Scholarships for Incoming First-Year Students

Syracuse University’s Office of Admissions offers several scholarship awards, all of which recognize academic, personal and creative achievements and consider the barriers a student overcame to achieve success.

There are three cornerstone merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement for top students in programs across the University and include:

  • The Founders’ Scholarship
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholarship

All merit awards are determined at the time of admission.

If you have questions about these scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions, or call 315-443-3611.

In addition to our cornerstone awards and individual school/college Leadership Scholars awards, the University offers a select number of specialized scholarships for superbly accomplished students, including:

The 1870 Scholarship is the highest recognition offered by the Office of Admissions. Named for the year in which the university was founded, prospective recipients are evaluated for academic and creative accomplishments, commitment in community service and demonstrated financial need.  The award is offered to students in all colleges.

The scholarship recognizes students of talent and promise of all identities and backgrounds who have further exemplified values like innovation, discovery and courage – the same values also demonstrated by the University’s pioneering alumni including Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle commander and John Tsebe, the first black national librarian in South Africa.

The 1870 Scholarship covers full tuition for the length of your program (4 or 5 years). The amount will adjust annually based on cost of tuition. 1870 scholarship recipients are granted automatic admission into the Renée Crown University Honors Program.

In keeping with the University’s motto suos cultores scientia coronat; Knowledge crowns those who seek Her, Coronat Scholars are selected from the most qualified applicants interested in majoring in the liberal arts. It is a highly competitive opportunity for students with outstanding intellectual curiosity, accomplishment, and courage, who are committed to serving others.

Students selected for the Coronat Scholars Program receive a full tuition award for four years, along with a variety of other benefits.

Named for the 19th century industrialist who helped launch the University’s broad-based endeavors in the sciences, the Lyman Cornelius Smith Scholarship is generally awarded to students pursuing study in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

This scholarship is awarded annually for 4 or 5 years, depending on the length of your program.

Named after Syracuse University’s second Chancellor (1874-1880)

Mr. Haven was a minster and an English language, literature and history scholar. He was dedicated to the pursuit of truth. The Erastus O. Haven Scholarship is generally awarded to students pursuing study in the Humanities and social sciences.

This scholarship is awarded annually for 4 or 5 years, depending on the length of your program.

Inspired by the significant campus expansion realized by former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John D. Archbold, and the fourth Chancellor of Syracuse University, James Roscoe Day, this award recognizes students who show exceptional leadership potential and the promise of changing the world for the better.

This scholarship is awarded annually for 4 or 5 years, depending on the length of your program.

In addition to these awards, there are scholarship programs within some schools and colleges to recognize exceptional qualifications and achievements aligned with programs of study, including awards that specifically recognize excellence in the arts, music, design, business, and leadership. Applicants are considered for these scholarships during the admission process and, if there is an application or interview required, contacted for further information.

Syracuse University scholarships are tuition specific and may be combined with other tuition specific awards (including those outside of Syracuse University), not to exceed the amount of tuition for each year. If you are a Syracuse University Dependent Tuition Benefit (DTB) eligible student receiving less than 100 percent benefit, your SU merit-based scholarship may be combined with your Dependent Tuition Benefit, up to the cost of full tuition. If you are a Tuition Exchange eligible student, your SU merit-based scholarship may be combined with your Tuition Exchange award. If you receive 100 percent tuition benefit from the SU DTB program, you will receive a merit-based scholarship in name only, as your scholarship is already included in your Dependent Benefit funding.

Maintaining Your Merit Scholarship

Questions about these scholarships?

Please contact the Office of Admissions, or call 315-443-3611.