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Catalog

SUNY Cortland    
 
    
 
  Jul 27, 2017
 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Scholarships


 

Scholarship Coordinator
Brockway Hall, Room 315
(607) 753-2373
Fax: (607) 753-5448
Email: scholarships@cortland.edu

 

SUNY Cortland offers a wide range of scholarships that are funded by the Cortland College Foundation, the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association or other groups. These awards are made possible by the generous donations of alumni, philanthropic groups, corporations, faculty, staff, emeriti and other friends of the College and are administered through the Division of Institutional Advancement. Whether or not a scholarship will be awarded is dependent on available funding as provided by the Cortland College Foundation.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, financial need or a combination of both. Each program has its own criteria. Scholarships based on demonstrated financial need require that the FAFSA be submitted as well, www.fafsa.ed.gov. Some scholarships are available only to new freshmen, others to continuing or transfer students. Full-time status is required for receipt of the scholarship unless otherwise noted.

Unless stated otherwise, scholarship recipients must comply with the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines in the Financial Aid section of this catalog in order to maintain their scholarships. SAP is reviewed after each semester. Loss of federal aid eligibility also will result in loss of scholarship. There is no appeal process due to loss of a scholarship.

It is important to understand that scholarships are both an academic honor and a funding vehicle. The financial aspects of scholarships are governed by rules and regulations and are administered by the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Students may not receive total annual financial aid — federal, state, private, institutional grants, scholarships, loans, etc. — in excess of SUNY Cortland’s budgeted cost of attendance. Sometimes it may be necessary to reduce loan eligibility, and in rare cases SUNY Cortland scholarship award amounts, in order to stay in compliance with this federal regulation. If a scholarship is received from any source other than SUNY Cortland, the Financial Aid Office should be contacted to see how it may affect the overall financial aid package.

The following list is complete as of publication of this catalog, but new awards are added frequently.

African American Gospel Music Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of many alumni, faculty and friends who support gospel music at SUNY Cortland. A multitude of donors help maintain this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: Presented to a student member of the Gospel Choir based on the student demonstrating strength in vocals, merit and/or financial need.

Alice Thorpe Hoppey ’56 Scholarship in Education

Donor: Established by Robert Hoppey ’55 to benefit promising junior and senior students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator or as a physical education teacher and who require financial aid. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity Alice Thorpe Hoppey ’56, wife of Robert Hoppey, who passed away on April 22, 1995.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in education or physical education who has demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students from Port Jervis, Brentwood, Newfield High School from Middle Country School District, and Ward Melville High School from Three Village Central School District who have demonstrated academic promise, leadership and involvement in campus activities.

Alliance Bank Champion Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman from Cortland County High School with high academic credentials and community service participation. Continued funding is based on student maintaining a 2.7 cumulative grade point average.

Alpha Delta Junior Award

Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Alpha Delta Sorority.

Eligibility Criteria: Presented to outstanding students who are in the top 10 percent of their junior class. Other considerations include leadership, professional promise and contributions to the community.

Alpha Kappa Phi/Agonian/Tri Sig/Sigma Rho Sigma Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Alpha Kappa Phi Sorority.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Involvement in campus life is taken into consideration.

Alpha Sigma/Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to family members of former Alpha Sigma/Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters. Secondary preference is given to current Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters. Tertiary preference is given to the rest of SUNY Cortland's student body.

Anderson Family Scholarship

Donor: Established by Elizabeth “Beth” Anderson ’79.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student seeking an undergraduate degree in studio art and having demonstrated financial need. Secondary consideration given to students seeking a degree in education.

Angela Pace Scholarship in Education

Donor: Established by SUNY Cortland Professor Emerita of Education Angela Pace to benefit promising junior and senior students at SUNY Cortland who are in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator and who require financial aid. This scholarship is intended to recognize in perpetuity the educational career of SUNY Cortland alumna and retired faculty member Angela Pace ’36.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a promising junior or senior childhood/early childhood education major who is a resident of Cortland County and has demonstrated financial need. Secondary consideration given to residents of New York state.

Ann Vetrone Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by Patricia Vetrone Slater ’49 to honor the memory of her mother, Ann Vetrone. Patricia was a teacher in the Huntington Public Schools and a proud member of the Arethusa Sorority while at Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman from Huntington Township, L. I., who has demonstrated financial need.

Anthony R. Moon Jr. ’86 Internship and Fieldwork Study Scholarship

Donor: Established by Anthony R. Moon Jr. ’86 and his family to help ensure that every student has a chance to experience “hands-on” learning while at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student planning on participating in an internship who has satisfactory academic progress and demonstrated financial need.

Arethusa Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Arethusa Sorority.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Leadership and involvement in campus life are taken into consideration.

Assistant Coach Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who plans to enroll in a graduate program within one-and-a-half years. Recipient may not participate as an athlete in intercollegiate athletics.

Auxiliary Services Corporation Scholarship/SUNY Cortland MERIT Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Auxiliary Services Corporation in recognition of ASC’s connection to SUNY Cortland and its strong commitment to supporting SUNY Cortland’s mission and students. This scholarship was created to assist SUNY Cortland in its recruitment and retention efforts.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to freshmen and transfer students with high academic achievement (93+ unweighted high school grade point average and 1200+ SAT score – combining critical reading and math) and recognized leadership in student activities.

Transfer students must have four completed semesters at time of transfer. Strong leadership skills and involvement in student activities will be favored. Work-related or volunteer positions are also considered valuable.

Barr Scholarship in Science Teacher Education

Donor: Established through a gift from Dr. Bonnie B. Barr, Professor Emerita of Education to encourage talented college students to enter a teaching career in elementary and middle/junior high school science.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in childhood or adolescence education/science with demonstrated financial need.

Barry L. Batzing Scholarship

Donor: Established by J.J. Walsh ’78 to honor Barry L. Batzing’s long and outstanding service to SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has completed a microbiology course at SUNY Cortland with a grade of B or higher, is enrolled in a major under the Health or Biological Sciences Departments, and has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Recipients will have a strong sense of personal responsibility, a sincere interest in science, must demonstrate enthusiasm for their studies and have a good sense of humor.

Ben A. Sueltz Scholarship in Adolescence Mathematics Education

Donor: Established by Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Ben A. Sueltz to benefit incoming freshmen students at SUNY Cortland who are majoring in adolescence education: mathematics. This also is intended to recognize in perpetuity the outstanding career of Sueltz, who served the College for 38 years in a number of capacities. Sueltz, in establishing this scholarship, confirms that his most significant work was done as professor of mathematics and mathematics education.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman intending to major in the adolescence education: mathematics program. A minimum 90 high school grade point average is required with an SAT mathematics score of at least 600 (or equivalent ACT mathematics score) as well as 3.5 units of high school mathematics.

Bernard W. Hungerford ’52 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Bernard W. Hungerford ’52.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in physical education who has demonstrated financial need.

