Say Yes Syracuse provides scholarships to eligible graduates of Syracuse City School District to receive full-tuition scholarships to a range of over 100 public and private college and university partners.

How It Works

Over 100 Say Yes private college and university partners are located in 21 states and the District of Columbia, and offer the organization’s students a broad array of academic opportunities and campus experiences, from small liberal arts colleges to big research universities.

Am I Eligible?

Students graduating from a Syracuse City School District High Schools are eligible for the scholarship guarantee of the Say Yes to Education program if they meet certain criteria.

Students may be considered for eligibility if they do not meet the eligibility criteria but they have extenuating circumstances.

How To Apply

Looking to apply for a Say Yes Scholarship? Say Yes students must apply and be admitted to a Say Yes partner college to be considered for a Say Yes Scholarship. Say Yes students must attend the college full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester unless otherwise indicated by the college or university) to be eligible for a Say Yes Scholarship.

Our Higher Ed Partners

Say Yes students have the opportunity to receive scholarships to colleges and other post-secondary institutions, whether two-year, four-year or vocational – public or private.

Financial Aid Help

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application must be completed by all eligible Say Yes to Education scholars seeking funds from Say Yes to Education. Learn more about how to complete your application.


Want more information about other scholarship and grant opportunities, how to apply to college and more? Check out our scholarship resources section.


View frequently asked questions about how the Syracuse Say Yes to Education scholarships work.

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes or have questions about scholarships? We invite you to subscribe to our mailing list, set an appointment, or reach out to and learn more about how you can get involved.

Ahmeed Turner, Executive Director

Dana Lyons, Manager, Post-Secondary Scholarship Access and Completion