Geneseo Scholarships

Financial scholarships and grants are available to many Geneseo students. 

For the 2023-24 academic year, SUNY Geneseo has increased funding to merit scholarships. New students who have been admitted to Geneseo will automatically be considered for all merit-based scholarships at the time they are admitted. If an additional application is required for a scholarship, your admissions counselor will contact you with details after your application to SUNY Geneseo has been received. 

SUNY Geneseo is test optional. SAT and ACT scores will not be considered when awarding merit-based scholarships. 

2023-24 Academic Year Scholarships

Scholarships for First-Year Students

Geneseo Community Scholarship 

  • First-year students awarded based on core GPA (calculated using grades in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language at the time of acceptance.)
  • Award amounts range from $2,500–$3,500 per year
  • Must attend full-time (minimum of 12 credits/semester) 
  • Renewable for a total of 4-years of undergraduate studies as long as student lives on campus and continues to incur housing charges
  • No GPA requirement for renewal
  • Funds will be applied to on-campus room charges
Academic Core GPA
(at time of acceptance)
Award Amount
(4-year totals)
3.9-4.0 $14,000
3.75-3.89 $13,000
3.45-3.74 $12,000
3.2-3.44 $10,000

Edgar Fellows (Honors Program)

Edgar Fellows receive a $1,000 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. 

Admission to the program is based on evidence of excellent academic achievement and lively dedication to inquiry. This scholarship can be received in addition to the Geneseo Community Scholarship.

All applicants are considered for the Edgar Fellows program at the time of application. Decisions are released in early February. For more information about the program visit

Multicultural Fellows Program Scholarship

Multicultural Fellows receive a substantial scholarship, which helps support their education at Geneseo. The scholarship is for historically underrepresented student populations who have superior academic achievements and financial need.

  • First year students are awarded in early February.
  • Award amount: $7,000 per year
  • Renewable for a total of 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.  

Scholarships for Transfer Students

PTK Scholarship for Transfers

  • Awarded to new transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Awarded at time of admission
  • Award amount: $1,500 per year, for non-tuition expenses
  • Renewable for a total of two years
  • No GPA requirement for renewal

Corning Community College STEM Careers Pathway Scholarship for Transfers

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. 

Geneseo Transfer Scholarship

  • Awarded based on the applicant's cumulative college transfer GPA (calculated by the admissions staff using all college credit-bearing coursework completed at the point of review). In order for transfer applicants to be considered for the Geneseo Transfer Scholarship, official college transcripts must be received for all credit-bearing coursework the student has taken prior to their intended entry term at Geneseo. 
  • Amounts range from $2,500–$3,500 per year
  • Students must attend full-time (minimum of 12 credits/semester)
  • Renewable for a total of two years of undergraduate studies
  • There is no GPA requirement for renewal
  • Must have completed at least 24 college credits to be considered for a transfer scholarship
Academic Core GPA Award Award (2-year totals)
3.5-4.0 $7,000
3.25-3.49 $6,500
2.75-3.24 $6,000
2.50-2.74 $5,000

More Information

If you're interested in transferring to Geneseo and have questions about scholarships, transfer coordinator Justine Rumbel will be happy to answer your questions. You can reach Justine at 585-245-5571,, or schedule a one-on-one appointment to meet virtually.

Scholarships for International Students

International applicants do not need to complete any additional applications to be considered for the scholarships below.

To be considered for these scholarships, please submit an application for admission and provide all required academic documents.

International Student Academic Merit Scholarship Awards

These tuition scholarships range from $5,000 USD – $9,000 USD per year and are awarded at the time of admission. Awards are based on outstanding academic achievements as evidenced by grades on transcripts (or mark sheets), results on national examinations.

Academic scholarships are renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. International applicants admitted to SUNY Geneseo are automatically considered for an International Student Scholarship. Freshman (first-year) and transfer students are eligible for the International Student Scholarships.

International First-Year Student Merit Award Amounts
Academic Core GPA Award Amount (4-year totals)
3.9-4.0 $36,000
3.75-3.89 $32,000
3.65 - 3.74 $30,000
3.45 - 3.64 $24,000
3.2 - 3.44 $20,000
International Transfer Student Merit Award Amounts
Academic Core GPA Award Amount (2-year totals)
3.5 -4.0 $18,000
3.25 - 3.49 $16,000
3.0 - 3.24 $15,000
2.75 - 2.99 $12,000
2.50 - 2.74 $10,000

The priority deadline for scholarships is January 1 for Fall semester and October 1 for Spring semester. Scholarships will be awarded on a case-by-case basis as available after those dates.

Ambassador Apartments World Citizen Scholarships for International Students

Two awards for the international students who best demonstrate awareness and understanding of what it means to be a world citizen. Endowed by Mr. Frank Csapo of the Ambassador Apartments. The Director of the International Student & Scholar Services office and the International Scholarship Committee choose the recipients.

VanArsdale Scholarships

One award is made each year to support an international student who demonstrates excellence in academics at Geneseo.  Endowed by Mr. And Mrs. VanArsdale, the recipient is chosen by the Director of the International Student & Scholar Services office and the International Scholarship Committee.

Muriel A. Daniels International Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is supported by an endowment established by Robert and Marilyn Lyon in honor of Marilyn's mother, Muriel. It provides a scholarship to an outstanding SUNY Geneseo international student with preference given to a Canadian student with a solid academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA) who demonstrates leadership, respect, loyalty and integrity.

More Information

For more information about scholarships for international students, contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services by email at or phone at +1 (585) 245-5404.

Scholarships for Current Students

Current Geneseo students may apply for scholarships made available through the Geneseo Foundation by using Academic Works, our online scholarship management system. Academic Works allows current students to view and apply for more than 120 Geneseo scholarships in one convenient location.

Visit Academic Works to browse and apply for Geneseo scholarships or check your application status.

The 2023-24 scholarship application process is scheduled to open on February 1, 2023.

Have questions about the scholarship search and application process for current students? Check out our Scholarship Application FAQs.

Federal, State, and SUNY Grants and Scholarships

Excelsior Scholarship

New York State residents whose family household federal adjusted gross income is $125,000 or less and who plan to complete at least 30 credits per year are eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, which allows them to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

Federal, State, and SUNY Grants

Federal, NY State and SUNY grants are available and awarded based on financial need (this happens after you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Have Questions?

If you're a prospective student or parent who'd like to know more, our admission counselors would be happy to answer any questions you have.

You can also contact the Office of Admissions at (866) 245-5211 or

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