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The john r. oishei Foundation has provided over $13 million in Foundation support since 1998.


The purpose of The Oishei Scholarship is to provided a four year scholarship to one student at each participating EdCo high school. The scholarships are 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 engage in the enrollment process at an EdCo partner school, which may included taking a placement exam.

  2. Applicants must enroll in the 2024-2025 9th grade class at one of EdCo’s 12 participating partner schools if awarded a scholarship.*
  3. Applicants must have a documented household income of $65,000 or below. (income will be verified by schools)
  4. Applicants must be students of color (Black/African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native-American).
  5. From the pool of applicants, participating EdCo partner schools will select and nominate three candidates.
  6. The Oishei Foundation will award a four-year scholarship to one student at each partner school - 12 Scholarships in total.
  7. Families must complete the online application by Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 11:59PM to be considered as a candidate.
  8. Applications require answering 4 short answer questions, submitting a 300-500 word essay and providing one Letter of Recommendation. 
  9. Click HERE to apply for The John R. Oishei High School Scholarship online.

* St. Mary's High School is not participating in the 2023-2024 Schoalrship process.



  • Submit your scholarship application by 12/3/2023
  • Declaration of Intent and signed contract for those selected as candidates - due to EdCo by 12/22/2023
  • Announcement of winners by January 31, 2024

Since 1998 Over 350 scholarships have been awarded to “Oishei Scholars” to attend 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 of the scholarship.

Initial nominees are selected by each participating 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.