The SUNY Polytechnic Institute Foundation offers a wide range of scholarships for students who have demonstrated strong academic ability and community service. These scholarship funds assist SUNY Poly in attracting and retaining students as we face ever-increasing competition for enrollment. Gifts for scholarships are significant in promoting SUNY Poly's visibility and in aiding students of diverse ages and backgrounds who might otherwise look to another institution or who might miss out on the college experience altogether. We take pride in the growing number of endowed and annual scholarships which are made possible through the support to the Foundation and the SUNY Poly Annual Fund. Endowed and donor restricted scholarships have been established at SUNY Poly by alumni, corporations, family members, and friends of the college for the purpose of providing support to deserving and outstanding students. All Foundation scholarships are merit based and require no application process.
SUNY Poly Receives Largest Individual Donor Gifts in its History
Family of the late Francis A. Wilcox commits total of $1,900,000 to
support engineering-focused renovations, tools, and resources and
student scholarships at SUNY Poly’s Utica campus
The SUNY Poly Foundation has received a total of $1.9 million from the late Francis A. Wilcox—the largest individual donor contributions in the institution’s history. One gift of $1 million will support undergraduate student scholarships, and another gift of $900,000 will support the renovation of four electrical and computer engineering/engineering technology laboratories and the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment.
The “Francis A. Wilcox Scholarship” will provide critical financial support to SUNY Poly students who demonstrate merit and/or financial need, especially, but not limited to, those enrolled in the College of Engineering.
This transformational gift will be dedicated to defraying the costs for qualifying students to attend SUNY Poly, helping to make an education at SUNY Poly even more affordable while providing students with the resources they need to achieve academic—and later—career success.
Awards will begin in fall ’22.
The Wolfspeed Scholarship at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be awarded to students who are committed to working hard, willing to collaborate, and have a passion for innovation. Wolfspeed, a semiconductor chip manufacturer is building a $1 billion factory adjacent to our campus and is committed to providing SUNY Poly students with opportunities to excel through STEM education initiatives. The scholarship will help close the opportunity gap for historically underserved or marginalized communities while simultaneously supporting the need to educate and train tomorrow’s high-tech workforce.
Wolfspeed is committed to creating an environment where opportunity and inclusivity is real and active, and students enrolled in the following STEM programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be considered:
- Computer Engineering Technology
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Nanoscale Engineering
- Network & Computer Security
The Wolfspeed Scholarship offers many unique benefits to recipients, including:
- Special consideration for a paid summer internship with Wolfspeed
- Professional mentorship from an individually assigned Wolfspeed employee
- Exclusive networking opportunities with Wolfspeed professionals
How to apply to become a Wolfspeed Scholar
Students pursuing the above majors may apply to be considered for the Wolfspeed Scholarship.
- Entering freshman and transfer students may apply here. Deadline to apply is April 1.
- Current SUNY Poly students entering their second or third year of study in the fall may apply here. Deadline to apply is June 1.
Awards are based on merit and will follow SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s scholarship criteria, as well as the following:
- Students must not have ruled out interest in pursuing a position in the semiconductor industry upon graduation.
- Scholarship recipients will need to meet the above qualifications and also reflect the Wolfspeed values of Integrity and Respect; Ownership and Accountability; and Ingenuity and Passion.
Board Designated Scholarships
Arts and Sciences Scholarship
Established by the School of Arts and Sciences, this Board designated scholarship, the recipients of this scholarship must be superior students studying within the area of arts and sciences.
James A. Burns, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of James A. Burns, Jr. this Board designated scholarship recognizes outstanding students in telecommunications.
40th Anniversary Scholarship
Board designated scholarship established in honor of the visionary founders and leaders past, present, and future to impact SUNY Poly.
Leatrice Golden Book Scholarship
Established by Leatrice Golden, this Board designated scholarship shall benefit women in a science or technology discipline.
The Albany Valve & Fitting Company Scholarship
Established by the Selfridge Family, this endowed scholarship provides a scholarship for undergraduate students at SUNY Poly who have demonstrated academic achievement.
