Senator Joseph Griffo is once again encouraging area high school seniors and current college students in his district to apply for the 2019 New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators Academic and Athletic Scholarships.

Griffo says this year, the Conference is awarding two academic and two athletic scholarships, each in the amount of $3,500.

Applicants should have a grade point average of 85 or higher; be active in community service and extracurricular activities; demonstrate financial need; and in the case of the athletic scholarship, be involved in an organized sport or sports.

“The price of attending college is a very serious concern for many students and families throughout New York State,” Griffo said. “This is a chance to help students lessen the burden of college debt and to defray some of the expenses incurred by those seeking higher education. I encourage eligible students in my district to apply for this scholarship.”

Sudents can request an application by contacting Griffo’s District Office in Utica  at (315) 793-9072 or by visiting the Senator’s website.

Application forms must be returned by Friday, March 29th.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in May and will be honored at a ceremony in Albany on Monday, June 3.