Betty Blase Goodstein ’48 Scholarship in Education and Physical Education

Donor: Established by David M. Goodstein to benefit deserving students majoring in education or physical education at SUNY Cortland. The scholarship also is intended to recognize in perpetuity the life of Betty Blase Goodstein ’48 and her career as an educator of the blind.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior student majoring in early childhood education or special education/childhood education who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Preference is given to students who have a special emphasis working with children who have special needs or are visually or hearing impaired.

BorgWarner Morse TEC Scholarship for Community Service Volunteers

Donor: Established by BorgWarner Morse TEC to benefit deserving student volunteers who have helped advance a community service organization’s philanthropic mission.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has volunteered at local community service organizations with preference for family members of BorgWarner Morse TEC employees. Students must have good social standing and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Catherine Suarez Leeolou ’81 Scholarship for Speech Pathology and Audiology Students

Donor: This Scholarship was established by Michael Leeolou ’81 in honor of his wife, Catherine Suarez Leeolou ’81, on the occasion of their 20th wedding anniversary.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in speech pathology and audiology who has demonstrated financial need.

Cathleen McDermott Lavelle ’91 Scholarship for Student Leaders

Donor: Established by the friends and family of Cathleen McDermott Lavelle ’91, whose life was taken by cancer in September 2008.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who, like Cathy, has demonstrated leadership in making a positive impact on the SUNY Cortland campus and/or the Cortland community.

Charles A. Gibson Scholarship Study Abroad Scholarship

Donor: Established by Charles A. Gibson.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student participating in a study abroad program who demonstrates high academic achievement and financial need.

Charles Tomlinson Griffes Music Scholarship

Donor: Established in 1986 and funded by the family of the Elmira-born composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, to recognize the most promising and talented music majors at the College. Griffes, who died in 1920 at the age of 35, is widely regarded as having been one of the major American composers of the early 20th century. Griffes’ compositions were some of the first U.S. works to break with the dominant German and French influence of the time.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior musical theater major or a student pursuing a music minor or concentration.

Christian Snavely and Theresa Vant Snavely ’47 Scholarship

Donor: Scholarship was established by Christian Snavely and Theresa Vant Snavely ’47.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1952 Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of the Class of 1952.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1953 Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of the Class of 1953, through their representative Gerald P. Theisen ’53, to provide scholarship assistance to deserving student candidates.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated leadership on or off campus.

Class of 1959 Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of the Class of 1959 in honor of their 50th Reunion.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1967 Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of members of the Class of 1967.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average who has outstanding leadership on or off campus, involvement with extracurricular activities and demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1969 Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of members of the Class of 1969.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1985 Scholarship

Donor: Established through the generosity of the members of the Class of 1985.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior with a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average who has made contributions to the campus community as well as demonstrated financial need.

Community Scholarship for Student Volunteers and Interns

Donor: Established by SUNY Cortland Professor Emerita of Physical Education LaRetha Leyman.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student intern or volunteer who has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at SUNY Cortland. Preference is given to students who are working or volunteering at the Cortland YWCA, physical education majors and females.

Cortland County Home Bureau Award

Donor: Established in 1981 by a grant from the then-active Cortland County Chapter of the Home Bureau Federation to support students who are studying speech pathology and audiology.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in speech pathology and audiology who has a minimum 2.85 cumulative grade point average and is from a county in New York state that has an organized N.Y.S. Federation of Home Bureaus (N.Y.S.F.H.B.) Chapter.

Organized counties include: Albany, Allegany, Buffalo City, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Clinton, Dutchess, Erie, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oswego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Steuben, Tompkins, Wyoming, Yates. Cortland county residents are eligible as well based on N.Y.S.F.H.B. rules.

Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Scholarships

Donor: Funded by many donors who give to the unrestricted Cortland Fund.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to incoming or continuing students majoring in areas of education who demonstrate high academic achievement.

First priority is given to individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented or underserved in the teaching profession and who demonstrate a commitment to teach in high-need urban schools. For the purposes of C.U.R.E., these groups include, but are not limited to, African American, Hispanic, Native American or Alaskan Native individuals or individuals from an economically disadvantaged background.

Second priority is given to any other individuals from groups not historically underrepresented in the teaching profession who demonstrate a commitment to teach in high-need urban schools.

Cross Family Scholarship for Continuing Education

Donor: Established by Jean M. Cross ’46 through the Cross Family Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a certified teacher who is seeking continuing education in a graduate degree program.

David E. ’53 and Mildred Hennessy Scholarship of the Cortland County Community Appreciation Fund

Donor: Established by David E. ’53 and Mildred Hennessy.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman from Cortland County who has significant financial need that is not otherwise met by state, federal or other grants or scholarships.

DeGroat Scholarship

Donor: Established in memory of President Emeritus Harry Dewitt DeGroat by his friends and family. DeGroat was President of SUNY Cortland from 1912-1943.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a transfer student presenting a superior academic record over a minimum of four full-time semesters completed at the time of transfer.

Dominion Scholarship

Donor: Established by Dominion Resources to help undergraduate geology majors pursue research and careers in the environmental geosciences.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an academically outstanding sophomore, junior or senior geology major who is interested in or is doing a research project in the environmental geosciences.

Donald ’59 and Donna ’59 Bell Traver Scholarship

Donor: Established by Donald Traver ’59 and Donna Bell Traver ’59 to benefit undergraduates majoring in physical education who have demonstrated financial need and have shown a commitment to work hard to achieve success.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who is majoring in physical education. Preference given to those who work hard to achieve success and have demonstrated financial need.

Donald Spampinato ’84 Scholarship for Student Leadership and Physical Education

Donor: Established by Fred Lipscomb ’83 and Scott Fallon ’86 in honor of their great experiences at SUNY Cortland as physical education majors and residence advisors and in memory of their esteemed colleague, Donald Spampinato ’84 who passed away in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who is a resident advisor having had a positive impact on the SUNY Cortland campus. First preference is given to physical education majors.

Doris Beale Sager Scholarship for Physical Education

Donor: Established by Joan S. DeBrine in memory of her mother, Doris Beale Sager, who was unable to attend Cortland, the school of her choice.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in physical education, who is academically stable and has demonstrated financial need.

Dorothea Deitz Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by representatives of the Dorothea Deitz Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., to provide financial assistance for the first year of college to selected women students from New York state high schools planning to major in physical education/teacher certification at SUNY Cortland.

Dorothea Deitz, assistant director of physical education in Schenectady, N.Y., died on Dec. 9, 1958. A person of great vitality, her life was one of devoted service to her students, her colleagues and the profession. A charter member of the Association of Women in Physical Education in New York state (AWPENYS), and one of its first presidents, she gave generously of her time and energy in providing direction for the association.

This scholarship has been established as a living memorial to Dorothea Deitz, and it also serves to focus attention on the recruitment of capable young women into the physical education teaching profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female freshman who is a graduate of a New York state high school, has a 3.0 minimum high school grade point average and is planning to become a physical education teacher and has demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students who show evidence of physical education competence, participation in athletics, leadership and community service.

