There are many scholarships available for students pursuing their higher education goals. The three main categories of scholarships include:
Onondaga Community College Foundation scholarships are both financial and merit based, and eligibility may require a specific GPA, program of study, etc. Some scholarships may require an essay, letters of recommendation, or interview. A majority of Foundation scholarships require that students have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in the Financial Aid office. Early submission is recommended.
Onondaga Community Scholars provides qualified students with scholarships of up to $1,000 - 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). Applications are being accepted now. Onondaga Community Scholars is funded through the College’s Reach Beyond Campaign. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Interested students must complete an Onondaga Community College free online Admission Application AND a 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before completing the Onondaga Community Scholar’s application.
Students are encouraged to apply early. For questions please review the FAQ's.
Local agency scholarship offerings for Onondaga Community College current and potential students. Many clubs and organizations offer scholarships to college students. Students can obtain information on some of these local opportunities from high school guidance counselors, libraries, or from the Internet. We have provided a list and description of those available.
A list of websites where you can search for third-party scholarships is provided for your convenience. (Please note: These websites are not associated with the College). Onondaga Community College is a Collegiate Partner of Scholarship America and the Dollars for Scholars family of community scholarship foundations.
OCC Foundation Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of contributors to the OCC Foundation and are administered through the Financial Aid Office.
Onondaga Community College recognizes student achievement and individual merit with over 55 different scholarships. Anyone who has filed the FAFSA application is automatically considered for one or more of the financial scholarship awards through the OCC Foundation so complete and submit the FAFSA application as early as possible at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Essentially, scholarships are free money – a form of financial aid that does not require repayment.
File FAFSA online (Onondaga's FAFSA School Code: 002875)
Foundation scholarships are both financial and merit based, and eligibility may require a specific GPA, program of study, etc. Some scholarships may require an essay, letters of recommendation, or interview. A majority of Foundation scholarships require that students have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in the Financial Aid office. Early submission is recommended.
Once students file their FAFSA and register for classes at Onondaga, they immediately become candidates for Foundation scholarships. A majority of scholarships require no application form, however, some do. In that case, the Financial Aid office contacts eligible candidates and asks them to provide additional information. For some, students must self identify. Candidates are then required to meet specific deadlines to remain eligible. Recipients of OCC Foundation scholarships are notified by the Financial Aid Office. Notices for some scholarships will appear on campus monitors when they become available.
Please note: Availability and descriptions of scholarships are subject to change without notice.
Unless otherwise noted, students who meet scholarship criteria will be notified by the College and invited to apply. Most scholarships require a current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office.
Established in 2002 by the OCC Alumni Council, in conjunction with the OCC Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Candidates must be incoming freshman with a minimum 80 high school average and enrolled full-time.
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). Onondaga Community Scholars is funded through the very generous gifts of donors who supported the Reach Beyond Capital Campaign and by those who have established named scholarships within the Community Scholars program. If you are interested in applying for a Community Scholars scholarship, please click here.
Established in 2008 by Data Key Communications to help empower women living in a world impacted by violence or severe hardship to empower them—through higher education at Onondaga Community College—to live safe, self-sufficient lives. Candidates must be female survivors of domestic violence, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; high school seniors attending any public, private, or parochial high school in Onondaga County, have at least a “C” average in high school, and be enrolled as a full-time student in any degree or certificate program at Onondaga Community College. Download Application
Established in 1994 by Drs. Helen and John Etherington for female students over the age of 25 who have completed a minimum of 9 credit hours at OCC. A GPA. of 2.5 or better is required, and candidates must be matriculated in a certificate or degree program.
Established in 2004 by the Ghana Society of CNY to motivate students of African/African American heritage to excel in college, and to enhance the diversity of students studying at Onondaga. Candidates must be full-time, matriculated students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, with documented financial need. Ethnicity must be noted on SUNY application to be considered.
