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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates

Scholarships

SUNY Potsdam awards $3.4 million in scholarships to undergraduate students.

Scholarships are primarily based upon academic achievement.

Applicable for fall 2022 enrollment

Students who are accepted to SUNY Potsdam, who have earned at least an 86 high school grade point average (GPA) are automatically considered for merit scholarships, no scholarship application required!

Apply for admission as soon as possible, as scholarships are awarded on a first come-first served basis and as funding allows.

If your high school education is through a home school program, international school, TASC / GED, please contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about eligibility.

 

New York State Resident / New York State Tuition Rate Student Awards

GPA Annual Award * Total Maximum Award
95+ $5,000 $20,000
90-94 $3,000 $12,000
86-89 $1,000 $4,000

* as funding allows


Out of State / International Student Awards

GPA Annual Award * Total Maximum Award
95+ $7,000 $28,000
90-94 $5,500 $22,000
86-89 $4,000 $16,000

* as funding allows


Special Rules Apply:

  • Students receive the scholarship for up to eight semesters of consecutive full-time study
  • To retain funding, students must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester.
  • Scholarship awards are deducted from non-tuition educational costs

NOTE: NCAA Division III Bylaws prohibit the awarding of financial awards, grants and scholarships to intercollegiate student-athletes on the basis of athletic participation, leadership, ability or performance. As a result, eligibility for scholarships will be assessed without the consideration of athletic participation, leadership, ability or performance.

Other notes: For eligible students - remember to complete your FAFSA, TAP and Excelsior applications as close to Oct. 1 as possible to get more information about cost and aid.

Applicable for fall 2022 through spring 2023.

Students who are accepted to SUNY Potsdam, who have earned at least a 3.0 transfer grade point average (GPA) are automatically considered for merit scholarships, no scholarship application required!

Apply for admission as soon as possible, as scholarships are awarded on a first come-first served basis and as funding allows.

If the campus you are transferring from is an international school, please contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about eligibility.

 

New York State Resident / New York State Tuition Rate Student Awards

GPA Annual Award *
3.25+ $3,000
3.0-3.24 $1,500

  *as funding allows


Out of State / International Student Awards

GPA Annual Award *
3.25+ $5,000
3.0-3.24 $2,500

  *as funding allows


Special Rules Apply:

  • Students receive the scholarship for up to four semesters of consecutive full-time study
  • To retain funding, students must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester.
  • Scholarship awards are deducted from non-tuition educational costs

NOTE: NCAA Division III Bylaws prohibit the awarding of financial awards, grants and scholarships to intercollegiate student-athletes on the basis of athletic participation, leadership, ability or performance. As a result, eligibility for scholarships will be assessed without the consideration of athletic participation, leadership, ability or performance.

Other notes: For eligible students - remember to complete your FAFSA, TAP and Excelsior applications as close to Oct. 1 as possible to get more information about cost and aid.

Together with our generous alumni and supporters, SUNY Potsdam supports continuing students with more than 300 scholarships and awards each spring semester. To be considered, continuing students can ask their academic department and/or Student Affairs about opportunities at the beginning of the spring semester.

Unique Opportunities

SUNY Potsdam is continuously seeking qualified students for special scholarships, including hundreds of donor-funded awards ranging from $500 - $2,000.

*NCAA Division III regulations prohibit the consideration of athletic ability, athletic participation, athletic leadership or performance in awarding scholarships.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Alumni Association Scholarship: For children or grandchildren of SUNY Potsdam alumni
  • Shane T. Shaul Memorial SGA Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities in an SGA recognized student organization and has demonstrated the ability to work effectively with the college faculty, staff, or administration to benefit all students. Apply here at the end of the Fall semester.
  • Non-traditional student scholarships: Numerous scholarships to support students who are single parents and students with families who are attending college full-time and working - Email finaid@potsdam.edu to inquire.
  • Burke Scholarship: Established to support a first degree relative of a current, retired or deceased member of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) - Email finaid@potsdam.edu to inquire.
  • Haden Land Endowed Internship: Internship scholarship for computer science students, with preference given those with a double major or who are pursuing experiences in the aerospace or defense industry...learn more.
  • Jerry & Catherine Welsh Scholarship: For North Country students pursuing a teaching degree, who have completed at least one required course toward their coaching certification - Connect with the School of Education & Professional Studies at the beginning of our spring semester.
  • Bonita L. Betters-Reed Leadership Scholarship for Diversity & Inclusion: For students with demonstrated leadership qualities, as well as advocacy for an inclusive campus community - Connect with our Student Affairs office at the beginning of our spring semester.
  • SGA Scholarships
    Apply here at the end of the Fall semester.
  • Study Abroad Scholarships Available through SUNY Potsdam
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for study or internships abroad (External Scholarship Opportunity)

Applied Learning Funding
SUNY Potsdam’s Lougheed Center for Applied Learning has scholarship and grant funding to help support students’ growth, including funding for:

  • professional development opportunities
  • travel
  • internships
  • study abroad
  • research
  • creative projects

Learn More

Is your scholarship taxable?

I am currently fulfilling my goal to study abroad, in the city of Valencia, Spain, while completing my Spanish literature major. This scholarship lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of college—learning.

Laura Perez ’20, Weise Scholarship for Study Abroad Scholarship recipient