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Student Awards and Scholarships

2022 Awards

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2022
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2022

This year, the Elks National Foundation will award a total of 500 Most Valuable Student Scholarships, ranging from $4,000 to $50,000 (paid out over four years). The scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US citizen and will attend a four-year school after graduation. Elk affiliation is NOT required. This is a competitive contest based on academics, leadership, service, and financial need. Learn more and apply online at

Applications Due: November 15, 2021


2021 Awards

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2021
IHS Senior Awards 2021
Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation Student Scholarship 2021
Latino Civic Association Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award 2021
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships 2021

The Elks National Foundation awards $2.9 million in scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide through its Most Valuable Student Contest. The scholarship is competitive and is based on academics, leadership, financial need, and service. 

Applications Due: November 15, 2020

IHS Senior Awards 2021

Every year, there is a ceremony for seniors who have received awards. Awards come from many sources, such as nominations by IHS teachers or an outside organization, in the memory of loved ones, or in honor of an IHS graduating class. These specific awards have a trust fund account and recognize students with a monetary reward.

In order to be nominated for many of the awards, you need to fill out a senior award application. This application will be used for several awards from the community and academic departments. Awards fall under various categories, including academic achievement, financial need, individual character, and ethnic background.

Please don't hesitate to get this done! Applications can be downloaded below and returned via email or hand-delivered, along with a copy of your transcript, to Mrs. Brenda Powers in the principal's office.

Applications Due: February 25, 2021

Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation Student Scholarship

The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation (IAHF) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation based in Tompkins County, NY and dedicated to the preservation of the rich aviation heritage of the Ithaca area. IAHF is offering two scholarships for area high school seniors in the amount of $500 each. The funds may be used for tuition, room/board, books, school academic fees, or flight training. 

Eligibility: To be eligible, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements as a minimum: 1) Be a high school senior who resides in or attends a school in Tompkins County. 2) Be enrolled in or accepted to an undergraduate degree program in aviation or aerospace at an ABET accredited, CSAB accredited, or SWE approved school. 3) Be in a position to accept the scholarship in the school year for which it is being awarded.

Applications must be submitted to and need to be received no later than April 1, 2021, in order to be considered for the 2021-2022 academic year. Click on the link below for more information

Applications Due: April 1, 2021
Latino Civic Association Cecilia Montaner-Vargas Award 2021

The Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County announces the opportunity for a Latina/o graduating high school senior and for a Latina/o nontraditional student to be awarded a scholarship totaling $800. This scholarship is to be used for any future academic or occupational training program.

Eligibility: The Latino Civic Association will consider Latino/a seniors in good academic standing, who demonstrate community service involvement and who are graduating from any Tompkins County school district at the end of the 2021 school year. 

Interested students must complete all sections of the application. Instructions for applicants are listed in the cover letter below. 

Applications Due: May 1, 2021