1. The DeNise Scholarship Fund

Established In 1983

Mr. and Mrs. Howard DeNise, longtime agriculturalists and Grange members in western New York, have established the DeNise Scholarship Fund, with the New York State Grange as the administrator. Strong emphasis in awarding these scholarships is placed on need and that the applicants must be agriculturally oriented. These scholarships may be used in any recognized accredited institution of higher learning.

Listed below are the criteria for these scholarships

Both 2-year associate degree and 4-year baccalaureate degree programs may be pursued.

Public and private institutions may be attended within or outside of New York State.

Scholarship assistance is available to undergraduate students only.

Courses of study must entail a major within the field of agriculture.

Applicants must be a resident of New York State. All applications must be returned to the New York State Grange, 100 Grange Place, Cortland, N.Y. 13045, no later than April 15th. Final selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by a committee appointed by the New York State Grange.

2. Susan W. Freestone Education Award

Established In 1945

Susan Freestone of Interlaken, N.Y. served as a National Grange Juvenile Superintendent for more than a decade. The educational Award honoring her for untiring efforts in promoting Juvenile Grange (currently called Junior Grange) work in the state and nation was established in 1945. The fund has helped many young people get a higher education.


A candidate must have been a member of a Junior Grange in New York State and must presently be a member in good standing of a Subordinate Grange in New York State to be eligible for a $1,000 grant.
The candidate must graduate from high school and enroll in an approved two or four year college in New York State
A second grant may be available, providing the student makes application and supplies a satisfactory transcript of work from the college.
An award will be given to each candidate selected. Selection will be made after April 15th each year. This award is to be used toward expenses during the freshman year. Winners will be announced at high school graduations or commencement exercises. The money will be paid at the time of enrollment in college. Judging is based on scholarship applications and a high school transcript of activities and scholarship, which must accompany each application.

Applications must be received before April 15th at New York State Grange, 100 Grange Place, Cortland, N.Y. 13045.
Application forms may be requested from New York State Grange, or downloaded from this page.

3. The New York State Grange Cornell Fund

Established in 1973

In 1973, an endowment fund was established by the New York State Grange. Awards are made to students in any class in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. Selection is based on character, scholastic record, and need for financial assistance.

Preference is given to farm-reared students whose families are Grange members.

Preference is also given to students who transfer from an Agricultural and Technical College of the State University of New York.

To apply, notify the NYS Grange office at 607-756-7553 by June 1. Must have filed a Cornell Financial Aid application, and determined to be financial aid eligible.

Review of applicant’s financial need

Deadline is April 15th.

4. The New York State Grange Student Loan
The fund is maintained by contributions from Granges, Grange members, and repayment of student loans. It is designed to assist Grangers in their higher education.

Only members of a New York State Grange, who have been members for at least six months, are eligible.

Application blanks are available by contacting the New York State Grange at 100 Grange Place, Cort­land, NY 13045, Telephone 607-756­7553. The full-year loan is dispensed in two awards. The application must be signed by the Subordinate Grange master and secretary, with the Grange seal affixed. A substitute should sign if either the master or secretary is related to the applicant. The application should also be signed by a parent or another person who agrees to be co-signor of the loan.
Deadline: August 15 for the fall semester, December 15 for the spring semester.

Loans are for $1,000 per semester or a total of $2,000 per year. However, a student does not have to apply for the full amount. There is a maximum of $10,000 to any loanee. Additional Graduate Loans are also available.

The loan is secured by a note signed by the student and a parent or guardian, as maker and joint maker, respectively.

The student will begin loan repayment at two and one half percent (2.5%) annual interest after completion of his or her education. Monthly payment coupons will be sent.

NOTE: No interest is paid until education at a formal institution is ceased. At that time regular monthly payments will be set up for a five-year payment plan.

5. June Gill Nursing Scholarship
Established 2002
June Gill was a Grange member and a nurse from Dutchess County New York. She established this scholarship fund to encourage Grange members to enter the nursing profession.
You must be an adult or student Grange Member in good standing to receive this award.

Two $1,000 Scholarships are available annually, and a recipient may receive only one award. The payment will be sent directly to the school after the successful completion of one term, which must be verified in writing.

The amount of the award will be determined by income from the investment of the June M. Gill Fund. A Spe­cial Scholarship Evaluation Committee will determine the recipient annually with awards being announced by June 1st.

Selection will be based on the following:
Verification of enrollment in a Nursing Program
Verification of Grange Membership
Review of Applicant’s Career Statement, Academic Records, and Financial Need
Deadline: April 15th of Current Year

6. Caroline Kark Award
This award is given to a Grange individual who is preparing for a career working with the deaf, or a deaf individual who is furthering his or her education beyond high school. The recipient must be a New York State resident. Applications are available from the New York State Grange. Application deadline is April 15.

View/Download/Print the NYS Grange Scholarship Application (.pdf) here

View/Download/Print the NYS Grange Scholarship Application (.rtf) here

View/Download/Print the NYS Grange Scholarship School Evaluation Form here

View/Download/Print the NYS Grange Student Loan Application Form here

NYS Grange
100 Grange Place
Cortland, N.Y. 13045
Phone: 607-756-7553
Fax: 607-756-7757


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