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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.

2023 Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship Award Presentation

The Distinguished Service Committee selected Michael T. Carlson, Assistant Superintendent in Hampton Bays UFSD to receive the award this year.

Michael is pursuing his doctorate in Transformational Leadership at Long Island University. Hampton Bays Superintendent Lars Clemensen said, “Through his commitment to equity, career pathways to graduation and high-quality instruction, he personifies a ‘transformational leader.’” 

The scholarship was presented at our 2024 Winter Institute on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the Closing Keynote. Thanks to Partner Utica National Insurance Group for sponsoring this year's award. Also Pictured L to R:  John J. Acee, Education Segment Specialist at Utica National, the award sponsor; President Elect Lars Clemensen, Hampton Bays; President Jason Andrews, Windsor; Michael Carlson; Distinguished Service Committee Member Maureen Donahue, Southwestern; and Executive Director Chuck Dedrick.

2024 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 28, 2024. NYSCOSS will  contact each applicant directly. Candidates are responsible for sending their completed applications in by July 26, 2024.

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 2023 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

2024 Fall Leadership Summit

Public Education: The Pathway to Everywhere

Saratoga Hilton and Saratoga Springs City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY 

September 22-24, 2024

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