Hudson Valley Community College Scholarship Program

Higher education at Hudson Valley Community College doesn't come with a high price tag. The college offers a quality education at a fraction of the cost of most private colleges and universities – and each academic year, the college, and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation are proud to offer more than 100 scholarships based on financial need as well as merit based scholarships. Be recognized and rewarded for your hard work!

Whatever your course of study – from computer information systems to dental hygiene – there’s a good chance that Hudson Valley offers a scholarship that matches your interests.

Current and accepted students can apply for scholarships online.

Scholarship Opportunities

To apply, go to and sign in with your college issued username and password. For help identifying and/or troubleshooting your username and password, visit Student Username and Password Help.

Scholarships awarded in the Fall semester will be applied toward the upcoming Spring semester bill. Scholarships awarded in the Spring semester will be applied toward the upcoming Fall semester bill. All scholarship recipients will be required to write a thank you letter to the donor(s) and attend the scholarship award ceremony and reception.

2016 Scholarship Recipients
2016 Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, the Foundation is always expanding scholarship opportunities. If you would like to contribute to an existing scholarship, create a new scholarship fund or have any questions, contact us at:

Hudson Valley Community College Foundation
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 629-8012

Excelsior Scholarship

New York State's Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other financial aid programs, allows eligible students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. As a SUNY community college, Hudson Valley encourages its students to learn more about this opportunity.

An Excelsior Scholarship recipient can receive up to $5,500 per year to cover tuition. Students must first complete the FAFSA and TAP applications. The Excelsior Scholarship may then cover the remaining balance of tuition after Pell, TAP and other grants, scholarships or other gift-aid for eligible students have been applied.

Students pursuing an associate degree are eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship for up to two years. Those pursuing a bachelor's degree are eligible for an award for four years.

To learn about eligibility requirements or to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship, visit the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website at

Additional resources:

SUNY Excelsior Scholarship Q&A

HESC Excelsior Scholarship Q&A

Other External Scholarship Opportunities

The internet is an excellent source of information to learn about free scholarship opportunities. There are dozens of online sites that list scholarship opportunities. Once you begin searching, you will find that one site will link you to many others.

Here are a few to get you started:

Keep the following information in mind when visiting these external sites:

  • Never give your Social Security Number
  • Date of birth may be required
  • Never pay to apply for a scholarship