SUNY Poly Alumni Association Scholarship
Established by the SUNY Poly Alumni Association, the scholarship is for entering or current full-time SUNY Poly student pursing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Preference is given to a student who is a SUNY Poly legacy.
Patricia Arvantides Scholarship
Created by Patricia Arvantides and maintained by her son, Paul Arvantides, this scholarship is open to a fulltime student who is pursuing a degree in the area of Health Information Management.
The Jim G. Brock Sr. & Polly C. Brock Liberal Arts Scholarship
Established by Jim G. Brock Sr. and Polly C. Brock, this scholarship shall benefit full-time students who are pursuing a B.A. degree and are actively engaged at SUNY Poly both inside and outside of the classroom.
Brodock Press Scholarship
Established by Brodock Press, this scholarship recognizes and assists those students who are academically strong in the engineering technology fields.
Dr. Peter J. Cayan Scholarship
In recognition of his commitment to higher education and his 20 years as President at SUNYIT the Dr. Peter J. Cayan Endowed Scholarship Fund was established. All full-time students are eligible for this scholarship.
Ruddy Paul Cayan Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of Ruddy Paul Cayan by his parents Dr. Peter and Jeri Cayan, the scholarship was established to assist those who students who excel in the Nursing Program.
CIGNA Telecommunications Scholarship
Created by CIGNA, this scholarship is awarded to full-time student majoring in telecommunications.
Class of 1982 Service Award Endowed Scholarship
Established by the class of 1982, student receiving this award must be returning and active in Student Government.
Class of 1983 Scholarship Award
Established by the Class of 1983, recipients of the award will be entering and dedicated to academic excellence.
Dr. Ellen P. Coher Scholarship
Established in memory of Dr. Ellen P. Coher for her commitment to nursing program at SUNY Poly. Recipients of this scholarship shall be academically excellent in the Nursing program.
College Association Scholarship
Established by the College Association at SUNY Poly, recipients in any major are eligible for this award.
Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Credit Bureau of Utica Fund Scholarship
This scholarship is funded through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Credit Bureau of Utica Fund. Recipients will be full-time students pursuing a degree in the School of Business who have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
CONTEL Endowed Scholarship
Created by CONTEL, this scholarship is awarded to students who display superior ability in telecommunications.
Peter A. Donato Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Peter Donato, this scholarship was formed for full time students in any curriculum pursuing a degree at SUNY Poly.
Lee Einsidler Scholarship
Established by SUNYIT alumnus, Mr. Lee Einsidler, is the annual award of four (4) “tuition only” scholarships for full time students pursuing a degree in the field of business. Student recipients may be incoming first-year or transfer students. Awards will be distributed as 50% in fall and 50% in spring.
Senator James H. Donovan Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Senator James H. Donovan, this scholarship was established to assist studentsfrom Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida counties with the exceptional academic performance and active involvement in community affairs.
John A. Falcone Scholarship
Established in honor of John Falcone, the scholarship was established to assist entering or current full time SUNY Poly student pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with no priority given to a specific major.
Faxton Hospital Alumni Association Scholarship
The scholarship is dedicated to the Faxton Hospital Alumni who have touched countless lives in their professional excellence. The recipient must be a full-time, entering junior or senior student, or a graduate student pursuing a degree in Nursing and must maintain the required G.P.A., with preference given to a resident of Oneida or Herkimer counties.
General Electric Scholarship
Scholarship and financial assistance awards made from the General Electric Scholarship shall be awarded to students who are majoring in the technologies including computer science and telecommunications, with preference to women, Vietnam veterans, or minority students.
Globe Mill Scholarship
Established by the Globe Mill Joint Venture, scholarship is open to any major.
Howard W. Hart Memorial – Kiwanis Club of Utica Scholarship
Established in 1986 in honor of Howard W. Hart, this scholarship is based upon merit and recipients must reside in the Utica area.
Health Services Management Scholarship
Established by the Health Services Management Department at SUNY Poly, recipients must be full time, matriculated students in the Health Services Management program.
