ALBANY, NY – The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is accepting applications for four $4,000 scholarships, two academic and two athletic, New York State Senator George Borrello announced Wednesday.

The scholarships are available to college students or high school seniors entering college who live in Borrello's Senate District, which includes the Greater Olean area.

Applicants should have a grade point average of 85 or higher, be active in community service and extracurricular activities and demonstrate financial need. In addition, students applying for an athletic scholarship must also be involved in organized sports. Applicants need not be of Italian-American heritage to apply. 

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“This is an excellent scholarship opportunity for high school seniors and college students in the 57th Senate District who have worked hard, distinguished themselves from their peers and intend to pursue higher education,” Borrello said. “With college costs continually rising, this is a chance to lessen the financial burden that is a concern for so many young people and their families. I encourage eligible students in my district to apply.” 
Area students may request an application by contacting Borrello’s office at 716-372-4901, emailing or by visiting Borrello’s website at

Applications should be submitted to Borrello’s district office by 5 p.m. on March 19. The mailing address is 700 W. State St., Olean., N.Y. 14760. Scholarship recipients will be announced in April, and winners will be honored at a ceremony in Albany on May 18.

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is a bipartisan organization of state Assembly and Senate members who actively promote and celebrate the state’s Italian-American community.

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