Scholar Recognition Program

Since 2002 the Scholar Recognition Program  year has honored outstanding scholars and the mentors who inspired their journeys.  The program began as an Otsego County Chamber of Commerce initiative. It has grown to be a program that enhances relationships between the business community, schools, and institutions of higher and continuing education. 

The Scholar Recognition ceremony recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement by members of the graduating classes of the public, private and parochial secondary schools in the DCMO and ONC BOCES supervisory areas. It also recognizes a mentor nominated by each student scholar for having a significant and beneficial influence on his/her education.

Student representatives are chosen on the basis of scholarship, as well as leadership and service to his or her school and community. Teachers can be from any grade level and any subject area, from kindergarten through twelfth grade.


The Scholar Recognition planning committee consists of representatives of business and educational institutions.  The celebration banquet is fully funded by the contributions of business and educational partners who share the vision of encouraging young people to build their lives in our community.  Retaining our bright minds and future leaders is the vision for this program.

Save the Date

2023 Scholar Recognition Banquet
Wednesday May 15, 2023
Alumni Field House
SUNY Oneonta
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Become a Sponsor

Business organizations are welcome to support this program.  100% of the funding directly funds the cost of the banquet and the celebration portrait for the student and the mentor.  Each contributor receives recognition in the Daily Star Newspaper, has an opportunity to include a celebration ad in the program book, and receives 2 banquet seats to join the honored guests and school administrators.  This is a valuable networking opportunity and a worthwhile contribution to youth leadership initiatives. 

Sponsor a School Now

 You may sponsor one or more schools with your contribution of $250.   Schools sponsorships are accepted on a first come - first served basis.  
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