Scholarship Resources

Akeem Celestine, SUNY Oneonta, Class of 2016

Akeem Celestine, SUNY Oneonta, Class of 2016

Our Scholars rely on generous financial aid, scholarships and their stipend to cover the costs of their college education.

Here is a brief round-up of resources to guide students and families to learn more about financial aid and available scholarships.

Students should always confer with their guidance counselors and college admissions representatives to get specific information about programs and initiatives.

Financial Aid 


The FAFSA is the first step to take to access free federal money for your college education. Every student should fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA also helps students qualify for Federal Work Study and other programs.

In 2017, the Federal Government made some changes to FAFSA that will impact all students, read more here.


TAP is a New York-based program that offers free state money for qualified students to use for their college education. You must be a New York State resident, and you must be attending a college or university in New York State to qualify for this program.


Students should also check with their School guidance counselors for additional information about scholarships, but here are some good resources to get started. 

Students should also look into scholarship opportunities through local banks. Many banks and credit unions offer scholarships to account holders. 

Scholarship 360

Online clearinghouse of national scholarship programs with a searchable database.

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Local Scholarship opportunities based on student location, background and interests.

Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Essay contest that gives $1,000 to a local (Capital Region) student.

Black Student Scholarships and Resources

Check out this handy round-up of scholarships and financial aid information for black students

Delta Sigma Theta

Check out this Scholarship for Capital Region students with a C+ or better average who plan to go to college.

Open Education Database

Funding for students pursuing graduate degrees.