Dr. Arden P. Zipp Scholarship

Donor: Established by Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Arden Zipp. This scholarship shall be awarded to an outstanding student majoring in chemistry or adolescence education: chemistry at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior majoring in chemistry or adolescence education: chemistry who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and has completed General Chemistry I at SUNY Cortland and is currently enrolled in General Chemistry II. 

Dr. Arnold ’47 and Roberta Rist ’46/’47 Scholarship

Donor: Established through a gift from Arnold T. Rist ’47.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student from the Newcomb, N.Y. school district who has demonstrated financial need.

Dr. Carol Baily Baird ’62 Scholarship for Science Educators

Donor: Established by Dr. Carol Bailey Baird ’62, the developer of Cal Alive, a project of the California Institute of Biodiversity. This scholarship is included in the Class of 1962 Million Dollar Endowment Campaign.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in Adolescence Education: Science, who plans to become a science educator and has demonstrated financial need.

Dr. John A. MacPhee Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by John A. MacPhee’s widow, Mabel E. MacPhee, to honor her husband’s 27 years on the Cortland faculty and his contributions to the recreation and parks movement in New York state and nationally.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing undergraduate or graduate student studying within the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department who has high academic achievement and professional promise.

Dr. Peter Jeffers Scholarship

Donor: Professor Peter Jeffers taught chemistry at SUNY Cortland for 40 years. Due to his inspiration, encouragement and leadership, many alumni have forged successful careers in this field. This scholarship fund was created by some of his former students in his honor.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in chemistry who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship for Students from Long Island

Donor: This scholarship was established by Linda Pons ’62 to help students from Long Island, who plan to become elementary school teachers, benefit from an education at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who attended high school on Long Island, has plans to major in childhood or early childhood education and has demonstrated financial need.

Eda J. Kronman Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

Donor: Established to honor the life of Eda Joyce Kronman ’70 by her sons George Kronman ’76 and David Kronman ’80, her daughter, Lynn Kronman Rozensweig, and her husband, Albert Kronman.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a non-traditional student with demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students majoring in English.

Eileen “Lee” Marion ’67 and Charles and Anne Goodfliesh Scholarship

Donor: Established by Marsha Goodfliesh Wilkins ’67 in memory of her former roommate Eileen “Lee” Marion ’67 and in honor of her father, Charles Goodfliesh and her mother, Anne Goodfliesh.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in childhood/early-childhood education who has demonstrated financial need.

Elizabeth Hardendorf Thompson ’25 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Dell ’63 and Audrey Thompson in memory of Dell’s mother, Elizabeth Hardendorf Thompson ’25.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman with demonstrated financial need.

Emergency Medical Physicians of Cortland County Sponsored Scholarship for Cortland County Students

Donor: Emergency Medical Physicians of Cortland County.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to two incoming freshmen from Cortland County having a minimum 90 grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Emergency Medical Physicians Sponsored Scholarship

Donor: Emergency Medical Physicians of Cortland County.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a full-time junior or senior biology major with a preference given to pre-med students with an interest in emergency medicine.

Ernest Logan ’73 Scholarship for New York City Public High School Students

Donor: Established by Beatrice and Ernest Logan ’73 to help deserving inner city students benefit from an education at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who attended public high school in New York City and has demonstrated financial need.

Ethel Mahan Theisen ’55 Scholarship for Childhood Education

Donor: Established by Gerald P. Theisen ’53 in memory of his wife Ethel, a dedicated teacher throughout her life, to help support future elementary school teachers.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in childhood education who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Faculty Senate at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student in good academic standing demonstrating interest or ability in student governance and/or other types of leadership responsibilities on campus.

Father Edward O’Heron Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Newman Foundation Board to benefit academically promising English majors, with preference given to juniors, seniors and graduate students who exemplify Father O’Heron’s commitment to others. The purpose of this fund is to honor the 38-year legacy of Father O’Heron as Catholic chaplain of SUNY Cortland, his commitment to students and his love of literature.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in English, adolescence education: English or professional writing who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Preference given to students who demonstrate qualities of caring, community service and helping others as demonstrated by the life of Father O’Heron. Intellectual promise as an English teacher or writer also considered.

Francis J. Cheney Scholarship

Donor: Established by Louise M. Conley to benefit undergraduate students who study at SUNY Cortland to become teachers. A related goal is to recognize in perpetuity the educational administration accomplishments and values of academic excellence promoted by Francis J. Cheney, distinguished second principal of the Cortland Normal School.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in an area of education who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Frank A. Burdick Scholarship in History/Social Studies

Donor: Established by Margaret Palmer Young ’85 and Charles H. Young ’86 to benefit promising local Cortland County students at SUNY Cortland who are majoring in social studies or history and require financial aid. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the teaching career of SUNY Cortland Professor Emeritus of History Frank A. Burdick.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in history or social studies who is a resident of Cortland County and has demonstrated financial need.

Frederick N. Sinclair Memorial Scholarship

Donor: In 1977, John Sinclair ’42 established a scholarship in memory of his late brother, Frederick N. Sinclair, to benefit graduates of the Sherburne-Earlville School District who attend SUNY Cortland.

Frederick Sinclair, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery Corps during World War II, was killed in combat in 1943 along the Raido River in Italy. Lt. Sinclair was a graduate of Earlville Central School and attended Morrisville Agricultural College.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman or transfer student who is a graduate of Sherburne-Earlville High School.

Fred E. and Mildred Becker Page 1900 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Fred E. Page in 1977, a prominent Binghamton attorney and banking executive, in memory of his wife, a 1900 graduate of the Cortland Normal School. Mildred Becker Page died in 1975.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior who has made “positive contributions to the college” and has demonstrated financial need.

Future New Yorker Award

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to full-time — 12 or more credit hours — freshmen, transfer and graduate students who are identified as non-New York state residents. Students entering fall 2010 and after are eligible. 

Gail Reed ’67 Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was established by Gail Reed ’67 to recognize the profound impact on her life that her own study abroad experience had, and to acknowledge and thank the founder of the program, SUNY Cortland Director Emeritus of International Programs and Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages Willi Uschald.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student accepted to a study abroad program who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

General Alumni Scholarships

Donor: Supported by gifts from SUNY Cortland alumni.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a sophomore or junior who has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Participation in campus activities is taken into consideration.

George and Grace Lee Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established through a gift from Frederick Lawrence ’54 and Anne Sullivan Lawrence ’51 in appreciation of the generosity of George and Grace Lee, who made it possible for Anne to attend SUNY Cortland. Frederick and Anne Sullivan Lawrence are extending that same generosity to deserving young students so they may have the opportunity to attend SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who has demonstrated financial need.

