Freshmen Scholarship Opportunities

In order to be considered for SUNY Fredonia scholarships, all First-time Freshman applicants must complete the admission application process (complete and submit either a SUNY Application or The Common Application).

Scholarship recipients will be notified of awards on a rolling basis from December through March with a response date of May 1. Many of the scholarships require students to live on campus.  SAT scores are critical reading and math combined.  Such specific requirements will be noted in the award letter.  Scholarship review continues until all awards are offered and accepted.

Scholarships Awarded to Freshman and Minimum Criteria for Consideration

President's Award of Excellence 
The President's Award of Excellence is a renewable $3,000 merit-based award. Minimum requirements for consideration are a 92 unweighted high school average, 1250 SAT or 28 ACT score.  Once enrolled the student must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA to retain this award. 

Foundation Scholar Award 
The Foundation Scholar Award is a renewable $2,500 merit-based scholarship. Minimum qualifications for this merit award are a 92 unweighted high school average, 1200 SAT or 27 ACT score and a strong academic high school program. Once enrolled the student must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA to retain this award. 

Dean's Scholar Award  
This is a renewable $2,000 scholarship awarded to entering freshman for Fall who plan to live on campus. Recipients are selected based upon academic achievement and participation in school and community activities. To be eligible for consideration as a freshman, a student must present an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a minimum SAT score of 1150 or 25 ACT score. Once enrolled, the student must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA to retain this award. 

Fredonia Academic Excellence Award  
This is a renewable $1,000 scholarship awarded to freshmen who plan to live on campus.  To be eligible for consideration, a student must present an unweighted high school average of at least 90% and a minimum 1100 SAT score or 24 ACT score.  Once enrolled, the student must achieve a minimum of 3.25 GPA to retain this award.  

Honors Program Scholarship 
This $1,500 one-time Honors Program recruitment scholarship is designed for students who are invited to join the honors program in the fall of their freshman year.  Students with a 90 or better HS Average and a 1200 or better composite SAT score or 27 or better ACT score are invited to apply and instructed to write an essay.  Essays are reviewed by the Honors Program Director and successful candidates are then invited to join the Honors Program and offered the one-time scholarhip of $1,500.

*Special requirements: Students must be invited to apply and must write an essay to be evaluated by the Honors Program Director.

Foundation Academic Scholarship 
This scholarship targets new freshman students who are majoring in the Math, Science, and Education areas and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. This is a one-time $1,000 merit award. Minimum requirements are 90 unweighted high school average, 1100 SAT or 24 ACT, and you must be a full time student. This award has been made possible through the Fredonia College Foundation to recognize students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement.

Yunghans-Mirabelli Science Achievement Award 
This $8,000 scholarship will be offered to students entering as first-time freshman in the Fall.  This award is renewable up to three additional years for a full-time student maintaining a 3.25 GPA.  Available to Biology and Molecular Genetics majors.  Minimum qualifications for consideration are a 92% unweighted high school average, 1,250 SAT or 28 ACT, along with strong Regents test scores in both Science and Math.  Summer research opportunities may also be available.  

Kelly/Kaminsky Chemistry Achievement Award 
This $8,000 scholarship will be offered to students entering as first-time freshman in the Fall.  This award is renewable up to three additional years for a full-time student maintaining a 3.25 GPA.  Available to Bio-Chemistry and Chemistry majors.  Minimum qualifications for consideration are a 92% unweighted high school average, 1,250 SAT or 28 ACT, along with strong Regents test scores in both Science and Math.  Summer research opportunities may also be available.

President's Science/Math Scholarship 
The President's Science/Math Scholarship, ranging from $4,000 to $6,000, will be awarded to new incoming freshman for Fall and are renewable for up to three (3) years for full-time students that maintain a 3.25 GPA. To be eligible to be considered for this award, a student should have at least a 90 high school average and a 1200 SAT score (Critical Reading and Math combined) or an ACT composite score of at last 27. Eligible majors include; Biology, Molecular Genetics, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Physics, Math and Geo-Science. Education majors are eligible.

