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Geneseo Scholarships

New Students

Providing students with adequate funding to support their education has become even more critical. We have applied more funding for the 2021-22 cycle to our need-based scholarships, which better supports students with great financial need.

New students who have been admitted to Geneseo and have completed the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) don’t need to apply for Geneseo's need-based scholarships; they are awarded by the College based on applications for admission.

Students interested in merit-based scholarships such as the Edgar Fellows Honors Program and G-STEMS (information below) should contact admissions to express their interest and get more information on how to apply.

New Student Scholarships for the 2022–23 Academic Year

Please note: Geneseo is test optional for 2021-22 and 2022-23. SAT and ACT scores will NOT be considered when awarding merit-based scholarships. 

Geneseo Community Scholarship 

  • First-year students awarded based on core GPA (calculated using grades in Math, Science, English, Social Studies and Foreign Language), academic rigor and financial need
  • SAT/ACT scores are NOT required
  • Award amounts range from $1000–$4500 per year
  • Must attend full-time (minimum of 12 credits/semester) 
  • Renewable up to 4-years of undergraduate studies as long as student lives on campus
  • No GPA requirement for renewal
  • Funds will be applied to on campus room charges

Edgar Fellows (Honors Program)

Edgar Fellows receive a $1000 per semester scholarship for non-tuition purposes, renewable for up to eight semesters of undergraduate studies. To receive this award, you must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits), remain in the honors program, earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in each semester, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4.  All applicants to SUNY Geneseo are welcome to apply to the Edgar Fellows Program. Admission to the program is based on evidence of excellent academic achievement and lively dedication to inquiry. This can be received in addition to the Geneseo Community Scholarship.

Multicultural Fellow Program Scholarship

Multicultural Fellows receive a substantial scholarship, which helps support their education at Geneseo. New students selected for this program have demonstrated a passion for social justice and activism within their high school and community. The scholarship is for new students who contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially underrepresented populations. 

  • First year students are awarded at time of admission
  • Award amount: $7000 per year
  • Renewable up to 4 years of undergraduate studies
  • Funds are applied to on-campus room charges, if applicable (not for RA)
  • Students are required to live on campus
  • No GPA requirement for renewal

Urban League Black Scholar Award

The scholarship recognizes the academic achievement of black scholars who participate in the Urban League of Rochester program and from school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne Counties. Recipients receive $2,000 annually for four years.  


G-STEMS is a National Science Foundation-funded program at SUNY Geneseo that provides scholarships for academically talented STEM majors with financial need. Tuition scholarships will be awarded to G-STEMS scholars to assist with the cost of attending Geneseo. The amount of each scholarship will depend on the scholar's unmet financial need, with scholarships averaging $5,000 and ranging up to $10,000 per year. Visit the G-STEMS program page for more information. 

PTK Scholarship 

  • Awarded to new transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Awarded at time of admission
  • Award amount: $1500 per year, for non-tuition expenses
  • Renewable for up to 2 years
  • No GPA requirement for renewal

Corning Community College STEM Careers Pathway Scholarship

Awarded to an incoming Corning Community College transfer students to complete their education at Geneseo in a STEM field. Four students will receive $2,000 per year for two years.  Each student will receive a total of $4,000. 

If you're a prospective student or a parent of a prospective student who'd like to know more, our admission counselors would be happy to answer any questions you have. You may also contact the Office of Admissions at (866) 245-5211 or

Current Students

In February 2020 Geneseo launched an online scholarship system called Academic Works. Academic Works allows current students to view and apply for more than 120 Geneseo scholarships in one convenient location.

Browse and apply to Geneseo scholarships or check your application status.

Have questions about the scholarship application process? Check out our FAQs.

The 2022-23 scholarship application process is now closed. We plan to begin notifying selected recipients in mid-April 2022.

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