Since its inception, the primary purpose of the SUNY Adirondack Foundation has been to provide scholarship assistance to SUNY Adirondack students.  Scholarships are available for all programs and to both new and returning students.

Categories of Scholarships

I. SUNY Adirondack Foundation Sponsored Scholarships

This group of scholarships is supported by income generated from the Foundation’s endowment, fund raising events and the annual giving campaign.  There are currently three types of scholarships funded by the Foundation:

Academic Excellence Scholarships for recent high school graduates
SUNY Adirondack Foundation Scholarships for new and returning students
Foundation Access Scholarships for College Academy students in high school

More detailed information can be found at the following link on the Financial Aid webpage CLICK HERE.

II. Scholarships Sponsored by other Foundations and Trusts

There are currently four scholarships which fall within this category and are awarded to both incoming and returning students.  These scholarships have been established in conjunction with local foundations or through provisions in a will.

Glens Falls Foundation Lenetta Pesquera Nursing and Arts Scholarships
William and Elsie Hill Scholarship
William & Elsie Hill Returning Adult Student Scholarship
Evelyn and Paul Robinson Foundation Scholarships

More detailed information can be found at the following link on the Financial Aid webpage CLICK HERE. (scroll down the page)

III. SUNY Adirondack Named Scholarships

Established by area individuals, companies and organizations, they typically bear the name of the individual or organization who funds it annually, or in whose memory the scholarship was named. Primarily, these scholarships are available only to students already attending SUNY Adirondack with an established GPA.  The competitive application process takes place in the spring semester of the student's first year and generally requires a minimum 2.5 GPA in 12 completed credits at SUNY Adirondack. 

Establishing a Scholarship

If you wish to establish a scholarship for SUNY Adirondack students with the Foundation, please contact Jill Vogel at (518) 743-2244 or

Eligibility for Scholarships

A. Guidelines for Academic Excellence, Hill, Pesquera and Robinson Scholarships

Students must be nominated by their guidance counselor in February of each year.

B. Foundation Scholarships Guidelines

Students must apply for financial aid to be eligible for these scholarships.  Scholarships are awarded to those who have financial need, but do not qualify for federal or state assistance.

C. Named Scholarships Guidelines

These are awarded on a competitive basis each spring for returning students.  Students must complete an application, have a 2.5 GPA in at least 12 credits at SUNY Adirondack.  Some of the scholarships require students to demonstrate financial need, so students are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA and the TAP applications.

D. Foundation Access Scholarships

High school students enrolled in the College Academy Program who are eligible for free or reduced lunch can receive a scholarship so that the cost of their first course is reduced to $50.  Please refer to the College Academy Registration Form for more information.

The Impact on Student's Lives -

"I would like to start by saying what an honor it was to get the Academic Excellence Scholarship...the only way I can get through college is through scholarships and grants...I am the first in my household to go to college...Thank you for giving me such an opportunity, may you be as blessed as you have blessed me." 
C. Randolph

"When I made the difficult decision to return to school after 25 years, I truly questioned if I could join into an academic community that has changed so much.  I took the challenge and immersed myself into my studies.  It has been one of the happiest and most gratifying times of my life...It reaffirmed to me that all of my hard work has paid off thus far...Receiving this honor is a pivotal moment in my life and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to continue my education and reach a lifelong goal of a college degree." 
K. Arnold

"I am a proud recipient of the Hill Family Foundation Scholarship.  I'd like to thank you for choosing me, this will help out so much to better my education...I've always wanted to be a leader of the community and becoming a police officer is my way to serve and protect the community."
B. Sawyer
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