Fellowships and Scholarships News and Announcements

Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay Competition

Posted by mrp6 on November 30, 2016 in Awards, Local Scholarship

The Scharps Legal Essay Competition is open to juniors and seniors (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours) at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is Student Rights in College Athletics.

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

Students must submit their essays and application cover sheets to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at fellowships@buffalo.edu to request an application.


WNY Prosperity Fellowship

Posted by mrp6 on November 8, 2016 in Awards, Local Scholarship

Join the Western New York Prosperity Fellows! Application Deadline: February 5, 2017 for all undergraduate students and continuing graduate students. Scholarship & summer internship support up to $25,000. Seeking students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York. http://academies.buffalo.edu/wnyprosperity/index.php


ANNOUNCING: Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program | Open to all UG majors and select GRAD programs:

Posted by Elizabeth on November 12, 2015 in Local Scholarship

ANNOUNCING:  Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program | Open to all UG majors and select GRAD programs: 

Seeking students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York| Application Deadline: February 5, 2016


All students will be awarded a paid summer internship; scholarship support will be awarded during the academic year will vary in size and may be up to $25,000 based on a student’s unmet financial need.  This fellowship program will assist undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the Western New York region. Open to all undergraduate majors and select graduate programs including students in the School of Management, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and School of Architecture and Planning.


Fellowship eligibility:  

  • current sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply;
  • should have minimum 3.0 cumulative UG GPA / 3.5 cumulative GRAD GPA;
  • have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy through job creation;
  • eligible to receive federal financial aid and complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the advised deadline.


For full details, visit the fellowship website at:  http://www.academies.buffalo.edu/wnyprosperity/index.php


Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship Application Information sessions  (all held in 17 Norton Hall):

  • November 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • November 19, 2015 at noon
  • December 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • December 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • December 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Please contact me if I may provide any additional information.



Hadar Borden

Administrative Director, Undergraduate Academies

Program Director, WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program

University at Buffalo

17 Norton Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260-1660

Tel: 716.645.8177  ~  Fax: 716.645.2781

Email: hborden@buffalo.edu



HSBC Scholarship for STEM and Business-Related Majors

Posted by Elizabeth on March 12, 2015 in Awards, Local Scholarship, Uncategorized

The HSBC Scholars Program was established in 2013 by HSBC Bank as an initiative to provide educational funding, financial literacy training and business information and experience to students with unmet financial need pursuing a full-time education in a STEM or business-related field.

The HSBC Scholars Program will promote a positive attitude and incorporate HSBC’s core values of being open, dependable and connected by providing financial support of $5,000/academic year, mentoring, training, paid internship opportunities and networking.  Scholarship funds may be used for all eligible educational expenses including tuition, room and board and meal plans.

Paid internships will be available to HSBC Scholars from all participating institutions during the summer May-August time frame.  Positions will be hosted by a number of different departments and are based in either New York, NY; Buffalo, NY or in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area.  The hourly wage will be approximately $25 per hour.  Housing and other general expenses are not included in the internship opportunity.  Applicants will be required to apply for the positions and participate in an interview process.  Information about the summer internship program for HSBC Scholars will be made available in early 2016.

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines. According to an article in MediaPlanet (June 2012), a successful STEM education provides students with these four subjects in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. The HSBC Scholars Program places special emphasis on technology and math within STEM, and also considers students majoring in business-related academic programs.  A list of UB eligible majors is attached along with complete instructions and the application.

To be eligible for the 2015 HSBC Scholars Program, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time junior or senior* at UB for the 2015-2016 academic year (third or fourth year student, with at least one academic semester completed at UB as a full-time student)

*Students eligible to graduate in December 2015 are not eligible to apply.

  • Be majoring in a STEM or business-related academic program field. Please see list of eligible majors on page 3
  • Agree to participate in all HSBC Scholars Program components which will include, but not be limited to, in-person meetings with a HSBC Mentor, two web-based trainings, and group telephone meetings with HSBC Scholars Program leadership
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and maintain this average throughout the scholarship award
  • Demonstrate financial need—as demonstrated by FAFSA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Complete a short essay
  • Use the scholarship funds for qualifying educational expenses during fall/spring (scholarship funds cannot be applied to study abroad or summer expenses)

To apply, send the following information by 5pm on Friday, April 10th, 2015

  1. Completed application form (attached)2015 The HSBC Scholars Award Application FINAL
  2. A resume (include information regarding your academic achievements, involvement in campus and community organizations, work experience, and special talents and interests)
  3. Response to the following question:

You’ve now completed a significant amount of college work towards your educational goals. How has your college experience allowed you to plan for the future? Where and what do you see yourself doing five years from now? Explain your vision and how you are working toward this goal in a short essay. (Maximum 500 words)

