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Cha-Nel Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines


Graduating high school seniors of Chatham and New Lebanon, NY High Schools and prior Cha-Nel scholarship recipients.


Visit our online portal to complete our common application, which will determine your eligiblity for all Berkshire Taconic scholarships. Once you have logged in, select "Apply" at the top of the page, then scroll to the bottom of the list to find "Scholarship Common Application."


The Cha-Nel Scholarship Fund was created in 1999 by an area resident who perceived the need for increased support of scholarships to serve the graduating students of two local high schools, one in New Lebanon, NY, and the other in Chatham, NY. Together they graduate about 150 students a year, the majority of whom wish to pursue their education beyond high school. The schools serve some 16 local communities which are rural in nature, small in size, and largely made up of families with moderate means. Their access to funds to further education is limited compared to more urban communities, which have a larger population base, more industries and a greater general affluence.

It was with these factors in mind that the fund was established as an endowment to award annual scholarships from its income in perpetuity. It also simplified means for others to support an ever-increasing base for scholarships through tax-deductible contributions.


Graduating seniors of Chatham High School or New Lebanon High School who are entering their first year of a two year or four year college or university are eligible to apply.


The awards range from $1,000 to $2,000 for eligible graduating seniors from each high school. Additional awards are given as funding allows. Scholarship recipients may reapply for funding throughout their college career provided they continue to meet the scholarship criteria.


Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of motivation to succeed in pursuing a two or four year college degree/certificate
  • Financial Need
  • Academic potential, not necessarily based on actual

Applications will be reviewed by the Cha-Nel Scholarship Advisory Committee. This is a committee of area residents and educators. Their recommendations will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic’s board of directors.


$1,000 to $2,000


March 15

Common App

Visit our online portal to complete our common application.