NYSSFA offers the Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship Program for dependent children of our Active and Affiliate members. Six $1,500 scholarships are awarded annually.

 Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant must be a dependent child of an NYSSFA Active or Affiliate member who has completed one year of full-time continuous membership by April 1, 2017.
  • Applicant must be a student enrolled in or planning to enroll in a full-time program of study leading to an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree at an accredited post-secondary school.
  • Applicant must not have received a previous award more than twice.
  • Applicant must not have received a previous award in two consecutive years.

Applications for the 2018 Scholarships are due April 1, 2018. Download an application.

For more information, contact Scholarship Management Services at 507.931.1682 or NYSSFA at 518.465.0563 or info@nyssfa.com.

Another benefit of membership in NYSSFA! 

2018 Recipients

Antonio MartinezAntonio Martinez is a graduate of Bayport-Blue Point High School and entering the University of Rochester to study computer science, math and digital media design. He garnered National Merit recognition by the College Board with his 1510 SAT and 34 ACT score. Antonio is an active member of the American Dance Theatre of Long Island and performed in his high school's symphonic band, orchestra and chamber choir. His father, Paul Martinez, is Director of Facilities for Rocky Point UFSD.

Lauren MehrLauren Mehr is a graduate of Massapequa High School and a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson University, studying to be a physician assistant. She is in the Honors Program, on the Dean's List and serves as Chapter President of TJU's Global Medical Brigades. In addition, Lauren is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer for special needs soccer. Her father, Patrick Mehr, is Director of Facilities at Garden City UFSD.


Kelli NienstadtKelli Nienstadt is a graduate of Washingtonville High School and is entering her senior year studying communication arts at Marist College. She is active the Marist College Ambassadors, Tour Guides and Dance Ensemble as well as Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Kelli's father, Paul Nienstadt, is Executive Director of Operations for Washingtonville CSD.


Jake ThurnauJake Thurnau is a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and entering his junior year at SUNY Brockport, studying computer science. He is the student supervisor of the Special Events Recreation Center at the college. Jake's father, Carl Thurnau, is Director of Facilities for the New Rochelle City School District.

Anna ValentiAnna Valenti is a graduate of Northstar Christian Academy in Rochester and will enter Grove City College this fall to study electrical engineering. She served as president of the American Christian Honor Society, was MVP of her soccer team and was recognized for leadership in arithmetic. Anna's father, Joe Valenti, is Director of Operations & Maintenance at Churchville-Chili CSD.

Zachary WilsonZachary Wilson is a graduate of St. Francis High School in Hamburg and is entering New York University to study acting. He was president of his senior class, executive producer of the WSTF-TV broadcasting program and played the lead role in several theatre productions. Zachary is an active member in the Franciscan Youth Ministry and an Eagle Scout who served as senior patrol leader for his troop. His father, John Wilson, is Director of Facilities at Lake Shore CSD.


The Fred Hack Memorial Scholarships were established in the mid-1990s in honor of the Association’s first executive director.