Oishei High School Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for the scholarship?

In order to qualify, applicants must be enrolled at an EdCo school, be a student of color, and have a household income of $65,000 or less.  Students of color for this scholarship are defined as American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, and Hispanic or Latino.

What expenses are covered by the Oishei High School Scholarship?

The scholarship provides the full four-year tuition of one (1) incoming freshman at each participating EdCo school.  Additionally, the scholarship includes a yearly $500.00 stipend to help cover technology fees and required books.  Note: the $500.00 stipend is provided to the school on behalf of the scholar to cover technology fees and required books.  It is not distributed to scholars directly.

How do I apply?

You can begin your application by creating an account HERE.  Applications can be filled out on any internet enabled device (cell phone, computer, tablet, etc.)

What information do I need for the application?

You will need the following information to begin the application process:

  • Contact information for a Parent/ Guardian and applicant (student).
  • The EdCo school(s) that you are interested in attending.
  • Answers to the following short answer questions:
  1. List any activities you have participated in outside of school (i.e. community service, volunteering, church involvement, youth programs, employment).
  2. List any extracurricular activities you have participated in as part of middle school.
  3. Provide any additional information on specific challenges (academic or otherwise) you and/or your family may face as you prepare for high school.
  • An Essay (300 minimum and 500 maximum):


  1. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing teens today? How would you approach this problem and what kind of solution(s) would you recommend? How can others help?
  2. What words best describe you and why?
  3. Describe a person or moment (past or present) that has been inspirational to you and why?
  • One Letter of Recommendation is required. The recommender can NOT be a family member. Letters of Recommendation can come from family friends, religious leaders, coaches or others who know you away from your academic sphere. (These sources are preferred over Buffalo Prep). Click HERE for additional information on the Letter of Recommendation.

Please note: completed applications require that students are enrolled in an EdCo school, have been selected by the school as one (1) of three (3) candidates, have completed a Declaration of Intent form (DOI) and have signed a scholarship contract.

When is the application due?

Applicants are encouraged to start the application and apply to EdCo schools in early fall (September - November). Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on December 3, 2021 to be considered as a possible nominee from and EdCo school. 

Will I need to take an entrance exam?

Each school has a slightly different admissions process. A majority of EdCo schools require students to take an entrance exam, which is given each November.  Please click HERE to learn more about the admissions process and entrance exam.

What schools participate in the scholarship?

All 13 EdCo schools participate in The Oishei High School Scholarship. 

How many schools can I apply to for the scholarship?

Early in the application process (September – November), you are encouraged to visit and learn about different EdCo schools, including talking with the Admissions Directors. However, you will need to select your top choice school(s) when completing your application (See below). Please note that each school can only submit (3) candidates to The Oishei High School Scholarship Selection Committee in January of which (1) scholar will be selected. 

When will I know if I am selected as a scholarship candidate?

The EdCo schools will notify applicants that they have been selected as one of their three (3) candidates in December 2021. Candidates will complete a Declaration of Intent form and submit it to EdCo. Note: This is a step in the scholarship process and does not guarantee a scholarship.  Each school will then submit the three (3) candidates to The Oishei High School Scholarship Selection committee who will select one (1) of the three candidates from each school to receive the scholarship.

What is a Declaration of Intent form?

Applicants can only be submitted to The Oishei High School Scholarship Selection Committee for one (1) EdCo school.  For example, if the applicant is accepted to two EdCo schools, and invited to be a scholarship candidate by both schools, the applicant must select their first-choice school when completing the Declaration of Intent form.

When will I know if I’ve been selected as a scholarship recipient?

Award letters will be mailed to scholarship recipients by January 31, 2022.  Scholarship recipients and two guests will also be invited to an awards luncheon in the Spring to receive their official scholarship certificate - if possible pending COVID-19 restrictions.