Scholarships

The Somers Education Foundation is delighted to offer scholarships to Somers High School graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence across a variety of domains.

Below are a list of the available scholarships for the 2020/2021 school year. The due date is April 5th, 2021. Please follow the links below to submit your application for each scholarship:

SEF Maddy Manzella Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship is given in the name of Maddy Manzella, a dedicated Teaching Assistant and much loved adult in the Somers Intermediate School and throughout the SCSD.This scholarship is given to a student who has overcome or is overcoming personal and/or academic obstacles. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be disclosed beyond the scholarship evaluation committee.

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes: (1) what life lessons you have learned from overcoming this obstacle, (2) what you have learned about yourself in the process, and (3) how do you intend to carry these experiences and lessons forward after high school providing at least one example from each.

SEF Jack Kearney Memorial Athletic Scholarship:

This scholarship is given in the name of Jack Kearney, an avid coach and mentor of student athletes throughout the Somers community. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has shown dedication to improvement over the years as an athlete, and who has represented the Somers Community in a positive light in terms of sportspersonship, leadership and dedication.

Please include any sports recognition you have received, as well as a list of the list the sports in which you have participated, including youth sports teams. This is in addition to your resume and essay.

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes: (1) how you have represented the Somers Community in a positive light in terms of sportsmanship, leadership and dedication, (2) what you have learned through your dedication and sportsmanship about yourself and (3) how you intend to carry these experiences and lessons forward after high school.

SEF Citizenship Scholarship:

This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to citizenship and service, either locally or globally. It is for those who are role models of good citizenship and who work selflessly to improve the lives of others.

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes: (1) what good citizenship means to you, (2) how you have demonstrated good citizenship, and (3) what motivates you to serve, (4) how your efforts have made a difference in the lives of others, (5) what you have learned about yourself through your citizenship, and (6) how you intend to carry these experiences and lessons forward after high school.

SEF Excel Scholarship:

This scholarship is awarded to a student who has excelled in a specific area relating to core academics.

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes: (1) an academic area in which you have excelled, (2) what this excellence has meant to you, (3) what your motivation is, (4) what you have learned about yourself through your scholarship, and (5) how you intend to carry these experiences and lessons forward after high school.

SEF Excellence in Alternative Pursuits Scholarship:

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is seeking to excel in a non-traditional continuing educational experience, not through a traditional 4 year college or university. Examples include a student intending to attend a 2 year trade program, enter into military service, or pursue an apprenticeship.

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes: (1) what non-traditional continuing educational experience you are pursuing, (2) what has lead you to choose this path, (3) what you have learned about yourself through your path, and (4) how you intend to carry these experiences and lessons forward after high school.

SEF Lynn Adams Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship is given in the name of Lynn Adams, beacon of volunteerism and community leadership throughout Somers. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated “above and beyond” volunteer service to the Somers community and/or school district.

Please write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes: (1) your volunteer service experiences, (2) how your service benefited the Somers community, (3) what motivates you to serve, (4) what you have learned about yourself through your service, (5) how do you intend to carry these experiences and lessons forward after high school graduation?

Please note: While service hours required for organizations such as National Honor Society, Leos, Scouting, etc. are to be commended, this scholarship requires service which is individually-motivated based on your personal interests or enthusiasm for the Somers community and is not required by an organization or group.