Established in 1998 by the Gifford Charitable Foundation, to provide financial assistance for students from underrepresented backgrounds and in need of supplemental financial support. For new or continuing students who are registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours. Funding is also available to assist the emergency needs of all students.
Established in 1993 by Dr. Sheldon Horowitch, a former member of the OCC Foundation, for new or continuing Native-American students with Haudenosaunee membership. Minimum 75 average or 2.5 GPA required.
Established in 2002 by Barrett L. Jones, in memory of his mother. Barrett is a former OCC faculty member, College Trustee, OCC Foundation Director and served as Interim President of OCC. The scholarship is for second-year, female students with dependents who are employed outside the home.
Established in 2013 by Kevin and Kathy ’79 LaGrow, to support students enrolled in summer courses at Onondaga with financial need.
Established in 2014 by Anthony Mangano and family, in memory of their brother, Michael. Candidates must enroll at OCC directly from high school and be registered with the Disability Services Office on campus. Scholarship can be used for adaptive equipment if needed.
Established in 1991 in honor of Donald Mawhinney, founding trustee of Onondaga and founding director of the OCC Foundation. For high school graduates from Onondaga County entering OCC directly from high school with a "B" average.
Established in 2001 by the New York Firefighter's Foundation for incoming students enrolled at OCC part-time or full-time. Candidates must be a dependent or relative of a NYS firefighter. Renewable for student’s second year at OCC.
Established in 1997 in memory of Ann McKinnon, a 1977 OCC graduate, by the members of her family, for a female Fowler High School graduate planning to attend Onondaga. Student must be registered full-time for the fall semester and be of Native American, African American or Latino ethnicity in good academic standing and modeling responsible civic attributes. Interested Fowler students should contact Susan Centore at 435-4370.
Established in 2012 with a grant from the Native American Education Fund, to provide scholarship support to Native American students, with a preference to those from Western and Central NY. Candidates must be enrolled at Onondaga full-time.
Established in 1990 by the OCC Faculty Association with contributions from OCC faculty members. This merit scholarship is available for full-time, matriculated students with at least 30 credit hours and a 3.5 grade point average at the time of application. A faculty committee will invite students to apply during the spring semester and will select the final recipient(s). Forms can be picked up at the English department, the main desk of Coulter Library and at Student Central. Download Application
Established by the Onondaga Nation in conjunction with the Haudenosaunee Friendship Festival held on the OCC campus during the summer of 2004. Candidates must be members and residents of the Onondaga Nation, enrolled part-time or full-time, with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
This scholarship was established in 2013 by an anonymous donor in honor of his/her grandparents, an interracial couple married in 1902, who deeply regretted they could not help their son pay for college. It is the intention of the donor to support non-traditional, returning students with financial need, to achieve their dream of obtaining a college degree or certificate. Candidates must be over the age of 21, working outside the home, and responsible for at least one dependent. Must be a continuing student, enrolled full-time, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Download Application.
Established in 2003 by the New York Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in memory of Marjorie Sexton, a lifelong member of the Adirondack Meeting who helped secure a permanent charter from NYS. She served on the NYYM Indian Affairs Committee and served as scholarship clerk. Student must be a full-time, first-year, freshman student of Native American descent.
Established in 2006 in memory of Dr. Thomas D. Sheldon, who served as interim OCC president from 1983-84. For incoming high school students enrolled full-time with a minimum 75 average.
Established in 2008 in memory of Bettie Mann Stevens, a proponent of higher education, by her son who was an Onondaga graduate. For full-time students coming directly from high school with a minimum 85 average and documented financial need. Scholarship can be applied to a total of four semesters for recipients in good academic standing.
Established in 1988 by the SUNY Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program and the OCC Foundation. For students in all curricula who make a contribution to the diversity of the student body. For second-year students with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Recipients will be selected by the Diversity Honors scholarship committee.
