Buffalo State offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for current and newly students. These scholarships are based on specific criteria which includes; academic merit, financial need, field of study, or a combination of criteria. Scholarship funding is made possible through donations from alumni and friends of the college who value a Buffalo State education.
In addition, every year, Buffalo State students receive thousands of dollars in scholarships from outside organizations. Several are listed below.
The Financial Aid office keeps up-to-date records on all scholarships available to students. Please visit their website for more information.
Open to all Buffalo State College students in good standing (3.00) and financial aid eligible. Buffalo State College is proud to support our current emergency fund with an additional support fund. This fund is to help students facing emergency situation in the short term and to help them graduate from college in the long term.
The grant (up to $2,000 maximum) cannot be used to cover costs of tuition, fees, credit card debt, cable bills, or legal representation. The emergency must be an unforeseen event and unexpected need for funds; cannot be a chronic problem or anticipated expense. The Fund may be used to provide technology hardware or software needed for academic coursework, books or other materials needed for coursework, unforeseen medical expenses for the student or dependent children not covered by insurance, or other emergency needs to ensure the student stays in housing, to pay for utilities, a crisis that requires travel home, protection from domestic violence, or another immediate crisis.
The fund will be administered by the Dean of Students Office. Students can apply once per year (January 1-December 31) while classes are in session. Applications can only be made during the fall or spring semester. At least one zoom meeting with the student is required as part of the application process.
For more information, please apply at through the application form.
All internal scholarships are reviewed through the Campus Application Portal for Scholarships (CAPS) and managed by Financial Aid. When visiting the CAPS website, please note that many of the scholarships listed are only available to undergraduate students.
Anna Mae Murphy Elementary Education Scholarship
This scholarship is for a BSC with a declared major in Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood and Childhood Education, Exceptional Education and Childhood Education. Candidates must have cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, have demonstrated financial need (current FAFSA on file), and working toward initial teacher certification either through the Bachelor of Science degree or the Masters of Science with initial teaching certification degree.
Carol & Gerald Wahlenmayer Scholarship
This scholarship is for graduate students enrolled either full-time or part-time at Buffalo State. Candidates must be within 24 credit hours of completing their master's degree; and must be working full-time or part-time. Candidates must be in good academic standing. Fall and Spring disbursement to be applied to the student account to be used toward the cost of attendance. Renewable for up to two additional years provided recipient continues to meet the stated criteria above.
Cynthia Steiger Beery Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to graduate students with declared majors in Speech-Language Pathology Department. Candidates must have financial need and must demonstrate the passions for and potential to succeed in the academic program and as a speech-language pathologist. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided recipients continue to meet the criteria. Fall and spring disbursements.
Dr. Eliane McKee French Education Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in French or French education or post-baccalaureate certification in French education. Also in consideration are students having certification in French and expanding his/her certification to teach other languages. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA within the major of 3.5 or higher. Candidates must be in good standing with the college and the department. One scholarship awarded annually.
Frances Morton Holbrook Graduate Scholarship Fund
The Frances Morton Holbrook Graduate Scholarship is available to current students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 who have declared major in business and marketing education.
Joseph and Mary Jean Daly Varga '43 Graduate Scholarship
This award fund provides one or more awards to graduate students in the exceptional education department. Recipients must be enrolled for at least two graduate courses in exceptional education, have a GPA of 3.8 or higher, provide three references, and submit personal essay that addresses all of the following: the importance of being in a teacher preparation program designed for individuals with special needs; the candidate’s philosophy of education for students with special need; and a description of community based initiatives to serve students with special needs (e.g. tutoring, after school programs, respite care, etc.) in which the candidate has participated. The scholarship is not renewable. Fall disbursement.
Dr. Judith Bondurant-Utz Early Childhood Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to graduate students with declared majors in early childhood special education. Candidates must have at least one semester remaining in their graduate studies and demonstrate excellence in achievement in early childhood special education, dedication to the field of early childhood special education, and potential and excellence in teaching young children with special needs. Recipients may receive the scholarship more than once but must reapply annually and be considered the best candidate by the selection committee. Fall only disbursement.
Dr. Keith M. Henderson Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Dr. Keith M. Henderson Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to provide one scholarship annually to a student with a declared major in public administration and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Margaret A. Grant Graduate Scholarship Fund
The Margaret A. Grant Graduate Scholarship is available to graduate students in Adult Education with an emphasis in Nutrition. Preferred candidates must have completed 12 credit hours towards a master’s degree, have a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0, demonstrate financial need, and demonstrate leadership ability and professional intent.
Richard Kaltenbach Art Education Graduate Student Scholarship
The Richard Kaltenbach Art Education Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship Fund provides one scholarship annually to a student enrolled at Buffalo State. Recipient must be a graduate student enrolled at Buffalo State with a declared major in art education and in good academic standing. The scholarship is renewable to the recipient for up to three additional years. If no graduate student meets the above criteria, an undergraduate student who meets the criteria may receive the scholarship for one year; the scholarship is not renewable to an undergraduate student.
Ron Brown/ITEC Scholarship
The Ron Brown/ITEC scholarship is available to students who have demonstrated excellence in technology and computers. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, have a declared major, provide evidence of having worked during the semester to support themselves in college, and submit an essay discussing how they envision applying their Buffalo State studies in their chosen field upon graduation. Finalists are interviewed by the selection committee. Not renewable.
Dr. Stanley E. Sheets and Dr. Indie S. Sheets Graduate Scholarship in Education
Provides one scholarship annually to a graduate student pursing an education degree. Candidates must be enrolled as a graduate student, be working toward a graduate degree in education, and be in good standing. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years as long as the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria.
These scholarships are not managed by Buffalo State. All questions should be posed directly to the individual organization offering the scholarship.
Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
A limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students in the fields of architecture, arts, engineering, medicine, nursing, piano, environment and wildlife.
Discover Student Loan $10,000 Scholarship
Open only to residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Must at least sixteen (16) years old at the time of entry. Entrants must also be high school senior students who will be or college students who are enrolled at least half-time in a Bachelor's or Associate's degree program or graduate program at an eligible school or parent/legal guardians of students that satisfy the above eligibility requirements.
GSA Merit-Based Scholarship
Four scholarship are available (two $1,000 for full-time students, two $500 for part-time students) for matriculated graduate students with a minumum GPA of 3.5 at Buffalo State. Applcations include an essay and two (2) letters of recommendation. Application details including timeline and eligiblity can be found on the GSA website.
Multiple scholarships available to graduate students of Polish Descent
Jane M Klausman Scholarship
Women of any age, pursuing a business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field and are living or studying in a Zonta district/region. Undertaking a business and/or business-related program at an accredited university/college/institute. Enrolled full-time in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a Master's program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club or district.
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