The next generation

Since its inception, the primary purpose of 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

SUNY Adirondack Foundation-sponsored scholarships

This group of scholarships is supported by income generated from the Foundation’s endowment, fundraising events and an annual giving campaign. There are four 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
  • EOP Summer Scholarships

Scholarships sponsored by other foundations and trusts

These scholarships are awarded to both incoming and returning students. They were 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

SUNY Adirondack named scholarships

Established by area individuals, companies and organizations, these scholarships 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 to returning students. The competitive review process takes place in the spring semester and no initial application is required. Students who have a 2.5 GPA in 12 completed credits at SUNY Adirondack will automatically be considered. In some cases, a supplemental application will be emailed to eligible students. Some scholarships require a completed FAFSA for consideration and returning students are encouraged to have the form submitted by March 1.

Establishing a Scholarship

If you wish to establish a scholarship for SUNY Adirondack students with the Foundation, please call 518-743-2255.

Eligibility for Scholarships

Guidelines for Academic Excellence, Hill, Pesquera and Robinson Scholarships

Students must be accepted by SUNY Adirondack and complete the FAFSA by March 1 to be considered. No additional application is required. 

Foundation Scholarships Guidelines

Students must demonstrate financial aid to be eligible for these scholarships. Students must be accepted by SUNY Adirondack and complete the FAFSA by March 1. No additional application is required. 

Named Scholarships Guidelines

These are awarded on a competitive basis each spring for returning students. To be considered, students must have a 2.5 GPA in at least 12 credits at SUNY Adirondack. Some of the scholarships require students to demonstrate financial need, so completion of the FAFSA application by March 1 is required. Students will be notified by email if supplemental information is needed to be considered for a scholarship.  

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 cost of their first course is reduced to $50. Please refer to the College Academy Registration Form for more information.

EOP Summer Scholarships

Students must be enrolled in the EOP Program and registered for summer courses at SUNY Adirondack.


Impact on students' 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 that all 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


Foundation-Sponsored Scholarships

Academic Excellence Scholarship

In order to be considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) for the 2019-2020 academic year, a student must:

1. Graduate from one of the participating North Country high schools (see list below).
2. Apply and be accepted to SUNY Adirondack AND complete the FAFSA by March 1.
3. Meet the following academic requirements:
• rank in the top 10% of his/her high school class at the end of his/her junior year,
• have a high school average of at least 90 at the end of his/her junior year.

4. Enroll as a full-time student in the Fall semester immediately following graduation.    

Nominations from Guidance Counselors are no longer required, and, due to budgetary reasons, the AES scholarship is no longer guaranteed to those who fall within the above guidelines. The Scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be evaluated during the month of March. Students who do not receive the AES will be considered for several other scholarships. Students who receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship and who maintain their eligibility will receive the scholarship for four consecutive semesters, with no deferments.

Maintaining Eligibility

In order to maintain eligibility, a student must:
1. Maintain full-time (12 credits or more) enrollment.
2. Earn a 3.0 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) during the first semester and thereafter maintain a 3.2 Cumulative Quality Point Average (CQPA) or higher.  


Eligible High Schools

Glens Falls
King's School
Lake George
North Warren

Fort Ann
Fort Edward
Hudson Falls

Ballston Spa
Saratoga Central Catholic
Saratoga Springs
South Glens Falls

Indian Lake
Long Lake

Schroon Lake

SUNY Adirondack Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships have been established by the Foundation in order to provide financial assistance to students who have financial need.  They are available to new and returning students.  New students must apply and be accepted to the college by March 1.  All students must submit their FAFSA by March 1.

Award: The Foundation provides $20,000 annually to the Office of Financial Aid to award to eligible students.  Those who maintain their eligibility in the Fall semester receive the same $500 award for the Spring semester.

Requirements: To be considered for the SUNY Adirondack Foundation Scholarship, applicants are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the SUNY Adirondack Financial Aid Supplement form, and submit some additional information as requested by the Financial Aid Office.

General Conditions: To maintain this scholarship, recipients are required to:
1. Maintain a 2.5 GPA.
2. File the FAFSA each year by March 1.

Award process: The Office of Financial Aid decides on the eligibility of candidates and selects recipients based on unmet financial need.

Foundation Access Scholarships for College Academy

SUNY Adirondack offers several opportunities for high school students to partake in college courses on our campus and in the high school.

A $50 scholarship is available to high school students for their first course.  Eligibility is determined through the course application process by verifying the student can receive free or reduced lunch.  This is verified by the High School Guidance Counselor.  Please refer to the application for further information or speak to your guidance counselor.

Scholarships Sponsored by other Foundations and/or Trusts

Glens Falls Foundation Scholarships: These annual scholarships are in Nursing and the Arts are provided by the Glens Falls Foundation and are supported by the proceeds from an endowment established by Mrs. Lennetta Pesquera.  Students must be accepted to SUNY Adirondack and have completed their FAFSA by March 1 to be considered.

William and Elsie Hill Scholarship: Established by the Hill Family, half-tuition scholarships are awarded to graduates of Fort Edward High School with a minimum GPA of 75.  Once enrolled at SUNY Adirondack, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to maintain eligibility.  Students must be accepted to SUNY Adirondack and have completed their FAFSA by March 1 to be considered.

William and Elsie Hill Returning Adult Scholarship: Established by the Hill Family, $500 awards each semester for full-time students (pro-rated for part-time students) who are graduates of Fort Edward High School with a minimum GPA of 75.  Students must be at least 22 years of age on January 1 of the academic year to which they are applying.  Once enrolled at SUNY Adirondack, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to maintain eligibility. 

Evelyn and Paul Robinson Memorial Award for Engineering: Two $1,200 scholarships for a student in engineering.  Students must be accepted to SUNY Adirondack and have completed their FAFSA by March 1 to be considered.

Evelyn and Paul Robinson Memorial Award for Nursing: Two $1,200 scholarships for a student in nursing.  Students must be accepted to SUNY Adirondack and have completed their FAFSA by March 1 to be considered.