Established in 1979 to commemorate the work of outstanding leaders of the Master Plumbers of CNY. This award is available to CNY students who are full-time students in any program with at least a 2.0 G.P.A. or "B" average and show interest in the Auxiliary's desire to maintain pure water sources and provide suitable solid and liquid disposal plants. Essay is required. Preference may be given to students with a relative in the plumbing industry. Download Application
Established in 1999 in memory of former OCC employee Charles T. White by his family. For students coming directly from high school, with a minimum 80 average, enrolled full-time,with documented financial need.
Established in 2008 by Susan Mitchell, Ph.D., retired OCC professor of biology, to recognize outstanding honors projects created by students in the Honors Program. Candidates must be full-time with a 90 average or higher.
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Established in 2008 by JGB Enterprises. For new or continuing students enrolled part or full-time in Architecure + Interior Design, with an 85 average or 2.5 GPA.
Established in 2004 in memory of Sarah Morrison, an OCC student studying photography and architecture at OCC at the time of her death. The recipient of this award is selected by Architecture + Interior Design faculty and is based on leadership and academic achievement.
Established in 2007 in memory of William S. Oliver, professor emeritus of the OCC Architectural Technology Program, and Marcia Rees Conrad, a graduate of OCC’s first Architecture Technology program in 1972 and one of the first females in the field. For new or continuing students enrolled in Architecture + Interior Design with a minimum 80 average or a 2.5 GPA.
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Established in 2002 by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. to encourage qualified students to pursue a career in Automotive Technologies. Full-time students coming from high school with a C average or higher are eligible.
Established in 2006 in memory of Rick Kent, a long-time employee and former Chair of the Automotive Technology program at OCC, by his wife for students in the Automotive Technology Program. Candidates must be incoming freshman with minimum 80 average and enrolled part or full-time in Automotive Technology.
Established in 2005 in memory of Harold A. "Hal" Phillips, a former CNY banker and OCC faculty member, who taught courses in banking through the Business Administration program. Candidates must be full or part-time students in the Business Administration program and have at least an 85 average for incoming high school students. No application is required.
Established in 2008 by alumnus Arthur H. Rees in honor of William E. Markovitz, a former professor in the Business Administration Department at Onondaga. Full time students coming from high school with an 80 average or higher are eligible.
Inspired by the careers of Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, former OCC President, and her husband Harry. This scholarship was established to support students pursuing a career in the field of education who matriculate and remain in one of the teacher education degree/transfer programs offered at Onondaga Community College. Full time students coming from high school with an 80 average or higher are eligible.
Established in 2002 by the Syracuse Association for the Education of Young Children, this scholarship is available to incoming freshmen, either full or part time, studying Childhood Education who have at least a 70 average. No application is required.
Established in 1997 in memory of Marty Linehan, a member of the OCC Criminal Justice faculty. The scholarship is awarded each spring semester and is for second-year, full-time Criminal Justice students who demonstrate academic excellence, as inspired by Marty's inspirational teaching.
Established in memory of Craig J. Todeschini, a 2002 graduate of the Criminal Justice program at Onondaga and member of the New York State Troopers, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty in April 2006. Candidates must be registered full-time in the Criminal Justice or Fire Protection Technology program, with a minimum 80 high school average or 2.5 GPA for continuing students. Preference may be given to those who actively serve a volunteer fire department. Download application
Established in 1989 for students pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or telecommunication technology. Candidates must be full-time, continuing students with a 2.5 GPA or higher to be eligible.
Established in 1998 by United Radio Service of Syracuse for students pursuing a career in the electronic service industry in Central New York. Preference will be given to candidates who have an affiliation with the Boys and Girls Scouts of America (scout, leader, scout master, eagle scout, etc.). For students coming directly from high school with an 85 average or higher.
Established in 2009 by the family of Jerry Barsha, a respected member of the local Syracuse media who taught radio broadcasting at Onondaga for 34 years in the Electronic Media Communications program. For new or incoming students enrolled full-time in Electronic Media Communications.
