; community involvement. Apply here.
10/5 AES Engineers 500 Grades, character. Apply here.


BPO Young Musician Scholarship up to 3,000 Seniors in WNY majoring in music. Recording and essay required. Apply here.
1/6 Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club 2,500 based on essay. Apply here.
1/7 NY Credit Unions Scholarship varies for credit union members. Apply here.
1/11 American Association of University Women 5,000 For senior girls in Erie or Niagara County with 95+ average. Apply here.


WNY Mensa Scholarship

up to 1,000

Scholarship based strictly on essay.  Apply here.

2/1 Firefighter Arno Memorial Foundation Scholarship 2,500 for 4 years Scholarship for seniors planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college who are the son/daughter of a first responder employed in WNY.  Apply here.  


Milak Scholarship

1,000 - 1,500

For students impacted by learning disability, hearing impairment, or cancer. Apply here.

2/9 General Pulaski Scholarship 1,000 Essay on Polish heritage. Apply here.
2/14 Lockport Rotary Club 2,000 for Lockport district residents. Apply here.
2/23 Buffalo Urban League



Various awards. Academics, need, service. Apply here.


Erie County Fire District Officers Association


Community involvement in Erie County, preferably related to emergency services. Apply here.


NY Water Environmental Association

up to 10,000

Majoring in environment-related field; multiple scholarships available. Apply here.


Knights of Columbus Scholarships


Child of Knights of Columbus  member attending a Catholic college or university. Apply here. 

3/4 WNY Safety Conference 1,500 WNY student with essay, GPA, need. Apply here.


Jolly Boys Scholarship


Resident of Amherst or Williamsville; community service. Apply here.

3/8 Equine Collaborative International


For students entering program related to the equine industry. Apply here.
3/10  Ken-Ton Friends of Youth Grants up to 1,000 Multiple grants for residents of Ken-Ton. Apply here.


Aurora Players


for seniors with experience in theater. Apply here.

3/15 Fireman's Association of NY 1,500 Child of firefighter; or an Explorer. Apply here.
3/15 Character Council of WNY 1,000 Excellent character, resident of WNY. Apply here.
3/17 Bank on Buffalo Scholarship 1,000 Scholarship for business majors. Apply here.


NYS Society Professional Engineers, Erie Niagara Chapter


Open to engineering majors. Apply here.

3/20 Niagara Orleans Counselors Association


Various awards for students from Niagara or Orleans county. Apply here.
3/25 SHAWNY Scholarships varies Seniors with a speech, language, or hearing impairment. Apply here.

Independent Health Wellness Scholarship


Essay on healthy lifestyle. Apply here.
3/29 HS Counselors' Association of WNY 1,000 Attending college in NYS, majoring in psychology or counseling related field. Apply here.


100 Club of Buffalo


Child of police, fire, or other emergency responder; achievement, involvement, leadership. Apply here.

3/31 Buffalo Implant Group 500 Seniors with a hearing implant. Apply here.
3/31 Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener 1,000 Students who reside and attend school in Erie County, majoring in botany, horticulture or related field. Apply here.


Federated Garden Clubs NY


Studying environment-related field. Apply here.  

3/31 Grand Island Youth Ambassador Program 1,000 Open to residents in grades 10-12; leadership skills; must represent the GI Chamber of Commerce at events. Apply here.
3/31 Int'l Society of Automation-Niagara varies Seniors interested in engineering or technology. Apply here.


NYS Academy of Family Physicians


Planning a career in family medicine. Apply here.

4/1 St. Thomas More Guild Scholarship 1,600 for students in Catholic HS; essay required. Apply here.
4/1 Checkers AC Donnelly Scholarship 500 Seniors who run track or cross country. Apply here.
4/1 Community Action Organization Erie County 1,000 80 GPA, financial need, leadership, member of underrepresented population. Apply here.


Community Foundation Greater Buffalo up to 6,000 resident of WNY, demonstrated financial need. Apply here.
4/1 Delta Sigma Theta varies Male or Female African American seniors; academic achievement, leadership, service, need. Apply here.


Erie County Assessors' Association


for Erie County residents attending a college in Erie County. Apply here.
4/1 Grand Island Lions Club 2,000 GI residents with community service. Apply here.
4/1 Orchard Park Library varies Orchard Park residents. Apply here.
4/1 Rupp Astronomy Scholarship 5,000 For WNY students studying astronomy. Apply here.
4/9 Aero Club of Buffalo  2,000 Student from WNY planning a career in aviation. Apply here.


KidsPlay Scholarship


Former KidsPlay participant. Apply here.

