Oishei Scholarship


  • To offer economically disadvantaged students of color full tuition scholarships* to independent high schools in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

  • To increase the community outreach and diversity of local independent secondary schools.


  • Established in 1998 with financial support from The John R. Oishei Foundation in collaboration with the Education Collaborative of WNY

  • More than 300 scholarships awarded to date for "Oishei Scholars" to attend 16 local independent secondary schools

  • Annual scholarship support totaling over $800,000

  • Over 9 million dollars in scholarships since 1998


  • Applicants must take an entrance exam at one of the EdCo WNY schools

  • Applicants must be registered as part of the freshman class at one of the EdCo WNY schools.

  • Applicants must be economically disadvantaged with a household income of $65,000 or below.

  • Applicants must be students of color.

  • Each school is required to select and nominate three candidates.

  • Family must submit  Declaration of Intent by 1/26/17.


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

  • 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.


  • Declaration of Intent Forms to schools by January 26, 2017

  • Application from schools due by February 1, 2017

  • Announcement of winners: March 2017


  • Contact one of the Education Collaborative of Western New York school's Admissions Office


*The Full tuition scholarship to The Gow School is supported in part by the Oishei Foundation and in part by The Gow School