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Jandon Scholars

The Jandon Scholars Program

The WJandon Scholars Programestchester County Board of Legislators work in collaboration with the Jandon Foundation to award college scholarships to academic achievers whose families are on public assistance or living below the poverty level.

Jandon Scholars receive $12,000 over their four years in college. The program is unique in that it follows the students throughout their college career.

To Apply Online, click here.*

*Application Deadline: February 16, 2019

Eligibility Requirements Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Jandon Scholars Program, students must be in their senior year attending a public high school in Westchester County. Their families must either be receiving public assistance or meet financial eligibility guidelines established by the Jandon Foundation.

Students must have excellent academic records and SAT scores, involvement in extra-curricular activities and evidence of good character.

For more information, contact Melanie Montalto at (914) 995-8620 or .

Award Amounts and ScheduleAward Amounts and Schedule

To encourage students to complete their education on time, the Jandon Scholars Program offers an increase in the amount of the scholarship for each year the students remain in school for a total of $12,000 over four years. Students are required to submit their grades each semester in order to receive the next term's scholarship funds.

Jandon Scholarship funds are given directly to the students so as not to diminish other financial aid opportunities. Each year's award is provided one semester at a time on the following schedule:

Freshman Year $1,500
Sophomore Year $2,500
Junior Year $3,500
Senior Year $4,500



Selection Process

Selection of Jandon Scholars is made by a committee of seven members including foundation members and accomplished educators.

The selection process generally follows this schedule:

Feb. 16, 2019 Application Deadline.
March – April Applications are reviewed and thirty finalists are selected for interviews with the selection panel.
May Interviews are completed and fifteen winners are selected to receive the Jandon Scholarships.


The Jandon Foundation is a private foundation created by Jane and Donald Cecil of Harrison, New York. The Cecils funded the Mount Vernon "I Have a Dream" program in 1987 and began funding the Neuberger Museum of Arts "Writing Through the Arts" Program in 1993. Their primary philanthropic interest lies in education with particular interest in helping students from financially disadvantaged and under-educated families succeed. 

The Jandon Scholars Program began in 1999. It currently boasts 11 classes of students who have graduated from college and a total of 155 students who have been awarded the scholarship. In past years, twelve to fifteen scholarships have been awarded $10,000 per student their four years of college. In addition to the scholarship money, Jandon Scholars are treated to social events during the year for networking, advice and support. 

Jandon Scholars are among the best and brightest high school seniors from public schools across Westchester County. They have all demonstrated an unmatched work ethic and have overcome tremendous obstacles to receive these scholarships.  

“I am completing my masters degree in bilingual school counseling in December from Mercy College. I taught elementary school for two years and started working as an elementary school guidance counselor this September.”
- Deyci Mejia, first class of Jandon Scholars (2000)
“I promise that I will make (The Cecils’) investment in me, an investment that you will never regret. I will strive to make you proud.”
- Tyrone Shaw, 2006 Jandon Scholar, Syracuse University