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Believe 271 Foundation Inc. & New York State Tool
Gregory Wilsey Scholarship

The Believe 271 Foundation (B271) and New York State Tool (NYST) have joined forces to create a scholarship in memory of Gregory Wilsey, Founder of NYS Tool. We will present up to four (4) $500.00 scholarships to individuals who have successfully completed high school, are enrolled in full-time study at a two or four-year college or university in the next academic year in the area of a trade, fire, EMS, nursing, engineering and education. If no major is declared, the essay must include how volunteerism in your school and community has impacted your life.

Deadline: May 15, 2020


  1. Deadline for the scholarship application and supporting documents is May 15, 2020 by no later than 3:00 p.m.
  2. Refer to criteria below for eligibility requirements. Refer to application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e. evidence of cumulative average, acceptance letter).
  3. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We recommend that you have a guidance counselor, adviser or other school official review the contents of your application for completion and accuracy.
  4. All applications must be completed using the online form below.
  5. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant must be an accepted student at a 2- or 4-year college.
  2. Applicant must be a college student in the fall of the consequent year. The student doesn’t have to have freshman status. This applies to students graduating with college credits.
  3. Applicant must be majoring in a trade, fire, EMS, nursing, engineering or education. If no major is declared, the applicant must have participated in their community and/or school as a volunteer.
  4. Applicant must have a minimum, cumulative average of 85 (3.0) or higher.
  5. Applicant must be a resident of Oneida or Herkimer County. The applicants address will be used.
  6. Attach list of extracurricular activities, include leadership roles (i.e. President, Captain). Include volunteer activities. Activities (school and volunteer) must have occurred over the past 4 years.

Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Completed online application form.
  2. Attach a copy of your most recent unofficial or official transcript with cumulative average.
  3. Attach proof of acceptance from an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. If notification isn’t available at the time of application, it must be submitted prior to receipt of scholarship funds.
  4. Attach an Essay (500 words or less) on one of the following topics:
    • "Why I have decided to pursue a career in a trade, fire, EMS, nursing or education."
    • "How my volunteer activities have impacted my life and future plans?"
  5. Attach a recommendation from high school teacher, administrator or community leader. The recommendation should reference why you would be successful in your career of choice or how you have contributed to your community and/or school through your volunteerism.

Selection Process & Announcement of Recipients

A committee of three (2) members of B271 and one (1) representative from NYST will review the applications and make a recommendation. The recommendation will be in the form of a rank ordering of the applications. The B271 Foundation will seriously consider the recommendations when making the final selection.

The Gregory Wilsey Scholarship Recipients will be notified by phone and will be announced via the local media. The date, time and location for presentations will be decided by the scholarship committee.

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Believe 271 Foundation, Inc. & New York State Tool Scholarship Application

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Statement of Accuracy

I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that my picture may be taken and used for any purpose deemed necessary to promote the Believe 271 Foundation Inc. and the NYS Tool’s Gregory Wilsey Scholarship in the future.

I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, according to the Believe 271 Foundation Inc. and the NYS Tool Gregory Wilsey Scholarship guidelines and criteria, I must provide evidence of enrollment / registration at an accredited 2 or 4 year college before my scholarship funds can be awarded.