George and Phyllis Murphy Scholarship

Donor: Established by Brian G. Murphy ’83 and his wife, Patricia A. Rhubottom, to honor his parents and assist students with physical disabilities in the pursuit of becoming an educator.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student pursuing a degree in education who has a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average and has a hearing, mobility or visual impairment.

Gerald M. Surette Scholarship in Political Economy

Donors: Established by former students to honor Dr. Gerald Surette, emeritus professor of economics at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student either majoring in economics or showing a strong aptitude in economics who demonstrates an understanding of political economy, has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Gerald N. DiGiusto Scholarship

Donor: Established by a bequest from Gerald DiGiusto's aunt, Irma DiNucci.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in studio art.

Gerald P. Theisen ’53 and Ethel Mahan Theisen ’55 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Gerald P. Theisen ’53 and Ethel Mahan Theisen ’55 with the intention of giving bright deserving students the opportunity to benefit from a SUNY Cortland education.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Gerald P. Theisen ’53 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Ethel Mahan Theisen ’55 in Gerald P. Theisen's honor.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in adolescence education: science who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Graduate Opportunity Program Tuition Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to matriculated graduate students who were former EOP, HEOP, or SEEK program undergraduates. Availability determined by New York state allocations.

Gregory R. Huether ’10 European Sport Study Seminar Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established in memory of Gregory R. Huether ’10 by his parents, Ronald G. and Marguerite E. Huether, in honor of the wonderful international education experience he had at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing sport management major who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Preference given to those sport management majors with plans to attend the European Sport Study Seminar.

Harriet Bentley Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established in 1984 by the sisters of the Nu Sigma Chi Sorority Class of 1959 in honor of their longtime house mother, Harriet Bentley, who died in 1981 at the age of 96. Mother Bentley, as she was affectionately known, was the housemother of Nu Sigma Chi from 1945 until her retirement in 1968. To celebrate its 25th reunion, the Nu Sigma Chi Class of 1959 established the scholarship as a gift to the College.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior student who is either a member of Nu Sigma Chi sorority, a relative of a former member of the sorority or related to an alumnus/alumna of SUNY Cortland.

Helen Y. Nelson Memorial Scholarship in Music

Donor: Established by the estate of Helen Y. Nelson to assist promising students in their pursuit of a study of music in the Performing Arts Department.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student with who is studying music in the Performing Arts Department and has demonstrated financial need.

Hemink Family Scholarship

Donor: Established by Dr. Lynn D. Hemink ’62 and his wife Ellen Hemink.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Henry A. Terhune Esquire ’79 and Mary Pentangelo Terhune ’78 Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior who is majoring in political science or adolescence education: Spanish.

H. Kendall Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Physics

Donor: Established in memory of H. Kendall Reynolds.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior physics major with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average who has demonstrated leadership within the Physics Department or College.

Homer Gutchess Outstanding Citizen Scholarship

Donor: These scholarships were established to recognize the significant contributions to the Cortland community of long time business and community leader, Homer Gutchess.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to graduates of Cortland and Homer high schools who have a minimum 90 average, have demonstrated leadership in the school or community and exemplify the characteristics of an outstanding citizen in the school and community. They will be awarded at the annual award ceremonies at Cortland and Homer high schools.

Institute for Civic Engagement Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at SUNY Cortland, has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, exhibits exemplary leadership characteristics and is an active participant in the civic engagement activities of the College.

Iris Stedener ’47 Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by a bequest from the Iris Stedener Estate.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in physical education who has a minimum 2.9 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

James D. Gallagher ’59 and Margaret S. Gallagher ’61 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Margaret Sevka Gallagher ’61 and James D. Gallagher ’59.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman from Johnson City Senior High School or Union Endicott High School, Broome County, N.Y., who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

James F. Casey ’50 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Patrick R. Brereton to benefit an undergraduate student who best demonstrates leadership, commitment to the residence hall programs, concern for the welfare of others and financial need. The scholarship is created in memory of James Casey (1927-1981), who was the first director of student housing at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average who has been a residence hall staff member or hall council president for at least one semester and has demonstrated financial need.

James H. and Dorothy A. Sarvay Scholarship for Community Service

Donor: Established by the friends and family of James H. Sarvay, who was a prominent business owner in the Cortland community and a member of the Cortland College Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student from Cortland County who has demonstrated leadership in making a positive impact on the SUNY Cortland campus and/or in the Cortland community.

James Kradyna Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established through a gift from Adam Kradyna to memorialize his son, James, who was a valued geology staff member of the Brauer Education Center.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a geology student enrolled in SUNY Cortland's five-week summer geology course offered at Brauer Education Center near Albany, N.Y. For consideration, must be a geology major (or equivalent) at an accredited 4-year institution and have earned a demonstrable record of academic achievement.

Janey Hutchinson Music Scholarship

Donor: Established by a bequest from the estate of Eileen “Janey” Barker Hutchinson ’31 and her husband, Manley S. Hutchinson, to benefit a deserving and musically gifted student who wishes to teach in a public elementary school.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior majoring in childhood/early childhood education who is musically gifted and actively involved in a musical group on campus.

Jay ’66 and Bettie Lee Yerka Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Donor: Established by Bettie Lee Yerka in memory of her late husband, Jay.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a non-traditional junior or senior majoring in therapeutic recreation who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated leadership skills.

Jay Cummings Program Fund for Field Biology

Donor: Established through many gifts from SUNY Cortland alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff and friends in recognition of Jay Cummings’ many years of outstanding service as Assistant Director of SUNY Cortland’s Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake.

Eligibility Criteria: This program fund will be used by the professor in charge of the field biology courses taught at Raquette Lake to fund program fees for students enrolled in the SUNY Cortland field biology courses, currently Biology 310 and 510, who have a high grade point average in biology course work and demonstrated financial need.

Jean K. and Dr. William P. Cadwallader Chemistry and Physics Teachers Scholarship

Donor: Established by Mrs. Jean K. and Dr. William P. Cadwallader as a way to encourage talented college students to enter teaching careers in high school chemistry and physics.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in adolescence education: chemistry or physics.

Jean M. Dunlavey ’64 Scholarship for Urban Teachers

Donor: This scholarship was established by Jean M. Dunlavey ’64.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student demonstrating academic promise and financial need, who intends to pursue a career teaching in urban schools. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree and career change from another field, but should no acceptable candidates be eligible, undergraduate students may be awarded the scholarship.

Jim and Jane Benham Chemistry Scholarship

Donor: Created by James Benham ’67 and Jane Sheehy Benham ’68 to benefit promising students majoring in chemistry who require financial aid.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in chemistry who has demonstrated financial need.

Joan Steiner Blank ’73 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Joan Steiner Blank ’73 and her husband Charles Blank.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

John B. Knox Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Knox Family Foundation to benefit a promising student from Hamilton County who requires financial aid and to recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of longtime supporter of SUNY Cortland’s Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake, John B. Knox.

