Freshman Student Awards
SUNY Oneonta awards nearly $4 million in institutional merit scholarships each academic year, scholarships are awarded during the application review process and notification is usually sent with the acceptance letter. Funds are limited, priority is given to students who complete their application, with all required supporting documentation, including official transcripts and official test scores, by the November 15th early action deadline.
Nearly 300 freshmen will receive a scholarship to study at SUNY Oneonta this fall, about 24% of our freshman class. All qualified admitted students are considered and no additional applications are required. Applications received and completed by December 1st will be given priority.
Below is a list of some of our available scholarships; additional scholarships are also awarded. All awards are subject to annual funding allocation.
SUNY Oneonta Scholarships:
- Presidential Award for Academic Distinction – $6,000: four-year renewable award for freshmen, reserved for our highest achieving applicants who have shown exceptional academic ability in high school. Applicants presenting the following will be considered: 95 GPA (cumulative), 1300 SAT (Critical Reading & Math) or 28 ACT composite, full-time undergraduate enrollment and New York State residency. Unless otherwise noted these scholarships do not cover the cost of college tuition and will be applied to non-tuition related expenses up to total cost of attendance. *$24,000 four-year value
- Presidential Award for Diversity and Leadership – $6,000: Supported by Oneonta Auxiliary Services this is a four-year renewable award for freshmen who will contribute to the diversity of the student body and who have shown exceptional academic ability in high school. Applicants presenting the following will be considered: strong and continuous commitment to diversity through activities and leadership; academic excellence, full-time undergraduate enrollment and New York State residency. Unless otherwise noted these scholarships do not cover the cost of college tuition and will be applied to non-tuition related expenses up to total cost of attendance. *$24,000 four-year value
- Deans Scholarship – $3,000: four-year renewable award for entering freshmen who have shown exceptional academic ability in high school. Applicants presenting the following will be considered: 95 GPA (cumulative), 1200 SAT (Critical Reading & Math) or 27 ACT composite, full-time undergraduate enrollment and New York State residency. Unless otherwise noted these scholarships do not cover the cost of college tuition and will be applied to non-tuition related expenses up to total cost of attendance. *$12,000 four-year value
- Oneonta Promise - $1,000: four-year renewable award for academically competitive entering freshmen whose submitted FAFSA indicates financial need. Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible to be considered for this award. Unless otherwise noted these scholarships do not cover the cost of college tuition and will be applied to non-tuition related expenses up to total cost of attendance. *$4,000 four-year value.
- NYS Advantage Award - $6,000-$8,000: Awarded to non-New York State residents and International students who are seeking the New York State college experience at our centrally located campus in the beautiful hills of Oneonta New York. We are eager to showcase the advantages of SUNY Oneonta and acknowledge your achievements with this NYS Advantage award. *$24,000-$32,000 four-year value.
External scholarship opportunities:
Transfer Student Awards
To be eligible for scholarship consideration, a transfer student must:
- have earned an associate’s degree,
- be a direct transfer from the associate's degree-granting institution
- and have a minimum 3.5 GPA, or be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Scholarships are only awarded to students entering in the fall semester.
- Alice and Haverly Moyer '32 Scholarship – $1,000 to $1,250 renewable award based on academic excellence.
- Percy L. Bugbee Scholarship for Excellence– $500 to $1,000 renewable award based on academic excellence and a major in Elementary or Secondary Education.
SUNY Oneonta Scholarships:
Chalmers Means Scholarship – Awarded to a graduate student employed as classroom teacher, enrolled in full or part-time study in the Literacy MS. Ed. program. The Director of Admissions chooses the student for this $700 award ($350 Fall and $350 Spring). Deadline: June 1. Chalmers Means Scholarship Application
- O’Connor Foundation Scholarship – Awarded to full and part time matriculated graduate students who are currently enrolled in any of the Education programs and live in and are currently teaching in Delaware County, NY. The Director of Admissions will award these scholarships. Deadlines: Fall: May 1 and Spring: October 1. O’Connor Foundation Scholarship Application
- The Alphonse Belmont ’61 Scholarship – Awarded to graduate students enrolled in the MS. Ed. School Counselor Program or who are enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling or its equivalent. The intent is to benefit students planning a career in guidance counseling and can be awarded to either full or part-time students. The Educational Psychology and Counseling department chooses the students for this $600 award.
- Dr. Olga M. Santora ‘35 Scholarship – Awarded to full and part time matriculated graduate students who are currently enrolled in the MS Ed. or MST programs. In addition to the scholarship application, students must submit a one-page essay that describes their personal leadership and character. The Graduate Scholarship Committee will award these scholarships. Deadlines: Fall: May 1 and Spring: October 1. Dr. Olga M. Santora ’35 Scholarship Application
National & NYS Graduate Student Fellowships and Scholarships:
- Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program - provides students who (a) have achieved academic excellence in their undergraduate studies, (b) are pursuing a master’s degree program in education, and (c) agree to teach for five years in a classroom at a NYS public elementary or secondary school with a full tuition scholarship to a State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) college or university. Application
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships - The NSF seeks to encourage research in science, mathematics and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. A competition is conducted for Graduate Research Fellowships, with additional awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science. The fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 1000 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.
- Soros Graduate Scholarship Program for New Americans - The Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. The recipients are chosen on a nationally competitive basis. Thirty Fellowships will be awarded each year. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. The Program is open to individuals who retain loyalty and a sense of commitment to their country of origin as well as to the United States but is intended to support individuals who will continue to regard the United States as their principal residence and focus of national identity. The applicant must either have a bachelor's degree or be in her/his final year of undergraduate study. Those who have a bachelor's degree may already be pursuing graduate study and may receive Fellowship support to continue that study. Individuals who are in the third, or subsequent, year of study in the same graduate program are not, however, eligible for this competition.
- Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships (applied science and engineering) - This merit-based fellowship consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal support stipend. It can be renewed for up to 5 years of graduate study. Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. College seniors wishing to pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply.
- SMART Scholarship - The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.
- The Federal TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 a year to students who are planning on teaching in particular high-need fields. In order for a student to receive this grant, they must agree to complete a service obligation by teaching in one of these fields and at a school that serves low-income students. If the teaching obligation is not completed, then the grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest charged from the date the original grant was received.
- For more detailed information, please refer to the Department of Education's TEACH Grant Fact Sheet. This will provide you with all the terms and conditions of the award.
Continuing Student Awards
SUNY Oneonta awards more than $1.4 million dollars in foundation and endowed scholarships each year, scholarships are awarding during the aid packaging process and throughout the year as funding allows. In many cases, scholarships are designated for students majoring in particular fields of study or whose FAFSA demonstrates financial need. Funds are limited by annual allocation levels and priority is given to students who file their FAFSA by early January.
More than 150 scholarship opportunities are available to current SUNY Oneonta students. In many cases, scholarships are designated for students majoring in particular fields of study.