Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:24

Local Scholarship Opportunities

BSBPA Scholarship Offered to Ballston Spa Senior

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is once again offering a $500 scholarship to a Ballston Spa High School graduating senior.

High school students who hold jobs in the community, while maintaining good standards in their schoolwork and deportment, should be recognized for their diligence and responsibility. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Scholarship shall be awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated professionalism in his/her place of employment and responsibility in their school community.

Students can pick up the application information sheet at the Ballston Spa High School guidance office.  A printable version is also available on the BSBPA website,  All completed applications must be submitted to the guidance office by Friday, March 13, 2020. The applications will be reviewed by the BSBPA scholarship committee and the recipient will be announced at Ballston Spa High School’s Senior Awards Night in the spring.

If you are a Ballston Spa area business that has a BSHS senior working for you who fits the bill, please encourage them to apply for the scholarship.

The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization committed to making the Village of Ballston Spa a great place to live, work and visit. To learn more, visit at

Saratoga Springs Lions Club Announces 2020 Scholarship Opportunities

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Lions Club is proud to announce that scholarship applications for over $32,000 in awards are now available. These awards are available to graduating students from Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic School, The Waldorf School as well as home instructed students pursuing post high school academic and vocational programs.

The range and number of scholarship offerings has been expanded and will be awarded based on the applicant field.  The scholarship categories include both two- and four-year Academic Programs and a vocational/technical post high school program.

The Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation-Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship is a new $10,000 scholarship this year.  This scholarship is in memory of Lion Jack Berkowitz.  The award will be given to the top scoring applicant in the 4-year Academic Program category. Additionally, Academic Program scholarships are also available in the amounts of $5,000 for four-year college programs and $2500 for two-year college programs.  Students enrolling in a Vocational/Technical or licensed post-high school program are invited to apply for a $2500 scholarship.

Finally, Leo Club seniors who have been members of the club for a minimum of 2 years are eligible to apply for a $2500 Leo Award Scholarship.

Application forms are available at and at each eligible school’s Guidance Office.  Applications must be completed and submitted to respective guidance offices or they may be mailed to: Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Attn. Scholarship, PO Box 166, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and postmarked by March 15.

For more information,  contact Lion Rick Tunison at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saratoga Builders Association Offering Two $1000 Student Scholarship Awards

SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. is proud to announce their continued monetary commitment to education and will be awarding two $1000 student scholarship in 2020. One is the SBA Scholarship award and the second is the “Bob Best” Memorial Scholarship award. The organization makes these cash scholarships available annually to students who are planning to pursue a construction industry education. 

These scholarships are open to any high school senior or college undergraduate in Saratoga County who is planning to pursue a construction education at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university or to students who would like to purchase tools and/or equipment for employment/career or to start a business in the construction industry. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must demonstrate current or past involvement in the construction field, including classes taken in high school or college, to be eligible for these awards. Each applicant must also submit a high school or college transcript or list of construction classes taken plus a short essay describing why they are interested in a construction industry career and what events led to this decision.

Applications for the Saratoga Builders Association Scholarship program must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2020. Only the first 25 completed applications will be accepted so please apply early. The winner and their school will be notified by June 1, 2020. To receive a scholarship application, please contact Barry Potoker, Executive Director at 518-366-0946 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

The Hawley Foundation for Children Offering Community Grants and Camp Awards: Over $100,000 Available

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Hawley Foundation for Children is now accepting funding requests from local organizations that serve the needs and improve the lives of children in Saratoga County, to receive Community Grants and Camp Awards totaling over $100,000.00.

Funding criteria includes:  Organizations must serve disadvantaged children in Saratoga County; programs to be funded must benefit, enhance, and enrich the quality of life for these children; and organizations must have a 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Downloadable applications are available at by clicking on Programs and then the appropriate program. Completed packets must be received by March 1, 2020.  Applicants will be notified in early April and funds distributed at an Award Ceremony on May 18.  For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

In 2019, The Hawley Foundation awarded a total of $101,225.00, broken down into $43,725.00 in Community Grants and $57,500.00 in Camp Awards, to the following organizations for programs that best realized The Hawley Foundation’s mission: AIM Services, Ballston Area Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, CAPTAIN Community Human Services, Catholic Charities Mentoring Program, Camp Saradac – Saratoga Springs Recreation Department, The Community Hospice Foundation, CREATE Community Studios, Dance Alliance, Double H - Hole in the Woods Ranch, The Fast Break Fund, Franklin Community Center, Glens Falls Area Youth Center, Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, The Salvation Army, Saratoga Center for the Family, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Town of Wilton Recreation Department, and Wellspring.

The Hawley Foundation for Children assists disadvantaged youth in our community.  In 1888, Augusta P. Wiggins began caring for a few children who were from families with limited income, not well-cared for at home or orphaned. She enticed several Saratogians to support her project and in 1891, the institution was incorporated, electing Rev. Bostwick Hawley their first President. In 1904, the Hawley Home opened its doors on Ludlow Street -- eventually housing 34 children from Saratoga and Warren Counties. It operated for 61 years until 1965, when increasingly complex state regulations forced its closure.  The home was sold, an endowment was created, and The Hawley Foundation for Children was established. Since then, the mission has been to promote the health, welfare and education of children in Saratoga County.  The dedicated Board of Directors carries on this tradition to this day.

For more information, contact Julie Rodriguez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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