Recipients should be made aware of, and hopefully be in agreement with, John B. Knox’s philosophy of wise conservation use of the natural resources in the Adirondack Mountains.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman or transfer student who is a resident of Hamilton County (N.Y.) with an interest in pursuing a major involving outdoor education or environmental studies, demonstrates high academic achievement and leadership qualities outside the classroom and has demonstrated financial need. Secondary consideration will be given to residents of the Adirondack Park.

John Cottone Athletic Training Scholarship

Donor: Established by alumni and friends of Dr. John Cottone and athletic training constituents of SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who is majoring in athletic training and has demonstrated academic and clinical excellence and service to the community and profession.

John E. and Carole Wilsey Phillips ’48 Scholarship in Elementary Education

Donor: Established by Carole Wilsey Phillips ’48 to benefit promising students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator and who require financial aid. The scholarship is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the teaching career of devoted SUNY Cortland alumna Carole Wilsey Phillips.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in childhood/early childhood education who demonstrates high academic achievement, leadership ability and has demonstrated financial need.

John Fantauzzi ’58 Scholarships

Donor: Established by John Fantauzzi ’58.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to incoming freshmen students who are the children of immigrants to the United States — first- and second-generation American students. Awards based on academic achievement, leadership and contributions to student life.

John L. Sciera ’52 Scholarship

Donor: The death of longtime and highly respected athletic trainer, John L. Sciera in 1986 spurred an outpouring of support from students, colleagues, family and friends to establish a scholarship at SUNY Cortland for students pursuing careers as athletic trainers.

A 1952 graduate of Cortland State Teachers College, Sciera served as head athletic trainer at Cortland for 20 years until his retirement in 1985. He pioneered the first athletic training undergraduate curriculum approved by the National Athletic Trainers Association in New York state and he founded the New York Athletic Trainers Association. He was posthumously inducted into the C-Club Hall of Fame in 1987.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student enrolled in athletic training who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and is pursuing a career in the field.

Jo Schaffer Scholarship in Art History

Donor: Established by SUNY Cortland Curator Emerita Jo Schaffer to benefit promising art history majors and to recognize in perpetuity her values and accomplishments as Art and Art History Department curator and past president, SUNY Cortland Chapter, and statewide leader of United University Professionals.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding senior student who has earned distinction in art history courses, or who displays great promise as an art history major. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a 3.2 grade point average in art history course work are required.

Joyce A. Gaus ’60 Scholarship

Donor: Established by the family of Joyce Ann Gaus to benefit promising students majoring in recreation, outdoor education, or closely related fields at SUNY Cortland, who require financial aid. The scholarship is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the lifelong environmental interests and teaching career of devoted SUNY Cortland alumna, Joyce Ann Gaus, Class of 1960.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering freshman majoring in the area of recreation, outdoor education or a closely related field who demonstrates high academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

Judith G. Forrest ’62 Scholarship for Exceptional Physical Education Majors

Donor: Established by Judith G. Forrest ’62.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in physical education who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Judith Smith Kelemen Memorial Scholarship in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Donor: Established by William T. Smith and Dorothy N. Smith in memory of their daughter, Judith Smith Kelemen, to benefit a student majoring in speech pathology and audiology.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in speech pathology and audiology who has a minimum high school average of B+ (87) and demonstrated financial need.

Judson H. Taylor Community Service Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Student Government Association (SGA) in honor of President Emeritus Judson H. Taylor, on the occasion of his retirement from SUNY Cortland, to reinforce the value of making a difference through volunteering and to create a lasting legacy that honors his contributions to SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to community betterment by volunteering or interning at local schools or non-profit organizations. Award criteria include commitment to community service, demonstrated financial need and a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

Kenneth Frank Cramer Scholarship

Donor: Established by a bequest from the estate of Beatrice Cramer, who wished to name a scholarship in honor of her brother, Kenneth.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to the top female freshman applicant from Gloversville High School (N.Y.).

Kenneth P. and Jo Ann G. ’74 Wickman Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was created by Jo Ann G. Wickman ’74 and her husband, Kenneth, in an effort to help support the studies of continuing non-traditional students at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a non-traditional student who has high academic achievement. Non-traditional students are defined as adult learners who have taken time off between high school and college.

Kevin A. Rowell ’83 Study Abroad Scholarship

Donor: Established by Kevin A. Rowell ’83 to benefit students who study abroad and to recognize in perpetuity the values and accomplishments of SUNY Cortland alumnus, Kevin A. Rowell ’83.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student accepted to a study abroad program who is a citizen of the United States or permanent resident and has a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average. Preference given to a student who demonstrates extracurricular involvement and dedication.

Kristen O’Neil Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by friends of Kristen O’Neil in her memory.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing undergraduate or graduate student who has been an active participant in a sport club for at least two full semesters. Minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average required.

Kristin and Barry J. Thornton II ’93 Scholarship

Donor: Established Barry J. Thornton II ’93 and his wife, Kristen.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student focusing on health and wellness who is enrolled in a major under the Health; Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies; Kinesiology or Physical Education departments who has satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

The Kronman Family Scholarship

Donor: The Kronman Family Scholarship was established by George Kronman ’76, Mindy Spector Kronman ’78, David Kronman ’80, Sandra Katzenstein Kronman, Albert Kronman and Eda Joyce Kronman ’70 to support the Geology Department.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who has an enthusiastic passion for geology and demonstrated financial need.

Lambda Phi Delta Service Scholarship

Donor: Established by the former brothers of the Lambda Phi Delta Fraternity.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student who has a positive record of active participation and impact in service to the Cortland Community.

Laura W. Jopling ’33 Scholarship

Donor: Established the estate of Laura W. Jopling ’33.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in childhood/early childhood education major who has demonstrated financial need.

Lenora J. Rumore Scholarship

Donor: Established by Victor M. Rumore ’84 in memory of his mother, Lenora J. Rumore, for the purpose of benefiting students majoring in teacher education who are enrolled in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program who meet the academic and extracurricular requirements, with preference for students from the New York City metro area.

Leslie Griffith McGuidwin ’63 Choral Scholarship

Donor: Established by Leslie Griffith McGuidwin ’63 as a way to recognize students who are non-performing arts majors who enjoy the rewards of singing in a choral group.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who is not a performing arts major but participates in one of the college's singing/choral groups.

Lisa Luna DeCurtis Scholarship for Speech Pathology and Audiology

Donor: This scholarship was established by Lisa Luna DeCurtis ’92.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in speech pathology and audiology who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Preference given to a student dedicated to serving the bilingual and/or multicultural population with communication disorders.

Louise DaMassa Sessa ’58 and R. Michael Sessa Scholarship

Donor: Established by Louise DaMassa Sessa ’58 to recognize and assist promising and talented students at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman pursuing any area of study at SUNY Cortland who has satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrates financial need.

