Gananda Dollars for Scholars awarded 31 scholarships totaling over $36,000 to 31 students from the school district's Class of 2018
 

Scholarships require attendance at an institution of higher technical or academic training within 2 years of graduation, in addition to a wide range of specified criteria determined by award sponsors.

Proof of volunteer service to the community and an application are now required for most GDFS awards.

With the generous support of individuals and community-minded businesses and organizations, the Gananda chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded over $36,000 in scholarships at its 2016 awards ceremony.

You can visit Scholarship America's website to see what else is available on a national level.

 

Dollar amounts are estimates and may depend on donor decisions and the annual return on our endowment investments.


If you would like to establish a scholarship, or donate to one of our current awards, please contact us at gdfscholars@gananda.org.
 

Gananda Dollars for Scholars is a  501(c)(3) non-profit, which means your donationis tax deductible. 

Walworth Order of the Eastern Star:
Presented by the Athena Chapter O.E.S., Walworth, New York is to be given to the senior boy or girl residing  in Wayne County, with appropriate grades and the qualifications of good citizenship while fulfilling obligations at home or a part-time job.

$100

Walworth Auxiliary Fire Department Award:
Awarded to a Walworth resident in good standing in the top half of the class. The student has been accepted at and enrolled in an accredited two or four year college, exhibits good citizenship by performing community service and outreach beyond that required by curriculum. This person has not received numerous other awards.

$100

Walworth Fire Department Most Improved in Band or Music Award: Awarded to a senior who has shown marked improvement in music (vocal or instrument) throughout high school.      
 

$100

Richard Mann Award*:
Awarded to the senior whose high school program has emphasis in science and math curricula. Recognized as someone who achieves, considered an all-around student and demonstrates potential for growth.   

$100

Walworth Chamber of Commerce WTCC Award*: 
Awarded to the senior who demonstrates the greatest potential in his/her vocational program, respect for others, honesty and integrity, leadership by example and  involvement in school and community activities  and organizations. Walworth resident preferred.   

$100

Walworth Grange Award*:
Awarded to a senior pursuing higher education. He or she is someone who has persevered in school curriculum, and has earned the respect of teachers and peers.     

$100

Macedon Center Twirlette Award*:
Awarded to a senior girl who, while in high school, took part in extra-curricular activities that enhanced her community, and set a good personal example for others and will be continuing education beyond Gananda.  

$100

Gananda Parents' Association Scholarship*:
Presented to a senior working to potential; willing to take difficult academic courses - rather than easier or fewer courses, recognized as an overachiever; supported and participated in class or club activities; and enrolled at an institute of higher learning.   

$100

Blue Panther Award:

The recipient has met the qualifications for the Middle School Blue Panther Award and was selected for the scholarship at the Class of 2014's Eighth Grade banquet.

$100

Emily Paige Bickert Human Spirit Award*:
Awarded to a girl based on her personality. The winner of this award is fun-loving and full of life. This girl brightens the room when she walks into it and raises the spirit of the people around her. Her smile is contagious.  

$150

Western Wayne Art Group - Thomas McCune Award:
Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated a mastery of media, technique and creativity. Excels in the field of art.  
$150
 

Tri-County Sports Complex:
Awarded to a student who meets GDFS standards in the areas of academics,  extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, and character. 


$250

 

SEI Design Group Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who meets GDFS standards in the area of academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience, and character.  Unusual circumstances are also considered.

$250
 

Walworth Animal Hospital Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who meets GDFS extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience, and character, work experience, and character.

$250

Invest Your Time Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who meets GDFS standards in the areas of academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience and character. Unique circumstances are also considered.    

$250

Maureen Louise McGary Doway Memorial Scholarship:
 Two $250 awards are intended to encourage students to remain humble and continue being a positive influence in society throughout their higher education and the rest of their lives.
$250

Steinmiller Associates, Inc. Award:

Awarded to a student who meets GDFS standards in the areas of academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience and character.  

$250

Gananda CSD Distinguished Panther Award*:

Awarded to 2 students in the top quarter of the class who have donated time to a school project that significantly improves the culture and future of the Gananda Central School District student body.  

$300
each

 

Re/Max I Heart My Hometown Scholarship:

Awarded by Brad Newton to two seniors who submit an original written work, essay, poem, video, song, or visual art piece that best shows Gananda Pride. 

$300
each

 

GDFS Community Award:

Awarded to a senior who demonstrates potential for success in his or her post-secondary education. Award supported by the GDFS Phone-a-Thon.

$400

Ryan J. Loftis Memorial Scholarship*:
Awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education in the fall and participated in a sport during high school. An essay is required.     

$450 

Ruben A. Cirillo Award*:
Awarded to a senior continuing his/her education, exemplifying integrity, open-mindedness, gentleness and compassion. Values fair play and a willingness to stand up for others and confront prejudice. Is goal-oriented, with a consistently positive work ethic. 
$450
 

MacNeal Family Entrepreneur Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who meets GDFS standards in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, and character. Recipient must also include a short essay describing how they will use their college experience to leverage new opportunities for themselves and how their degree and entrepreneurship will come together to change the community in which they live. 

