Awards and Fellowships

This scholarship rewards students for excellence in their academic performance and extraordinary commitment to their campus and/or community. The scholarship amount is $1,000 with an additional $250 given in the student’s name to the charity of his or her choice.

Requirements of the scholarship:

  • The student must have a dean’s list GPA (3.75 or greater) as of the last reporting period.
  • The student must have helped to identify a need for the university or in the community, and worked to provide a service or solution to address that need.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship. Check back in spring of 2023 for more information.‌


It is that time once again, time to nominate your students for the Student Excellence Awards. Nominations for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are now open.

SUNY Empire Student Excellence and the SUNY Chancellor’s award

(same form)

Excellence Award nomination Form 

Deadline: Fall of 2023 - Exact date to be announced

The SUNY Empire Award for Excellence and The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, acknowledge students for outstanding achievements. Specifically, we are seeking nominations of students who have best demonstrated the integration of excellence within many aspects of their lives, which must include three of the following areas: academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, or the arts (creative performing). 

Should you have someone you wish to nominate, you can reach out to them directly or you can send the name of your nominee to us and we will notify the student of their nomination

If you prefer to reach out to the student directly, please include the link to the Student Excellence Award nomination form. There is one form for both awards.

Please note: Students are required to supply two letters of reference.  If you supply them with a letter of reference, they can upload it within the application. Should you prefer to submit letters of reference directly, rather than through the student, they can be sent electronically to David Caso at

Please direct all questions to David Caso at


Empire State University is please to announce that the Latin Honor Policy was approved on Friday 5/15/2020 by the University Senate and accepted by University Administration. Per the policy,  students who graduate with a bachelor degree and achieve the following cumulative GPA, will also be awarded Latin Honors:

Cum Laude: 3.81-3.87, 

Magna Cum Laude: 3.88-3.95

Summa Cum Laude: 3.96 and higher

We are also pleased to announce that this policy is retroactive to August 1, 2019.

The university is finishing the details on implementing the policy and the President's Office will send an official notice within the next two months.

The fellowship enables active and established performing artists to pursue an undergraduate university degree while continuing to practice their craft. The fellowship continues until the student completes his or her degree, as long as he or she remains in good academic standing and is active in the craft. If you are aware of a student who fits the criteria, please share this information and encourage him or her to apply.

Applications are due by Oct. 1 of every year and can be accessed via the college's online scholarship portal,

The application consists of:

  • application form
  • letter of nomination from the director or manager of a performing company or other established member of the theater, dance or music community
  • resume or biography
  • one or two samples of work (photographs, videotapes, audio-cassette tapes)
  • two additional references (current coach, mentor or teacher, if possible).

To apply, please visit

The Empire State University Bluebird Award is a semi-annual award presented by students for students. This award awarded by the Student Government Association honors students who show exceptional service to their college or communities. Service efforts range from involvement in a student organization to participation in community service.

The awards are to be presented to the students at the end of the Fall and Spring semester.

To apply for the Empire State University Bluebird Award follow this link


This award was established in the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn in honor of her brothers, Benjamin and David Scharps who were attorneys. The gift for the award was accepted by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 1974. The funds have been used to award juniors or seniors who are prelaw or have an interest in legal studies. As per the bequest, the prize is awarded to a student who writes the best legal essay on the subject determined by the Chancellor or designee.  First Prize is $1500, Second Prize is $1000. 

Requirements of the scholarship:

  • The student must be an undergraduate student
  • Have the equivalent of Junior or Senior status, meaning you have a minimum of 62 earned credits;
  • Have an interest in Law or Legal Studies. 

The application for the Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay award will open on March 1, 2023.

For additional information, visit the page.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects, graduate study, or English Teaching Assistant Programs.  Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. To learn more about the Fulbright program, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program webpage.
If you would like to talk with someone about the program, please take a few minutes to submit this interest form.


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