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, 2023.

  • 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 two previous awards.

  • Applicant must not have received an award the previous year.

For more information, contact NYSSFA at 518.465.0563 or info@nyssfa.com.

2023 Recipients

Sean CondonSean Condon is entering his freshman year at the United States Military Academy at West Point to study Business. Sean is an Eagle Scout, received academic honors in Science and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Math, English, Science, and Social Studies Honor Societies. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and attended the American Legion Boys State Program. In addition, Sean is an accomplished Bagpipe player and played Varsity football and lacrosse. He was nominated by his father, John Condon of Pelham UFSD.

Olivia SeifleinOlivia Seiflein is entering her freshman year at West Virginia University to pursue a career as a forensic examiner. She participated in Varsity soccer, softball and bowling as well as the National Honor Society, Natural Helpers, Donate Life Club, and served as the Treasurer for the Class of 2023. She was nominated by her father, Dave Seiflein of Springfield-Griffith Institute.

Michael SmithMichael Smith is going into his freshman year at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. A lifelong soccer player, Michael will continue to play in college. He enjoys all sports and received MVP twice for high school soccer as well as the Coach award for high school basketball. In addition, Michael was given academic awards for geometry, math and physics.. He was nominated by his father, Jamie Smith of the Storm King School.

Sophia SwatlingSophia Swatling is entering her freshman year at SUNY New Paltz, studying Chemistry. Her interests include creative writing, language learning, literary and film analysis, and exploring all kinds of music. Sophia is the recipient of the awards from the Science, Music , and Drama Departments and is a National Honor Society member. She received a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. She was nominated by her step-father, Josh Reiss of ONC BOCES.

Catrice TaftCatrice Taft is going into her sophomore year at Rochester Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering. She made the Dean's List during this year's Spring and Fall Semesters and serves as a Mentor for RIT's Women in Engineering Program as well as on the First-Year Advisory Council for Mechanical Engineering Majors. She was nominated by her father, Rexford Taft of Bath CSD.

Caine TaftCaine Taft is entering his senior year at Syracuse University, finishing his degree in biochemistry. He is the recipient of the Biology Department Award and a Merit Scholarship. Caine serves as a Camp Kesem Counselor and Unit Leader as well as Finance Chair of his fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon. He's an EMT and ambulance driver for Syracuse University and has been on the Dean's List for the past six semesters. He was nominated by his father, Rexford Taft of Bath CSD.


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