Scholarships

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

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.

  • No additional application is needed.

What Are the Scholarship Rules?

  • Only incoming students are considered for SUNY Poly merit scholarships.
  • 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.

The Francis A. Wilcox Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students who:

  • have and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • demonstrate financial need by filing a FAFSA and qualifying for a Pell award

Students enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program are encouraged to apply for consideration. 

Scholarship recipients can be considered for a renewal upon completion of a new application each year.

Application opens February 1 each year with a submission deadline of March 1. Awards will be announced in early April.

The Naseem and Sala Qazi Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who:

  • is academically disadvantaged
  • demonstrates financial need by filing a FAFSA and qualifying for a Pell award

Preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in a STEM program, as well as to those applicants who have a refugee background.

Scholarship recipients can be considered for a renewal upon completion of a new application each year.

Application opens February 1 each year with a submission deadline of March 1. Awards will be announced in early April.

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.

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.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, in collaboration with The State University of New York, offers this scholarship as a continued commitment to enrolling and retaining a diverse student body that reflects the population of the State of New York. The SUNY Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who:

  • is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and a New York State resident
  • will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program or college
  • demonstrates that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education
  • demonstrates financial need by filing a FAFSA and qualifying for a Pell award

Scholarship recipients can be considered for a renewal upon completion of a new application for each year.

Application opens February 1 each year with a submission deadline of March 1. Awards will be announced in early April.

The 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 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

We strongly encourage you to research other scholarships that you may be eligible for through Fastweb, the largest and most complete scholarship database on the Internet. You can search more than 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans with Fastweb’s customizable filters and search criteria.

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Note: Not a US citizen or permanent resident? Learn about our international scholarships. 

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