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Community Scholarships

In addition to the tens of thousands of dollars provided by New York State Scholarships, a sampling of actual undergraduate scholarship providers from the past few years is provided below. Students secured these awards by researching employers, community-based organizations, and their spheres of influence, interest and talent. You are required to report all scholarships you earn to the Financial Aid Office.

Regional Community Foundations

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo offers scholarships to permanent residents of Western New York who are full-time undergraduates (a limited number are available for graduate students in specialized fields). Transfer students and continuing students may apply as well as admitted UB freshmen. Apply online directly through the organization.

These New York State community foundations also offer scholarship applications for regional residents. If your area is not listed, your regional foundation may either limit scholarships to specific colleges or manage applications directly through area high schools. The Grantsmanship Center also provides a summary of community foundations which give in New York State.

Say Yes To Education

Say Yes to Education Buffalo and Say Yes to Education Syracuse provide UB scholarship funds to residents of Buffalo and Syracuse who graduate from a public or charter school in either city. Apply online directly through the organization.

Partner Organization Scholarships

Please see the external opportunities tab on the UB Scholarship Portal for information on organizations which regularly provide funds to University at Buffalo students. Links will be provided to specific selection criteria along with a quick view of upcoming application deadlines.

Scholarships for DACA Students

Foster Care to Success Scholarships

The Foster Care to Success Scholarship program funds tuition and certain approved living expenses for college-bound students with a history of foster care who meet the published criteria. Apply online directly through the organization.

Buffalo Urban League Scholarship Program

The Buffalo Urban League is one of the Western New York region’s largest providers of scholarships to college-bound G.E.D. recipients and high school seniors from Erie County. Award criteria include financial need, academic achievement, character, and community service participation. Apply online directly through the organization.

Steps for Students and Scholarship Providers

You are required to report all scholarships you earn to the  Financial Aid Office. Mail checks to the University at Buffalo, Student Accounts Office, 1 Campus Mail Center, Buffalo, NY 14260. Checks should be made payable to the “University at Buffalo” and include your UB Student ID# and instructions about whether to pay in a lump sum or to pay over multiple semesters. Please also indicate whether the funds can be used for any cost of attendance, or if the funds are exclusively for non-tuition costs, so the University can apply your funding in conjunction with federal and state financial aid award eligibility. If UB enrollment verification is required as a condition of the award, instructions are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

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UB does not routinely screen, approve, review, or endorse the content, products, or services that may be offered on the external websites provided. In no event shall UB be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource. Please be advised that some of the links use social media applications and use of these websites is subject to privacy rules and policies of those website operators. Read more about how to protect yourself from scholarship scams.

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.