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Merit scholarships

For students applying for 2017 or later.

Freshman and transfer students should complete the application for admission as early as possible for the following fall term. No additional scholarship forms are required. Over one-third of the entering class received merit-based scholarship money, with an average renewable award of $3,000.

Freshman Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman who have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence with a strong record of classroom achievement and competitive test scores of either the SAT or ACT exam. Over one-third of the entering class receives merit-based scholarship money, with an average renewable award of $3,000. All freshman awards are renewable for four years by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The middle fifty percent of the GPA and SAT or ACT of students awarded scholarships is as follows:

Scholarship Amount GPA SAT**
Presidential $20,000* (4 years) 93-97 1190-1300 26-29
Dean $6,000 (4 years) 90-94 1110-1210 24-26
Merit $3,000 (4 years) 88-91 1050-1150 22-25

*$5,000 annually for on-campus students; $2,500 per year for students living off-campus
** Represents old SAT scale (prior to March, 2016)

How to apply 
Freshman students should complete the application for admission as early as possible for the following fall term. No additional scholarship forms are required. Admission applications received by the priority deadline will get first consideration.

Destination Oswego Scholarship (Freshmen and Transfer)

These merit-based renewable awards are available to freshmen and transfer non-New York state residents and international students, who are not otherwise eligible for New York state tuition, and require full-time study. The award amounts range from $6,000 to $9,000 for up to four years based on a student’s coursework, grades, test scores and housing.

Possibility Scholarship

The Possibility Scholars program makes an exceptional academic program available for freshman applicants to Oswego's fall term. This scholarship program transforms the lives of student scholars and set them on a trajectory to meet both individual achievement goals and humanity's need for knowledge to conquer pressing global challenges.

When combined with existing need-based aid, Possibility Scholars will receive a full-ride scholarship worth over $20,000 per year, enabling scholarship recipients to study abroad, engage in research and graduate with little or no debt after an exceptional undergraduate experience. Only New York state students entering STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) are eligible for consideration, with priority given to high achieving students with significant financial need. Learn more

Co-op Scholarship

Freshmen entering SUNY Oswego in the fall term with a desire to participate in our paid, full-time, six-month employment co-op opportunity may be eligible for one of 15 $24,000 ($6,000 annually) co-op scholarships available through our partnership with the World Association for Cooperative Education.

To be eligible, students must qualify for a Presidential Scholarship and commit to participating in one of Oswego's co-op programs. These awards will replace the Presidential Scholarship.

Transfer Achievement/ Merit Scholarships

Transfer students entering with a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and 57 or more college credits are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable for one year if the student maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA at SUNY Oswego. To be eligible, simply complete an application for admission; no scholarship forms are required.

Learn more about scholarship policies for students currently receiving one of these awards.