Louise Lawrence ’62 Scholarship for Elementary Education

Donor: Established by Louise Lawrence ’62 in memory of Bennett Sr. and Margaret Dowling. Mr. and Mrs. Dowling lived at 4 Frederick Ave. and, for many years, generously opened their home to Cortland women who preferred to live off campus, including Louise Lawrence ’62. Sadly, the Dowlings both passed away in 1962, the year of Louise’s graduation.

After graduating from Cortland at age 42, Louise was an elementary school teacher for many years in California. She hopes that future students will enjoy their time at Cortland as much as she did.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in childhood/early childhood education who has demonstrated financial need.

Louise Margaret Abernethy Scholarship in Education

Donor: Established by the estate of former Professor of Education Louise Margaret Abernethy, who loved her students and loved teaching at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior who is seeking a degree in education with a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average who is a resident of Cortland County and has demonstrated superior performance in student teaching placements.

Louise Sawner O’Rourke ’36 Scholarship for Teacher Education

Donor: Established through gifts by Louise Sawner O’Rourke ’36 and her family to support students interested in early childhood education.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman student majoring in childhood/early childhood education who has demonstrated financial need.

M&T Bank C.U.R.E. Scholarship

Donor: Established by M&T Bank to help support students at SUNY Cortland who are enrolled in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in the C.U.R.E. Program.

Manley S. Hutchinson Scholarship Fund

Donor: Established by a bequest from the estate of Eileen “Janey” Barker Hutchinson ’31 and her husband, Manley S. Hutchinson, to benefit a deserving and academically gifted student who is enrolled in SUNY Cortland’s 3+2 physics/pre-engineering program.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in SUNY Cortland’s 3+2 physics/pre-engineering program.

Marcia Spaeth McDermott Professional Studies Study Abroad Scholarship

Donor: Established by Marcia Spaeth McDermott, former associate and acting dean of professional studies at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student participating in a study abroad program who is majoring in the School of Professional Studies, has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Margaret A. Curry ’52 Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was established by Margaret A. Curry ’52.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in physical education or sport management who has demonstrated financial need.

Marian Natoli Atkinson ’54 Alumni Admissions Scholarship

Donor: Established by Marian Natoli Atkinson ’54 in recognition of the important role Jessie Adams Shaffer, emeritus associate professor of education, played in her life. Professor Shaffer taught in Cortland’s Education Department for 22 years and her area of specialty, early childhood education, motivated Ms. Atkinson to spend her entire career teaching at the elementary level.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who has the highest academic credentials of all applicants who receive a letter of recommendation for admission by a SUNY Cortland graduate.

Marilou B. Wright ’68 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Women

Donor: Established by colleagues, friends and family in memory of Dr. Marilou B. Wright ’68, who was a non-traditional student who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at SUNY Cortland. For 15 years, Wright served her alma mater as executive assistant to the president and affirmative action officer, as well as by teaching courses in the English Department.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female undergraduate, 25 years of age or older, who has completed 24 credit hours at SUNY Cortland, has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and is enrolled full time.

Marion C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established in 1983 from the estate of Dr. Marion C. Thompson, a professor of English at Cortland for 24 years until her retirement in 1966. Thompson, an authority on folklore in American literature, died in 1982 and, through her will, stipulated that the scholarship be awarded to English majors based upon merit and financial need.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in English or professional writing who has demonstrated academic success and financial need.

Marjorie Dey Carter ’50 Scholarship in Urban Education

Donor: Established by Marjorie Dey Carter ’50 to benefit students majoring in teacher education who are enrolled in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the career of Marjorie Dey Carter, who graduated from Cortland in 1950.

Carter, who in 1977 received the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus recognition, was the first African-American to teach in the city of Syracuse school system. She served the Syracuse school system for 40 years.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a participant in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program who meets the academic and extracurricular requirements.

Maxwell and Myrtle Park Education Award

Donor: Established through the generosity of Maxwell and Myrtle Park. Maxwell Park was formerly chairman of the Education Department at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior education major who has a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average and spent his or her freshman and sophomore years at SUNY Cortland.

Michael E. Holland Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Student Government Association.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing full-time undergraduate or graduate student who has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, demonstrated campus involvement and significant participation in Student Government Association or residence life activities.

Michael J. O’Reilly ’58 Scholarship in Science Teacher Education

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a deserving undergraduate or graduate adolescence science education major.

Murray Family Scholarship

Donor: The Murray Family Scholarship was established by Sean Murray ’80, Clare Murray ’88, and Brendan Murray ’85 to support students with demonstrated financial need who have positively affected their community and who show promise to positively affect the SUNY Cortland community.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman student who has positively affected his or her community and has demonstrated financial need.

Myrl Rose Crocker Howe/McGraw Scholarship

Donor: Established by Robert C. Howe to benefit promising female students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator who have graduated from McGraw High School and require financial aid.

This scholarship also will recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of the donor’s mother. She attended the Emma Willard School, graduated in 1931 from Wheelock College, and received her New York State Teaching Certificate from SUNY Cortland in 1961. Myrl Rose Crocker Howe began teaching in the McGraw Central School District in 1956, and taught there until her retirement in 1972.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female sophomore or junior pursuing a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Preference given to a McGraw High School graduate or graduate of a high school in a neighboring community.

Myrl Rose Crocker Howe Scholarship

Donor: Established by Robert C. Howe to benefit promising female students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator who require financial aid, and to recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of the donor’s mother. She attended the Emma Willard School, graduated in 1931 from Wheelock College, and received her New York State Teaching Certificate from SUNY Cortland in 1961.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female sophomore or junior pursuing a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Preference given to a single parent.

Neil Wortmann ’57 Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was established by Neil Wortmann ’57 in honor of the opportunities given to him by SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in physical education or science (biology, chemistry, earth science or physics) who has demonstrated financial need. Preference for a student from Long Island.

Nellie Davidson 1908 Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was established in memory of Nellie Davidson, a 1908 graduate of the Cortland Normal School. Davidson was a native of nearby McLean. During a lifelong career in nursing, she traveled to many different parts of the United States, but because of her affection for Central New York, she returned each year for extended visits. Upon her death in 1963, she bequeathed a sizable gift to the College to benefit needy students who have grown up in the area she so loved.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to sophomores or juniors who are involved in campus activities and have demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students from Central New York.

New York State Home Bureau Award

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in therapeutic recreation who has a minimum 2.85 cumulative grade point average and is from a county in New York state that has an organized N.Y.S. Federation of Home Bureaus (N.Y.S.F.H.B) Chapter.

Organized counties include: Albany, Allegany, Buffalo City, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chenango, Clinton, Dutchess, Erie, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Oswego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Steuben, Tompkins, Wyoming, Yates. Cortland county residents are eligible as well based on N.Y.S.F.H.B. rules.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Donor: Established by an anonymous donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a full- or part-time continuing undergraduate or graduate student who has completed at least 12 credit hours of study at SUNY Cortland. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need is required. Applicant is nontraditional in the sense that his/her college education has been interrupted. Age is not a factor. Both males and females are eligible.

