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

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to a leave of absence, dismissal, disciplinary probation, and/or withdrawal from the College, the scholarship will be withdrawn in full.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 1st (applicable to new students only)
  • US citizens and eligible noncitizens 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; 9 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 4 years (8 semesters) only.

Scholarship Search Tips

  1. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year at  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. 
  2. 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’S SCHOLARSHIP SCAM PAGE.
  3. Look early. Start looking for scholarships a year before you anticipate needing them.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 2 or 3 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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

  1. Apply only if you are eligible.  Seek opinions from others if you are not sure of your eligibility.
  2. Be aware of and meet all deadlines.  Allow enough time to acquire letters of recommendation or transcripts.
  3. Read and follow all instructions.
  4. Complete the application.  Don’t assume a question can be left blank unless you are specifically instructed.
  5. Seek assistance if you feel you need it. 
  6. Submit a clean and neat application.
  7. 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.
  8. Give your application materials a final review.  Have a parent or relative review it as well.
  9. Make sure you’re proud of and satisfied with your application submission.
  10. 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.

Private/Corporate Scholarships

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.

Horatio Alger Honeywell Scholarships -10 - $10,000 Scholarships for STEM Students

The Horatio Alger Association is pleased to announce that its Honeywell scholarship program for students studying in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) at both Honeywell partner schools and Horatio Alger Collegiate Partner institutions is once again available.

They will be awarding 10 scholarships at $10,000 each to students pursuing STEM degrees who have critical financial need ($55,000 or less family income) and who are current freshmen who have successfully completed their first fall semester. 

The online application is currently open on their website and will close March 15, 2018. The link to access information about the program and to apply can be found here: Honeywell Scholarship. If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to email me at A printable flyer for the program can be found here.

U.S. Bank Scholarship Program

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.


Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship

Pace Law School is offering a merit scholarship award to a student who has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson River watershed region. Scholarship benefits consist of a merit scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 towards law school tuition, depending upon student’s qualifications and Pace’s financial resources.


The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

This merit scholarship in the amount of $3,500 is offered annually in the name of the TGF founders, to a single recipient who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding dedication in a field of study that falls within an environmental field of a school or department.

The eligible applicant’s major shall be in an area of environmental studies such as ecology, hydrology, conservation biology, natural resource management, zoology or environmental law and policy.

Details and application:

 Free Internet Scholarships Search Engines 

College Board (

CollegeNET ( (

Federal Money ( ( (

Good Call (

InternationalStudent (

Scholarship Resource Network (

Wired Scholar (

College Prowler (

Scholarship Experts (

Scholarships.Com (

Super College (

Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search (

Zinch (

Scholarships for Women and Minorities in STEM (

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 web site.