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Scholarships

University at Albany Foundation Scholarships

Students who are awarded a University at Albany Foundation endowed scholarship will be notified via email.

Scholarships 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.

Merit Scholarships

The University at Albany provides scholarships to recognize noteworthy achievement; financial need is not a factor. Merit based scholarships are offered to freshmen and transfer students and vary in amount depending on the level of distinction.

Freshmen Merit Scholarships - Four year awards applicable to a student's initial bachelor's degree program only. The following scholarships are recommended by a review committee and awarded through the Office of Admissions.

Scholarships for In-State Freshmen - These awards are granted to select incoming freshmen and renewable for three additional consecutive academic years, provided the student remains continuously enrolled at the University at Albany full time (as defined by a minimum of 12 degree applicable credits), maintains satisfactory academic progress, and eligibility for New York State tuition.

Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence reflected by their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $5,000 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $20,000)
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Must be a New York State Resident, or have graduated from a New York State high school
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.
  • Scholarship first awarded to the freshmen cohort entering the 2020-2021 academic year

Minerva Scholarship

Minerva Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence reflected by their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $4,000 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $16,000)
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Must be a New York State Resident, or have graduated from a New York State high school
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

1844 Scholarship

1844 Scholarships are designated for first year students' who have demonstrated commendable academic performance reflected by both their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional Scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $2,000 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $8,000)
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Must be a New York State Resident, or have graduated from a New York State high school
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

Academic Distinction Grant

The Academic Distinction Grant is a partial room scholarship for our highest achieving New York State scholars. Additional Scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • Must be a Presidential Scholarship recipient first receiving the Presidential Scholarship in the 2020-2021 academic year or beyond
  • $2,500 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $10,000)
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is strongly recommended
  • Must reside in a University at Albany on-campus housing option (except Empire Commons); those moving to a residence off-campus will forfeit the remaining Academic Distinct Grant eligibility
Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen - these awards are granted to select incoming freshmen whose permanent residency is outside of New York State. The scholarships are renewable for three additional consecutive academic years, provided the student remains continuously enrolled at the University at Albany full time (as defined by a minimum of 12 degree applicable credits), maintains satisfactory academic progress, and eligibility for out-ofstate (non-resident) tuition.

Empire Scholarship

Empire Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence reflected by their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $12,500 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $50,000)
  • Award may be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is strongly recommended
  • Designated for select incoming freshmen whose permanent residency is outside of New York State. Students who become a NYS resident will forfeit eligibility for this award.

Provost Scholarship

Provost Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated noteworthy academic excellence reflected by their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $9,500 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $38,000)
  • Award may be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is strongly recommended
  • Designated for select incoming freshmen whose permanent residency is outside of New York State. Students who become a NYS resident will forfeit eligibility for this award. 

Dean Scholarship

Dean Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated commendable academic performance reflected by both their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional Scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $9,000 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $36,000)
  • Award may be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is strongly recommended
  • Designated for select incoming freshmen whose permanent residency is outside of New York State. Students who become a NYS resident will forfeit eligibility for this award. 

Purple and Gold Scholarship

Purple and Gold Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated academic promise reflected by their academic achievement and performance on the ACT/SAT. Additional Scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • $7,000 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $28,000)
  • Award may be used for any educational expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed the cost of attendance
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is strongly recommended
  • Designated for select incoming freshmen whose permanent residency is outside of New York State. Students who become a NYS resident will forfeit eligibility for this award. 

Engaged Community Award

The Engaged Community Award is a partial room scholarship designated for the highest achieving Out-of-State (non-resident) scholars. Additional Scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:
  • Must be an Empire Scholarship or Provost Scholarship recipient
  • $2,500 renewable for up to three consecutive academic years contingent upon successful completion of the freshmen year (potential total of $10,000)
  • Must reside in a University at Albany on-campus housing option (except Empire Commons); those moving to a residence off-campus will forfeit the remaining Engaged Community Award eligibility
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is strongly recommended

Capital District Leadership Awards

Capital District Leadership Awards are scholarships designed to recognize and reward incoming freshmen 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. This non-tuition award is renewable for three consecutive years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and successfully completes 15 or more credits per semester.

Freshman Presidential Scholarship (2019-20)

The University at Albany's Presidential Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated superior academic excellence as evidenced by grade point average (GPA), SAT and/or ACT scores. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Renewable for three consecutive academic years contingent upon cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed cost of attendance
  • Be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 degree applicable credits) undergraduate student at the University at Albany
  • Scholarship first awarded to cohort entering fall 2019-2020
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

Freshman Achievement Scholarship (2019-20)

The University at Albany's Achievement Scholarships are designated for first year students who have demonstrated academic excellence through grade point average (GPA), SAT and/or ACT scores. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Be a resident of a state other than New York
  • Renewable for three consecutive academic years contingent upon cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Award is designed to assist with, but not to exceed, cost of attendance
  • Be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 degree applicable credits) undergraduate student at the University at Albany
  • Scholarship first awarded to cohort entering fall 2019-2020
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

175th Anniversary Scholarship

The University at Albany's 175th Anniversary Scholarships are designated for a select cohort of freshman students. Additional scholarship eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Renewable for up to three consecutive academic years for freshman, contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the University at Albany
  • Be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 degree applicable credits) undergraduate student at the University at Albany
  • Non-tuition awards, specifically allocated towards fees, room and board expenses, books, and other personal expenses; not to exceed cost of attendance
  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged.

Great Dane Transfer Grant

The University at Albany is proud to offer transfer students the Great Dane Transfer Grant. This merit-based award is for incoming transfer students who first entered the University in fall 2019 or spring 2020 and live on campus. To be eligible for the Great Dane Transfer Grant, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at your previous institution(s)
  • Have 24 or more transferrable credits from another college or university
  • Attend UAlbany on a full-time basis (12 credits or more, each semester)
  • Live on campus in university residence (Alumni Quad, Colonial Quad, Dutch Quad, Indian Quad, State Quad, or Freedom Quad Apartments)

This $3,000 award is split equally between fall 2019 and spring 2020, applied to University room costs only and designated specifically for fall 2019 and spring 2020. This grant may not be combined with any other grants, scholarships and/or awards designated for housing.

Student Success Transfer Grant

The University at Albany is proud to offer transfer students the Student Success Transfer Grant. This need-based award is for incoming transfer students who first entered the University in fall 2019 or spring 2020 and live on campus. To be eligible for the Student Success Transfer Grant, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 - 2.99 at your previous institution(s)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have 24 or more transferrable credits from another college or university
  • Attend UAlbany on a full-time basis (12 credits or more, each semester)
  • Live on campus in university residence (Alumni Quad, Colonial Quad, Dutch Quad, Indian Quad, State Quad, or Freedom Quad Apartments)

This $1,000 award is split equally between fall 2019 and spring 2020, applied to University room costs only and designated specifically for fall 2019 and spring 2020. This grant may not be combined with any other grants, scholarships and/or awards designated for housing.

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.


*The Financial Aid Office recommends students check with their School or Department for other scholarship opportunities that may be available.

**According to the Internal Revenue Service, scholarships may be taxable or non-taxable. To determine what tax implications, if any, your scholarship has, please visit www.irs.gov or consult with your tax accountant.

***All merit-based scholarships are designated exclusively for the fall and spring semesters.