The SUNY Schenectady Foundation Scholarship Program
As part of our commitment to student access and success, the SUNY Schenectady Foundation offers scholarships to students currently or soon to be enrolled at SUNY Schenectady. Scholarships are available to prospective and current students, awarded based on an online application and essay.
The scholarship program for students is a key priority of the SUNY Schenectady Foundation. During the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation awarded 243 scholarships totaling $270,000. Awards range from $250 to $5,000 and each goes directly toward fees and books on student accounts. Foundation scholarships are especially helpful because they are available ONLY to SUNY Schenectady students.
The scholarship application for the 2021-2022 academic year will open on January 25, 2021.
- All scholarship applicants must have completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Current students must have FAFSA complete by March 1. New students must have FAFSA complete by June 1. More information can be found by visiting the website of our Office of Financial Aid.
- Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to qualify for most scholarships.
- All scholarship applicants must be registered for the Fall 2021 semester to receive scholarship funds on their student accounts.
- All scholarship recipients must submit a letter of appreciation to their scholarship donors to receive scholarship funds on their student accounts.
Tips For Your Essay
In your scholarship application, you will write an essay response to allow the review committee to get to know you. If you thoroughly address the points below, you will have the best chance at earning a scholarship.
- What has your journey to SUNY Schenectady been like?
- Have you faced/overcome any obstacles to pursue your education here?
- Have you faced any financial obstacles?
- Describe your goals as a student at SUNY Schenectady.
- How do you plan to use your degree?
- How will a scholarship help you reach those goals?
A thorough essay response will typically be about 500 words. Depending on your answers, you may write more or less than that.