The john r. oishei Foundation has provided over $10 million in Foundation support since 1998.


The purpose of The Oishei Scholarship provides full, four years of tuition assistance to one of WNY’s 13 area private high schools and is specifically designed for students of color with a financial need. An additional goal of the scholarship is to increase the community outreach and diversity of these private high schools. 

Requirements for Eligibility:

  1. Applicants must take an entrance exam at an EdCo partner school.

  2. Applicants must enroll in the 9th grade class at one of EdCo’s 13 member schools.
  3. Applicants must have a documented household income of $65,000 or below.
  4. Applicants must be students of color (Black/African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native-American).
  5. From the pool of applicants, each EdCo partner school will select and nominate three candidates,
  6. The Oishei Foundation will provide each EdCo partner school funding to award a four-year scholarship to one student.
  7. Families must complete the online scholarship application by December 3, 2021 to be considered as a candidate.
  8. Click HERE to apply for The John R. Oishei High School Scholarship online.


  • Submit your scholarship application by 12/3/2021
  • Declaration of Intent and signed contract for those selected as candidates - due to EdCo by 12/21/2021
  • Announcement of winners by January 31, 2022

Since 1998 Over 350 scholarships have been awarded to “Oishei Scholars” to attend 13 local private secondary schools in this highly competitive, sought after program financially supported by The John R. Oishei Foundation in collaboration with the Education Collaborative of WNY.

Program Administration:

EdCo provides program administration with advice from a Scholarship Advisory Committee made up of EdCo school representatives.

Initial nominees are selected by each Edco School.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a separate, independent Scholarship Selection Committee consisting of community representatives.

EdCo and Buffalo Prep are responsible for ongoing program monitoring, including feedback from participating schools, students and parents.

For additional information, please contact an admissions representative from a participating EdCo partner school.