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The Honors College offers Presidential Scholarships. Additionally, Honors students may be eligible for the Provost and Pride of New York Scholarships, awarded by the Office of Admissions. To be considered for a merit scholarship, your general application for admission to the University at Buffalo (either SUNY,  Common or Coalition for College Application) must be on file and complete (including all supplemental materials) by Dec. 8.

The Presidential Scholarship

UB’s top entering freshmen are awarded Presidential Scholarships. This scholarship is valued at $15,000 annually (when combined with other scholarships and grants, this amount may not exceed the cost of attendance), renewable for four years of undergraduate study. While there is no minimum criteria for consideration as it is based on each year’s incoming class, for the 2022 Presidential Scholarship Class, the unweighted GPA ranged from a 94% up to 100%. The University at Buffalo is test optional this year and standardized test scores are not required to apply for this scholarship. Students must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Students who receive Presidential Scholarships are automatically admitted to the Honors College.

To apply, you must first submit your application to the University at Buffalo using either the Common app or SUNY Application. Two to three days after submission, you will receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with instructions for logging into the applicant status website for UB. Once you have received your login information, you can then apply for the Presidential Scholarship.

International Presidential Scholars

International students are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Presidential Scholars program and may be considered for undergraduate admissions merit scholarships. Visit the International Admissions website for more information on scholarship opportunities for International students.

The deadline to apply for the University at Buffalo Presidential Scholarship is Feb. 1, 2024.

Contact Tim Matthews, senior assistant director, at if you have any questions.

Steven B. Sample Distinguished Honors Scholarship

Established in 2004 by Jeremy M. Jacobs, '60, Stanford Lipsey, Robert G. Wilmers, and the directors of Moog, Inc. to honor former University at Buffalo president Steven B. Sample.

Must be a newly admitted first-year student (freshman) accepted into both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and University Honors College. Must be a New York State resident. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Swaran Vasu International Honors Engineering Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate international student enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the UB Honors College with articulated financial need. The recipient will be selected jointly by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the UB Honors College. This scholarship will be renewable for up to three additional years, so long as the recipient remains in good standing in the Honors College and a major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The application process for this scholarship will open during the month of February and the student recipient will be selected and notified in March.

Email Tim Matthews in the Honors College for application information.

Other Admissions Scholarships

Each year Admissions selects high-achieving freshmen applicants from across the U.S. for Merit Scholarships. No additional application is needed, but to guarantee consideration, students must submit all UB application materials by Dec. 8. International Merit Scholarships are also available upon admission to non-U.S. residents.

Last updated: September 18, 2023 12:21 pm EST