The SUNY Polytechnic Institute Foundation offers a wide range of scholarships for students who have demonstrated strong academic ability and community service. These scholarship funds assist SUNY Poly in attracting and retaining students as we face ever-increasing competition for enrollment. Gifts for scholarships are significant in promoting SUNY Poly's visibility and in aiding students of diverse ages and backgrounds who might otherwise look to another institution or who might miss out on the college experience altogether. We take pride in the growing number of endowed and annual scholarships which are made possible through the support to the Foundation and the SUNY Poly Annual Fund. Endowed and donor restricted scholarships have been established at SUNY Poly by alumni, corporations, family members, and friends of the college for the purpose of providing support to deserving and outstanding students. All Foundation scholarships are merit based and require no application process.
SUNY Poly Receives Largest Individual Donor Gifts in its History
Family of the late Francis A. Wilcox commits total of $1,900,000 to
support engineering-focused renovations, tools, and resources and
student scholarships at SUNY Poly.
The SUNY Poly Foundation has received a total of $1.9 million from the late Francis A. Wilcox—the largest individual donor contributions in the institution’s history. One gift of $1 million will support undergraduate student scholarships, and another gift of $900,000 will support the renovation of four electrical and computer engineering/engineering technology laboratories and the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment.
The “Francis A. Wilcox Scholarship” will provide critical financial support to SUNY Poly students who demonstrate merit and/or financial need, especially, but not limited to, those enrolled in the College of Engineering.
This transformational gift will be dedicated to defraying the costs for qualifying students to attend SUNY Poly, helping to make an education at SUNY Poly even more affordable while providing students with the resources they need to achieve academic—and later—career success.
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. Wolfspeed, a semiconductor chip manufacturer is building a $1 billion factory adjacent to our campus and is committed to providing SUNY Poly students with opportunities to excel through STEM education initiatives. The 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.
Wolfspeed is committed to creating an environment where opportunity and inclusivity is real and active, and students enrolled in the following STEM programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be considered:
- Computer Engineering Technology
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Nanoscale Engineering
- Network & Computer Security
The Wolfspeed Scholarship offers many unique benefits to recipients, including:
- Special consideration for a paid summer internship with Wolfspeed
- Professional mentorship from an individually assigned Wolfspeed employee
- Exclusive networking opportunities with Wolfspeed professionals
How to apply to become a Wolfspeed Scholar
Students pursuing the above majors may apply to be considered for the Wolfspeed Scholarship.
Awards are based on merit and will follow SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s scholarship criteria, as well as the following:
- Students must not have ruled out interest in pursuing a position in the semiconductor industry upon graduation.
- Scholarship recipients will need to meet the above qualifications and also reflect the Wolfspeed values of Integrity and Respect; Ownership and Accountability; and Ingenuity and Passion.
Board Designated Scholarships
Established by the School of Arts and Sciences, this Board designated scholarship, the recipients of this scholarship must be superior students studying within the area of arts and sciences.
Established by Leatrice Golden, this Board designated scholarship shall benefit women in a science or technology discipline.
Established by Brodock Press, this scholarship recognizes and assists those students who are academically strong in the engineering technology fields.
Established in memory of Carmella M. Teti, this scholarship will support undergraduate students enrolled in the 1+2+1 nursing program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute pursuing their bachelor’s degree. This scholarship will support non-tuition related expenses.
Named in memory of Ruddy Paul Cayan by his parents Dr. Peter and Jeri Cayan, the scholarship was established to assist those who students who excel in the Nursing Program.
Created by CIGNA, this scholarship is awarded to full-time student majoring in telecommunications.
Established by the class of 1982, student receiving this award must be returning and active in Student Government.
Established by the Class of 1983, recipients of the award will be entering and dedicated to academic excellence.
Established in memory of Dr. Ellen P. Coher for her commitment to nursing program at SUNY Poly. Recipients of this scholarship shall be academically excellent in the Nursing program.
Established by the College Association at SUNY Poly, recipients in any major are eligible for this award.
This scholarship is funded through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Credit Bureau of Utica Fund. Recipients will be full-time students pursuing a degree in the School of Business who have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Created by CONTEL, this scholarship is awarded to students who display superior ability in telecommunications.
Established in memory of Peter Donato, this scholarship was formed for full time students in any curriculum pursuing a degree at SUNY Poly.
Established by SUNYIT alumnus, Mr. Lee Einsidler, is the annual award of four (4) “tuition only” scholarships for full time students pursuing a degree in the field of business. Student recipients may be incoming first-year or transfer students. Awards will be distributed as 50% in fall and 50% in spring.
The Matthew Gorka Pay It Forward Scholarship will be awarded to students based on academic merit and/or financial need with preference given to returning students.
Established in memory of Senator James H. Donovan, this scholarship was established to assist studentsfrom Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida counties with the exceptional academic performance and active involvement in community affairs.
Established in honor of John Falcone, the scholarship was established to assist entering or current full time SUNY Poly student pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with no priority given to a specific major.
The scholarship is dedicated to the Faxton Hospital Alumni who have touched countless lives in their professional excellence. The recipient must be a full-time, entering junior or senior student, or a graduate student pursuing a degree in Nursing and must maintain the required G.P.A., with preference given to a resident of Oneida or Herkimer counties.
Scholarship and financial assistance awards made from the General Electric Scholarship shall be awarded to students who are majoring in the technologies including computer science and telecommunications, with preference to women, Vietnam veterans, or minority students.
Established by the Globe Mill Joint Venture, scholarship is open to any major.
Established in 1986 in honor of Howard W. Hart, this scholarship is based upon merit and recipients must reside in the Utica area.
Established by the Health Services Management Department at SUNY Poly, recipients must be full time, matriculated students in the Health Services Management program.
Established in memory of John and Katherine Hutchinson, this scholarship is to assist a new, full-time student who must meet required G.P.A. criteria.
Established in memory of John F. Kaminsky, this scholarship provides support to academically excellent students in any curriculum.
Established to honor Charles T. Lanigan for his support and leadership in establishing and building the SUNY Poly campus. Scholarships are awarded to full-time, matriculated students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
Established by the generosity of Lillian W. and David J. Leffert. Recipients of this scholarship will be considered to be academically excellent in any curriculum.
Established in memory of Dr. Robert Leidig for his years of dedicated service to the Institute, scholarship recipients can be in any curriculum.
Established in memory of Laura J. Link this scholarship will be awarded to a full-time junior pursuing a B.S. degree; preference will be given to students majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology. Recipients must enter with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. and demonstrate financial need.
Established by the M&W Group, this scholarship is intended to provide scholarships to students in the fields of nanoscale science and engineering.
Established by the SUNY Poly Association in memory of outstanding adjunct instructor, Mr. Allen Madle, the recipient(s) of this award must be a full time student in good academic standing, with demonstrated financial need, and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Interested applicants must submit an essay (max. 500 words) by March 1, for consideration for the following academic year.
Established in memory of Albert Mario for his dedication and years of expertise to SUNY Poly. Recipients will be exceptional School of Business enrollees.
Established by the generosity of Dr. Theodore C. and Melva S. Max, SUNY Poly College Council Member, scholarship recipients must be full time, matriculated students in the STEM disciplines and preference to students from the CNY region.
Established by the generosity of Dr. Theodore C. and Melva S. Max, SUNY Poly College Council Member, scholarship recipients must be full time, matriculated graduate or undergraduate students with preference to undergraduate students and students from the Oneida and Herkimer Counties of NY. Students must be pursuing a degree in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math).
Established by the Mele Foundation. Recipients of this scholarship must be full-time, undergraduate students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Created by Robbin Mele, a SUNY Poly Board of Trustees honorary member, the recipient(s) must be full time matriculated students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Named in memory of Dr. Brij Mullick for his outstanding leadership to SUNY Poly. Scholarship and financial assistance awards made from the Dr. Brij Mullick Endowed Scholarship Fund shall be made to deserving full-time first-year student with preference given to a first-year student majoring in Psychology.
Named in memory of Dr. Brij Mullick for his outstanding leadership to SUNY Poly. Scholarships are designated to full-time transfer student(s) majoring in Psychology.
Established by Eugene J. Newman, Ph. D., recipients of this scholarship will be full-time, matriculated undergraduate or graduate student in the Telecommunications program.
Created by New York State Telephone Association the recipients of this scholarship must be superior Telecommunications bachelor’s degree candidates with preference for children of telephone company employees in NYS.
This endowed scholarship is to support the telecommunications program.
Created by NYNEX the recipients of this scholarship must be exceptional in the telecommunications program.
Created by NYSTEC this scholarship is a current use scholarship intended for student(s) pursuing an undergraduate degree in Network and Computer Security. Secondary preference is for a student studying in Health Information Management or Communication and Information Design.
Established by Victoria E. and Warren Rinehart, the Nursing Administration Endowed Scholarship provides valuable support to those who pursuing a M.S. degree with a major in Nursing Administration and demonstrate a financial need. Recipients must also have and maintain a 3.67 G.P.A.
