School of Education Scholarships

The School of Education offers a number of scholarships within and across academic departments to provide financial support. These scholarships are made possible by generous donors–alumni, faculty, staff, and friends–who are committed to our School and the success of our students. The annual scholarship cycle is announced in early December and applications are due in early February. The School of Education scholarship recipients are celebrated at a presentation ceremony in May.

2020 School of Education Awards & Scholarships Ceremony

Although we could not gather for an in person celebration this year, we celebrated our award and scholarship recipients and our generous donors at four separate virtual ceremonies.  We hosted ceremonies on Zoom on Friday, May 15, by department to keep things meaningful and celebratory for everyone*. Below are links to view these ceremonies on YouTube.  Please feel free to share these registration links with family and friends.

Department of Educational Theory and Practice
Department of Educational Policy & Leadership
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning

*Please note: Special Education and Literacy students will be included in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning's ceremony.

2020 SOE Award and Scholarship Recipients

2020 SOE Awards Program


2020 School of Education Scholarships Cycle

Students: The brief application form and scholarship list are available here and in Catskill 281. Students may apply for as many scholarships for which they qualify (only one application form and accompanying materials as detailed on the form are necessary). Complete applications must be received in Catskill 281 or by Beth Skrobela at by Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Students must submit the following with the application form:

1.    A brief written statement addressing:
      (a) Your learning goals in your academic program;
      (b) How you are qualified for any specific or general award/scholarship;
      (c) How this funding will help you in continued studies.
2.    A current transcript (unofficial).
3.    A current resume or curriculum vitae.
4.    The 2020 Scholarship List (check off all scholarships for which you want to apply).
5.    It is recommended that you include a brief statement of support from a School of Education faculty member (a short paragraph is sufficient).

Faculty: The faculty nomination form is available here and in Catskill 281. Completed nomination forms must be received in Catskill 281 or by Beth Skrobela at by Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Recipients are selected based upon the specific criteria set forth for each scholarship. **Please note that complete application materials will be more competitive than those application/nomination packets that are incomplete.** The selection process will be completed by mid-April. All students will be notified of scholarship decisions by email, so please remember to provide an accurate email address on your application form. If you have any questions, contact Beth Skrobela in the Dean’s Office at

School of Education Scholarship FAQs

How do I apply for University-wide scholarships?
Details about University-wide scholarships are available at UAlbany Alumni Association Scholarships and UAlbany Foundation Endowed Scholarships.

Who is eligible?
1.    All current students, including those graduating in May 2020
2.    All who have applied to a degree program for summer/fall 2020 admittance
3.    Non-degree students are not eligible (unless applied to a degree program)

My financial need is not very high. Can I still apply?
We encourage all students to apply for scholarships. Some scholarships are given based on academic merit or other conditions.

However, many scholarships are need-based. The only authorized means by which we can confirm your financial need is if you have a FAFSA form on file with the Office of Financial Aid. Please review the Office of Financial Aid’s scholarship information.

Do I need to apply for each scholarship that I want to be considered for?
No, you only need to submit one application packet which indicates all of the scholarships for which you wish to be considered.

If I received a scholarship last year, will I be eligible to receive one this year?
Yes, you are eligible to receive a scholarship this year, just not the same one you received before.

Do school psychologists and guidance counselors qualify for the “classroom teacher” scholarships?
The awards listed for teachers seeking initial or professional certification are not intended for school psychologists or counselors.

How does the financial part work? Does it impact the Graduate Tuition Opportunity Program (GTOP) money?
The scholarship money is deposited into your student account. It may automatically be used to reduce loans. If you feel it will negatively impact your funding by receiving scholarship money, we encourage you to apply for the award for academic recognition. You may decline the monetary part.

I am a student in the School of Social Welfare or the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Psychology and I would like to apply for the Dr. Frank J. Filippone '41-Hillside House Scholarship.  How do I do that?
Fill out and submit the Dr. Frank J. Filippone '41-Hillside House application form with additional documentation by the date due.  Complete applications must be received in Catskill 281 by Friday, February 28, 2020. Applications may also be submitted to Beth Skrobela at