Established in 2006 by EMC department co-chair Anthony Vadala, in memory of Catherine Stampalia Hawkins, former chair of the Radio & Television Program (now known as the Electronic Media Communications Program). Candidates but be continuing students in the program with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and will be selected by EMC faculty.
Established in 2001 in memory of Donna Speziale-Richards by family, friends and peers. Donna was an OCC Radio-Television graduate who was a popular and well respected member of the local Syracuse area media and community. The award is for incoming freshman, coming directly from high school with at least a "B" average, who are enrolled full-time and are matriculated in the Electronic Media Communications program. This is a full-tuition scholarship.
Established in 2008 in memory of Wesley P. Valentine, who was an Electronic Media Communications student at Onondaga at the time of his tragic death. For full-time students coming directly from high school into the EMC program with a minimum 75 average and unmet financial need.
Established in 2009 in memory of Patricia Baggett, a beloved instructor and tutor in the English Skills Lab at Onondaga, where she established and taught courses in English as a Second Language. This scholarship is for continuing students studying or who have studied ESL, and enrolled full-time. Application is available online or from English Department secretary. Download application
Established in 2006 in memory of Jack Ault, long-time athletic director at Fayetteville Manlius High School who was killed in a tragic accident in 1990. Students coming directly from high school and enrolled full-time are eligible.
Established in 1991 by local State Farm Insurance agents to help satisfy the critical need for volunteer firefighters. For new or continuing students enrolled part or full-time in Fire Protection Technology or Emergency Services at Onondaga. Student must be an active volunteer in fire protection or emergency services, and an Onondaga County resident.
Established in 2008 in memory of John F. Downes of Syracuse, NY by his family. Candidates must be registered full-time in the Fire Protection Technology program and have documented financial need.
Established in 1996 by the Onondaga County Fire Chiefs Association for Fire Protection Technology students. For new or continuing students enrolled part or full-time in the Fire Protection Technology program. Student must be active with a volunteer fire department or Ambulance Corps in Onondaga County
Established in 2011 by New York Propane Gas Association in memory of former employee Elbert Stillwaggon. For continuing students enrolled full-time in the Fire Protection Technology program with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Established in 2002 by Dr. Robert A. Dracker, former member of the OCC Foundation Board of Directors, in honor of his wife, Maria. Candidates must be enrolled full-time in the Nursing program with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 12 credits hours completed.
Established in 2006 in memory of Dr. Anthony A. Malfitano, a well-respected member of the OCC Dental Hygiene faculty and curriculum committee, and former chairman of the OCC Board of Trustees. For second-year students enrolled full-time in a health professions curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA and an Onondaga County resident.
Established in 1989 by Onondaga County to recruit students into the health professions curriculum's at OCC . Must be an Onondaga County resident with an 85 high school average or 2.5 GPA to be eligible.
Established in 1987 by the Paul deLima Company of Cicero in memory of David deLima. To be eligible, student must apply for full-time admission to the Hospitality Management Program as an incoming high school graduate with a minimum "B" average.
Established in 1989 by the NYS/Onondaga County Home Bureau. For continuing students enrolled in the Human Services curriculum with a minimum 2.8 GPA and an Onondaga County resident. Student must be enrolled full-time or carrying a minimum of 7 credit hours in addition to a work/study or internship.
Established in 1992 by Dorothy Kelly, former Human Services professor and department chair. For full-time, female students enrolled in the Human Services curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Established in 2013 by Professor Emerita Nancy K. McCarty, in memory of James Dupree, a former OCC professor and chair of the social services department. This scholarship is for African-American students pursuing a degree in humanities and social sciences, with demonstrated financial need.
Established in 1987 in honor and memory of John H. Mulroy, former Onondaga County Executive and former member of the OCC Foundation Board of Directors. For students coming directly from high school with at least a "B" average and enrolled full-time in the Humanities program.
Established in 1990 in memory of Sofia Lotito by her husband and fellow Bristol-Myers Squibb employees. For students coming directly from high school, with a minimum 80 average, and enrolled full-time in the Humanities program.
