Awards and Fellowships

This scholarship rewards students for excellence in their academic performance and extraordinary commitment to their campus and/or community. The scholarship amount is $1,000 with an additional $250 given in the student’s name to the charity of his or her choice.

Requirements of the scholarship:

  • The student must have a dean’s list GPA (3.75 or greater) as of the last reporting period.
  • The student must have helped to identify a need for the university or in the community, and worked to provide a service or solution to address that need.

Interest is shown by completing this Formstack, and is available in the spring of each year.

Congratulations to:
2021 recipient: Albert Culler
2022 recipient: Matthew Berge
2023 recipient: Jawana Carter-Richardson 

Empire State University is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for 2023 and 2024.  

Nominations are being accepted for current SUNY Empire students with a graduation date between June 2023 and May 2024. 

Submission Deadlines:  

If you are faculty/staff and would like to nominate someone: 

December 15, 2023 

Nomination Form:  

If you are a student and would like to nominate someone: 

January 5, 2024 

Send the nomination form link directly to a deserving student: 

Ideal nominees are students who have demonstrated integration of SUNY excellence in many aspects of their lives, which must include at least three of the following areas:  

  • Academics  
  • Leadership 
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice 
  • Campus involvement or community service 
  • Research and development 
  • The arts (creative or performing) 

If you have questions or need assistance with a submission, email David Caso at  

Thank you for your consideration. Recognition of a student’s success on their journey with SUNY Empire is powerful and appreciated. 

Empire State University is please to announce that the Latin Honor Policy was approved on Friday 5/15/2020 by the University Senate and accepted by University Administration. Per the policy,  students who graduate with a bachelor degree and achieve the following cumulative GPA, will also be awarded Latin Honors:

Cum Laude: 3.81-3.87, 

Magna Cum Laude: 3.88-3.95

Summa Cum Laude: 3.96 and higher

We are also pleased to announce that this policy is retroactive to August 1, 2019.

The university is finishing the details on implementing the policy and the President's Office will send an official notice within the next two months.

The fellowship enables active and established performing artists to pursue an undergraduate university degree while continuing to practice their craft. The fellowship continues until the student completes his or her degree, as long as he or she remains in good academic standing and is active in the craft. If you are aware of a student who fits the criteria, please share this information and encourage him or her to apply.

Applications are due by Oct. 1 of every year and can be accessed via the college's online scholarship portal,

The application consists of:

  • application form
  • letter of nomination from the director or manager of a performing company or other established member of the theater, dance or music community
  • resume or biography
  • one or two samples of work (photographs, videotapes, audio-cassette tapes)
  • two additional references (current coach, mentor or teacher, if possible).

To apply, please visit

The Empire State University Bluebird Award is a semi-annual award presented by students for students. This award is presented by the Student Government Association and honors students who show exceptional service to the university or the community. Service efforts range from involvement in a student organization to participation in community service.
Any current student, full or part-time undergraduate or school for graduate studies at SUNY Empire is eligible. The following are the application requirements: 

Application Requirements:  

  • Bio up to 500 words  
  • A statement of up to 750 describing their exceptional work and explaining why they should be considered for the award. 
  • A Letter of Recommendation   
  • Evidence of their work (such as links to websites, pictures, videos, etc.), so the selection committee can better understand your contribution to your community.  

Selection Criteria   

  • Volunteerism: Demonstrates ongoing commitment to volunteering   
  • Community Building: Demonstrates clear community impact.   
  • Leadership: Demonstrates equity and ability to work with peers, community, and clients. Demonstrates concept of what leadership means. Actively involved in leadership roles. Empower others in their leadership role.  

The awards are to be presented to the students at the end of the Fall and Spring semester.
Nominations for the Fall Semester are due by November 14th at 11:59 p.m.  

To apply for the Empire State University Bluebird Award follow this link

Questions? Contact


This award was established in the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn in honor of her brothers, Benjamin and David Scharps who were attorneys. The gift for the award was accepted by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 1974. The funds have been used to award juniors or seniors who are prelaw or have an interest in legal studies. As per the bequest, the prize is awarded to a student who writes the best legal essay on the subject determined by the Chancellor or designee.  First Prize is $1500, Second Prize is $1000. 

Requirements of the scholarship:

  • The student must be an undergraduate student
  • Have the equivalent of Junior or Senior status, meaning you have a minimum of 62 earned credits;
  • Have an interest in Law or Legal Studies. 

For additional information, visit the page.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects, graduate study, or English Teaching Assistant Programs.  Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. To learn more about the Fulbright program, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program webpage.
The application process is multifaceted. The process starts with SUNY Empire and ends with a submission to Fulbright. Locally, it includes review of objectives and materials. Next, a committee reviews the application and provides feedback. The applicant then takes the feedback and resubmits locally. After a final review, it is then submitted to Fulbright. Due to the time involved, this process begins in late Spring.
To express interest in the Fulbright Program, please complete this Formstack.

The Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher Scholarship for Teacher Education will be awarded to one SUNY student studying to become a teacher. This student will receive a $1,500 scholarship, which will "recognize a teacher education major who personifies the vision and mission of SUNY Chancellor Zimpher’s commitment to excellence in the elementary and secondary teacher education profession."

Interest is shown by completing this Formstack, and is available in the spring of each year.


Congratulations to:
2023 Winner - Craig Rosen


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