Utica, N.Y. - Utica Dollars for Scholars is celebrating 25 years and an expanded partnership.
The scholarship program has teamed up with The Community Foundation to get more money into the hands of more deserving students each year.
In past years, five students in the Utica City School District would get money to go to college. With this expansion 25 students from several districts will see the benefit.
Once the original chairman but now treasurer Bruce Brodsky said, "It's such a wonderful organization. We're all volunteers and we get the opportunity to honor local students seeking higher education. And what better way can the community support our young people then to help them advance themselves educationally. It's just been a wonderful experience."
In addition to partnering with The Community Foundation, the program maintains relationships with local businesses, families, service organizations, and individual donors that help establish annual awards and special funds to recognize excellence and future potential in students.
Since its inception in 1994, Utica Dollars for Scholars has given out more than a million dollars in scholarships to just over 1,600 students. High school students in Herkimer and Oneida counties are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply for this year’s scholarships is on March 15.