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Scholarships Through the Foundation

The SUNY Schenectady Foundation Scholarship Program

Five scholarship recipients standing with their scholarship donor.

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 2020-2021 school year, the Foundation awarded 204 scholarships totaling $236,099. 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. 

If you have any questions about the SUNY Schenectady Foundation Scholarship Program, please contact:

The scholarship application for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open.

The scholarship application is available online at AwardSpring.


Scholarship Information Sessions

Join an upcoming information session to learn about the scholarship process and fill out your application!

  • April 13, 12-1 p.m., Stockade 205
  • April 18, 3-4 p.m., Stockade 205
  • May 4, 3-3:45 p.m., Virtual Session, for prospective/new students starting in Fall 2022
  • May 17, 3-3:45 p.m., Virtual Session, for prospective/new students starting in Fall 2022


  • Some scholarships require a completed FAFSA application. In order to be considered for these scholarships, students must complete FAFSA. Students who cannot complete FAFSA are still eligible to apply for scholarships. More information about the FAFSA can be found by visiting the website of our Office of Financial Aid.
  • All scholarship applicants must be registered for the Fall 2022 semester to receive scholarship funds on their student accounts.
  • All scholarship recipients must complete a donor survey and submit a picture or video of themselves in order to receive scholarship funds on their student accounts.

Application Deadlines

  • Current Students: April 22
  • New Students: May 20

Share Your Story!

Most scholarship recipients are selected by a review committee made up of SUNY Schenectady faculty, staff, and Foundation board members. Please answer the following questions to help the review committee get to know you and make their decisions. Keep in mind, the length and quality of your answers will be considered. Thoroughly answering each question will give you the best chance of earning a scholarship.

  • Why did you choose to enroll at SUNY Schenectady?
  • Describe your goals as a student at SUNY Schenectady.
  • How will a scholarship help you reach your goals?
  • In 2-3 paragraphs, please share additional information that will help the review committee get to know you (accomplishments, volunteer work, obstacles, challenges, etc.).
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“Thank you for your generosity, which has allowed me to continue to pursue my education in the field of Human Services. Your scholarship will allow me to continue to help make a difference in the lives of others, especially in my community.”