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Distinguished Student Scholarship (DSS)

The Distinguished Student Scholarship (DSS) is the most prestigious scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen here at SUNY Niagara.  Applicants must be graduating from a Niagara County High School and meet the criteria within the Instructions. To apply for the upcoming Fall 2024 semester you must complete this Application and hand in the complete packet comprised of the completed application, 2-page type-written essay, and the 2 letters of recommendation by the deadline date of Friday, February 23rd, 2024. Your transcript must include your September through December 2023 grades. Scholarship award letters will be sent within 60 days of the deadline date.

SUNY Niagara Foundation Scholarships

The Fall 2024 application process is now open and the deadline date is Friday, March 1, 2024.  Please view the list of SUNY Niagara Foundation Scholarship Opportunities here and then apply using the AwardSpring Scholarship System on the right-hand side and click the blue LOGIN NOW.

You will need to upload a GED certificate, high school transcript or your most recent unofficial college transcript. Please make sure that the GED score, your high school average, or the cumulative college GPA is reflected in order to be eligible for any SUNY Niagara scholarships. Your name must be officially identified on the document. Please save and upload your saved or scanned document as either a WORD or PDF file with all the pages accessible. If you are a current SUNY Niagara student see directions below to access and save your unofficial transcript through Banner Web.

You will need to upload ONE scholarship essay. Essay should be 2 pages, double spaced & typed. Include information about yourself, career goals, as well extracurricular activities and community service. Explain why you need a scholarship. You may be required to respond to additional questions in the form of a paragraph if you are eligible for a specific scholarship, which may require more information. Essay writing TIPS are available on the scholarship webpage under the Resource tab.

For help writing the scholarship essay, click this link for helpful information  Scholarship Essay Writing Tips . For a step by step tutorial on applying for scholarships using the AwardSpring scholarship system online click the Student Scholarship Application Procedure.

 In order to be eligible for the Fall 2024 scholarships, you must apply for the 2024/2025 FAFSA. If you have not already done so click HERE. (Note – International students can still apply for scholarships but are not required to file a FAFSA as they are not eligible to receive financial aid)

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