Scholarships

The University at Albany is pleased to offer 2021-2022 scholarship and award opportunities for both freshmen and transfer students.

Merit Scholarships for New York State Freshmen

Merit scholarships are awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to select incoming freshmen based on academic achievement. Financial need is not a factor and there is no separate application. These scholarships are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years provided the recipient remains continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits) while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for New York State tuition.

Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $5,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $20,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Minerva Scholarship

Minerva Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $4,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $16,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

1844 Scholarship

1844 Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated commendable academic performance, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $2,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $8,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Irvis Scholarship

Irvis Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated academic progress, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $4,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Academic Distinction Grant

The Academic Distinction Grant is a partial room scholarship awarded to our highest achieving New York State scholars. Recipients of this grant must have also received a Presidential Scholarship in the 2020-21 academic year or later to be eligible. This $2,500 grant is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $10,000. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this grant. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Academic Distinction Grant eligibility.

UAlbany Housing Grant

The UAlbany Housing Grant is a partial room scholarship awarded to high achieving New York State students. Recipients of this grant must have also received a Minerva, 1844, or Irvis Scholarship in the 2020-21 academic year or later to be eligible. This $1,500 grant is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $6,000. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this grant. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining UAlbany Housing Grant eligibility.

Merit Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen

Merit scholarships are awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to select incoming freshmen based on academic achievement. Financial need is not a factor and there is no separate application. These scholarships are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years provided the recipient remains continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits) while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for out-of-state tuition.

Empire Scholarship

Empire Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $12,500 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $50,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Provost Scholarship

Provost Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $9,500 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $38,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Dean Scholarship

Dean Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated commendable academic performance, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $9,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $36,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Purple and Gold Scholarship

Purple and Gold Scholarships are awarded to freshmen who have demonstrated academic promise, reflected by their academic achievement and performance. This $7,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $28,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. It cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Engaged Community Award

The Engaged Community Award is a partial room scholarship awarded to our highest achieving out-of-state scholars. Recipients of this award must have also received an Empire Scholarship or a Provost Scholarship to be eligible. This $2,500 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $10,000. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Engaged Community Award eligibility.

UAlbany Housing Grant

The UAlbany Housing Grant is a partial room scholarship awarded to high achieving out-of-state students. Recipients of this grant must have also received a Dean Scholarship in the 2020-21 academic year or later to be eligible. This $1,500 grant is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $6,000. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this grant. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining UAlbany Housing Grant eligibility.

Competitive Awards for Freshmen

The University at Albany offers several competitive award opportunities for incoming freshmen. Eligible students apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and are selected based on supplemental application materials and interviews. These awards are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years provided the recipient remains continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits) while maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Additional eligibility guidelines include:

  • Students must apply to the University at Albany through the Early Action option (deadline extended from November 15 to November 30 for Fall 2021)
  • All supplemental application materials (essay, letters of recommendation) must be received by December 18 (extended from December 1)
  • Finalists for each award will participate in a virtual interview with the review committee
  • Students may compete for multiple competitive awards, but are only eligible to receive one
  • Competitive awards can only be stacked with freshman merit scholarships (e.g. Presidential Scholarship, Minerva Scholarship, etc.) but cannot exceed the cost of attendance

Capital District Leadership Awards

Capital District Leadership Awards recognize incoming freshmen from the greater Albany region who have a passion for leadership and experience as a noteworthy leader. As part of our commitment to identifying, unleashing and supporting student greatness, ten freshmen will be recognized as Capital District Leaders and awarded $7,000 per year and 20 freshmen will be recognized as Capital District Fellows and awarded $3,000 per year. Additional eligibility guidelines include:

  • Applicant must be a high school senior, scheduled to graduate in the spring semester of 2021 and attending a high school in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, or Washington Counties
  • While all students from eligible counties are welcome to apply, competitive applicants would fall in the upper quarter of UAlbany’s entering class
  • This non-tuition award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and successfully completes 12 or more credits each semester

Eligible students can access the application through their UAlbany applicant portal. Recipients will be expected 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.

College of Arts and Sciences Competitive Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences offers competitive awards to incoming freshmen pursuing the following majors:

  • The Arts – Art; Art History; Music; Theatre
  • Earth Sciences – Atmospheric Science; Environmental Science
  • Global Studies – Africana Studies; Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies; Globalization Studies; Japanese Studies; Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies
  • Languages and Literatures – Communication; English; Journalism; Linguistics; Spanish
  • Physical Sciences – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Physics
  • Social Sciences – Anthropology; Economics; Geography; History; Sociology

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $4,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses.

Students interested in applying for a Fall 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Competitive Award can access the application through their UAlbany applicant portal. Please note that the application process is closed for Fall 2021.

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Competitive Awards

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers competitive awards to incoming freshmen pursuing the following majors:

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $4,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses.

