Madge M. and Ward H. Preston Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide scholarships to graduates of the Red Jacket (Manchester-Shortsville) Central School District who will be attending a four-year college.

Application Period

Contact school counselor beginning in December to learn more about this scholarship opportunity

Number and Size of Awards

One award of $10,000; paid as $2,500 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall semester.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

For graduating seniors of Red Jacket (Manchester-Shortsville) School who:

  • Are in the top one-third of their class;
  • Have good reputation and character;
  • Plan to continue on to a four-year college; and
  • Have high financial need.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by the Red Jacket High School Counseling Office, where application instructions are available if applicable.

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through Red Jacket High School. A committee at the school reviews applications, selects the recipients, and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails a certificate to the high school for presentation to the recipient and emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship is payable once per academic year and can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or the Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is made to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the initial scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying full-time enrollment. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the Madge and Ward Preston Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued full-time enrollment and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.


This scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of four awards in four consecutive years. Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.

Madge and Ward Preston Scholarship Renewal Form

Donor Information

This scholarship was established in 1989 through the wills of Madge and Ward Preston.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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