Student Information

By now you should have entered information about your activities and achievements in your Gananda Dollars for Scholars electronic profile. Starting January 1, 2021, you will begin receiving scholarship matches based on this information. You have until the March 19, 2021 deadline to enter your information, reply to matches and submit your signed volunteer log. 

Applying for Scholarships- All Gananda Dollars for Scholars (GDFS) scholarships can be accessed using the online application process otherwise known as your student profile.

Log-in below to get started. You may begin your profile at any time, even if you are not a senior. This will help you keep track of your activities. 

Volunteer Requirement- Most awards administered through GDFS require a minimum number of community service hours.

Throughout your high school career, you must complete 20 hours of community serviceFive of those hours must be for Gananda Dollars for Scholars sponsored activities.

Some scholarships are awarded based on a strong history of volunteering.  Keep track of your verified hours using the volunteer log (see below to download a copy). 

Scholarship Eligibility- Every graduating senior from the Gananda Central School District's current class year is eligible to apply for GDFS scholarships. This includes students who complete their education through the Wayne Technical and Career Center and students whose education is coordinated by the Gananda Committee on Special Education (CSE).

Scholarship Types- In addition to academic scholarships, Gananda Dollars for Scholars scholarships include awards based on community service, extra-curricular interests (sports, performing arts, etc), talents (art, music), work experience, college major and strength of character.

National Scholarships- When you enter your information into the profile you may receive matches to national scholarships.  These scholarships often have deadlines that are earlier than the GDFS deadline.

Additional Actions- In addition to completing information about yourself, the profile process will ask you to send an e-mail to your counselor, parents and a personal reference to receive their input. 

You will also need to submit your volunteer log before the deadline by either turning in a paper copy in the guidance office or uploading an electronic copy as an "additional document" within the profile. 


Parent Information

When initiated by your son or daughter, the online scholarship application or "profile" will send an e-mail request to you. You will be asked to respond with the following information:

Parental Permission- If your student is under 18, you must provide parental permission for their profile to be submitted and reviewed.

Financial Information (Optional)- Gananda Dollars for Scholars' scholarships are merit based, not need based.  Therefore, the selection committee does not look at financial information when selecting scholarship recipients. It may benefit your student to include financial information to be considered for need-based national scholarships.


*Students profile instructions

*Ask for assistance in the guidance office.

*E-mail Gananda Dollars for Scholars at


Important Files
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Profile Instructions for:



GDFS Awards Policy
Verification of Community Service Log
Financial Aid Related Websites
Free Application for Federal Student Aid:
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation:
NY's 529 College Savings Program: