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The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship
was inaugurated during the centennial year of The Council in 1983 in honor of "100 Years of Educational Leadership." In 1990, it was renamed as the Raymond R. Delaney Annual Memorial Scholarship in memory of a past president of NYSCOSS.

2021 Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship Award Winner

Congratulation to Jennifer Lewner, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at the Valley Stream 30 Union Free School District who received the 2021 scholarship on Tuesday, September 28th during the Closing Ideas Keynote at the 2021 Fall Leadership Summit. Signature Partner Utica National Insurance Group is a proud sponsor of this year's scholarship. Also pictured (L to R) is Distinguished Service Member Clark Godshall, Senior District Superintendent, ON BOCES; President Phyllis Harrington, Superintendent, Oceanside; Nicholas Stirling, Superintendent, Valley Stream 30 UFSD; John Acee, Educational Institutions Segment Specialist, Utica National Insurance Group; and NYSCOSS Executive Director Chuck Dedrick.

2022 Scholarship Process 

The scholarship is awarded annually to one individual enrolled in a graduate study program through which a School District Administrator Certificate or Doctoral Degree may be earned. Applicants must be nominated by an active superintendent of The Council with this nomination form. Please complete the nomination form and e-mail to Deidre Hungerford at by June 30, 2022. NYSCOSS will  contact each applicant directly. Candidates are responsible for sending their completed applications in by Monday, July 25, 2022.

The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, screens all applications and credentials for selection of one candidate. The scholarship winner will be recognized in-person at our 2022 Fall Leadership Summit.

Special thanks to Signature Partner Utica National Insurance Group for their sponsorship of this scholarship.

Selection Criteria:

Promise for continued success as a school or district administrator or leader, as evidenced by the quality of the candidate's education, references, and previous or current experience in an administrative or supervisory role.
2. Readiness to grow administratively in the field of education and the likelihood that the candidate may serve in the superintendency during his/her career.

3. Enrollment in a graduate study program leading to the School District Administrator Certificate or Doctor Degree.

4. Currently employed teachers are eligible under some, but not all circumstances. Teachers who work part time in administrative or leadership roles may be considered. For example, teachers who serve as department chairs, academic facilitators, summer school or program principals or directors, coordinators and/or directors of adult or continuing education. Teachers who have assumed a leadership role such as a staff developer, full-time technology support staff or coordinator, or full-time subject matter specialists who works as a department chairs may also be considered. Teachers who have no track record in a continuing administrative or leadership role will not be eligible. 

5. Financial need.

6. Superintendents are not eligible.

For details or to nominate a candidate contact:

Deidre G. Hungerford
Associate Director for Business Development

T:  518.694.4885
Twitter: @deehungerford28 #NYSCOSSWell

2022 Fall Leadership Summit

Together We Rise:  Shaping Education for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
Saratoga Hilton and Saratoga Springs City Center 
Saratoga Springs, NY 

September 18-20, 2022

Our Fall Leadership Summit Call for Education Proposals portal is now closed.
Register for the 2022 Fall Leadership Summit here.