Academic Merit

Syracuse University awards academic scholarships to eligible students based on the student’s admission application. Selection is by the Admissions Committee and eligibility is based on a student’s academic credentials, performance on standardized tests, class rank, portfolio or audition results (if relevant), community and extracurricular involvement, and overall citizenship and character.

Syracuse University offers Founders’, Chancellor’s and Dean’s merit scholarships to entering freshmen. These scholarships may be used to pay up to $12,000 of tuition costs. Syracuse University offers merit scholarships up to $6,000 for transfer students.

Students who receive a University-funded scholarship beginning with the fall 2007 semester must maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75. In addition, all students must complete at least 12 credits per semester to continue to be eligible to receive University-funded scholarships. However, students will need to take an average of 15 credits each semester to graduate in four years.

Students have three semesters to meet the GPA requirement. If a recipient’s GPA falls below the required GPA, a University-funded scholarship will not be renewed. Scholarships are renewed annually and are dependent upon the length of the student’s program and status (year in school) at the time of admission to Syracuse.

Academic scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need. To be considered for an academic scholarship or to have it renewed, students do not have to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), CSS/PROFILE, or any other application.

AmeriCorps Scholarships

In conjunction with the National Corporation for National and Community Service, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs will award a scholarship (combined with Syracuse University Merit Scholarships if applicable) equal to at least one-half of the cost of tuition to qualified undergraduate students who have participated in the AmeriCorps program. This scholarship is awarded in recognition of academic potential, involvement in community activities and leadership. There is no limit to the number of awards made on an annual basis and the scholarship is renewable for four  years according to standard scholarship renewal policies at Syracuse University.

To apply for this scholarship, undergraduate students must submit a statement of participation that is endorsed by their AmeriCorps program director. This statement must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs at the time of application to the University. The deadline for submission of the statement of participation is February 1. Contact Benita Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs, at 315-443-1513 or scholar@syr.edu for application details.

Athletic Grants

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs coordinates with the Athletic Department for the awarding and packaging of student athletes.

For information on SU Athletics please visit its website.

Coronat Scholars

The Coronat Scholars Program is a highly competitive award offered to incoming freshman in The College of Arts and Sciences who are pursuing a liberal arts major.  This is a full tuition award and provides students the chance to receive further opportunities, such as additional funding for studying abroad, organized trips, and admission to the Renee Crown University Honors Program.

Students are invited to apply, and award determination is made by The College of Arts and Sciences.

This scholarship is renewable annually provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and remains enrolled full-time in The College of Arts and Sciences.

For additional information please visit the Coronat Scholars website.

Haudenosaunee Promise

The Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program seeks to make the rich educational experiences of Syracuse University available to admitted, qualified, first-year and transfer American Indian students. The Promise expresses Syracuse University’s gratitude and appreciation for the historical, political, and cultural legacies of the Haudenosaunee and honors the continually growing relationship between us. Qualified students receive financial assistance equal to the cost of tuition, housing and meals (on campus, up to the amount allotted through our Cost of Attendance), and mandatory fees for each year of full-time undergraduate study.

To be eligible a student must:

  • Be an admitted first-year or transfer student.
  • Be a certified citizen of one of the historic Haudenosaunee nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, or Tuscarora).
  • Have resided on one of the Haudenosaunee nation territories listed below for a minimum of four years prior to and during their enrollment at Syracuse University.
  • Be in pursuit of his/her first bachelor’s degree.
  • File for financial aid by published deadlines.
  • Maintain full-time academic status (12 credits per semester) and meet the satisfactory academic progress standards of the University.

Eligible Haudenosaunee Territories:

Akwesasne Mohawk, Allegany Seneca, Cattaraugus Seneca, Ganienke Mohawk, Kahnawake Mohawk, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk, Kanesatake Mohawk, Niagara Falls Seneca, Oil Spring Seneca, Oneida, Oneida of the Thames (Ontario), Onondaga, Six Nations (Canada), Tonawanda Seneca, Tuscarora, Tyendinaga Mohawk.

For a Haudenosaunee Promise Application, click here.

Junior Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship for full tuition is awarded by Syracuse University to one outstanding first-year student who has applied through Junior Achievement of CNY. Selection is made jointly by Junior Achievement of CNY and Syracuse University based on academic record, quality of work in JA, personal achievement, and an interview.

This scholarship is renewable each year for four years provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and completes at least 12 credits per semester.

The combination of SU Junior Achievement and New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP) may not exceed full tuition.

Maxwell School of Citizenship Scholarship

This event is sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Selected students are invited to participate in the Maxwell School of Citizenship Scholarship competition for these scholarships. Twenty-five scholarships are awarded: one $5000, $4000, $3000, and 22 $2000 awards. The winners are notified the day of the conference.

This scholarship is renewable at the same time each year provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and completes at least 12 credits per semester.

NACME Program Grant

The SU National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Program Grant (NACME) is a $1000 grant awarded to selected students admitted to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students must be admitted and enrolled in ECS (including dual and combined programs), demonstrate financial need and have filed for financial aid, and have minority status as defined by NACME (African American, Native American, and Latino).

The award is renewable provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75, remains enrolled in ECS, and files for financial aid annually.

NFTE Scholarship

Syracuse University  supports a new partnership with NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship). As part of this partnership, SU offers two scholarships for entering students. Each scholarship is equal to full tuition and mandatory fees, renewed provided the recipient remain enrolled full time at Syracuse University and meet standard  academic progress, up to four years. The scholarship is for academic year study. Students must also file for financial aid and submit both the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and FAFSA to be considered. Students must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen (permanent resident) to be considered for this program.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs will identify scholars who are both alumni of the NFTE program and admitted under regular Syracuse University Office of Admissions guidelines.

Phanstiel Scholarships Program

The Howard and Louise Phanstiel Grant  provides assistance to Syracuse University students from middle- income backgrounds who are U.S. citizens and who have demonstrated examples of academic success and community leadership. The Phanstiel Scholars program aims to ensure that talented students with leadership potential, both in the classroom and the community, can be a part of the SU experience and earn a degree from Syracuse University. The Phanstiel Scholars will benefit financially and will have access to a group of mentors who will offer support and guidance in a program encompassing philanthropy, financial literacy, and mentoring. To encourage a spirit of philanthropy, and to support the academic and personal development of the Phanstiel Scholars, students will participate in three important activities associated with the grant:

  • Recipients will participate in an annual lecture that helps to promote the value of giving back to one’s individual community and the community at large.
  • These students will be required to submit a one-page personal statement outlining the philanthropic efforts which they have been engaged in throughout the year.
  • Scholars will participate in SU’s Financial Literacy program, to ensure that they will manage their future success and finances.

In addition to engaging in and promoting philanthropy and altruism, Phanstiel Scholars must maintain consistent academic achievement toward their degree at a full-time level and contribute to the health and vibrancy of the Phanstiel Scholars program activities by becoming mentors for future grant recipients.

Students will be considered for this grant upon their admission to Syracuse University; no application is required.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is a national honorary fraternity that honors junior and community college students throughout the United States whose GPA is 3.5 or higher.

Syracuse University provides a $2,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship to students transferring to the university. The student must be a member in good standing of this fraternity at their junior or community college. A minimum of 24 transfer credits is also required (part-time students and students with a previous bachelor’s degree are not eligible and students must enroll immediately following the completion of their two year college program).

To be reviewed for the scholarship, the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Application must be completed by both the student and PTK college advisor and then mailed to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs. The deadlines are June 1 for fall enrollment and December 15 for spring enrollment.

This scholarship is renewable at the same time each year provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and completes at least 12 credits per semester.

Refugee Scholarship

This program is administered by the Office of Admissions with CenterStateCEO. Students should follow normal admissions and financial aid deadlines. The Special Refugee Award covers full tuition and fees from all federal, state, and University grant and scholarship sources.

This scholarship is renewable at the same time each year provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and completes at least 12 credits per semester.

Remembrance

The Remembrance Scholarship is one of the highest awards a Syracuse University student can receive. Established by Syracuse University, these scholarships honor and remember the 35 students studying abroad with Syracuse University who were among the 270 men, women, and children killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.

