Purchase College is committed to offering a quality accessible and affordable education to all admitted students. In addition to need-based financial aid, we offer merit and talent scholarships to eligible students.
All candidates for admission are evaluated for scholarship at the time of review. We seek to award as many qualified candidates as our funds will allow. Last year, Purchase College offered approximately $2.2 million in merit and talent scholarships to academically qualified new and returning students.
Incoming freshmen are eligible for several different annual scholarships with awards ranging from $200 to full tuition. Scholarship recipients pursuing BA/BS programs are selected based on academic credentials as measured by high school performance and standardized test scores. BFA and MusB candidates are awarded scholarships based on talent demonstrated during the application process.
Recognizing that students today must often fund portions of their college expenses through scholarships given by private agencies, civic groups, companies, and other independent organizations, the Office of Student Financial Services monitors and advises students of opportunities for students to obtain outside scholarships.
Institutional scholarships are made available directly from the college by the Purchase College Foundation. Institutional scholarships come from the generous contributions of donors to Purchase College. The donor community is comprised of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations.
Institutional scholarships (including room waivers) are contingent upon the completion of each semester they are awarded. Should you fail to complete the semester due to a leave of absence, dismissal, disciplinary probation, and/or withdrawal from the college, the scholarship will be withdrawn in full. As such, any student whose scholarship award has been applied to their student account will be liable for reimbursing the college for the amount of the scholarship. Requirements for institutional scholarships are as follows:
- Admissions deposits must be paid by May 1 (applicable to new students only)
- US citizens and eligible non-citizens must complete the FAFSA every year
- Students may be asked to write a donor thank you letter
- Undergraduate students must be working on their first BA/BS/BFA degree in order to be considered for an institutional scholarship.
- Liberal Arts & Sciences: Required GPA: 3.25 – Students falling between a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to 2.0 will be sent a warning letter. If they fail to attain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher by the end of the semester, they will lose their scholarship(s). Students falling below a 2.0 GPA will automatically lose their scholarship.
- School of the Arts: Required GPA: 3.0 - Students falling between a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 2.0 will be sent a warning letter. If they fail to attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of the semester, they will lose their scholarship(s). Students falling below a 2.0 GPA will automatically lose their scholarship.
- Community service—students are expected to attend scholarship receptions and some donor events
- Students should be registered at full-time status (12 or more credits for undergraduates; nine or more credits for graduates). Students who are studying part-time with exceptional academic performance will also be considered.
Scholarship awards are not automatically renewed for continuing students. Once awarded, students are reviewed each year to determine ongoing eligibility for scholarships. There is no formal application process at Purchase College for institutional scholarships. Scholarship criteria vary for students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and students in the School of the Arts. Some scholarships are major-specific, so changing majors may impact scholarship eligibility. All scholarships are based upon the availability of funds. Other variables may include residency, programs of interest, and time of admission.
Institutional scholarships are funded for four years (eight semesters) only.
Private and corporate scholarships are provided from many independent sources outside of the college. Many students overlook the opportunity to receive private scholarships as a source of financial assistance. Check with your employer, a parent’s employer, or a community organization that assists its local residents. Do not overlook your high school guidance counselor for scholarships assistance. There are scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of study.
ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship - June 5th, 2019 deadline!
To reward students for excellence in their academic performance and extraordinary commitment to their campus and/or community. The scholarship amount is $1000 with an additional $250 given in their name to the charity of his/her choice.
Requirements: An individual applicant must have a Dean’s List GPA as of the last reporting period. This student also must have played a role identifying and/or supporting specific needs on your campus or in your community and worked to provide a service or solution to address that need.
Please submit the application for review and college signature to Daija Russell in the Student Financial Services office by Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in order to meet the application deadline of July 5, 2019.
SUNYFAP Aspirations Scholarship (DACA Students)
Helping further SUNY’s inclusion of DREAMers
The State University of New York (SUNY) System has made a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson stated in remarks to Congress on October 25, 2017 “…we removed tuition as a barrier, now we need to remove the barrier for more than 800,000 DACA enrollees…” In keeping with the spirit of inclusion and the principle of access to higher education, SUNYFAP created the first annual SUNYFAP Aspirations Scholarship in 2018.
While few of these students come through our offices as they are not eligible for Federal Student Aid, please share with any colleague or campus offices that may be working with eligible students.
- Graduation from a U.S. High School, completion of a GED Certificate, or status as an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Intention to be enrolled full-time at a SUNY College or University for the fall 2019 semester;
- Eligibility for in-state SUNY college or university tuition for the fall 2019 semester;
- If enrolled in a four-year (bachelor) degree program, have completed one year of study prior to the end of December 2018;
- If enrolled in a two-year (associate) degree program, have complete one semester of study prior to the end of December 2018;
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 based on a scale of 4.0;
- Have significant unmet financial need and are not eligible for Federal Student Aid
Completed scholarship packets should be mailed or faxed by April 5, 2019 to:
Senior Financial Aid Advisor/Federal Work Study Coordinator
SUNYESF 113 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 470-6671
Fax: (315) 470-4734
Horatio Alger Scholarships
The Horatio Alger Association offers State and National Scholarship awards to students.
State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. The application is open annually from August 1 - October 25.
