Say Yes Syracuse is a unique benefit that only Syracuse City School District and Syracuse charter school students have access to – consider this opportunity at your feet as your first step toward a ensuring a successful, financially independent future. Eligible graduates can receive last-dollar 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 Syracuse City School District and Syracuse charter high schools are eligible for the scholarship guarantee of the Say Yes to Education program if they meet certain criteria.

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

How To Apply

We are here to help you through the application process – you don’t have to do it alone. Taking the small amount of time to apply can set you up for a successful future.

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.


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-Canty, Officer, Scholarship and Student Support