  1. One letter or recommendation from a faculty member

Submit your completed application via email to colucci3@buffalo.edu (indicate “HSBC Scholars application” in subject line). Alternatively, you may mail or hand deliver your application materials to:

Attn: HSBC Scholars Award Undergraduate Education

24 Capen Hall Buffalo, NY 14260-16702015 The HSBC Scholars Award Application FINAL

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, April 10th, 2015

For questions, please contact Elizabeth Colucci at (716) 645-6134 or colucci3@buffalo.edu


Jacquie Walker Scholarship – AAUW

Posted by Elizabeth on June 17, 2014 in Local Scholarship, Uncategorized

One merit-based scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded. This scholarship is given in honor of Jacquie Walker.
Ms. Walker has been the honorary chair of AAUW’s Scholarship Book Sale for several years and her community service has
greatly enriched the Western New York community.
 The applicant must be a female attending college in the junior or senior class of the 2014 -2015 school year. Proof of
enrollment is required.
 The applicant must be a resident of one of the eight counties generally considered to comprise Western New York.
 The applicant must have graduated from high school in Western New York and provide a copy of her high school
 The applicant must be a full-time student at any accredited four-year college or university.
 The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to COMMUNITY SERVICE.
 The scholarship is MERIT BASED.
 The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation: one from an academic recommender, one from a
community service supervisor. Each page must include name and phone number of the recommender.
 The applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended since high school graduation.
 The letter of recommendation and transcripts may be sent in one of two ways:
1) Recommenders and colleges may send the documents directly to the address provided.
2) The applicant may obtain sealed original letters of recommendation and transcripts. These documents may be
sent by the applicant along with your application in a single envelope. This gives the greatest control over the
receipt of your application and supporting materials.
 In either case applicants are responsible to ensure that the documents are received by the deadline. Late supporting
materials or missing supporting materials will disqualify the application.
 The applicant must write a one page or longer essay on her community service involvement, why community service is
personally important and how she plans to continue service to the community in the future. Supporting materials may
be included.
 The applicant must attend a personal interview if requested to do so.
 Applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by July 15, 2014. Applications must be typed or printed.
Awards will be presented in September, 2014. AAUW board members may not apply.
Send completed applications and all supporting materials to:
AAUW Jacquie Walker Scholarship, 315 Sherbrooke , Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone (716) 634-6640.


Western New York Prosperity Scholarship | Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth on February 17, 2012 in Graduate School Fellowship/Scholarship, Local Scholarship, UB Scholarship

Seeking entrepreneurial students interested in improving the Western New York Region. 

The selection process for the 2012-2013 WNY Prosperity Scholarship is underway. This scholarship program will assist undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the Western New York region. To be eligible for this scholarship support of up to $25K based on financial-need, undergraduate students in engineering, management, biomedical science, and biotechnology must have at least junior-level standing during the award period; be in good academic standing; have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy; and have financial need. Graduate students are also eligible. For full details, visit the scholarship website.


American Association of University Women 2012 Scholarships and Loans for Individuals and Projects in Western New York

Posted by Elizabeth on November 29, 2011 in Local Scholarship

American Association of University Women 2012 Scholarships and Loans for Individuals and Projects in Western New York

The Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for its loans and scholarships for 2012. The Buffalo Branch of AAUW administers both interest-free loans and scholarship funds for students in the eight counties of Western New York. Funds for educational loans, grants and scholarships are raised through the branches annual Scholarship Book Sale and by generous donors.

2012 Grants, Loans and Scholarships include:

  • Chamberlin Loans and Funds for Education; Interest-free loans and grants.
  • Velma Cobb Scholarships; for graduating high school seniors.
  • Olga Lindberg Scholarships; for 4th year college students or graduate students. http://www.aauw.buffalo.edu/
  • Grassroots Grants Program; for high school leadership projects, community organizations or individual projects.
  • Dorothy Payne Urban Public High School Grant; for urban public high school seniors
  • Dorothy Payne STEM Grants (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); for students working on an associate’s degree or beyond.
  • Catalyst for Change: For high school seniors, college juniors or graduate students, based on potential or actual activist accomplishments.

AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. The organization works to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The Buffalo Branch of AAUW, founded in 1890, is composed of women leaders from the arts, business, education, government, law medicine, science and technology.

Deadlines for applications vary. Applications and additional information on all loans, grants and scholarships are available at the branch website.


AAUW Buffalo Branch Loans and Grants

Posted by Elizabeth on July 11, 2011 in Local Scholarship

AAUW Buffalo Branch Loans and Grants

The Buffalo Branch of AAUW administers both interest free loan and grant funds, providing additional financial support to college students in the Western New York area in the form of specialized loans grants or scholarships. These funds are obtained from proceeds from our Annual Book Sale and generous donors. The funds include several named awards. Applicants, women or men, must demonstrate superior academic achievement, have potential for achieving their academic and career goals, and show financial need.

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