Established in 2002 by OCC faculty members to recognize the accomplishments of OCC journalism professor, David Feldman. For continuing students enrolled part or full-time with a concentration in journalism with an exceptional GPA. Candidates will be recommended and selected by members of the English department.
Robert F. Malek Memorial Excellence Scholarship
Established in 1988 in memory of former OCC Biology Professor Robert F. Malek, founder of the OCC Medical Technology program. For new or continuing students enrolled in mathematics or sciences with a minimum 75 average or 2.5 GPA.
Established in 1989 by Cooper Industries/Crouse-Hinds Company. Candidate must be an incoming student with an 80/B average and enrolled full-time in Mechanical Technology.
Established in 1975 in memory of Barbara Micale, former OCC music professor, for piano majors. Candidates must be enrolled ful- time in the Music program. Department faculty select winners after a competitive audition.
Established in 2003 by retired music professor Donald Miller and his wife, Mary. Student must be a talented guitarist enrolled part or full-time in the Music program. Student financial need can be taken into consideration during the selection process. Student may be required to perform a separate guitar audition. Music program faculty will recruit candidates, and the Guitar Chair will select the recipient during the Fall semester.
Established in 2001 by Kevin and Selma Moore and available to incoming freshmen enrolled full-time in the OCC Music program who demonstrate financial need. Award is based on audition before Music Department faculty.
Established in 2014 by Professor Emeritus Frederick Marvin and Ernst Schuh, to provide financial assistance to talented piano students seeking a degree at Onondaga. An audition qualifies the student for this full-tuition scholarship.
Established in 2002 in honor of retired OCC Photography program Chair Victor Lisnyczyj and his wife, Halyna, a Distinguished OCC alumna. Candidates must be second-year Photography students with at least 30 credits, have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. with a FAFSA on file reflecting documented financial need. No application form is required.
Established in 1997 in memory of Edna Fooks and her husband, John, a popular photographer known throughout Syracuse and the "Valley". Candidates must be incoming freshmen with an 80 high school average and enrolled full-time.
Established in 1996 in memory of Frances Sposato, a former and respected employee of OCC who worked in the Photography Department. For full-time, second-year photography students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
UTC/Carrier Scholarship Program
UTC CCS - Carrier is excited to offer two $4,000 scholarships to students pursuing two and four year college degrees in technology and engineering programs in the Central New York region. Carrier is committed to developing the Syracuse engineering technology talent base, as we continue to develop products that enable us to be our customers’ first choice.
UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. Our purpose is to make the world a better place to live. We create and maintain comfortable, accessible, efficient, healthy, safe, secure and sustainable environments, and ensure the global food supply is transported and preserved for safe consumption.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT CNY STEM Scholarship Applications
C&S Companies Scholars Program
The C&S Companies Scholars Program is designed to support the best and brightest students in the Central New York Region in their quest to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in college. The C&S scholarships offer $4,000 for students entering the fields of engineering science, architectural, environmental, electrical engineering, fire protection, or mechanical technology at Onondaga Community College. An internship will also be offered after completion of the sophomore year. Preference will be given to students intending to continue their education.
The C&S Companies are known nationwide for client-focused engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, and construction services. With a focus on quality, we work toward the common goal of planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining the built and natural environments.
Transfer from OCC to SUNY ESF
Established in 2013 by John and Candace Marsellus, as an award for eligible students in the OCC to SUNY ESF transfer program. Academic achievement and financial need are considerations for this award, as well as students enrolled in the Ranger School.
Economic growth grant provided by the Onondaga Civic Development Corporation to be invested directly in the education of members of the workforce who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Onondaga Community College for training/retraining. Please contact OCC’s Economic Workforce Development office at (315) 498-6061 for more information.
To learn how you can establish a Foundation scholarship or support any of those listed above, contact the OCC Foundation.
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