Application Deadline: March 10, 2017, 5:00PM – NO EXCEPTIONS

Please note that there are two application cycles each year!! This cycle is for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Academic Year 2017-2018 applicants. If you are applying for a Wintersession 2017-2018, Spring 2018, or Spring Break 2018 program, please apply during the next application cycle.

This scholarship fund recognizes UAlbany students with strong academic records who are applying to a qualified SUNY study abroad program. Applicants should demonstrate both academic merit and financial need, and should be prepared to promote study abroad opportunities in meaningful ways upon return to UAlbany and/ or in their post-graduate experience (for graduating seniors). Scholarship awards range from $250-$3,000, and the amount is determined by the duration of your program and financial need

We reserve the right to reduce the scholarship amount if you receive other external scholarships and the total of financial aid and scholarships is well above the actual costs of the program.

The World Within Reach Fund Scholarship Application (PDF)


The World Within Reach Scholarship Fund requires all applicants to provide financial information by completing the Financial Verification Form with UAlbany Financial Aid. Please email Rachel Cofresi atrcofresi@albany.edu or Ross Smith at rsmith@albany.edu to set up an appointment to complete this form. You MUST bring a copy of your cost estimate to your appointment. The last date available to schedule an appointment with Financial Aid is Monday, March 6th, and the last available appointment with Financial Aid is Friday, March 10th.


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

UAlbany student on a SUNY program offered by a four-year SUNY College, in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.0)

Scholarship Categories

The World Within Reach Fund awards scholarships in the following categories:


All students who meet the scholarship eligibility requirements mentioned above can be considered for a general scholarship.


Students must describe their involvement in and commitment to the LGBTQIA community.

Active Military/ Veterans

Students must be U.S. military veterans or active duty service members who have honorably served in one of the five military branches.

Disabled Student

Students must have provided documentation of their disability with UAlbany’s Disability Resource Center.


Students must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics discipline, and must plan to enroll in at least one STEM course while abroad. Transcripts must list the STEM major.


Students must be on an existing UAlbany NCAA athletic team.

Intensive Language

Students must be participating in a semester or academic year length program and must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits in foreign language (either direct enrollment content courses in foreign language OR language learning courses).

Applied Learning

Students must be enrolled in a study abroad program earning at least 3 credits with a specific research, service learning, internship, or volunteer opportunity built into the study abroad program.

Leticia Romanacce Madrid

Students must be participating in the UAlbany Madrid semester or academic year program.
The Santander Bank Scholarship Fund for Programs in Brazil and Argentina
Students must be participating on a summer, semester‐length, or academic year program at Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Brazil) or at the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many WWRF scholarships will be awarded each cycle?

A: The number of awards varies each year.

Q: I know that I’ll automatically be considered for the Joan N. Savitt if I apply for the WWRF Scholarship, but do I need to submit any additional documents?

A: No, the scholarship committee will select one winner for the Joan N. Savitt Scholarship based on your WWRF application.

Q: Can I be awarded more than one scholarship if I identify with more than one scholarship category?

A: No. The categories are all a subset of one scholarship fund. This means that, even if you identify with more than one category, winners will only be awarded money based on one of the categories in which they identify/select.

Q: How early can I apply for a WWRF Scholarship?

A: Wintersession, Spring, and Spring Break applicants should apply by the October deadline, the year before their study abroad program begins.
(i.e. If you’d like to study abroad Spring 2018, you’ll need to apply for the WWRF Scholarship by the end of the October 2017 cycle.)

Summer, Academic Year, and Fall applicants should apply the March deadline, the same year of their study abroad program. (i.e. If you’d like to study abroad Fall 2017, you’ll need to apply for the WWRF Scholarship by the end of the March 2017 cycle.)

Q: How long will it take for me to find out whether I received a scholarship?

A: You will be notified 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.