Welcome to the Resources page

Here, you will find resources available for students, mentors, and the community.

If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact us.

For Students

Learn more about being a student in the Pathways to College program.

Apply to be a part of the Pathways to College program. Applications open each March.

Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) federal money for your college education. Every student is required to fill out the FAFSA along with their parent. The FAFSA also helps students qualify for Federal Work-Study and other programs.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. An annual TAP award can be up to $5,665. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.  TAP is also available for students attending a SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting college on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintain a “C” average.

518 ElevatED has prepared a glossary of terms associated with the Financial Aid Process. Several topics have links to further information when applicable.  The College Package Definition Sheet can be found here.

Guide to College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Black Students


Senior Care Aging Matters Scholarship – A $1500 scholarship for a college student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population.  Scholarship deadline is May 15, 2014.

The Schenectady Foundation has opened applications through March 25, 2024 for the Schenectady STEM Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior from Schenectady City School District who intends to pursue a career in the STEM fields.  Applications can be found here.  For more information or to answer any questions, contact Jean Churchill at (518) 393-9500 or jmchurchill@schenectadyfoundation.org

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s scholarship application is open. They now have a universal application that qualifies students for more than 30 scholarships. Deadline is March 15. Apply here.  Notifications will be made at the recipient’s high school awards ceremony OR sent by email on June 30, 2024.  NEW for 2024 – The Community Foundation will utilize a “universal application,” allowing students to complete one application to qualify for more than 30 scholarships.  Students are encouraged to sign up for the Foundation’s email list and following the organization on Instagram for the latest information.

The New York Injury & Malpractice Law Firm, P.C. is a local medical malpractice firm offering a scholarship to the community! This scholarship is open to any student currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States. The $2,000 Anthony’s Scholarship will be awarded to one student. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2024. For more information, please visit our scholarship page.

National Grid Electric Operations Scholarship at Hudson Valley Community College –  National Grid’s Electric Operations team is sponsoring a scholarship program with HVCC. This scholarship would support several candidates with full scholarships.  For eligibility and application requirements, please follow this link.  Applications will be available through March 13, 2024 til 3 pm.

Make Great Things Happen Foundation Scholarship –  Awarded to a matriculated, full-time student enrolled in the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Hudson Valley Community College. Preference will be given to students with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 3.25.  Deadline for applications for 2024 is March 15.  For updated information, follow grant here.

Glenville Rotary Foundation Charles Lindholm Award – applications due June 1, 2024. Must live in the town of Glenville (including Scotia and Alplaus)

Applications for the Jean M. Coon Scholarship are now available through the Zonta Club of Schenectady. Due March 15.  

The Voyager Scholarship – shaping the next generation of public service leaders

College Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

UNCF has scholarships, programs, internships and fellowships.

New York’s Excelsior Scholarship Program – Closes annually in early February.

Study.com Scholarship Hub

RaiseMe – Earn micro‑scholarships from colleges for your achievements as early as 9th grade

Guide to Scholarships by Major


Get Schooled Scholarships for College

Scholarships and Resources for Black Students

Scholarships 360


Scholly – college scholarship app


Study Skills

Online Tutoring

AP Exam Study Skills: Khan Academy has guides and tutorial videos for every AP exam. The service is free, but an account is required.

Quizlet has flashcards, randomized tests, and study games to help you prepare for your exam. You can even use the service to create your own study tools accessible on your phone or computer. This also requires an account, but the service is free.

SAT Practice: Khan Academy

The College Student’s Guide to Stress Management.  This infographic will help show you the impacts of stress and some good options to reduce your stress while in College.

Time Management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectivenessefficiency, and productivity. It involves of various demands upon a person relating to worksocial lifefamilyhobbies, personal interests, and commitments with the finite nature of time. Using time effectively gives the person “choice” on spending or managing activities at their own time and expediency. Visit this resource for some time management ideas 11 Effective Time Management Tips. 

The Archives Partnership Trust preserves and makes accessible archives from the 350 year history of New York State.  New York has served as a leader in confronting social, economic and political issues of broad national importance. The New York State Archives, which can be found here holds many of the oldest and most important archival treasures in the nation.   The Archives are available free, on line, for all students and educators to utilize.



