Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.

Local Scholarships

Alice & Murray Giddings Foundation Scholarships 
The foundation will award up to six scholarships, each in the amount of $5,000. Each recipient will receive the award over two years - $2,500 per year. Recipients will be selected from among the six school districts in Columbia County. Each candidate must be a graduating high school senior with a cumulative grade point average of at least 85%. Also, each candidate must matriculate next fall in a two or four year academic or vocational program. Available: Jan.-March

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Columbia County HS Scholarship Opportunities

Dollars for Scholars
Founded in 1989, Dollars for Scholars of Taconic Hills (DFS) is a local, volunteer, non-profit organization that raises scholarship money for Taconic Hills Graduating Seniors, underclass students for career exploration and skill development and for “Returning Students” as adults to enhance their education.  To date, Taconic Hills Dollars for Scholars, has awarded $1.906 million to 1258 Taconic Hills Graduates, furthering their education at two and four-year colleges or trade schools. See our website for Scholarship Information or how to donate. We are a  501(c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.  

Taconic Hills Faculty Association Scholarship
Each year the Taconic Hills Faculty Association is pleased to award a varying number of scholarships to graduating seniors. This year the basis for awarding these scholarships will be academic aptitude, contribution to school and community and character. These scholarships are not reserved for only the top students. The committee to select the scholarship winners is composed of Taconic Hills Faculty members. Available in the Spring.

Taconic Hills Booster Club Scholarship
Taconic Hills graduating Senior attending a 2 or 4 year school. Applicants must have played a team sport in high school. 

Berkshire Woodworkers Guild Scholarships

Simple Gifts Fund
Scholarships for Berkshire Taconic region young people (ages 13-21) for cultural or creative summer enrichment programs.
Grants Range from $200-$800

Additionally, as reminder, Berkshire Taconic  has over 40 available scholarships for local students attending college. All of the available scholarships can be found on our website:

Applications are available through our online portal at

Team Smith Movement
The Team Smith Movement Organization was established in 2016. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolled for undergraduate study in community colleges, colleges, trade schools and universities.  The scholarships provided by The Team Smith Movement Organization principally targets two and four year academic programs; however, certificate/licensing programs are also eligible.  

Available Scholarships will be posted on Naviance

Please check website for deadline update. Most Colleges offer scholarships - check admissions sections and look for financial aid.

Scholarship Websites

Other informative web sites to visit include the following: