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January 2021

Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation (SCSF) “Phonathon” Will Go Virtual for 2021
Over the past three decades, the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation (SCSF) has made 310 awards to 201 individual students, totaling over $275,000 in financial support awarded to our students and district graduates. Every dollar of SC Foundation scholarship awards was raised by generous members of this community who believe in the value of continuing education for our district’s youth. In a typical year, the Foundation would plan to hold its annual Phonathon in early February. Our SCSF Phonathon is held over two evenings in the high school main office suite, with up to a dozen volunteer student operators in various rooms “manning” the phones, calling hundreds of district residents to enlist their financial support for our scholarship award program. That event is our largest fundraiser of the year, usually garnering well over $10,000 in donations from generous community members, enabling us to make at least ten $1,000 scholarship awards to deserving SCCS graduates.

Alas, 2020 has hardly been a typical year for any of us and the early months of 2021 are not shaping up to be much different. While we were looking forward to holding our 29th consecutive Phonathon in February, in order to minimize health risks to school employees, our board members and our student volunteers, we plan to transition this year from a “live” Phonathon to a virtual, “no-phone” fundraiser. Those who have donated to us during past Phonathons will still receive a donation pledge packet, which we sincerely hope recipients will complete and return, despite not receiving a call this year from a student Phonathon volunteer. We are keenly aware that this year, with COVID’s wide-ranging impacts on family budgets and students’ ability to earn money to assist with their continuing education expenses, the need for financial assistance like that offered by the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation will be greater than ever.  The criteria for selection for an SCSF award include a combination of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to community service and/or gainful employment. Our award program is somewhat unique. While we certainly extend the opportunity to apply to graduating SCCS high school seniors, we also encourage applications from past district graduates seeking further financial support while continuing their college studies. In addition, we will consider supporting non-traditional students such as adults returning to school or those seeking entry into specialized vocational and technical training programs. 

Several years ago, we partnered with the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., which provides us with legal protection as a non-profit but permits our organization to retain our independence in order to best serve our mission. The CNY Community Foundation has over 600 organizations/funds housed under its fiscal umbrella, including other scholarship funds like ours. In this relationship, we enjoy financial reporting benefits, the opportunity to accept credit card payments - even the ability to make online donations! - as well as CNY Community Foundation’s help in thanking our donors. Donations made to the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation may be tax-deductible and all funds raised locally are awarded locally.  

If you have not been contacted by or contributed to the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation in the past and would like to support our scholarship awards program this year, you may securely donate online at:  If you have additional questions about the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation and our fundraising efforts, please contact Marian Brown at    

November 2020

The Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation (“SCSF”) was founded on the belief that all our school district deserves the opportunity to continue their education and that costs should not limit the pursuit of their dreams. The mission of the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation is to expand  access to continued education for residents of the Southern Cayuga Central School district. Our primary goal is to solicit donations from our community allowing us to have the financial resources to support worthy district students who wish to pursue either vocational training or college education.

Our Awards Committee evaluates the applicants who will receive SCSF awards based upon a combination of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to community service and/or gainful employment. Our annual awards are not based upon financial need – we believe that all awardees can use a helping hand with their educational or vocational/technical expenses.
Application and Eligibility:
The Foundation considers applications from Southern Cayuga seniors, as well as past district award recipients and SC alumni seeking financial support to continue their undergraduate college studies. In addition, applications from non-traditional students, such as adult district graduates returning to school or entering specialized training programs, are also welcome to apply. If a non-traditional student is applying, they must currently be a resident of the district, and have been a resident for at least 12 months.

The applications will become available in early February in the Southern Cayuga High School guidance office, or by downloading and completing the Word copy emailed to Award recipients are announced at the SCCS Senior High Awards night, usually held in May.

Annual Phonathon:
Each year the SCSF mounts its single largest fundraiser, the Phonathon. During the first week in February, two nights are scheduled for high school juniors and seniors to call members of the community to solicit donations for the Foundation. Donations to the SCSF are fully tax-deductible and can be made anytime by clicking the DONATE NOW link on the side of this page. The amount of Phonathon funds raised determins how many scholarship awards may be made each Spring. 
We are incredibly grateful to Southern Cayuga community members and businesses who so generously support the SCSF. Thank you.

Current Members:
Carin Kopp: President
Vacant: Vice President
Laura Burns: Secretary
Steve Zabriskie: Financial Chair
Vacant: Fundraising/Public Relations Chair
Members: Laura Heslop, Lev Saltonstall, Adrianne Torea, Amanda Hauptfleisch
SCCS Rep: Lisa Carnicelli
Should you have any questions regarding the application or donations, please contact

Facebook: (link to be attached upon completion of the Facebook page)

Application: Availible via Naviance starting 2/1/21
Page Updated 1/29/21
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026