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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to a leave of absence, dismissal, disciplinary probation, and/or withdrawal from the college, the scholarship will be withdrawn in full.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 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/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.

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.

Application PDF available here!

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.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 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:

Rebecca Hilts
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

Download SUNYFAP Aspirations Scholarship application (PDF).

Horatio Alger Scholarships

The Horatio Alger Association offers State and National Scholarship awards to students.

State scholarships

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

Download UUP College Scholarship Fund application (PDF)

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.

Apply for the U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship.

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.

Learn more and apply for the Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarship.

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

Apply for the Taco Bell Foundation Live Mas Scholarship.