John and Katherine Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of John and Katherine Hutchinson, this scholarship is to assist a new, full-time student who must meet required G.P.A. criteria
John F. Kaminski Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of John F. Kaminsky, this scholarship provides support to academically excellent students in any curriculum.
Charles T. Lanigan Scholarship
Established to honor Charles T. Lanigan for his support and leadership in establishing and building the SUNY Poly campus. Scholarships are awarded to full-time, matriculated students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
Lillian W. and David J. Leffert Scholarship
Established by the generosity of Lillian W. and David J. Leffert. Recipients of this scholarship will be considered to be academically excellent in any curriculum.
Dr. Robert D. Leidig Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Dr. Robert Leidig for his years of dedicated service to the Institute, scholarship recipients can be in any curriculum.
Laura J. Link Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Laura J. Link this scholarship will be awarded to a full-time junior pursuing a B.S. degree; preference will be given to students majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology. Recipients must enter with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. and demonstrate financial need.
M&W Nanotechnology STEM Education Fund
Established by the M&W Group, this scholarship is intended to provide scholarships to students in the fields of nanoscale science and engineering.
Allen Madle Memorial Scholarship
Established by the SUNY Poly Association in memory of outstanding adjunct instructor, Mr. Allen Madle, the recipient(s) of this award must be a full time student in good academic standing, with demonstrated financial need, and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Interested applicants must submit an essay (max. 500 words) by March 1, for consideration for the following academic year.
Albert Mario- School of Business Scholarship
Established in memory of Albert Mario for his dedication and years of expertise to SUNY Poly. Recipients will be exceptional School of Business enrollees.
Dr. Theodore C. and Melva S. Max Scholarship
Established by the generosity of Dr. Theodore C. and Melva S. Max, SUNY Poly College Council Member, scholarship recipients must be full time, matriculated students in the STEM disciplines and preference to students from the CNY region.
Dr. Theodore C. and Melva S. Max STEM Scholars
Established by the generosity of Dr. Theodore C. and Melva S. Max, SUNY Poly College Council Member, scholarship recipients must be full time, matriculated graduate or undergraduate students with preference to undergraduate students and students from the Oneida and Herkimer Counties of NY. Students must be pursuing a degree in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math).
Edward V. Mele- The Mele Foundation Scholarship
Established by the Mele Foundation. Recipients of this scholarship must be full-time, undergraduate students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Robbin Mele Scholarship
Created by Robbin Mele, a SUNY Poly Board of Trustees honorary member, the recipient(s) must be full time matriculated students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Dr. Brij Mullick Scholarship
Named in memory of Dr. Brij Mullick for his outstanding leadership to SUNY Poly. Scholarship and financial assistance awards made from the Dr. Brij Mullick Endowed Scholarship Fund shall be made to deserving full-time first-year student with preference given to a first-year student majoring in Psychology.
Dr. Brij Mullick Psi Chi Honor Society Scholarship
Named in memory of Dr. Brij Mullick for his outstanding leadership to SUNY Poly. Scholarships are designated to full-time transfer student(s) majoring in Psychology.
Professor Eugene J. Newman, Ph.D. Scholarship For Telecommunications
Established by Eugene J. Newman, Ph. D., recipients of this scholarship will be full-time, matriculated undergraduate or graduate student in the Telecommunications program.
New York State Telephone Association Scholarship
Created by New York State Telephone Association the recipients of this scholarship must be superior Telecommunications bachelor’s degree candidates with preference for children of telephone company employees in NYS.
Northern Telecom Scholarship
This endowed scholarship is to support the telecommunications program.
NYNEX Endowed Scholarship
Created by NYNEX the recipients of this scholarship must be exceptional in the telecommunications program.
Created by NYSTEC this scholarship is a current use scholarship intended for student(s) pursuing an undergraduate degree in Network and Computer Security. Secondary preference is for a student studying in Health Information Management or Communication and Information Design.
Nursing Administration Scholarship
Established by Victoria E. and Warren Rinehart, the Nursing Administration Endowed Scholarship provides valuable support to those who pursuing a M.S. degree with a major in Nursing Administration and demonstrate a financial need. Recipients must also have and maintain a 3.67 G.P.A.
