The New York State Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2018 semester is available NOW at The Spring 2018 application is open to students first entering college in the spring 2018 term, students who caught up on credits during the fall 2017 term to meet the credit requirement, and current college students who missed the deadline for the fall 2017 application. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. For students who first received an award in fall 2017, no additional action is needed for the spring term. Please contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at or 888-697-4372 if you have any questions.