We proudly celebrated another successful year at our May 9, 2020 virtual Awards Ceremony.  Since it was started by local volunteers in 1989, Taconic Hills Dollars for Scholars, has awarded $1.976 million to 1287 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

May 9, 2020 Awards Ceremony!

We had a great time tonight on Zoom. Congratulations to all of our Recipients.  You may take a moment to look at our 2020 Memory Book which Details the Scholarships awarded.

There is no way that we can thank enough all of donors, large and small, who have made Taconic Hills Dollars for Scholars such a success. At this past May's Virtual Awards Ceremony, 29 recipients received over $70,000 in Scholarships to help them pursue further education. We have posted, onto our Facebook Page, each student and information about their award. As always, we welcome anyone to join us as we work together to continue our mission. You may email us at taconichillsdfs@outlook.com and  make a secure donation oby clicking onto our Donation tab. 

 On behalf of the 1287 students you have helped during the past 30 years.......THANK YOU for your support!!!

January 11, 2020: The 12th THDFS "Burger, Bessette,Klima, & Rich" Alumni Basketball Games were held. Thanks to Joe Raco and his family and friends, Wonell Miller, the TH Booster Club, the Players and the fans who came to support this event. A special thank to the following Sponsors: Columbia Memorial Health, Stewart's Shops, Dad's Diner, Herrington Fuels, Jim's Auto Body, Copake Lake Realty, Eastern States Well Drillers, Kurt Hoben, Taconic Wayside Inn, C. Herington Home and Design, Columbia County Real Estate Specialists, Enhancements Salon, Scott Decker Construction, Church Street Deli, Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Kneller Insurance Agency, WB Mason, Hillsdale Repairs and Copake Veterinary Hospital. 



A Very Special Raffle! THANK YOU to everyone for your generosity! The "Get Ready for Winter Raffle" fundraiser has now ended. We raised $1,550!!! We are grateful to our Anonymous Oil Donor and to Brothers Landscaping and Contracting for their donation of the fire wood.The lucky winners are:150 gallons fuel oil: LYDIA CHASE and 1 Cord of fire wood: JAKE PISER

September 29, 2019: The Annual Burger-Laverack Alumni Soccer Game and Chicken BBQ was a great success. A great time of remembering past friends and raising scholarship money of in honor of the memories of Justin Burger and Fred Laverack. Thank you to all who supported this day with special thanks to Ryan Proper and Friends! 


Exciting Scholarship OpportunityWe are very pleased to announce revised guidelines for the Gavin C. Gray Non-Traditional Student Scholarship.  Most scholarships are geared towards new High School Graduates. This one has as a target, "Students" ages 21 and above and it is for many types of education. There is NO upper age limit. For complete information AND an application go to our Student/Parent Page and open the tab.

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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