Oneida County Voiture 92- Horace Moore Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2002, by Oneida County Voiture 92, in memory of Horace Moore. Recipients of the scholarship must be a full time student pursuing a Master’s with a major in Adult Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner. The must also have and maintain a minimum 3.0 G.P.A., demonstrate financial need, and be a resident of Oneida County.
Mary M. Planow Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Mary M. Planow for her commitment to the Arts and Sciences Department at SUNY Poly. All recipients of this scholarship must be non-traditional.
Racal-Datacom Award for Excellence Scholarship
Established by Racal-Datacom, recipients of this scholarship are outstanding, financially needy Telecommunications seniors who have not previously received a scholarship at SUNY Poly with a preference for minorities and women.
Spencer J. Roemer Family Scholarship
Established by the Dr. Spencer J. Roemer family, the recipients must be academically outstanding and from the greater Utica/ Rome area.
Saltzburg Family Memorial Scholarship
Created in memory of the Saltzburg family, this scholarship is open to students from any discipline.
Victor C. Salvo Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Victor C. Salvo by his son. The recipients must full-time Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, or other engineering technology majors with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Dr. John Sammon STEM Scholars
Established by Dr. John Sammon, the recipient(s) must be students studying in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) disciplines with preference to undergraduate students and be a resident of NY State with preference to students from the upstate region.
Robert and Inez G. Scotti Scholarship
Established in memory of Robert and Inez G. Scotti. Recipients must be full-time, demonstrate financial need, and pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Health Information Management, Health Services Management or Accounting with preference given to undergraduate majors in Health Information Management or graduate students pursuing an MBA degree in Health Services Management. Recipients must hold United States citizenship.
Arnold Simson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Professor Arnold Simson by his wife to commemorate his commitment and service to SUNY Poly over the years, recipients of the scholarships can go to outstanding scholars at SUNY Poly.
Milton L. Smith Scholarship
Created by the generosity of Milton L. Smith, recipients of this scholarship will be entering or current SUNY Poly students in full-time status pursing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with no priority given to a specific major.
Established by the Stetson- Harza, scholarship recipients can be in any major.
John J. Sullivan Graduate Fellowship
Established by Mr. John J. Sullivan, this fund shall be awarded annually to support the research program of a graduate student at CNSE.
SUNY Poly Foundation Scholarship
Established by the SUNY Poly Foundation Board of Trustees, scholarship recipients of this award can be in any major.
TIE Communications Scholarship
Established by TIE Communications to help create the talented and innovative telecommunications professionals of the future, recipients of the scholarship will be entering and pursuing a telecommunications degree.
Women’s Christian Association of Utica, New York Scholarship Fund
Established by the generosity of the Women’s Christian Association of Utica, New York recipients of this fund must be female. A preference for Oneida County residence will be made.
WSTA, Partners in Information and Network Technology Scholarship
Established by WSTAPartners in Information and Network Technology the recipients of scholarships will be full time, financially needy graduate and undergraduate students in the Telecommunications program with a minimum of G.P.A. of 3.0.
The Yang Family Nanotechnology Exploration for Undergraduate Scholarship (NEXUS)
Established by Mark Yang and the Yang Family, this fund shall provide scholarship support for students pursuing undergraduate education at SUNY Poly. Preference for NEXUS will be given to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, exceptional promise in the fields of science and engineering, and financial need.
The Zeman Vdoviak Scholarship
Established by a SUNY Poly alumna in honor of her two grandmothers, Zeman and Vdoviak. Recipients of this scholarship must be a junior or senior transfer student, with preference given to in-state students.
Academic Merit Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Office to students who demonstrate academic achievement.
Board Designated Scholarships
Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement (MVILR) Scholarship
Created by MVILR, recipients of this scholarship should be considered to be academically excellent.
Minority Honors Scholarship
Recipients of this award must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident and NYS resident who will make a contribution to the diversity to the student body primarily by overcoming a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.
Julia O. Wells Foundation
Established by the generosity of the Julia O. Wells Foundation, recipients of this scholarship must be in Nursing, half of which must go Albany Memorial Hospital School of Nursing graduates.