4/12 Erie County Fair Scholarships    varies For students who have participated in fair in any way or entering agricultural field. Apply here.
4/12 Buffalo Niagara Hospitality Scholarship 1,000 Erie County resident studying hospitality or tourism at a WNY college. Apply here.
4/12 Cynthia Cervoni Memorial Scholarship 5,000 Seniors who resides in Fronteir or Hamburg School District.  Must have passion for art.  Details and application here.
4/13 Erie Country Links Scholarship


African American students; academics, service, leadership, need. Apply here.
4/13 NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs 1,000 Participation in Erie County Fair, majoring in agriculture or related field. Apply here.
4/13 Taste of Buffalo Poster contest 500 WNY students age 13+. Apply here.
4/16 Grand Island Zonta Club 1,000 Grand Island resident; academics and extracurricular activity. Apply here.
4/18 Taste of Buffalo and Tops Markets 1,000 For majors in culinary, food service, hospitality, etc. For either scholarship, apply here.


American Legion Legacy Scholarship


various awards for child / grandchild of military. Apply here.


Msgr. Maguire Holy Name Society


essay contest for Catholic seniors. Apply here.


Allentown Village Art


For art majors; portfolio required. Apply here.


Lancaster Opera House - McNutt Scholarship


Pursuing Performing Arts. Essay and video required. Apply here.

4/30 Erie County Fire Chief's Mutual Aid Organization Scholarship 1,000 Must be a Jr. Firefighter, Firefighter, or Firefighter's immediate family.  Applicants must be planning to continue their education after high school.  Application here.


Kiwanis Club New York District


Service, leadership, need. Must have local Kiwanis Club nomination. Apply here.


Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, Jantz


Seniors from Buffalo, merit, need, service. Apply here.


Amherst Garden Club

1,500 For residents of Erie or Niagara counties studying environment related field. Apply here.
5/1 Construction Industry Education Foundation 2,000 Seniors entering construction training or trade. Apply here.


Italian American Police Association


Italian heritage, 80 average, studying criminal justice. Apply here.

5/1 PFLAG 500 Seniors who are either: self-identified LGBTQ or a straight ally who is supportive. Apply here.


Vietnam Veterans of America - Tycz Scholarship


Relative of veteran; academics and community service. Apply here.

5/1 WNY Association of School Nurses 1,000 Students from Erie or Niagara studying Nursing. Apply here.
5/1 Zonta Club of Buffalo - HealthCare Award  1,000 Student living in or attending HS in Buffalo; volunteerism, entering health care field. Apply here.
5/1 Zonta Club of Buffalo - Gallivan award  1,000 Female student living in or attending HS in Buffalo; volunteerism. Apply here.
5/3 Erie County American Legion 1,500 For families of veterans. Apply here.
5/5 Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Gary Hill Memorial varies 5 years experience playing Niagara Jr Purple Eagles hockey. Apply here.
5/6 Paul Murphy Scholarship 5,000 For students studying hospitality. Apply here.
5/7 Cheektowaga Lions Club varies Cheektowaga resident with service and leadership. Apply here.
5/11 NYS School Facility Association 500 For students studying Building Trades, Engineering, Architecture. Apply here.
5/12 Buffalo Professional Firefighters 1,000 Child of a Buffalo Firefighter Local 282 member. Apply here.
5/13 Junior Achievement of WNY 1,000 for students who participated in JA programs. Apply here.
5/15 Friends of Unified Sports varies Students who participated in Unified Sports. Apply here.
5/15 Seneca Ridge Dental 1,000 Interest in career in health science. Apply here.
5/24 Kiwanis Club of Niagara Wheatfield


NW District resident with community service. Apply here.
5/27 Lewiston Jazz Festival Scholarship 1,000 For music majors. Audition required. Apply here.


Italian Festival Scholarships


Russell Salvatore Scholarship: essay on Italian heritage; Ron Carnevale Scholarship: essay on music. Apply here.


Engineering Society of Buffalo


Studying Engineering related field at UB. Apply here.


Erie County Fire District Scholarship


Child of firefighter. Apply here.

6/1 NYSACAC scholarship 1,000 For students who have overcome obstacles, succeeded with limited resources, or underrepresented. Apply here.
6/1 WNY Heroes 1,500 Relative of a WNY veteran. Apply here.


Nicholas Patterson Fund


Erie County resident, essay. Apply here.


Buffalo Sabres Alumni


Community service, leadership, extracurricular activity, essay. Apply here.

7/31 Mason Forever Foundation varies 3.5 GPA majoring in health/fitness program. Apply here.
8/1 McLaurin HBCU Scholarship 1,000 WNY students attending a HBCU. Apply here.