Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund?

HGSF is a non-profit, grant-making organization whose mission is to fill the gap between a student’s available resources and the anticipated cost of his or her post-secondary education.

How real is the need in a community like Chappaqua?

As a community, we share a commitment to “teach our children well” — by providing them with a superior education, an environment in which to succeed, and an opportunity to pursue their dreams. But few of us can foresee the unexpected circumstances that may thwart those dreams. Whether due to death, long-term illness, divorce or unemployment, there are neighbors with a very real need indeed.

Who can apply for an HGSF grant?

Grants are available only to graduates of Horace Greeley High School, and only for accredited post-secondary education programs. Grants do not cover graduate programs of any kind, only undergraduate programs such as 4-year college, community college or trade school.

Applications are available in the guidance office and online at Apply.

What expenses can HGSF grant be used for? 

Grant payments are sent directly to your college or university by the HGSF and can be used for tuition, room, board, and other expenses billed directly to your Bursar Bill.    Please note that if you attend a CUNY or SUNY institution and are a recipient of the New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program your award from New York State may be reduced to reflect any grant that you receive from HGSF since our grants are not-restricted and can be used for both tuition and other expenses as described above.     

For more information, please refer to the New York State website for details on the Excelsior Scholarship Program.

 https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/the-excelsior-scholarship.htmls 

If you receive an Excelsior Scholarship, please be sure to email the Grants Committee so that a letter of clarification can accompany your grant check.  

Is it a one-time grant or a repeating grant for each year of college or post-secondary school?

Because financial circumstances change, students must re-apply each spring for the subsequent academic year. HGSF provides grants both to Greeley students about to begin college as well as to Greeley graduates who are entering their sophomore, junior or senior years.  Grants are sent directly to the college prior to the semester in which they are used.

How are grants decided?

HGSF uses an expert on financial aid and admissions to analyze the financial information submitted by applicants to help determine the unmet need demonstrated by each applicant – the gap that exists between the actual cost of attending college after family and student contributions, financial aid awards, other awards and grants and student loans are considered. Our Grants Committee then allocates available HGSF resources to those applicants who have demonstrated unmet need.

You may contact the Grants Committee for more information.

How many students apply for grants, and how many can you help?

In a typical year, the Fund receives roughly 50 applications from Greeley graduates and is able to give grant awards to at least half of the applicants. Grants are awarded based on demonstrated need and typically range from $1,000 to $16,000 per award. While demonstrated need always exceeds our available resources (by $400,000 – $450,000), it remains our aim to provide assistance to every deserving applicant.

Who will know that I have applied for a grant?

Applications and supporting documents as required are reviewed only by the Grants Committee including its consultant – the names of the members of that committee, as well as the names of the applicants and their private data, are kept strictly confidential.

How is the organization funded?

HGSF is a community supported organization. The vast majority of our grant money comes from individual donations. We limit our appeal letters to just two a year, one each in the Fall and Spring, sent to every household in the district. Your response is so important! The Fund holds a Spring Gala in March of every year and periodically holds other fundraising events like , HGSF Game Night, Sparkle for a Cause at the Crabtree Kittle House, and the annual Alumni Funball.   

In addition to individual contributions, we are fortunate to receive support from a number of area businesses and organizations. We are also fortunate to benefit from student led fundraising efforts, including the SHARE Spelling Bee, the Senior Musical, and the Greeley Business Club Funball Tournament. Finally, any interest from the Barlow bequest helps further augment the donations received through our fundraising efforts.

The HGSF is an all-volunteer organization; every dollar we raise above modest operating and fundraising expense goes directly into the pool available for grants. We welcome any fundraising suggestions you might have and, of course, we welcome your contributions at any time.

You may make your donation by check or using your credit card.