 The College Search

College Application Checklist

Hope4College – resources and support for students already in college.

Real Talk – a virtual college exploration initiative designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges across the country. Virtual events are designed to feel authentic, engaging and, most of all, real, while providing all the information needed to plan, pay for, and attend college.

College Guide for LGBTQ+ Students this guide is to give LGBTQ students the resources they need to make the most of their college experience. 

Resources for LGBTQ+ Students – to make college a little easier, this ultimate guide of resources for LGBTQ+ students in higher education includes scholarships, resources, clubs, anti-bullying hotlines and more.

College Search

Laptops in College – includes resources for free or reduced price laptops in college.

Niche – college and scholarship search tools

Interactive Virtual Campus Tours

ECampus Tours

Virtual College Fairs

College Video Tours


Career Search – using the Occupational Handbook you can browse various career options including highest paying, fastest growing, etc.

CareerVillage is a community where students can get free personalized career advice from real-life professionals.

Young Worker’s Rights and Resources


Future Forward Internship Academy has an internship opportunity this summer to earn college credit and a stipend.

Regeneron Summer 2024 Paid Internships for students pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD in Computer Science, Information Technology, or Information Systems.

FirstGEN Fellows – paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice.

NIMBL eXperience –  The NIIMBL eXperience is an exclusive in-person, all expenses paid immersion program that offers you real-world insight into biopharmaceutical industry careers through hands-on activities and direct interactions with industry professionals. The program targets African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American students completing their freshman or sophomore year of college. It is open to students enrolled in any STEM-based major living in the United States.

Commercial Banking Summer Internship with NBT Bank – An internship for students who are currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college.  This position provides students the opportunity to exercise their skills and apply their knowledge in work situations that relate to their field of education and to learn about commercial banking.  Apply here.

NYS Teachers Retirement SystemNYSTRS offers exciting and engaging paid internship opportunities in various departments across our organization, providing emerging professionals with real-world experience. Opportunities exist in multiple departments including Investment Operations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Legal, Actuary, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Human Resources, Real Estate, Fixed Income, Communication & Outreach, and Stewardship.

Mission Accomplished Transition Services prepares rising young professionals and entrepreneurs for the workforce by providing access to industry specific coaching, mentoring, and sponsorships.  MA is currently offering Internships AND career exploration  for Teens.  The Teen Institutes are 8 month career exploration programs that provide teens ages 16-18 with a paid hands-on work experience through career development education workshops and project based internships.  For more information, visit Mission Accomplished. 

 Who these institutes are for: Teens ages 16-18. Our priority is to center and elevate the voices, qualifications and presence of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPoC) and/or individuals with low-moderate income. We welcome teens who are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program such as cosmetology or construction technology or trade school and desire to work in the construction and design and fashion and beauty industries. The Teen Institutes are open to all individuals throughout the Capital Region

Pioneer NY 2024 Summer College Internship Program  Pioneer NY is currently seeking rising Junior and Senior Undergraduate students, and Graduate students who will be enrolled in classes this fall, for their 2024 Summer College Internship Program.  This full time, 10-week, paid internship program provides students with immersive work experience, weekly professional development workshops, community volunteer opportunities, and mentorship from our Executive leadership team!  Positions are available in the following areas:

  • Retail Banking Administration
  • Compliance
  • Project Management & Business Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Financial Crimes 
  • Consumer Loan/Deposit Operations 
  • Insurance
  • Commercial Credit/Portfolio Management

Application closes March 1st, so apply today!   Please contact Kristyn at constantinok@pioneerny.com for more information!  Click HERE for a link to the application!

District 5 of the Albany County Legislature is looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in joining a grassroots political campaign.  Positions available for Field & Organizing, Social Media & Marketing, and Events & Community Engagement.  Send your resume to katewood4albany@gmail.com.

New York Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association has been committed to recognizing and encouraging the best practices in the field of marketing and helping to elevate the profession. The chapter provides an opportunity to learn from and network with more than 100 marketing professionals in the Capital Region. 