Norma Smoczynski Schlager ’62 Scholarship for the Arts

Donor: Established by Norma Smoczynski Schlager ’62 as part of the Class of 1962 Million Dollar Endowment Campaign.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student who is a high-achieving art major and has demonstrated financial need.

Overseas Academic Program Award

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students accepted to a study abroad program who have a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average and are citizens of the United States or permanent residents. Academic achievement and extracurricular activities are taken into consideration.

Past Presidents Scholarship

Donor: These awards were established in honor of the past presidents of SUNY Cortland: James H. Hoose (1869-1891), Francis J. Cheney (1891-1912), Harry DeWitt DeGroat (1912-1943), Donnal V. Smith (1943-1959), Donovan C. Moffett (1959-1963), Kenneth E. Young (1964-1968), Richard C. Jones (1968-1978), James M. Clark (1979-1995), and Judson H. Taylor (1996-2003).

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to juniors who have attended SUNY Cortland for at least two full semesters, have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Candidates are considered on leadership ability, character and contributions to the College community.

Paul E. and Ethel McCloy Smiley ’31 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Ethel McCloy Smiley to assist promising students in their pursuit of an education at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman student with a minimum 3.0 high school grade point average. Leadership skills, participation in community service and the potential to contribute to SUNY Cortland’s academic environment in taken into consideration. Preference given to the descendants of Thomas H. McCloy and Alice Elizabeth Smith McCloy if equally qualified.

Paul Volk ’50 and Amy Volk Scholarship

Donor: Established by Paul and Amy Volk to honor the excellent education Paul received at SUNY Cortland and in gratitude for the financial support he received through the G.I. Bill. The Volks strongly believe that education opens doors to opportunities beyond imagination.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in physical education who has a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish Arts Scholarship

Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in the visual or performing arts.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in studio art, art history, new media design, music, musical theatre or theatre who has demonstrated financial need.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish History Scholarship

Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in history or adolescence education: social studies.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in history or adolescence education: social studies who has demonstrated financial need.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish Mathematics Scholarship

Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in mathematics or adolescence education: mathematics.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in mathematics or adolescence education: mathematics who has demonstrated financial need.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish Physics Scholarship

Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in physics or adolescence education: physics.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student majoring in physics or adolescence education: physics who has demonstrated financial need.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish Urban Teacher Education Scholarship

Donor: Established in honor of Rene Da Silva ’07 through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students in majors leading to a career as an educator in elementary schools or for grades 7-12. The scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are participating in the Cortland Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student participating in Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program, in a major leading to a career as an educator in elementary schools or for grades 7-12 who has demonstrated financial need. Preference for a student intending to teach in the New York City school system.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 First Year Learning Community Scholarship

Donor: Established through gifts from Peter Eisenhardt ’67 for the purpose of recognizing the top two students, based on merit, participating in one of the learning communities.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has a minimum 3.3 grade point average within the learning community, who has made consistent positive contributions to the learning community experience and has demonstrated integrity, leadership and creativity.

Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 Science Scholarship

Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt ’67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding promising Cortland students who are planning to become science teachers.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshmen or transfer student who is interested in pursuing a major in adolescence education: chemistry. Minimum 3.0 high school grade point average required as well as demonstrated financial need. Secondary preferences are for chemistry, math, or physics majors.

Ralph Adams Brown and Marian R. Brown Scholarship

Donor: Established by the bequest of Marian R. Brown in memory of SUNY Cortland’s first Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of American History Ralph A. Brown. An award-winning historian of national repute and a mentor to thousands of students, Brown (1908-1986) dramatically influenced contemporary scholarship in the fields of history and social studies during his 28 years on the Cortland faculty.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a transfer student who has presented outstanding academic credentials.

Ramona Estelle Dubick Mirabito ’51 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Ramona Estelle Dubick Mirabito ’51 and Frederick B. Mirabito to honor the education received by Mrs. Mirabito as well as pay tribute to her teaching career in Oxford, N.Y.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman from Oxford or Norwich, N.Y., who has demonstrated financial need. Preference given to childhood/early childhood education majors.

Richard DeFrances ‘54 Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was established by Richard DeFrances ’54.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who is majoring in education, history or recreation and leisure studies and has demonstrated financial need. Preference given to first-generation college students.

Richard M. Ball ’56 and Grace Sparkes Ball ’57 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Richard M. Ball ’56 and Grace Sparkes Ball ’57.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who has high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Robert C. Brauer Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established through a bequest from Elsie C. Brauer in memory of her son who was a SUNY Cortland student.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a deserving student who is academically outstanding and majoring in natural sciences.

Robert E. Clark and Marilyn M. Clark ’51 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Marilyn M. Clark ’51.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior student planning to become a teacher in the elementary education or physical education field. Eligible students are those majoring in childhood and/or early childhood education or physical education with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

Robert E. Vogel ’54 Physical Education Scholarship

Donor: Established by Robert E. Vogel ’54 in appreciation of his education at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in physical education who has demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students from Erie County or the Western New York region.

Robert Rhodes ’53 Scholarship

Donor: Established by alumni and friends of Dr. Robert Rhodes as a “thank you” to a teacher whose influence extended well beyond the classroom.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in English, adolescence education: English or professional writing with proven academic achievement and demonstrated financial aid.

Ronald E. ’53 and Lorna Graham Becraft ’65 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Ronald E. Becraft ’53 to support students with demonstrated financial need.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who has demonstrated financial need.

Rosemary Wortmann ’56 Scholarship for Elementary Education

Donor: This scholarship was established in memory of Rosemary Pierro Wortmann ’56, a dedicated teacher throughout her life, to support future teachers from Long Island.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman who is majoring in childhood/early childhood education who has demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a student from Long Island.

Ruth Hart Blanchard ’23 Scholarship

Donor: The creator of this scholarship, Ruth Hart Blanchard, was a graduate of the Class of 1923 and president of her class. The Class of 1923 was the first class to attend Commencement exercises in Old Main, which was completed in the spring of that year.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in early childhood education who has demonstrated high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Sally Yaeger Wallace ’53 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Robert Wallace ’53 to honor the memory of his wife, Sally. An exceptional physical educator and pioneer for women’s intercollegiate athletics, Sally touched many lives and helped a generation of SUNY Cortland students achieve fulfilling careers.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who demonstrates the qualities that made Sally Yaeger Wallace '53 a fabulous teacher and coach: commitment, involvement, empathy, integrity and the desire to make a difference in the lives of students.

Sheier Family Scholarship

Donor: Established by Ira J. Sheier ’62.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Sigma Delta Phi Scholarship

Donor: Established by the former sisters of the Sigma Delta Phi Sorority.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has completed at least two full-time semesters at SUNY Cortland, has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and demonstrates active participation in campus life, social involvement with other students, fulfillment of personal goals, improvement of campus life and educational opportunities.