Each year, 35 Remembrance Scholarships, each in the amount of $5,000, are awarded to senior undergraduate students on the basis of distinguished academic achievement, citizenship, and service to community. Students should apply in their junior year. The application is available online between November 18 and January 21. At any other time it can be previewed here.

ROTC

Air Force: The awarding and value of these scholarships are determined by the Air Force. In addition to the tuition funding provided by the Air Force, ROTC scholarship recipients receive a minimum of $9500 annually in gift aid from Syracuse University. This gift aid will include any SU academic merit awards. For more information visit the Air Force website.

Army: The awarding and value of these scholarships are determined by the Army. In addition to the tuition funding provided by the Army, ROTC scholarship recipients receive a minimum of $9500 annually in gift aid from Syracuse University. This gift aid will include any SU academic merit awards. For more information visit the Army website.

Say Yes to Education

Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes) is a national, nonprofit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for urban youth. The Syracuse chapter of Say Yes to Education is housed within the Syracuse University School of Education, and functions as a collaborative partnership among Syracuse University, the Syracuse City School District and many private colleges and all of the SUNY/CUNY schools. SU’s Say Yes to Education Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and books.

Syracuse University also participates in the Say Yes to Education Buffalo program.  This collaboration covers tuition. SU awards Say Yes Buffalo Scholarships to entering first-year and transfer students whose family income is less than $100,000 as reported on the College Scholarship Service (CSS)/Financial Aid PROFILE. Students must annually file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE to be considered for Say Yes to Education Buffalo Scholarships. More information regarding the application and income requirements can be found on the Say Yes Buffalo site.

Scholarship in Action Merit Scholarships

The Scholarship in Action Merit Scholarships are awarded to 11 upper-class students selected to receive a $6,000 scholarship. Juniors will be awarded for two years, and seniors for one year. Three of the recipients will be from The College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining eight undergraduate schools and colleges will receive one scholarship each.

To be eligible, students must have:

  1. Entered the University without a merit scholarship from SU
  2. Completed two years of study at SU and achieved junior status during the first semester of the scholarship
  3. Earned an overall grade point average of 3.0
  4. Demonstrated scholarship in action in their time at SU

A rising junior who applies but does not receive a scholarship may reapply for his or her senior year. To maintain their scholarships, students will be required to meet the same academic standards that are required for other academic/competitive scholarships.

To apply, a student may complete the Scholarship in Action Merit Scholarship Application and submit it to:

Office of Scholarship Programs
Syracuse University
202 Archbold North
Syracuse, NY 13244

United Methodist Scholarships

The United Methodist Church offers scholarships for Syracuse University students who are full, active members of the United Methodist Church for one year prior to application and U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 and be enrolled full-time. The amount of these awards varies and applications are accepted from January 1 through May 15. Various scholarships are available. Students need to complete only one online application each year. For more information, visit the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s website.

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

Music Scholarship: These scholarships are awarded to entering students based on talent and are renewable for four academic years provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and remains enrolled full-time in the Setnor School of Music. The student may receive this award in addition to New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) as long as the combination does not exceed full tuition.

  • Setnor Awards: limited full tuition awards, offered annually
  • Orchestral String Awards: limited $18,000 awards, offered annually
  • Director’s Awards: limited $18,000 awards, offered annually
  • Faculty Awards: limited $5,000 awards, offered annually

Artistic Scholarship: These scholarships are awarded to entering students based on talent and are renewable for four academic years provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and remains enrolled full-time in the College of Visual and Performing Arts Art Program. The student may receive this award in addition to New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) as long as the combination does not exceed full tuition.

Artistic Merit Scholarship: limited $10,000 awards, offered annually

Tepper Semester Grant: Awarded to students attending the Tepper Semester in New York City. The grant is awarded based on financial need. All students accepted into the program are considered. No application is required. Individual grant amounts vary.

World Trade Center Matching Grant

For students who qualify for the New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship (through HESC), Syracuse University will match this scholarship with university funds up to an amount equal to full tuition (these university funds may include Syracuse University merit-based scholarships).

In addition, students are encouraged to apply for all WTC/911 scholarship funding for which they may be eligible; all financial aid may not exceed the cost of attendance.