We proudly celebrated another successful year at our May 13, 2017 Awards Ceremony. Since it was started by local volunteers in 1989, Taconic Hills Dollars for Scholars, has awarded $1.75 million to 1178 Taconic Hills Graduates! The Chapter is run by community volunteers who strongly believe in the value of higher education for each student who desires to pursue it in trade schools, 2 year or 4 year Colleges. Dollars for Scholars is a 501(c) 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.  

Additionally there are nearly 50 named Scholarships given annually that have been provided by various interested Community Members through endowments, gifts or local fundraisers such as Alumni Basketball and Soccer Games as well as the "Remember the Titans" 5K.

How to Contact us? Email us at taconichillsdfs@outlook.com

Upcoming and Recently Held Events

June 3, 2018: Remember the Titans Memorial 5K Run: Over the years, we have lost many Taconic Hills students, faculty, former staff, and alumni. Many of these Titans and former Titans have left a positive mark on many of our lives, school, and community. It is our goal to take a negative and turn it into a positive by honoring those we've lost by running or walking in a 5k race. The profits of the 5k will be donated to Dollars for Scholars and will be given out in the form of a scholarship to graduating seniors at Taconic Hills. These students must be students who excel in academics, sports, and activities outside of school who is continuing his or her education at a trade school, two, or four year college/university. You do not have to be an Alumni to run or walk. All are welcome! Pre-registration is $20 and Day of the Event Registration is at 10:00am and is $25. Pre-registration checks are made payable to "TH DFS." Pre-registration Address: Joe Raco P.O. Box 593 Philmont, NY 12565. Don't want to run or walk the course? Come and watch or volunteer!


Available for Underclass Members: We have funds available for students currently in Grades 8-11 to help them explore a variety of extra-curricular enrichment programs through our Extern Program that allow a student to explore choices that could lead to an intended career supported by post graduation education or enhance their academic or personal skills to help them to be a better student or participant in their school community. Such past activities supported have included Music Camp, HOBY Conference attendance, Academic Camps, etc. (Sorry Sports Camps are not included.) There is no firm deadline, but money is awarded on a first come-first served basis. See our Student/Parent page for more information and an application. 

Deadline May 15, 2018: Please see our Student/Parent Page for information on the Jr. Art Portfolio Scholarship. This is a $250 award for two worthy Juniors to assist them in preparing an Art Portfolio to submit for college. Applications are on our Student/Parent Page and from Ms. Smith in the Art Department. The deadline is May 15, 2018.

May 5, 2018: Our 2018 Awards Ceremony was a great success!  Many thanks to our Donor and generous community for their support of our Seniors. $85,000 in scholarships were awarded to 47 graduating Seniors.  We also thank The Bank of Greene County for their support in helping to underwrite our Award's Ceremony and day-to-day expenses.

January 6, 2018: The DFS "Burger,Bessette,Klima & Rich" Alumni Basketball Games celebrated it's 10th year. And what a success it was!!! $2800 was raised to support student scholarships. Many thanks to the Volunteers led by Joe Raco, the many businesses that donated, the players who returned to their glory days and the fans in attendance. It is so great to have community events such as this and those listed below. 

November 18, 2017: It was another successful Paint and Sip to benefit the "Remember the Titans Scholarship Fund."  $260 was raised!  Thanks to Joe Raco, berkshirepaintandsip.com and the many wonderful artists!!!!  See pictures at our Facebook Page of all of the fun that was had.

October 1, 2017:  The 2017 Burger-Laverack TH Alumni Soccer Game And Chicken BBQ was a great success!  Here is a picture of the players who relived their glory days and all for a great cause!  They raised $3300 to support scholarships in memory of  two former Taconic Hills Students: Justin Burger and Fred Laverack III. A huge thank you to Ryan Proper and all of his friends and volunteers who made this day a great success. Thank you to one an all for being a part of such a giving community.  We hope to see you all again next year!!!

What Scholarships Mean to Our Students

"My first semester in college has been amazing. Because of the scholarships I received I was able to attend the college of my dreams. I have made so many friends, love my courses, and next semester I'm getting to attend a leadership conference on how  to better my schools volunteer club. The scholarships that are awarded to students like me change students lives. Thank you! Liz Bray Class of 2015

"I would like to say thank you for the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Award. It is a big help toward pursuing my career as a Radiologic Technician.  It is greatly appreciated.""  Nadeane Boice Class of 2015

"I was pleasantly surprised the night of the Awards Ceremony when I was awarded the Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation Scholarship.  I am currently registered at Columbia-Greene Community College in the Nursing Program.  For several years I have had the desire to become a Registered Nurse.  This scholarship will assist me a great deal in becoming a RN." Emily Foutch Class of 2015

"I wanted to thank you for your generous scholarship.  This scholarship will aid me to fulfill my dream of achieving an AOS degree in auto mechanics from Alfred State." Ben Elster Class of 2015

How You Can Help Our Students

To keep the Taconic Hills DFS Chapter  active, we always welcome people wanting to share our vision.  

Please consider working with us for the benefit of our local students.

For further information please contact:  Taconic Hills Dollars for Scholars at our NEW Mailing address: PO Box 1119 Philmont, NY 12565, "like" us on Facebook for meeting dates and times or email us at taconichillsdfs@outlook.com.

 How Can Students Apply For Scholarships?

Go to our Students and Parents page linked at the top of this page.  It is your go-to place, along with our Facebook page, for scholarship information!  

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