SUNY Poly Scholarships

SUNY Poly awards several scholarships each year to our most outstanding and deserving students. Scholarships vary in amount and benefit students in many ways. Scholarships provide financial aid to students to help pursue their educational goals.

First-year Student Scholarships

Note: Not a NYS Resident? Learn more about our out-of-state and international scholarships.

High-achieving first-year/freshmen applicants are considered for various scholarship awards. Award amounts are based on academic merit and include a holistic review of your application that takes into account the rigor of your high school curriculum and your involvement in activities outside of the classroom. These scholarships are renewable up to four years for students who meet and maintain eligibility.

  • To be considered for a SUNY Poly merit scholarship, a complete admissions application must be received by January 1.
  • No additional application is needed.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute have established a merit-based scholarship to assist deserving students who have been part of a high school FIRST team and plan to attend SUNY Poly. The FIRST Scholarship is renewable for up to four years for those who meet and maintain eligibility.

Applicants who possess the following criteria will be given consideration.

  • Minimum GPA of: 85
  • Amount of involvement in FIRST
  • Major in any STEM program
  • This scholarship requires an additional application which must be submitted by the deadline of January 1.

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a public or private degree-granting college or university located in New York State. Recipients must be in the top 10 percent of students of their high school graduating class, pursue an approved, two or four-year STEM degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.

The Excelsior Scholarship program, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students who are New York State residents, and whose families earn $125,000 or less annually to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

The Cree | Wolfspeed Scholarship at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be awarded to students who are committed to working hard, willing to collaborate, and have a passion for innovation.

The Cree | Wolfspeed Scholarship will help close the opportunity gap for historically underserved or marginalized communities while simultaneously supporting the need to educate and train tomorrow’s high-tech workforce.

Select students accepted to SUNY Poly in the following STEM programs will be invited to apply.

  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nanoscale Engineering
  • Network & Computer Security

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What Are the Scholarship Rules?

  • Only incoming students are considered for SUNY Poly merit scholarships.
  • Merit scholarships are applied toward tuition only, unless otherwise noted in the scholarship offer letter.
  • Merit scholarships may be renewed for a maximum of four years/eight full-time undergraduate semesters if eligibility is maintained.
  • Review our Scholarship Policy for details.

Important Dates

  • October 1: New applicants can begin submitting their FAFSA for the following academic year.
  • January 1: Deadline to submit a complete admissions application for scholarship consideration.
  • May 1: Deposit deadline for admitted students


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