Established in 2002, by Oneida County Voiture 92, in memory of Horace Moore. Recipients of the scholarship must be a full time student pursuing a Master’s with a major in Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner. The must also have and maintain a minimum 3.0 G.P.A., demonstrate financial need, and be a resident of Oneida County.
Established in memory of Mary M. Planow for her commitment to the Arts and Sciences Department at SUNY Poly. All recipients of this scholarship must be non-traditional.
Established by Racal-Datacom, recipients of this scholarship are outstanding, financially needy Telecommunications seniors who have not previously received a scholarship at SUNY Poly with a preference for minorities and women
Established by the Dr. Spencer J. Roemer family, the recipients must be academically outstanding and from the greater Utica/ Rome area.
Created in memory of the Saltzburg family, this scholarship is open to students from any discipline.
Established in memory of Victor C. Salvo by his son. The recipients must full-time Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, or other engineering technology majors with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Established by Dr. John Sammon, the recipient(s) must be students studying in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) disciplines with preference to undergraduate students and be a resident of NY State with preference to students from the upstate region.
Established in memory of Robert and Inez G. Scotti. Recipients must be full-time, demonstrate financial need, and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Health Information Management, Health Services Management or Accounting with preference given to undergraduate majors in Health Information Management or graduate students pursuing an MBA degree in Health Services Management. Recipients must hold United States citizenship.
Established in memory of Professor Arnold Simson by his wife to commemorate his commitment and service to SUNY Poly over the years, recipients of the scholarships can go to outstanding scholars at SUNY Poly.
Created by the generosity of Milton L. Smith, recipients of this scholarship will be entering or current SUNY Poly students in full-time status pursing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with no priority given to a specific major.
Established by the Stetson- Harza, scholarship recipients can be in any major.
Established by Mr. John J. Sullivan, this fund shall be awarded annually to support the research program of a graduate student at CNSE.
Established by the SUNY Poly Foundation Board of Trustees, scholarship recipients of this award can be in any major.
Established by TIE Communications to help create the talented and innovative telecommunications professionals of the future, recipients of the scholarship will be entering and pursuing a telecommunications degree.
Established by the generosity of the Women’s Christian Association of Utica, New York recipients of this fund must be female. A preference for Oneida County residence will be made.
Established by WSTA Partners in Information and Network Technology the recipients of scholarships will be full time, financially needy graduate and undergraduate students in the Telecommunications program with a minimum of G.P.A. of 3.0.
Established by Mark Yang and the Yang Family, this fund shall provide scholarship support for students pursuing undergraduate education at SUNY Poly. Preference for NEXUS will be given to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, exceptional promise in the fields of science and engineering, and financial need.
The Melissa Saville Collver Scholarship will be awarded based on financial need with preference given to a graduating senior in the Nurse Practitioner Program who is involved in the community.
The Robert and Mary Ford Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing an education at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and enrolled through On Point For College.
The Student Association Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time matriculated student, pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with preference given to returning SUNY Polytechnic Institute students who demonstrate leadership qualities.
The Wilcox Scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and/or financial need to undergraduate students with preference given to students enrolled in the College of Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
The Michael and Valorie Hochberg Scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit to undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute: Biology, Associates Degree to Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (RN to BSN), Dual Degree (1+2+1) Nursing Partership with St. Elizabeth College of Nursing.
The Dr. Naseem and Dr. Salahuddin Qazi Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in STEM programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute with preference given to students with financial need, those who identify as a person with a disability and/or with a refugee background.
The Surace Family Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Business at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and will support non-tuition related expenses.
The Michele Salisbury/NYSTEC Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate female students with preference given to students with economic need enrolled in any field of study at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and may be used for non-tuition related expenses.
The Exyte Scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (“STEM”) programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and may be used for non-tuition-related expenses.
Established by a SUNY Poly alumna in honor of her two grandmothers, Zeman and Vdoviak. Recipients of this scholarship must be a junior or senior transfer student, with preference given to in-state students.
Academic Merit Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Office to students who demonstrate academic achievement.
Board Designated Scholarships
Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement (MVILR) Scholarship
Created by MVILR, recipients of this scholarship should be considered to be academically excellent.
Minority Honors Scholarship
Recipients of this award must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident and NYS resident who will make a contribution to the diversity to the student body primarily by overcoming a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.
Julia O. Wells Foundation
Established by the generosity of the Julia O. Wells Foundation, recipients of this scholarship must be in Nursing, half of which must go Albany Memorial Hospital School of Nursing graduates.