The AMA strives to be the most relevant force and voice shaping marketing in the New York Capital Region, an essential community for marketers.

The New York Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association is currently looking for a part-time events/communications intern: 

The events/communications intern will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the EVP of Programming with event planning and managing the check-in table at events.
  • Assisting the EVP of Communications with social media, taking pictures of attendees at events. 

The internship is unpaid, however the intern will be able to join the New York Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association as a member for free, have access to the AMA membership directory, opportunities to network with other marketers in the Capital Region, and will be provided a letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship. Email resumes to Lhalliburton@albany.edu.  Or, visit: https://amanycapital.org

Career Exploration and College Choice

Career exploration is a necessary step for students to help expose them to different opportunities and working environments to find where a student can fit in and grow as an individual.  Students are more likely to do well in careers they are interested in and those which they would have a natural inclination for.  The following are some resources for students to explore opportunities.

My Next Move – This website offers many resources, one of which is an Interest Profiler, an interactive questionnaire to help students determine jobs and careers best connected to their likes and dislikes.

Time For Payback is a website which is designed to help students think about how to succeed in college without taking on too much college debt. Visit the website here.

My Future is a website which helps students discover their potential with college, a career or the military.   Visit the website to see top career opportunities, colleges which can assist with those career goals as well as top military careers.

Life Skills

The Complete Guide for High Achievers helps to show how students can navigate life as a high achiever and how to deal with mental health problems and find the optimal work-life balance.

Resume assistance – Would you like to write your resume and don’t know where to start?  Follow these 10 steps for a Do It Yourself Resume


For Mentors

Learn more about becoming a mentor.

Fill out a mentor application

Mentor Activity Tracker 



Checklist for Mentors of High School Juniors

Checklist for Mentors of High School Seniors

Strength-based mentoring

Mentoring Tools

View the Financial Aid Workshop for Mentors

Self Discovery Activities to help students discover their passion

You’re a Mentor, Now What? – how to communicate effectively with your student

Futurescape  is a free, immersive digital platform that helps more than seven million students explore real-world careers beyond the classroom. 

Volunteer with your Scholar – The Ronald McDonald House of Albany has opportunities to share your time and talent with their guest families and spend valuable time with your Scholar as well.  Visit RMH website for opportunity applications.  

For Our Community

MOre Information

Learn more about how you can be a part of the 518 ElevatED community.

Support for Families

Free online learning with Coursera.

Free tax preparation. Check here for more information, eligibility, and to find a local VITA site.

211 – call or text to find health or human service resources in your community

Housing Assistance

Healthy Capital District Initiative works to increase access to coverage, provides health planning expertise, and supports health prevention programs across the Capital Region.

Disaster Distress Helpline – if you or someone you know is struggling after a disaster call 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for help and support 24/7. 

Local Food Pantries – use this search tool to find a food pantry nearest you

Albany Community Action Partnership – career and community services and early learning

Schenectady Community Action Program – career and community services and early learning

Alpha Pregnancy Care Center – providing solutions, support, education and hope to men and women facing a wide range of pregnancy and family decisions.

Meals on Wheels – Meals on Wheels is a program that provides older people nutritious meals and safety checks at little to no cost.

Urban Grief – Help when coping with a tragedy in your community.

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region – offers a variety of health and wellness and support services.

Eating Better on a Budget – the USDA has put together an informational sheet on getting the most food for your budget while eating in a healthy way.  You may find the sheet here.


Mental Health Support

While these resources are meant to provide information on maintaining good mental health and identifying mental health issues, it is not meant to take the place of professional advice from a qualified doctor or mental health specialist. 

Call or text 988 to connect directly with mental health professionals at the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has partnered with the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State to develop a comprehensive website offering a set of tools for members of the community.

Resources from the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Mental Health Resources for College Students  

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides information, resources, training and programs. 



 Workforce recruitment portal through CD Choices. Become a home care giver and get paid to help someone in need. No licenses or certifications required. Good pay and flexible schedule.