Onondaga Community Scholars Program

Onondaga Community Scholars provides qualified students with scholarships of up to $1,000 per academic year - saving students and families approximately 25 percent of tuition costs. The program helps provide financial assistance to students directly from high school, adults 21 and older who wish to begin college, and former Onondaga students who have earned at least 40 credits towards their degree (or 20 credits towards a certificate).

The following three scholarships are offered as part of the Community Scholars Program:

Inspire Promise
Must be a recent high school graduate from a Central NY public or private high school or homeschooled with residency in a Central NY school district. Must have a minimum 3 year un-weighted high school average of 90+ on a 100 point scale. Must enroll full time (at least 12 credit hours) in a degree or certificate program and complete the most current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who meet the Inspire Promise criteria will be automatically awarded the scholarship upon enrollment for the Fall semester and do NOT need to complete the Community Scholars application.

Renew Hope
Must be 21 years of age or older with a GED or a high school diploma or equivalent, with no prior college degree or certificate. Must enroll at least half time (usually 6 credit hours/2 classes) in a degree or certificate program.

Fulfill Dreams
Must be a former Onondaga Community College student who has earned at least 40 credits towards their degree (or 20 credits towards a certificate) at OCC, with an OCC GPA of 2.0+ who wishes to return to complete a degree or certificate. Must enroll at least half time (usually 6 credit hours/2 classes).

Applications are being accepted now. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated financial need. All interested students must complete an Onondaga Community College free online Admission Application AND a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students applying for Renew Hope and Fulfill Dreams also must complete the Onondaga Community Scholars application.

Students are encouraged to apply early. For questions please review the FAQ's. The priority deadline to apply is April 1st.

"I was thrilled to receive a letter of acceptance. This scholarship made it possible for me to take two additional courses next year and reach my goal sooner. Without this scholarship, financially it would not be possible."

~ Suzanne Stonecipher, Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness

The following donors make the Community Scholars Program possible:

  • Allyn Foundation Community Scholars Endowment
  • Allyn Community Scholars Fund
  • AmeriCU Community Scholars Endowment
  • Anaren Community Scholars Endowment
  • Bond, Schoeneck & King, Community Scholars Endowment
  • Caroline Stover Community Scholars Endowment
  • Carrier Corporation Community Scholars Endowment
  • Community Bank Community Scholars Endowment
  • COR Development Community Scholars Endowment
  • Elec Tech Scholarship Endowment
  • Donald C. Helmer Scholarship Endowment
  • Dr. Anwar Al-Mudamgha Community Scholars Endowment
  • Dr. Mahtab Shaikh Community Scholars Endowment
  • IBEW/NECA Community Scholars Endowment
  • KJ Electric Community Scholars Endowment
  • MACNY Community Scholars Endowment
  • Marsellus Family Community Scholars Endowment
  • M&T Bank Community Scholars Endowment
  • Nancy K. McCarty Community Scholars Endowment
  • NBT Bank Scholarship Endowment
  • OCC Foundation Community Scholars Endowment
  • Onondaga Civic Development Corporation Scholarship Fund
  • OCIDA Community Scholars Endowment
  • P. Drescher Co., Inc. Community Scholars Endowment
  • Paul Bertan Community Scholars Endowment
  • Henry A. Panasci, Jr. Community Scholars Endowment
  • Joan M. Policano Community Scholars Endowment
  • L. & J.G. Stickley Community Scholars Endowment
  • Stoddard Community Scholars Endowment
  • SRC Community Scholars Endowment
  • Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Community Scholars Endowment
  • Mark & Phyllis Tryniski Community Scholars Endowment