Since its establishment in 1989 Taconic Hills Dollars For Scholars, has awarded over $1.6 million to 1091 Taconic Hills Graduates! The Chapter is run by community volunteers who strongly believe in the value of higher education for each student who desires to pursue it in trade schools, 2 year or 4 year Colleges.
Additionally there are nearly 50 named Scholarships given annually that have been provided by various interested Community Members through endowments, gifts or local fundraisers such as Alumni Basketball, Soccer and Softball games and other activities..
With its focus continually on the needs of Taconic Hills students, DFS evaluates their scholarship needs on an annual basis. Initially awarding only college scholarships, DFS has now expanded its mission to include mentoring programs, academic summer program funding and aid for group tours to colleges.
The money in our scholarship program comes from the following sources: our annual fall appeal to the community; a fall solicitation letter, a spring phone-a-thon, service organizations and businesses; corporate donations and matching grants; honorary donations; memorial donations; land donations; and bequests. We currently have over 40 named scholarships.
Dollars for Scholars also serves as an umbrella for the administration of outside scholarship funds when an agreement is reached between the existing scholarship program and Dollars for Scholars. Recipients of Dollars for Scholars awards are determined by the Selection Committee, using Scholarship America chapter guidelines. There are five committee members; one high school Counselor, one Dollars for Scholars trustee, and three members from the community at large.
Students submit applications that are scored by the Selection Committee on the basis of merit and need. Need is determined by outside sources, so that committee members do not receive financial records of individual families.
All contributions are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 organization.