are awarded to new and continuing students based on academic excellence, leadership, service, talent, financial need, and any
criteria required by the scholarship donor.
Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Many scholarships are need-based and require students to file the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
in conjunction with the scholarship application. The scholarship applicant is responsible for completing forms and providing valid documentation for scholarship consideration.
The Scholarship Application site has closed for 2015-2016
Scholarship funds are limited. Meeting the application requirements and scholarship criteria does not imply that you will necessarily receive a scholarship.
Students who are awarded a University at Albany Foundation endowed scholarship will be notified via email.
Scholarships Paid to the University
Most scholarships awarded by the University (University Honors, Frederick Douglass, Athletic Scholarships, and most external donor scholarships) are paid directly to the Office of Student Accounts on your behalf. Funds UAlbany receives directly from the program or donor are credited to the student's account as "anticipated aid".
When scholarship checks from donors are made payable to the University, we simply credit them to your account as soon as we receive them. When a scholarship check from a donor is made payable to you, we send out a postcard asking you to come to the Office of Student Accounts Bursar counter to endorse it and then apply the amount to your account.
Scholarships Paid Directly to the Student
Other scholarships, such as some external donor scholarships, are paid directly to you -- not to the Office of Student Accounts. For this reason, they are not credited as anticipated aid on your account. You may use the money for any education-related expense.
Scholarships Can Change Your Financial Aid Eligibility
If you are receiving financial aid, you must inform the University's Financial Aid Office of any scholarship you receive from any source outside the University. If you do not, you may be overfunded with financial aid and may owe a repayment. That is, the amount of other financial aid may be reduced because of the scholarship, resulting in a new "balance due" on your account.
Receiving Your Scholarship Money
Scholarship awards are automatically credited to your UAlbany student account.
Thank You Letter & Scholarship/Donor Reception
Thank You Letter
Upon receiving a scholarship you will be asked to write a thank-you letter (this may be done via e-mail.) Many of the scholarships at UAlbany are made possible by contributions from generous donors. Receiving a thank you letter from scholarship recipients is meaningful to donors or their relatives. Thank you letters give UAlbany supporters the opportunity to see the impact the scholarship has made in the life of a student recipient. Please help us thank our generous donors who have helped make your scholarship possible.
Scholarship Reception & Photographs
You will also be asked to attend a Scholarship/Donor Reception, which is held annually in the fall by The University at Albany Foundation. This event gives student scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet the donors who made their scholarship possible, and gives the donors the opportunity to meet & greet the recipient of their scholarship. At this event, and at times throughout the academic year, The University at Albany Foundation may request that you provide a photo, have your picture taken and/or appear in a video so that this information can be shared with the donor(s) and used in our printed and on-line publications.
Please note: If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified as such. You may also check with your School or Department for other scholarship opportunities that may be available.