Community Volunteer Scholarship

The GBCC offers an annual Community Volunteer Scholarship to graduating high-school students seeking college or trade-school funds. The scholarship is based on the student's volunteer service in our community while keeping up their grades.
The GOAL is to embody the importance of being involved and supporting our community.
Deadline Extended - Applications to be postmarked by May 22, 2023

Total awards to be distributed will be determined after our fundraising season is over. Typically between $500 and $1,500 are given. Number of awards will be determined by the Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce upon review of all applications.

All applicants must be members of the Eldred Central School.

Applicants submit the following items for the application to be considered "complete":

  • This year we are asking all graduates to write an essay (must be between 650-1000 word count) answering the following prompt: What makes the Town of Highland a great place to live?
  • In addition to the essay, you can provide supplemental documents such as letters of support from community members, teachers, mentors AND any hours of documented volunteer.
    • Volunteer hours should include the population served, the number of hours volunteered, a description of the service provided, and the signature of a member of the organization served (or a representative of the population that benefited from the service).
      • Service to civic groups, government agencies, private not-for-profits, religious institutions, and schools or school organizations is among the types of volunteer
  • All applicants must provide official school transcripts documenting a 3.0 cumulative average through December of their senior year.

All applications must be postmarked by May 22nd.

  • Application forms may be returned to or mailed to Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce, Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1, Barryville, NY 12719.

The scholarship committee will review each applicant’s essay and any supplemental. We are looking to learn from your personal experience what you like/love about living here, how you have contributed and what are your ideal future plans.

The GBCC will recognize all applicants and announce the winner of the scholarship at the annual GBCC Fundraiser (date/location TBD). The scholarship details will be presented at the successful applicant’s graduation ceremony.

Selected will be awarded a check made out to the selected 2- or 4-year institution of higher learning to which the applicant has been accepted and plans to attend.

Past Recipients


Owen Anderson
Kyle Daw
Kaitlyn Potter



Gabriella Del Rio
Mudra Patel



Brenna Knibbs
Jissela Labuda



Hailee Kolvenbach
Morgan Kopf



Julia Foster
Kim Gonzalez
Kayla Maas
Isabella Pizzo


Lynzee Kelty
Braelyn Kolvenbach
Max Smyth



Sheila Burns
Gil Malher


Brian Jasper
Peter Vorstadt
Timothy Worzel


Heather Hallock
Nicholas Wyss


Jesse Corcoran
Amador Z. Laput


Craig Burns
Brian Hazen


Meaghan Hazen
Erika Vorstadt


Cheyanne Murdock
Christina Watts


Christian Martinez


Celia Oset