NYS Lottery Invites High School Students to Apply for Scholarships

New York Lottery Invites High School Students to Apply for $5,000.00 “Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships”

The New York State Lottery today announced the agency is accepting applications for its $5,000 Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year.

“The Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship recognizes strong academic achievement by high school students committed to pursuing higher education in New York State,” said New York Lottery Director Gordon Medenica. “By offering this scholarship exclusively to New York high school students we’re sending a message to businesses that we’re doing our part to help educators prepare the kind of world class workforce it will take to compete globally and grow the State’s economy.”

Scholarships will be awarded to student leaders who achieve academic success, participate in extracurricular activities, and display a commitment to community service. The $5,000 scholarship is distributed to one graduating senior from each participating public and private high school in New York State. The award, which is allocated in $1,250 annual payments, may be applied to the cost of attendance at any New York State accredited college, university, trade school, or community college.

Each high school is required to submit the names of two students for consideration. A statewide selection committee representing members of the education community then reviews candidate applications and selects winners. Both scholarship winners, and the high schools they attend, are notified of the results in the Spring of 2008.

The New York Lottery has mailed 2008-09 application materials to high schools across the State. Interested high school seniors should visit their school Guidance Counselor or Administrator to learn more about how to be eligible and apply for the scholarship.

The deadline to apply for a Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is March 26th, 2008.

The Leaders of Tomorrow program is an extension of the New York Lottery’s mission to raise revenue to support education in New York State. Since 1999 the New York Lottery has awarded more than 9,000 high school graduates in New York State LOT Scholarships.

The New York Lottery partners with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation and University of Albany’s Capital Area School District Association, (CASDA), to administer the program. For application materials and further information about applying for the LOT Scholarship, students and educators can contact the Capital Area School Development Association at 518-525-2686.

Source: News from New York Lottery