The Central New York Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020 Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship.

Scholarships may be renewable annually for up to 4 years (or 5 years for engineering only), subject to the recipient’s continued full-time matriculation in his/her program of study and maintenance of a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher. Selection criteria include academic performance, commitment to the chosen field of study and meaningful volunteer service in the community.

Since inception, the Kilian Memorial Scholarship has awarded over $280,000 in total scholarship dollars to 35 local students.

“Several of the scholarship’s recipients have gone on to rewarding careers right here in the Central New York area,” said Kari Simpkins, associate, grants and programs at the Central New York Community Foundation. “The impact of this fund has been remarkable.”

Eligible recipients must be graduating from an Onondaga County high school and have already been accepted into an accredited institution of higher education pursuing a Bachelor’s program in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, science or education.

Previous scholarship recipients have pursued degrees ranging from Engineering to Biology.

The application deadline is April 24, 2020. To download an application form, visit the Community Foundation’s website at Please contact Kari Simpkins at the Central New York Community Foundation at 315-883-5537 or for more information.

The Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 in honor of the late Frederick K. Kilian, founder of Kilian Manufacturing Corp. in Syracuse.


About the Central New York Community Foundation

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $280 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.

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