Merit Awards

The University at Albany merit scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, independent of financial need. 

Freshman Presidential Scholarship

The University at Albany's Presidential Scholarships at $4500 a year are designated for first year students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. Scholarships are determined at time of admission. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Renewable for each of three additional, consecutive years provided that the student maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and completes 15 or more credits per semester.
  • Can be combined with other forms of financial aid

Future New Yorker Scholarship

This award is provided to entering fall semester first time freshmen and ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 per year, renewable for three additional concurrent years of study provided that students remain enrolled full time and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative University at Albany grade point average. These scholarships are determined at the time of admission; no separate application is necessary.

Capital District Leadership Awards

Capital District Leadership Awards are scholarships designed to recognize and reward students from the greater Albany region with a passion for leadership and noteworthy leadership experiences. As part of our commitment to identifying, unleashing, and supporting student greatness, eight freshmen will be recognized and rewarded at $7,000 per year and 20 freshmen will be recognized and rewarded at $3,000 per year. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • Applicant must be a high school senior, scheduled to graduate in the spring semester of 2020 and attending a high school in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, or Washington Counties.
  • While all students from eligible counties are welcome to apply, competitive applicants would fall in the upper quarter of the University at Albany’s entering class (93%+ high school grade point average / SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 630+; SAT Math: 630+).
  • Award is “stackable” with other University at Albany merit scholarship aid (e.g. Presidential Scholarship, for possible totals of $11,500 or $7,500). This award will not count against Pell or TAP entitlement awards, nor the Excelsior Scholarship, and is renewable for each of three additional, consecutive years provided that the student maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and completes 15 or more credits per semester.
Application Process

Students must apply to the University at Albany through the Early Action option, using either the Common Application or SUNY Application. The Early Action deadline is November 1 and all award materials must be received by December 1 (extended from November 15). 

Applicants must submit the following required leadership award materials via their application portal:
  • Two letters of recommendation from high school officials where they are enrolled, attesting to leadership skills and potential. 
  • A short essay (no more than 500 words) describing the student’s personal vision to deploy leadership. 
Applicants will first be notified of their admission decision, then after review of leadership award materials, semi-finalists will be invited to campus for an interview and reception in early February. Recipients will be required to reside in campus housing each year and to take an active role in campus life. Their receipt of the award will be contingent upon successful completion of their senior year high school coursework, graduation at a level of achievement consistent with their performance when offered Early Action admission, and receipt of official ACT or SAT scores.

Please visit the Financial Aid web site for additional scholarship opportunities.