The National Scholarship
The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award. The application is open annually from August 1 - October 25.
UUP College Scholarship Fund - Undergraduate Award
Note: the application deadline is March 1, 2020.
The UUP College Scholarship Fund (PDF) was created by the union to celebrate its members’ commitment to academic excellence and the life of the mind, and to their endeavors in the promotion of social justice.
Students may download and complete scholarship applications online at https://uupinfo.org/awards/.
UUP College Scholarship Fund undergraduate applicants should:
- Be full-time undergraduate students at a state-operated campus of SUNY who have completed at least 18 credits and havea cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.75;
- Exhibit dedication to the goals of the trade and labor union movements. In addition, applicants must demonstrate high integrity, a tireless quest for excellence in both academic and personal endeavors, and service to the community;
- Submit a copy of your official transcript(s) from each college/university attended;
- Be in active, full-time attendance carrying a current load of at least 12 credits; and
- Demonstrate dedication to labor union values and social justice.
U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship
Forty lucky high school seniors/college undergraduates will win a $1,000 U. S. Bank scholarship. Purchase College undergraduates are encouraged to apply. Winners will be selected at a random drawing.
Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship
Note: the application period for the 2019-2020 school year began October 15, 2018 and closed December 15, 2018.
Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service.
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Note: the 2019 MVS application deadline was November 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm (central).
- The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2019 competition.
- Male and female students compete separately.
Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours) in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.
- Learn more here
Taco Bell Foundation Live Mas Scholarship
Note: the application phase was open from 12:00:00 p.m. PST, November 12, 2018 to 11:59:59 p.m. PST, February 21, 2019.
Taco Bell Foundation Live Mas Scholarship is for the innovators, creators, and dreamers who want to share his/her passion and receive support to pursue this passion through a higher educational outlet. This is not needs- or obstacle-based; it is a passion-based scholarship program.
You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, at least 16 years of age and no older than 24 years of age, located in the United States or D.C. and on track to apply for or currently enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs located in the United States or D.C. (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical, and trade schools).
You’ll have to identify the specific secondary education program, college or certificate/degree option you want to get into, or for which you which you need funds. You may be looking to enroll or already enrolled in this secondary educational program
Scholarship Search Tips
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. Some scholarship applications will ask you for information or the organization will request certification from the school requiring information that is found on the FAFSA.
- Beware of any services that require payment for finding scholarships - most don’t offer you anything that you cannot do on your own. For more information on scholarship scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.
- Look early. Start looking for scholarships a year before you anticipate needing them.
- Be prepared to meet the deadlines for letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays, etc. Start thinking about and getting to know teachers or professors whom you can ask to write a letter of recommendation for you. You may also want to write a few goal-oriented essays in advance.
- Application deadlines can occur any time of the year, so be sure to look for the date listed for the scholarship and prepare at least two or three months before the deadline to get essays, letters of recommendation, and other material together to submit for the application. Most, but not all, scholarship applications have deadlines between October and June.
- If you meet the basic criteria for the scholarship, do not assume you won’t win the scholarship just because you feel your GPA is not high enough. Several factors besides the GPA may be a part of the evaluation that the scholarship committee uses such as extracurricular activities, leadership, recommendations, how well you articulate your goals in your essay, participation in community service, mood of the committee, etc.
- Applying for scholarships and grants doesn’t cost you anything except a few hours of work and, if applicable, the price of postage. After all, scholarships are free money for college so the time and effort you put in is worth it.
- To prepare yourself for completing scholarship applications, evaluate yourself in relation to the following:
- What career do you hope to pursue?
- How do your goals and ambitions relate to the implied goals of the scholarship?
- How will the scholarship help you meet your goals?
- How do your qualifications compare to the requirements of the scholarship?
- What are your past successes, achievements, honors received and positions of leadership held?
- What are your abilities and potential?
- Where do you want to see yourself in five years? Ten years?
- For what accomplishments and in what way would you like to be remembered?
Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications
- Apply only if you are eligible. Seek opinions from others if you are not sure of your eligibility.
- Be aware of and meet all deadlines. Allow enough time to acquire letters of recommendation or transcripts.
- Read and follow all instructions.
- Complete the application. Don’t assume a question can be left blank unless you are specifically instructed.
- Seek assistance if you feel you need it.
- Submit a clean and neat application.
- If an essay(s) is required, submit a well-composed essay that makes a definite impression. Have a teacher, professor, similar professional, or a parent look it over and give you feedback.
- Give your application materials a final review. Have a parent or relative review it as well.
- Make sure you’re proud of and satisfied with your application submission.
- Send your application to the proper address. If using postal mail, be sure to have the proper postage affixed. Follow up with the organization a week later to insure they have received it.
Free Internet Scholarships Search Engines
Note: to the best of our knowledge, these sites provide their services free of charge.
We encourage you to be cautious of scholarship search organizations which charge a fee. There are many free scholarship search sites available. The scholarship search sites listed here may provide useful information.
Be wary of companies that require you to provide payment (deposit) to simply gain access to their site or to apply for a scholarship. Neither the Office of Admissions nor the Office of Student Financial Services at Purchase College endorse or recommend any scholarship service or private scholarship website.