Students interested in applying for a Fall 2021 College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Competitive Award can access the application through their UAlbany applicant portal. Please note that the application process is closed for Fall 2021.

Great Dane Teacher Program Competitive Awards

The School of Education offers competitive awards to incoming freshmen interested in pursuing the Great Dane Teacher Program for the following majors:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Mathematics

This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $4,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses. Recipients of the Great Dane Teacher Program Competitive Award are eligible for an additional $1,000 award for their fifth/graduate year of study at UAlbany pending admission to the program.

Students interested in applying for a Fall 2021 Great Dane Teacher Program Competitive Award can access the application through their UAlbany applicant portal. Please note that the application process is closed for Fall 2021.

University in the High School (UHS) Competitive Awards

The University in the High School Program offers competitive awards to incoming freshmen enrolled in the University at Albany’s UHS program. This $1,000 award is renewable for up to three consecutive academic years, contingent upon successful completion of the freshman year, for the potential total of $4,000. It is a non-tuition award, meaning it is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses.

Students interested in applying for a Fall 2021 University in the High School Competitive Award can access the application through their UAlbany applicant portal. Please note that the application process is closed for Fall 2021.

Scholarships for New York State Transfer Students

The University at Albany is proud to recognize the accomplishments of transfer students continuing their studies at UAlbany. Transfer Scholarships are awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and there is no separate application. These scholarships are generally awarded for two years, depending on the student’s academic grade level at the time of admission. Recipients must remain continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits) while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for New York State tuition. Please note: Students opting to receive partial room scholarships are not eligible for non-tuition scholarships listed below and vice versa.

FALL 2021

Helderberg Transfer Housing Grant

Helderberg Transfer Housing Grants are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university. This $4,000 partial room scholarship ($2,000/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Helderberg Transfer Housing Grant eligibility.

Delancy Scholarship

Delancy Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Helderberg Transfer Housing Grant. This $1,500 non-tuition scholarship ($750/semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.

Great Dane Transfer Housing Grant

Great Dane Transfer Housing Grants are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university. This $3,000 partial room scholarship ($1,500/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Great Dane Transfer Housing Grant eligibility.

Stuyvesant Scholarship

Stuyvesant Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Great Dane Transfer Housing Grant. This $1,000 non-tuition scholarship ($500/semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.

UAlbany Housing Grant

UAlbany Housing Grants are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university. This $1,500 partial room scholarship ($750/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining UAlbany Housing Grant eligibility.

UAlbany Book Award

UAlbany Book Awards are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university who have opted out of the UAlbany Housing Grant. This $500 award ($250/semester) is allocated to pay for books and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.

SPRING 2021

Adirondack Scholarship

Adirondack Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university. This $6,000 partial room scholarship ($3,000/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Adirondack Scholarship eligibility.

Delancy Scholarship

Delancy Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Adirondack Scholarship. This $1,500 non-tuition scholarship ($750/semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.

Ryckman Scholarship

Ryckman Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university. This $5,000 partial room scholarship ($2,500/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Ryckman Scholarship eligibility.

Stuyvesant Scholarship

Stuyvesant Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Ryckman Scholarship. This $1,000 non-tuition scholarship ($500/semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.

Tappan Scholarship

Tappan Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university. This $2,500 partial room scholarship ($1,250/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Tappan Scholarship eligibility.

Zenger Scholarship

Zenger Scholarships are awarded to transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university who have opted out of the Tappan Scholarship. This $750 non-tuition scholarship ($375/semester) is allocated to pay for fees, room and board expenses, books and other personal expenses, and is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany.

Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfer Students

The University at Albany is proud to recognize the accomplishments of transfer students continuing their studies at UAlbany. Transfer Scholarships are awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and there is no separate application. These scholarships are generally awarded for two years, depending on the student’s academic grade level at the time of admission. Recipients must remain continuously enrolled at UAlbany full time (at least 12 degree-applicable credits) while maintaining satisfactory academic progress and eligibility for out-of-state tuition.

SPRING & FALL 2021

Carillon Scholarship

Carillon Scholarships are awarded to out-of-state transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from their previous college or university. This $7,500 partial room scholarship ($3,750/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Carillon Scholarship eligibility.

Academic Promise Scholarship

Academic Promise Scholarships are awarded to out-of-state transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 from their previous college or university. This $6,000 partial room scholarship ($3,000/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Academic Promise Scholarship eligibility.

Hudson Scholarship

Hudson Scholarships are awarded to out-of-state transfer students with 24 or more transferrable credits and a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 from their previous college or university. This $4,500 partial room scholarship ($2,250/semester) is renewable, contingent upon successful completion of the student’s first academic year at UAlbany. Students must live in on-campus housing (except Empire Commons or Liberty Terrace) to receive this award. Those who move to a residence off campus will forfeit their remaining Hudson Scholarship eligibility.

Please visit the Financial Aid website for additional scholarship opportunities.