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following program provides financial assistance on the basis of academic
achievement. Recipients are selected by the New York State Education Department
and the Awards are paid through HESC.
This program provides a $1,500 annual award to
outstanding high school seniors. The New York State Education Department selects
recipients based on SAT or ACT scores and high school performance. HESC pays
awards, which are intended to help students meet college expenses, through the
school on a term basis. This is a federally funded program, and awards are
subject to an annual congressional appropriation. Depending on funding, SED
awards 340-400 scholarships annually to New York State students for study in or
outside New York state.
To receive the scholarship the student must:
meet one of the United States citizenship requirements;
meet New York State residency requirements at time of initial award;
enroll as a full-time student;
have a matriculated status;
be in good academic standing;
not be in default on any guaranteed student loan HESC administers;
graduate from a New York State high school or receive a New York State High
School Equivalency Diploma by the end of the school year in which the
scholarship was awarded; and
enroll in any approved institution of higher education in the initial
academic year for which the scholarship was awarded.
Students can receive a total of four years, or
eight semesters, of payment.
The scholarship provides $1,500 annually, prorated
HESC sends a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
Payment Application and a Certification of Eligibility for Federal Assistance
form to scholarship winners. Scholarship winners must complete both forms and
return them to HESC by May 1 of the academic year for which assistance is being
Leave of Absence
Leaves of absence are available for students unable
to use the scholarship. Students must submit a written request for leave to
Under federal regulations covering this Title IV
program, the total of all Title IV federal aid cannot exceed cost of attendance.
A federal Pell award cannot be reduced because a student received a Byrd award.
The Byrd award would be reduced, and loans would be reduced before a Byrd award
The scholarship can be revoked from a student for:
failing to graduate from high school;
failing to enroll in an institution of higher education in the year for
which the scholarship was awarded;
not complying with the rules, regulations or conditions of the institution
the student attends; or
receiving the scholarship through error or contrary to law.
The New York State Education Department will
announce alternates, if any. Payment will be subject to the availability of
Retroactive payment of the scholarship is not
There are no service requirements.
For additional information and applications, you
may contact HESC’s Grants and Scholarships Unit at the address and telephone
number listed below.
New York State Higher Education
99 Washington Avenue · Albany, New York 12255 · (888)