Cayuga Community College Announces New Scholarship Program

Cayuga Community College has launched a new full-tuition scholarship. The Cayuga Presidential Scholarship program, funded by the Cayuga County Community College Foundation, Inc., was established to reward outstanding students in Cayuga and Oswego Counties. Students from Jordan-Elbridge and Skaneateles high schools are also eligible.

To be eligible for these full-tuition scholarships, students must graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class based on academic performance. Students who meet the criteria and are full-time, first-time enrollees to college will be awarded the scholarship until all funds are exhausted. The Foundation has allocated $100,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year and $200,000 for 2015-2016.

The amount awarded to each recipient will vary in relation to any grants awarded to the student through the federal Pell grant program and/or New York’s Tuition Assistance Program and any other Foundation scholarships. To remain eligible for the scholarship for a maximum of four semesters, recipients must maintain full-time status each semester and attain a 3.0 GPA each year.

Initiatives such as this reflect one facet of the Foundation’s mission to enhance and provide assistance for educational and other related programs of the College by creating student scholarships, establishing new programs, purchasing current equipment, renovating classrooms to incorporate new learning technologies and complementing the College’s operating budget in ways that improve service to the community.

“Attracting high performing students to Cayuga has many advantages,” said Dr. Gregory DeCinque, Cayuga’s interim president.  “While the scholarship recognizes and rewards students for consistently demonstrating strong academic performance, it also brings students to Cayuga who are often part of honors programs, student government, and other leadership positions.  These students serve to raise the academic bar for everyone and help improve persistence to graduation.”

“Cayuga Community College is consistently given high marks by its graduates. In fact, 90 percent of the most recent graduating class said Cayuga helped them to reach their educational goals,” said Jeffrey Hoffman, executive director of the Foundation. “The Foundation feels strongly about making a Cayuga degree financially attainable for as many students as possible. This scholarship program is a platform to attract and reward the brightest students in our neighboring communities and allow them to realize their academic objectives without the added worry of finances and debt.”

To apply for the scholarship, submit a completed application, a high school transcript, and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and TAP application. For more information, call 1 (866) 598-8883 or e-mail