Alumni Scholar Award 
This scholarship is a renewable $5,000 award given to students that are Non-New York State residents that are a child or grandchild of a SUNY Fredonia graduate. Recipients must be involved in extra-curricular activities and live in the college residence hall. Minimum requirements are a 90 unweighted high school average, 1100 SAT or 25 ACT score and once enrolled they must achieve a minimum 3.00 GPA to retain this award. Early application is recommended, as a limited number of these competitive awards are available.

Education Committee of Friends Scholarship 
A $2000 one-time recruitment scholarship for academically qualified freshman in the College of Education.  The student need not apply, as the award is based on high school grades, test scores, leadership activities, and major.

Keeper of the Dream Scholarship 
Renewable $4,000 award given to high school students who graduate in the top 10% of their class. Minimum requirements are a 87 unweighted high school average, 1100 SAT or 25 ACT score, involvement in multicultural activities, and demonstration of leadership and community service, as well as a commitment to pluralism.  Once the student is enrolled they must achieve a minimum of 3.00 GPA to retain this award.  A separate application and essay is required.   For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (716) 673-3398.

President's Out Of State Scholar Award
This scholarship is a renewable $5,000 per year award (equally distributed $2,500 each semester) offered to non New York State residents.  

Incoming non-New York state residents admitted as undergraduate freshman are eligible based on academic merit.  Students are automatically reviewed for this merit based award.  In order to receive this award, students are required to enroll as full-time students, maintain residence outside of New York State, and live in a university residence hall.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for entering freshman, provided the student maintains the required 3.00 GPA, makes normal academic progress toward graduation, maintains a record of good student conduct, lives on campus and stays enrolled full-time.

Selection: The Director of Admissions will choose the award recipients based on their admissions application, SAT scores and high school grades. There is no separate application required. Students will be informed of the award in writing shortly after being admitted.

President's International Scholar Award
This scholarship is a renewable $5,000 per year award (equally distributed $2,500 each semester) offered to incoming non-resident undergraduate international freshman or transfer students.

Incoming non-resident undergraduate international freshman or transfer students with a minimum high school average of 90, 24 ACT or 1100 SAT score or a college GPA of 3.50 are eligible.

In order to receive this award, students are required to enroll as full-time students, maintain residence outside of New York State and international student status, maintain normal academic progress, live in a university residence hall (freshman for three years, transfers until they reach senior standing), and maintain a 3.25 GPA.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for entering freshman, and less for transfers, depending on their entering status. Scholarship recipients must maintain the required 3.0 GPA, make normal academic progress towards graduation, maintain a record of good student conduct, and stay enrolled full-time.

Selection: The Vice President for Student Affairs will choose the award recipients based on their admissions application and transcript. There is no separate application. Students will be informed of the award in writing shortly after admission.

School of Music Scholarships
School of Music Scholarships are awarded to qualified new students. Factors considered in awarding scholarships are music talent and accomplishments, academic achievement, and service to the School of Music. Prospective students must also audition prior to March 15 for fall semester scholarship consideration. Questions regarding music scholarships should be directed to Director, School of Music, Mason Hall, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.

SUNY Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship
This scholarship is a renewable $1,000 award offered to students who will make a contribution to the diversity of the student body in their program or school, primarily by demonstrating that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Minimum qualifications are a 87 unweighted high school average. Once the student is enrolled they must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.75 to retain this award.

Carnahan-Jackson Scholarship
This scholarship is a one-time $4,000 award offered to incoming freshman and transfer students who demonstrate academic promise with preference given to qualified students from the Jamestown, NY area. Students who have a minimum unweighted high school average of 92 and a minimum 1250 SAT or 28 ACT score, or a transfer grade point average of 3.5, are eligible.

Alumni Scholarships

The Fredonia Alumni Association awards scholarships yearly to students who are children or grandchildren of Fredonia Alumni. Interested persons should contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (716) 673-3553 for more information.

Private Scholarships:
You must search for private scholarships on your own, but here is a list of resources to get you started. Check with any public library for more scholarship listings.

FastWEB (web based private scholarship search) is the largest and most complete scholarship search on the Internet. It provides access to a searchable database of over 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans. Used by colleges across the United States, fastWEB is now available to you FREE through the World Wide Web, courtesy of Fredonia and fastWEB.com, L.L.C.

Hispanic College Fund (HCF)
HCF has a variety of scholarship programs available for undergraduate students.  Click here for more information regarding the Hispanic College Fund. 


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