$500
 

Mike Pane Student Athlete Scholarship:
Awarded to a dedicated student who is high achieving and part of the Varsity Lacrosse program for two years at Gananda. Recipient shows dedication to the sport, Exemplify characteristics that Mike possessed including being a good friend, citizen, team mate and strong leader.

$500
Rich Struzzi Memorial Scholarship*:
Awarded to an athlete involved in at least one sport each of four years of high school, a general all-around student with at least an 85 average. An essay is required. 
$500

Macedon Town Ambulance Corps Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career in a medical field, preferably emergency medical services. In addition to participating in an apprenticeship/volunteer services program, the student must demonstrate compassion, a strong work ethic and a willingness to help others. 

$500

Macedon Association of Police Officers Award:
Awarded to a student who demonstrates good judgment, helps our community and is interested in seeking a law enforcement career (Ex. police officer, lawyer, medical examiner, criminal psychologist/forensics).

$500

 

J.D. Chapman Agency, Inc. Award:

Awarded to a graduating senior who will attend a 2 or 4-year college, with intent to major in a business related field. 

$500

K & D Disposal Salutatorian Scholarship:
Awarded to the Salutatorian of the Senior Class.  

$500

 

Get-It-Straight Orthodontics College Scholarship Award:
Awarded to a student who underwent complete orthodontic treatment as a patient of Drs. Giangreco, Cortese, Preston, or Cassata. Student must have a history of community service, will be attending a 2 or 4-year college, or trade/vocational school. An essay is required.    

$500

Gananda Employees Care About Kids:
Awarded to a senior pursuing higher education who has demonstrated high personal and academic standards throughout his/her high school career and as a result has earned both peer and teacher respect.

$400

Abraham Bullis Prize in Mathematics*:
Awarded to the student with the highest cumulative average in advanced mathematics and will enter college in the fall immediately following graduation. 
$650

Nettie Bullis Prize in Business*:
Awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative average in business courses. Recipient must have been accepted at a two or four year college and be scheduled to enter college in the fall following graduation.    

$650

Long Acre Farms Award*:
In memory of Harlan Lawrence
Awarded to a deserving student not in the top 5% of the class who has participated in community service activities. Special consideration given to students continuing their education in the field of environmental studies. 

$700

Drumlin Square Masonic Lodge No. 1180 Award:
Awarded to a student who has excelled in community service; an average, hard-working student who tries hard. Has been accepted and plans to attend an accredited 2 or 4-year college.  

$750

The Lyons National Bank Valedictorian Scholarship:

Awarded to the Valedictorian of the Senior Class.  

$750


 

Joshua Peter Bourgeois Memorial Scholarship*:

Preference for 2 awards: one male and one female who will continue their education and exemplify the characteristics of Joshua. An essay is required

$1,000
each
 

Wesley Richard Smith Memorial Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who has achieved academic success, demonstrates a history of community service, and is of honorable character.   

$1,000

Baldwin Richardson Foods Scholarship:
Presented to 2 seniors pursuing a degree in an area deemed important to Baldwin Richardson (preference to engineering/manufacturing, culinary, or food science) and have been accepted at a 2 or 4-year college. They have demonstrated significant qualities of citizenship and service.

$1,000
each

 

Susan Alexander Memorial Scholarship:
Awarded to a student who submits an essay based on the quote: "I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."  - Stephen Grellet.


 

$1,000

 

Foundations of the Future Award*:
Awarded to outstanding seniors who meet GDFS standards for academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience and character. Unusual circumstances are considered. The GDFS common essay is required.  

               

 $600 each

 

Phone-a-thon Award:
Awarded to seniors pursuing higher education who have demonstrated high personal and academic standards throughout high school, and as a result, have earned both peer and teacher respect. This scholarship is automatically renewed as "Scholarships Plus" for the recipients' sophomore years.

 

$400
each

 

Scholarships Plus:
Last year's Phone-a-thon award recipients automatically renew their award as "Scholarships Plus" for their sophomore year. These students must notify the treasurer of their re-registration for the fall. Value of this one-time renewable award depends on endowment earnings and alumni donations.

 

 $200
each

 

Learn more about Fair Treatment of Scholarships from Scholarship America's Scholarship Coach Blog.


GDFS Awards Policy

 

What's your talent?

Gananda Dollars for Scholars' awards include the following areas:
  • Citizenship
  • Community and governmental issues
  • Vocal and instrumental music
  • Performing arts
  • Scholastic Achievement in math, science, chemistry, business, and more
  • Sports participation
  • Courage and perseverance
  • Volunteerism and community service
  • Involvement and service to Gananda Central Schools
  • Vocational talent
  • Integrity
  • Artistic creativity
  • Pursuit of engineering or culiinary/food science
  • You need 20 hours of regular volunteering with any community organization.
  • You also need at least 5 hours of GDFS-specific hours. Gananda Dollars for Scholars' events are:
    • Gananda Gardens visits
    • Phone-a-thon
    • Caroling for Dollars
    • Pumpkin Carry
    • Making signs for events
    • Working at GDFS tables for open houses
    • Attending GDFS meetings (counts as double hours)
    • GDFS envelope stuffing and valentine making
    • GDFS Thank-a-thon