Multicultural Fellows Scholars Program

The Multicultural Fellows Scholars program recruits and strives to retain students from disenfranchised backgrounds. Specifically, the program supports students from communities that have been excluded from access to higher education opportunities.

This program is designed for high-achieving students who are committed to academic excellence and giving back to their community through service. It builds leadership capacity and provides students with the resources, skills, and mentoring to excel academically and pursue fields that make the world a better place.

The Opportunity

Students selected for the Multicultural Fellows Scholars program will:

  • Participate in the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) program. The GOLD program offers unique workshops to help students develop the personal skills and knowledge necessary for future success in both life and career.
  • Receive a renewable four-year scholarship to meet their financial need as identified by Geneseo’s Financial Aid office and support throughout their time at Geneseo. 
  • Participate in a series of seminars, discussion sessions, and social events. They will also receive mentoring from faculty and staff and an opportunity to network with alumni within their field of study.
  • Have an opportunity to engage in research and internships with support from the Career and Design Center and the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in the McNair Scholars Program, which provides research-intensive experiences, extensive mentoring and support, and more.

Application Process

All students are considered during the admissions process after submitting the Common Application for admission to SUNY Geneseo. The deadline to apply to the scholars program is November 15. Students use the Common Application to apply. There will be a question that asks: Are you interested in Geneseo’s Multicultural Fellow Scholars Program? If a student selects yes, they will complete the supplemental essay. In the essay, students answer why they would like to be considered and how they have engaged in their community.

For more information on how to apply to Geneseo,  please visit the admissions website

Criteria for the Scholars Program:

  • Students must be applying as first-year students.
  • Students must demonstrate academic excellence (high school GPA 3.5–4.0).
  • Students must be members of a low-income household, or a first-generation family.
  • Students must submit a FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need.

Student Expectations:

All Multicultural Fellows are expected to:

  • Live on campus for all four years, adhere to Geneseo’s academic policies, and remain in good academic standing for all four years.
  • Check in with the Multicultural Student Success Fellow or the Director of Multicultural Affairs at least twice each semester. Information about check-in sessions will be provided at the beginning of each semester.
  • Support multicultural yield events and share their experiences as Geneseo scholars while establishing relationships with incoming students. Information about these opportunities will be provided by the Director of Multicultural Affairs or the Multicultural Student Success Fellow. 
  • Mentor and develop relationships with one another in an effort to cultivate community and academic success.
  • Attend GOLD Leadership Workshops.


Sabrina Bramwell '19, Admissions Counselor, Multicultural Fellows Student Success Coordinator,