Each year, the district awards several scholarships to deserving high school seniors based on criteria such as academic area of interest, athletic area of interest, and community service.
All scholarships are funded through donations from alumni and community members, and are distributed at the discretion of the high school scholarship committee.
If you would like to donate to any of the scholarships listed below, please send a check payable to: Guilderland Central School District Scholarship Fund, c/o John Rizzo, Guilderland Central School District Office, 8 School Road, P.O. Box 18, Guilderland Center, NY 12085-0018. Please be sure to indicate to which scholarship you are donating via the “memo” field on your check.
For more information on how to donate, please contact John Rizzo, 518-456-6200, ext. 3113.
For more information on scholarship availability, please contact the Guilderland High School Guidance Office at 518-861-8591, ext. 3000.
Gregory J. Aidala Scholarship
Recognizes two seniors (one girl, one boy) who have met the following criteria:
- Maintained an 85 average in high school (at the end of junior year)
- Participated in service learning activities, either in the Guilderland community and/or at Guilderland High School
- Anticipate attending a two or four year college to pursue a major in education (pre-school through grade 12).
In order to be considered for this award, the student must submit a short essay to the selection committee highlighting what current or former teacher influenced his/her plans to become a teacher and why.
Dalton Bambury Memorial Scholarship
To a senior who has demonstrated strength of character, commitment to the community, love of humanity and will be entering a helping profession.
Joseph Cohen, Jr. Memorial Music Award
To a graduating senior who has demonstrated love and aptitude toward music and plans on attending a four year college.
Joan M. Coons Award
To a student going into the world of work who has demonstrated enthusiasm for life and learning.
Daryl Farley Scholarship
To recognize a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in the education of children, has a cumulative GPA of at least 80%, displays consistent effort and improvement in the classroom, demonstrates compassion for others and is involved in the school community.
Thomas P. Farrelly Memorial Scholarship
To recognize a senior on the Girls Varsity Softball team that is involved in school activities and community service, possesses athletic ability and has a positive attitude.
Sidney M. A. Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding potential in the arts and performed significant community service.
Lesley E. Grapka Psychology Scholarship
To a graduating senior who plans to major in the field of psychology. Presented to a student who exhibits compassion for persons in need as well as a strong work ethic and commitment to volunteerism.
Eric Grimstead Memorial Scholarship
To a senior who has provided leadership in the Focus Program and intends to pursue a career in counseling or human services.
Robert J. Hilt Scholarship
To recognize a graduating senior who has demonstrated a serious commitment to the study of Language Arts and plans to pursue a career in the areas of writing and/or literature.
Edward & Sheryll Krey Memorial Award
To a senior who shows promise in the filed of mathematics and who intends to major in mathematics in a four year institution.
Mary J. Mazzone Sportsmanship Award
To a varsity girls basketball player who has contributed to the GCHS basketball program, demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, character, and is involved in school activities and community service.
Joan H. Murphy memorial scholarship
This scholarship would recognize a senior who will be pursuing a career in education or an education-related discipline.
Micki Nevett Literature Scholarship
This award will be given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a love of literature, plans to attend an institution of higher learning, and is an alumnus of Westmere Elementary School.
Edward Sayer Scholarship
To one senior boy and one senior girl from the Guilderland varsity swim team who intents to continue their education and exhibits compassion for their team mates and works for the good of the team. Should also be involved in their community as a positive role model.
Faith Schullstrom Award
To support further learning for a graduating senior who demonstrates, through daily actions and interactions, the habits of mind and character that suggest that this person’s future will be characterized by civic leadership and service to others.
Kathy Seaton Award
Awarded to two students who express interest in attending certified schools for either Associate or Baccalaureate Degrees who have demonstrated a high level of academic success.
Van Wormer Award
To a senior who has accumulated the most points during the year in debate competition.
Jenny Wasson Award
To two deserving Altamont area graduates to aid in the cost of higher education.
Dale Westcott Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a senior who is planning on becoming a math or science teacher and portrays a love for learning.
John Williams Award
Presented to a senior who has displayed outstanding achievement in mathematics.
Henry Weiss Memorial Award
To be awarded to a graduating senior pursuing higher education who has demonstrated outstanding ability in mathematics and exceptional personal character.
Dr. Sydna Stern Weiss Memorial Award
To be awarded to a graduating senior pursuing higher education who has demonstrated outstanding ability in a foreign language and exceptional personal character.
Stacy Zounes Scholarship
To a deserving graduating senior with some involvement in physical fitness to further the student’s educational pursuits.
F Zwicklbauer Memorial Soccer Scholarship
To a senior boy and girl who contributed to the GCHS Soccer Program, has intentions of attending a four year college and has demonstrated leadership, sportsmanship, character and scholarship.