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Incoming Students
The Admissions Committee gives merit-based scholarship consideration to undergraduate students who apply for admissions through University College. These scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need. Scholarships are tuition-only awards, covering the balance of tuition not covered by another source.

  • The University College Achiever Scholarship is available to new matriculated undergraduates transferring to Syracuse University through University College with at least 30 credits of transferable coursework. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required. All transcripts are reviewed in the GPA calculation to determine eligibility. If you maintain the required GPA, you can continue to renew your Achiever Scholarship of 35% of tuition for 90 credits, 6 years, or until you earn your bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. If eligible, you will receive notification with your admissions notice.

  • The University College Incentive Grant is a tuition grant for new University College undergraduate students and those returning after an absence of at least five years. Students must complete 9 or more credits in their first two consecutive semesters at University College with an overall GPA of 2.0 and a passing grade in all courses. Students are then eligible for tuition grants covering between 2.25 and 4.5 credits in the semester immediately following the qualifying semesters (summer is an optional enrollment semester). Matriculation is not required. Students will be notified when they qualify. Click here for more details.

  • The Haudenosaunee Promise: The Promise scholarships are reserved for admitted, qualified, first-year and transfer Native American students studying part-time at University College.
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Scholarships are need-based and awarded to Latino students demonstrating a commitment to improving the political, economic, and social well-being of all Latinos. First year undergraduate awardees will receive a free DELL notebook computer and Microsoft software package.

Current Students
The following named scholarships are available to current undergraduate students. Eligible students will be either selected and notified or invited to apply each year, usually in the spring term, for awards available the following fall/spring. Unless otherwise noted, all scholarships are tuition-only awards, covering the balance of tuition not covered by another source.

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship Leadership, scholarship, personal statement, faculty recommendation, and financial need are considered in choosing candidates for Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation Scholarship Awards.  Two candidates are selected through the national councilor of the local ASL chapter to forward to the national office.  Alpha Sigma Lambda is pleased to announce that for the 2013-14 academic year, it will grant a total of nine $2,000 scholarships.  Candidates do not need to be members of ASL to apply.  A completed application packet must be presented to the national councilor of the local Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter.  April 5, 2013 is the deadline for submission of a complete APPLICATION PACKET, consisting of 1) a completed application, 2) a written personal statement, and 3) a letter of recommendation from an SU faculty member. Student should also request an official transcript be sent to the Chapter Councilor and then give the completed packet to the Chapter Councilor for verification and mailing.
    Contact Sandy Squire: telephone (315) 443-7991, or e-mail ssquire@syr.edu.  Qualified students will be invited to apply in January 2013.

  • Hortence S. Cochrane Scholarship The Hortence S. Cochrane Scholarship Award was established by Professor Emeritus Cochrane to acknowledge the academic achievements of a UC junior or senior undergraduate student in the School of Social Work. Scholarships for 1 credit hour will be awarded toward a course taken at UC. To apply, one must be a matriculated part-time undergraduate in the School of Social Work. The student must have junior standing and a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Selection is based on academic ability and financial need. A scholarship winner is eligible to receive this scholarship again. Qualified students are selected and notified by the UC Scholarship Committee.
  • Distant Drums Scholarship The Distant Drums Endowed Scholarship is available to Native American adults (preferably of the Iroquois Nation) who are enrolled as part-time students at University College. The endowment, established by Madison County Native American artist Douglas Sky Jones and his wife Mickey, is awarded to applicants who have completed 24 college credits (sophomore standing), who are matriculated in a degree program at SU through UC, and have a grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Scholarship amounts will vary annually, depending on the income generated by the endowment and by the number of students who are eligible. A scholarship winner is eligible for selection until they graduate. Qualified students are selected and notified by the UC Scholarship Committee.
  • Lois Otten Scholarship The Lois Otten Scholarship is currently available only to undergraduate students enrolled in the UC Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) or the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. The scholarship award is based primarily on merit; however, financial resources available to the student will play a part in the committee's decision. Where academic performance is comparable, the award will favor candidates with greater financial need. Qualified students are selected and notified by the UC Scholarship Committee.
  • Levi L. Smith Scholarship Offers two annual scholarships of six credit hours each. Must be a matriculated part-time undergraduate student in the social or public service area. The student must have sophomore standing, a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and must have taken a minimum of four UC courses. Financial need is a criterion. Selection is based on academic potential in relation to stated educational and career goals. The purpose of this award is to encourage adults interested in public service to complete their degree. A scholarship winner is eligible to apply again. (The committee has defined social and public service to include the following programs: All majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Social Work; and the following programs - Child and Family Studies, Consumer Studies, Family and Community Services, Broadcast Journalism, Newspaper, and Speech Communications.) Applications are mailed to eligible students in the spring term and winners are announced in May.
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Scholarships are need-based and awarded to Latino students demonstrating a commitment to improving the political, economic, and social well-being of all Latinos. First year undergraduate awardees will receive a free DELL notebook computer and Microsoft software package.
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The following four scholarships traditionally seek female recipients because of the nature of their organizations.

  • Eta Pi Upsilon Scholarship - (recognized at the Fall Homecoming and Reunion Brunch) Offers 25 or more need-based scholarships for three-six credit hours each for women in high academic standing. Eta Pi Upsilon, the first senior women's honorary society in the United States, was founded at Syracuse in 1898. The goals of the society have been: to better understand and help solve University problems, especially among women students; to uphold the tradition and ideals of Syracuse University; to make possible for every Syracuse woman the greatest individual development through unselfish service in campus activities; and to attain a deeper sense of unity and fellowship among all Syracuse women.

    By 1968, alumnae enthusiastically responded to suggestions that they provide a scholarship to deserving women enrolled in a degree program at Syracuse University through University College. Since then, the scholarship program has significantly grown from one to 25+ awards through a combination of alumnae donations to an endowed scholarship fund. Qualified students are reviewed by the UC Scholarship Committee and nominees are forwarded to the Eta Pi Upsilon chapter board. The board will invite winners to the brunch, typically held on the Saturday of Reunion weekend in the fall term. Attendance at the brunch is expected of winners.

  • Women Of Syracuse University - Mildred Eggers Scholar - (recognized at Women's Club luncheon) Among its activities each year, the Syracuse University Women's Club raises and allocates certain scholarship funds to qualified women students. Students must be matriculated for a bachelor's degree and be planning to carry at least six credit hours in the semester following the award. Although selection is based primarily on academic merit, preference will be given to women who have demonstrated a commitment to academic and career goals and who have shown financial need. Qualified students are reviewed by the UC Scholarship Committee and nominees forwarded to the Women's Club Board. Winners are contacted by the board and invited to their luncheon, typically held in April.

  • SU Alumnae Club Scholars Students must be matriculated, enrolled for six credit hours, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is for $1,000 toward tuition at UC. Qualified students are reviewed by the UC Scholarship Committee and nominees forwarded to Alumnae Club Board. Winners are notified by the board.

  • Zonta Foundation of Syracuse Zonta International is a service organization of professional and executive women with the goal of advancing the status of women throughout the world. Eligible applicants must be residents of Onondaga County who are matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate degree program with a minimum of six credit hours and who are returning to college or continuing their education for career advancement. Qualified students are invited to apply, typically in February for March deadline.

Other limited scholarships are available through government agencies, private organizations, business, civic, and social groups. Eligibility for these scholarships varies and is determined by the sponsors of each program.

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