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The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan Scholarship in American History for Nassau/Suffolk County High School Seniors. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating Nassau/Suffolk County high school senior who will pursue an undergraduate degree with a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History and/or American Government.

The awardees must attend a 4-year accredited college or university or academic institution subject to Board approval. The scholarship award is $10,000 yearly for 4 years of degree completion.

Applications will be closed on March 31, 2022.  Notifications will be sent out in the first week of May 2022. A runner-up will be selected in case the first-place awardee is unable to accept the scholarship.

Eligibility: The Foundation will accept a maximum of 3 applicants from each High School located in Nassau/Suffolk County, New York.

Application Materials

  1. An academic writing sample of at least 10 pages (typed and double spaced) based on any aspect of Long Island history and how it reflects New York State and American History.
  2.  Chicago-style endnotes, as well as a bibliography. 
  3. Two of the sources must be primary.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from an American history or American studies teacher.
  5. Personal statement in the form of a 500-word academic autobiography giving special attention to achievements in American history and public service.
  6. An official transcript.  

A completed package including all of the above items must be received by March 31, 2022 and must come from the High School Scholarship Office.  If the Scholarship Office has more than three applications, they shall determine which three applications to send to the Foundation.  Applications should be mailed to:  The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, 148 East Montauk Highway, Suite 1, Hampton Bays, New York 11946  Attention: Scholarship

 Yearly renewal of the scholarship will be based on the following conditions:  

  1. Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  2. The awardee must be majoring in American History and /or American Government. 
  3. Awardees of the scholarship will be required to volunteer at a local participating historical society to help that society grow. The hours allotted to the project will be determined and record kept by a historical society representative. Examples of acceptable projects might include:
    • Website design and maintenance
    •  Social media presences: including postings for the society on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
    • Docent and tour site interpreter
    • Cataloguing
    • Digitizing collections
    • Transcription of archives
    • Historic site restoration and improvements
    • General research
    • Event volunteering


  4. A yearly report will be due the last week of July from the student and representative of the participating historical society upon completion of each project submitted for The Honorable Peter Fox Cohalan Scholarship in American History for Gardiner Foundation Board review.  


The League of Women Voters Betty Desch Scholarship 2022

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from a public high school who will use the funds for further education or training.

  • Submit a brief (no more than one page) essay answering one of the essay questions on the instruction sheet.
  • Submit 2 letters of support from people such as teachers, community members, mentors, or organizations you have worked with, etc.   Please do not send letters of reference that have been written for your college applications. 
  • Do not submit transcripts of grades or courses taken.
  • Please mail your application along with the essay and your references to the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, PO Box 2253, East Hampton, NY 11937.


Applications must be postmarked by March 25, 2022.


The Julie Peierls Scholarship 

A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a Long Island high school senior who plans to pursue a career in the
professional theatre and will be continuing his/her education in college majoring in Theatre or Musical Theatre. Students will be required to submit an application ( available at and participate in an audition and an interview.

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Application Deadline: June 1, 2021


Elias Foundation Inc. Scholarship

Scholarships (no more than one per District) will be given to students from the East End Towns High Schools. The completed application, a letter from a school official and an essay by the student focusing on their mental health challenges while attending school are required. Suggested topics for the essay include:

Describe how you overcame the adversity caused by your disability. What have you learned from that experience? How can your school district or community improve in helping other students with disabilities?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be accepted and enrolled at an accredited college/university/technology program within New York State.
  • Have a mental/behavioral health challenge and that can be confirmed by a qualified person (medical professional, therapist or school counselor)
  • Have Parental/Legal guardian approval if the student is a minor.
  • Meet Income requirements - Total household income must not exceed US $100,000 per year.
  • Merit requirements - minimum yearly school average must be 85% or higher.
  • Current enrollment in high school and in good standing with the school.

Merit requirements:

  • Minimum overall GPA for both junior and senior year must be 85% or higher.
  • Current enrollment in high school with good standing and no disciplinary referrals.
  • IEP/504 not necessary for criteria.
  • More information and the application can be found at:

The application, essay and school counselor cover letter are to be submitted by the District in one email to

Deadline:  March 31, 2022