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Scholarships Process Overview

SUNY Niagara understands that cost is one of the most important factors in your college plans. Through the SUNY Niagara Foundation, Inc. and many local organizations, a wide variety of scholarships are available to students.

  • History
    In 1987, the SUNY Niagara Foundation was created with a mission to provide student scholarships and ensure individuals would have access to higher education in Niagara County. Since that time, volunteers have raised the necessary funds and established numerous scholarships named after generous donors.  More than twenty years later, nearly $2 million has been awarded to students pursuing their educational goals at SUNY Niagara.
  • Scholarship Award Process
    A variety of scholarships are offered for both the fall and spring semesters for incoming and current SUNY Niagara students.  The Scholarship committee selects recipients based on established criteria as well as a scoring system. The funds to award scholarships are determined from the interest generated on the Foundation’s endowment.  Additional donations received from the community as well as proceeds from the annual Scholarship Gala Dinner enable supplementary awards.  The availability and dollar amount of scholarships vary from semester to semester.
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Where does the money come from to provide scholarships?

The funds to award these scholarships are determined from the interest generated from the SUNY Niagara Foundation’s scholarship endowment which currently totals almost $3.5 million. Additional donations received from the community as well as proceeds from the annual Scholarship Gala dinner enable supplementary awards as well.

How often are scholarships awarded?

Two times a year for the fall and spring semesters. The scholarship webpage is continually updated to reflect the most recent deadline dates for every scholarship offered.

Who decides upon the awards?

There is a scholarship committee that will review each applicant based on the established criteria, application, scholarship essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation (if required). The committee will give each applicant a score which will be used to determine who will receive an award when the committee meets to decide on scholarship recipients.

When will recipients be selected?

From the deadline date, it takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the committee to review and decide on the scholarship recipients. Once decided, the award and declination letters will be mailed to the students, and if awarded the financial aid office will post the scholarship on their banner accounts as they are automatically calculated into a student’s financial aid package. A student’s financial aid package is based on the cost of attendance which includes not only tuition but also such costs as books, fees, living expenses, and transportation.

The SUNY Niagara Foundation, Inc. reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to decrease the actual dollar amount granted from its scholarship awards based upon the economic performance of its investment portfolio from which scholarships are granted.

For questions and concerns about the AwardSpring Scholarship System or SUNY Niagara scholarships, please contact the Foundation/Scholarship office located within the Foundation Office (A-265) by email or by phone at 716-614-5910.

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Foundation/Scholarship Office
Fax: 716-614-5913
Location: Foundation Office (A-201)
Hours: Mon-Fri; 8:00am – 4:00pm