Scholarships

More than 200 SUNY Orange students will be provided with close to $300,000 in scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.

All SUNY Orange scholarships come through the SUNY Orange Foundation. The SUNY Orange Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c-3 corporation whose mission is to generate funds and build community resources to enhance learning opportunities for SUNY Orange students and the community. The SUNY Orange Foundation is administered by a dedicated board of directors, all of whom are volunteers and care about SUNY Orange students and the future good health of the College.

If you or someone you know is interested in establishing a SUNY Orange scholarship, please contact SUNY Orange Foundation Executive Director, Mr. Vinnie Cazzetta at (845) 341-4726.

Instructions

A number of scholarships have been specifically established for our entering, current and graduating students. These scholarships are awarded annually by the College's Scholarship and Financial Assistance Committee (except where noted).

Recipients of these scholarships are selected based upon donor criteria which could include demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, faculty recommendations and the availability of scholarship funds.

Awards

In addition to the above scholarships, the college's faculty annually recommends students for various department awards based upon established award criteria.

Students selected to receive faculty department awards are notified each Spring by the Office of Financial Aid and are recognized at either Fall or Spring Convocation.

Note:

Students are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible, but if there are one or more particular scholarships in which you are interested, please be sure to note that at the end of your scholarship essay.


Tips on Applying for Scholarships

  • Represent yourself honestly but be fair to yourself.
  • Check the qualifications listed for each scholarship and design your application to show how you meet those qualifications.
  • Look at your application from the sponsor’s viewpoint and evaluate whether you can improve the case you made to support of your qualifications.

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Scholarship Essays

Many scholarship sponsors require that applicants write an essay, sometimes on a given subject, to demonstrate their writing abilities. These essays will be judged on whether they are carefully organized, well-written, interesting, and original. Don’t be afraid to be original. Remember, no one else can represent your own unique outlook as well as you.

You will most likely find it useful to make an outline and other notes in advance. For assistance in structuring your essay, you might want to consult the section on Elementary Principles of Composition in Strunk and White’s book, "The Elements of Style".

Here are a few tips on the presentation of the scholarship essay:

  • Check for typos, grammatical errors, and spelling mistakes
  • Follow all formatting instructions.
  • Use good-quality paper.
  • Use a professional-looking font with text size between 10 and 12, 14 for the headings.
  • Make sure that the papers look neat and have no unnecessary creases.
  • Mail in a large envelope, so the papers will remain unfolded.

 


Avoiding Scholarship Scams

  • Never pay money to apply for, to search for, or to receive a scholarship.
  • Don’t reveal credit card numbers or other personal data that has no connection to your eligibility for a scholarship.
  • Check out organizations that sponsor scholarships. Do they have a website? A working telephone number?
  • Beware of an offer for a scholarship that you did not apply for.

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Federal & State Grants and Scholarships

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Outside Scholarships

These links are scholarships offered by outside vendors:

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Scholarship-Search Organizations

Students may want to register with more than one search organization, since none will have a database containing all available scholarships (keeping in mind that there can be a lot of work attached to each application).

Search Organization listing 40 companies which perform scholarship-search services:

A Sampling of Search Organizations

Search organization with very large databases of scholarships—for instance:

Search organizations focusing on international scholarship opportunities—for instance:

Search organizations that sort scholarships by students’ attributes and background, as well as by name of scholarship—for instance:

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Tax Considerations

To evaluate whether your "free money" is also tax-free, see the IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education†. (It may also be that you can declare your personal computer as a deductible expense for income-tax purposes..)

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Informational Websites

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† External links on this web page are marked with this symbol . Clicking on these links will take you out of the SUNY Orange Web site. The college cannot be responsible for the content on these pages, although the links on this page have been reviewed and are recommended by the staff of the Office of Financial Aid.