Strong emphasis in awarding the DeNise Scholarship Fund scholarships is placed on need, and that the applicants must be agriculturally oriented. These scholarships may be used in any recognized accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a 2- or 4-year accredited institution and major in the field of agriculture. Applicants must be residents of New York state, while the funds can be used to attend public and private institutions within or outside of New York state.
The New York State Grange was founded in 1873. There are more than 150 local Granges in New York State with a total membership of over 4,000. The Grange is primarily found in rural communities, however some may be found within the limits of the State’s cities. A community where citizens know each other and communicate on a regular basis will run smoothly and work for the total benefit of the community as a whole.