One organization is encouraging area students to apply for scholarships.
Utica Dollars for Scholars says deadlines for awards are quickly approaching.
Students from Utica and surrounding school districts can qualify for aid. The organization gave out scholarships worth a total of $20,000 last year.
"Some of them are specific to certain careers; others are just general scholarships for high school and college students to apply for. This is usually a result of benefactors donating money so that young people can find opportunities in higher education," said Bruce Brodsky of Utica Dollars for Scholars.
For more information on the scholarships, visit www.udfs.org.