Smithtown Scholarship

Donor: Established by a group of Cortland alumni who work or have worked in the Smithtown Central School District.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshmen student from Smithtown Central School District with high academic credentials.

Spiegle Willcox Scholarship

Donor: Established by Spiegle Willcox to benefit promising undergraduate instrumental music students at SUNY Cortland, who require financial aid. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the musical career of devoted SUNY Cortland friend and honorary doctoral degree recipient, Spiegle Willcox.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who is participating in instrumental ensembles and demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in musical performance who has demonstrated financial need.

Spina-Friedgen ’71 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Ralph Friedgen and Gloria Spina-Friedgen ’71.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior who has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, is majoring in education or physical education and has demonstrated financial need.

Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship

Donor: Established and supported by the Student Government Association (SGA).

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing undergraduate or graduate student who has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and has demonstrated leadership skills through the Student Government Association or other campus service projects. Secondary consideration for Cortland area community service.

Suzanne Pratt Birch ’59 and Dr. Edward Birch ’60 Scholarship for Future Childhood and Early Childhood Educators

Donor: Established by Suzanne Pratt Birch ’59 and Edward Birch ’60 in appreciation for the academic, social and personal growth they experienced when they were Cortland students.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman majoring in early childhood or childhood education and has demonstrated financial need.

Suzanne Wingate Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Sport Management Club in memory of Suzanne Wingate. Funded by the annual Suzanne Wingate Memorial Golf Tournament that is organized by the Sport Management Club.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior who has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, has demonstrated commitment of time and effort to the Sport Management Program, and is planning to enroll in a sport management internship within the next year.

Theodore McKee ’69 Scholarship for EOP Students

Donor: Established by Judge Theodore McKee ’69 in honor of Frank Burdick and Tom Newkirk, former directors of the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing EOP student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership on the SUNY Cortland campus.

Theta Phi, Alpha Chapter Marjorie Dey Carter ’50 Scholarship

Donor: Established by the sisters of the Theta Phi Sorority, Alpha Chapter, to benefit promising junior and senior students at SUNY Cortland who are majoring in education or recreation with a minor in outdoor recreation management and education. The fund also is intended to recognize the educational career of SUNY Cortland alumna and Theta Phi Sorority member Marjorie Dey Carter ’50.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female junior or senior majoring in education, physical education or recreation with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average who has demonstrated outstanding leadership while at SUNY Cortland.

Thomas and Marion Cashady ’28 Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to the most academically qualified freshman from Seneca County.

Thomas and Martha Rhubottom Scholarship

Donor: Established through a gift from Brian G. Murphy ’83 and his wife Patricia Rhubottom to honor Thomas and Martha Rhubottom as well as those that have served their country.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an undergraduate student who has served his/her country as a member of the United States Armed Forces in an effort to support them or members of their immediate families who are seeking a college education.

Thomas L. Goodale ’61 Community Service Scholarship

Donor: Established at SUNY Cortland on the occasion of Professor Thomas L. Goodale’s retirement from George Mason University in Virginia. The scholarship was endowed by scores of Goodale’s colleagues from across the country. The Thomas L. Goodale ’61 Scholarship was created in honor of this great man with the hope of inspiring other Cortland recreation students to follow his model.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an incoming freshman or transfer student majoring in the area of recreation who has a strong record of community or school service activities, high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Uschald Study Abroad Scholarship

Donor: Established to benefit students who are enrolled in Cortland’s study abroad program. Named in honor of SUNY Cortland Director Emeritus of International Programs and Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages Willi A. Uschald.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students participating in a study abroad program, who have a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Academic achievement and extracurricular activities are taken into consideration.

Van Akin Burd Scholarship in English

Donor: Established through a gift by SUNY Cortland Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Van Akin Burd.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate student within the English department who has demonstrated financial need.

Van Akin Burd Prize

Donor: Established by an anonymous donor to honor the outstanding attributes of SUNY Cortland Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Van Akin Burd. The creation of this endowment offers an opportunity for former students and colleagues to recognize his contributions to the creation of the English major and the liberal arts program at SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior student within the English department.

Vice President for Student Affairs Merit Scholarship

Donor: Established and supported by friends of student affairs.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average who demonstrates high standards regarding student integrity and ethics. Contributions made to the quality of student life and leadership in student life are taken into consideration.

Vincent J. Gonino Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established in memory of Vincent J. Gonino.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a continuing student majoring in physical education or kinesiology who has a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, demonstrated financial need and exemplifies the characteristics of Vincent Gonino: A desire to "make a difference" with children and adolescents, commitment, involvement, honesty, loyalty and integrity.

Vincent D’Esposito ’62 Scholarship

Donor: This scholarship was established by Vincent D’Esposito ’62.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an incoming freshman student from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has high academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and is a citizen of the United States.

Vincent J. Mascia ’53 and Roberta Miller Mascia ’53 Scholarship

Donor: Established by Vincent J. Mascia ’53 and Roberta Miller Mascia ’53 to honor their lifetime connection to SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in physical education who has demonstrated financial need.

Wah Chip and Yuki Chin Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by Wah Chip Chin to provide financial assistance for graduate students from the Capital Normal University to attend SUNY Cortland.

Eligibility Criteria: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for graduate students from the Capital Normal University to attend SUNY Cortland. The scholarship may also be used to benefit the following student types listed in priority order:

  • Chinese graduate students attending SUNY Cortland from other Mainland China universities
  • Graduate students attending SUNY Cortland from universities in other Asian countries
  • American undergraduates (juniors and seniors) or graduate students enrolled at SUNY Cortland who choose to study in the following order of priority at:
    • Capital Normal University in Beijing
    • Other Mainland China universities
    • Other Asian universities.

Walter and Anne Kreig Memorial Scholarship

Donor: Established by Dorothea Kreig Fowler ’52, M.S.Ed. ’74 to benefit promising education majors who require financial aid and to recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of Walter and Anne Kreig, who displayed an intellectual curiosity and love of learning throughout their lifetimes.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a transfer student who is majoring in education with plans to become a teacher, who has been involved in community service in either high school or junior college and has demonstrated financial need.

Western New York Cortland Alumni Scholarship

Donor: Established by the Western New York Cortland Alumni.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior with a 3.0 or better grade point average. Must be a permanent resident of one of the following Western New York counties: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Livingston, Genesee, Wyoming. Character, community involvement and participation in Cortland activities taken into consideration.

William Joseph Phelps ’69 Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding senior science major who plans to attend graduate school. Preference given to physics majors. Secondary consideration for chemistry, biology and geology majors.

Women’s Scholarship in Physical Education

Donor: Established by gifts from emeritus professors in physical education at SUNY Cortland to benefit promising female students majoring in physical education who require financial aid.

Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female freshman majoring in physical education. A combination of academic achievements, leadership experience, involvement in extracurricular activities as well as demonstrated financial need serve as criteria for selection.

 



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