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The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to James Neidermeier, Principal and Chief Academic Officer of Tech Valley High School in Albany, NY who received the 2017 Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship.
Jim was nominated because he is an outstanding educational leader with an in-depth understanding of the research, educational theories, and pedagogy regarding effective programs for High School Students that focus on a student-centered Project/Problem Based Learning environment. 

Most recently, he restructured and realigned the TVHS course offerings to maximize the students’ accrual of college credits through partnerships with local universities and colleges. His hands-on approach has been heralded as a perfect fit for students experiencing the often-distracting early teen and teen years.

Jim also wrote about himself - “the student I was on paper didn’t reflect who I actually was. . . my enrollment forms would have illustrated a student in poverty, from a trailer park quite literally on the wrong side of the tracks . . .with an adoptive mother who worked in the fast food industry. Luckily, I benefitted from some outstanding administrators and teachers who looked past the data and understood that demography is truly not destiny.”

James has a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport, and is a graduate of the Superintendent Development Program at SUNY Oswego. He is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in the Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges. 

This years award was sponsored by Signature Partner Utica National Insurance Group.

The Selection Process

The Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship was inaugurated during the centennial year of The Council in honor of "100 Years of Educational Leadership" and in 1990 re-named the Raymond R. Delaney Annual Memorial Scholarship in memory of a past president of The Council.

The Utica National Insurance Group, a strategic partner of The Council, serves as the sponsor. 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 and send a  nomination form.pdf to The Council's office no later than June 11, 2018. Candidates are responsible for sending all required documentation by July 20, 2018.

The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, screens all applications and reviews credentials for selection of one candidate.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for this scholarship contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development at For more information, you can also call Deidre at (518) 694-4885.