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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 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. 

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


The scholarship application is available online at AwardSpring.



  • Scholarship applicants must have completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA by the time they submit their scholarship application. Students who cannot complete FAFSA are still encouraged to apply for scholarships. There are some scholarships that do not require a completed FAFSA. More information about the FAFSA 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.

Application Deadlines

  • Current Students: April 26
  • New Students: June 21

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.

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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.”