Generous financial support from Western’s Foundation and Sweetwater BOCES results in the granting of ESL Scholarship money being awarded to both full-time and part-time students at the end of each spring semester to be applied to the following academic year. After being selected, scholarship recipients attend Western’s Awards banquet to formally receive their ESL scholarship. The successful scholarship recipient must be taking classes in the ESL Certificate pathway, and have earned A’s and B’s in these classes. In addition, the recipient has demonstrated the ability to work well with classmates and instructors, and is generally known as a dedicated student. Instructors from the Developmental Studies program meet to nominate and select outstanding candidates based on these criteria.