The State Association and education arm, SFMI, provide scholarship opportunities for active and affiliate members and the children of SFA members. Many local chapters also provide scholarships for members and local district students. Contact for the most up-to-date applications.

SFA scholarships include:

Annual Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship Program to apply to college expenses for dependent children

The SFMI scholarships include:

  • Commissioner Richard P. Mills Scholarship for free attendance to both the annual conference and managers’ academy
  • Conference scholarships from NYSIR
  • Academy scholarships from NYSIR and Utica National

Local chapter scholarships vary and are developed locally. They represent nearly $70,000 in support of post-secondary education of students in member districts.

SFA Scholarships

Annual Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship Program

The Annual Fred Hack Memorial Scholarship Program offers six $1,500 scholarships to children of NYSSFA Active and Affiliate members who have completed one year of full-time continuous membership at the time of the deadline date for submitting the scholarship Application. The students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time program of study leading to an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree at any accredited post-secondary school and have not received an award more than two times or in two consecutive years.

SFMI Scholarships

Commissioner Richard P. Mills Scholarship

The Richard P. Mills Scholarship was started in 2009 by SFA and SFMI leaders to recognize New York State Education Commissioner Mills’ dedication and leadership, and his particular support of SFA members and their important work relating to school facilities.

Each year SFA and SFMI offer this school facilities professional development scholarship to one deserving member in good standing to underwrite attendance at our Annual School Facilities Professional Development Conference (held each fall) and the School Facilities Managers’ Academy (held each December at the NYS School Boards Association Conference Center in Latham, NY) - a value of over $1,400.

The Richard P. Mills Scholarship is open to all SFA Active and Affiliate members with seven or less years of service who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to the school facilities profession and a promise for future leadership. Candidates are nominated in writing by Chapter Presidents or State Directors of the Association. All nominees are reviewed by SFMI Board of Directors to ensure the candidates meet the criteria.

Conference Scholarships

New York State Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) has again generously donated FIVE scholarships for NYSSFA members to attend the 2017 School Facilities Managers Expo and Conference.

Nominations are to be made by Chapter Presidents or State Directors and must be a first-time conference attendee and be a SFA member in good standing. Recipients must agree to wear a badge provided by NYSIR during the duration of the conference, have their photo used in a NYSIR follow-up story, as well as to be interviewed by NYSIR.

Nominations should be made by Chapter Presidents or State Directors by submitting the nomination form by mid-July.

Academy Scholarships

Together, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) and Utica National Insurance Group are sponsoring ten scholarships to the School Facility Managers’ Academy. Candidates are nominated by Chapter Presidents or State Directors, or members can self-nominate.

Preference will be given to:

  • Members from those Chapters who were not awarded a school facilities conference scholarship this year.
  • Members who are new to the profession.
  • Members who would be attending the Academy’s school facilities track for the first time.
  • Members attending the Academy in pursuit of their CDF, RDF, AADC, ADC or other designations.
  • Members who otherwise would not be able to attend.

Nomination forms are due by mid-November. Applications will be reviewed by SFMI officers to determine scholarship winners. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of November.

Local Scholarship Programs

Many chapters offer local scholarship programs by hosting fundraisers such as golf tournaments, holiday events and other programs. These scholarships reach students from local school districts, adding to the scholarship reach of the Association. For information about your chapter’s scholarship program, please contact your Chapter president.