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January 2023

SCSF “Phonathon” is back in person for 2023!
Over the past 32 years, the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation (SCSF) has made 341 scholarship awards, totaling over $306,000 in financial support to district students and graduates. Every dollar of SCSF scholarship has been raised by generous members of this community who believe in the value of continuing education for our district’s youth. 
Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to report that on Wednesday, February 1 from 5:00-9:00 pm, the Foundation will resume holding its annual Phonathon fundraiser in person. The SCSF Phonathon is held at the Southern Cayuga Jr./Sr. High School – powered by as many as a dozen volunteer student operators, “manning” the phones by calling hundreds of district residents to enlist their financial support for the scholarship award program. During its previous tenure, the Phonathon has proved to be the program’s largest fundraiser of the year, usually garnering well over $12,000 in donations from generous community members, enabling us to make at least 10- $1,200 scholarship awards to deserving district graduates.
In an effort to continue its fundraising initiatives throughout the pandemic, the Foundation launched a new website: ( and social media campaign on Facebook ( in 2021. Through its newly developed digital presence, the program has been able to successful grow its community, fundraise, and share the stories of past scholarship awardees, as well as the stories of the donors who have made its mission possible, and sustainable. We invite you to connect with us to learn more and to engage with our content. 
We are keenly aware that the need for financial assistance such as that offered by the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation is greater than ever. The criteria for scholarship selection includes a combination of academic achievement, and demonstrated commitment to community service and/or gainful employment. The award program is unique: While we certainly extend the opportunity to apply to graduating district high school seniors, we also encourage applications from alumni seeking further financial support while continuing their college studies. In addition, the SCSF considers the selection of non-traditional students, such as adults returning to school or those seeking entry into specialized vocational and technical training programs. 
Several years ago, we initiated a partnership with the Central New York Community Foundation, Inc., which provides us with non-profit support services, and permits the  organization to retain its  independence in order to best serve its  mission. The CNY Community Foundation has over 600 organizations/funds housed under its fiscal umbrella. Through this relationship, the Foundation is able to take advantage of financial reporting benefits, donor communications, and a secure online donation portal. Donations made to the Foundation may be tax-deductible. All locally raised funds are awarded as such.  

If you have not been contacted by the  Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation in the past and would like to support the  Foundation this year, you may securely donate online at If you have additional questions about the Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation and its  fundraising efforts, please contact Marian Brown at  
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 Townsend Kopp: President
Amanda Hauptfleisch: Vice President
Laura Burns: Secretary
Steve Zabriskie: Financial Chair
Members: Paula Schmitt, Adrianne Torea, Laura Heslop, Marian Brown
SCCS Rep: Lisa Carnicelli
Should you have any questions regarding the application or donations, please contact

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SCSF Website

Application: Availible via Naviance 
Page Updated 01/03/2023
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026