The SUNY Orange Foundation is pleased to announce that in keeping with the spirit of National Scholarship Month, we are launching our new scholarship opportunities management system; AcademicWorks at:



This system is available to all students with a SUNY Orange student ID#, as well as all faculty and staff who support this effort.

PLEASE NOTE: This system is only for SUNY Orange Foundation Scholarship Opportunities, details of other financial assistance, including the New York State Excelsior Scholarship Program and Emergency Scholarships can be found here on the Financial Aid Homepage. Scholarship tips and other resources can be found below.

Students can apply for SUNY Orange Foundation Scholarships entirely online, review the status of their applications, and will receive updates, reminder notices, and decisions through email communication. Similarly, faculty and staff will have access to enable them to provide recommendations or fulfill a role as a member of the scholarship committee.


Deadline for first-time Entering Students

The Deadline for Foundation Scholarships for first-time Entering students is August 15, 2018. There will be interim application reviews and awards of entering scholarships before that date, so students are encouraged to complete their application as early as possible.

Deadline for Returning/Continuing Students

The Deadline for Foundation Scholarships for Returning/Continuing students is April 17, 2018.

Deadline for Graduating Students

The Deadline for Foundation Scholarships for Graduating students is March 27, 2018.


Completion of FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is no longer required to qualify for Foundation Scholarships. Students may explain their individual financial need for a scholarship through a narrative question on the application. If a student does complete a FAFSA, the results will be included in the form and consideration may be given by reviewers.

If you have additional questions, please email, Sharon Hood, at Sharon will be happy to answer questions as quickly as possible.

Tips on Applying for Scholarships

  • Represent yourself honestly but be fair to yourself.
  • Check the qualifications listed for each scholarship and design your application to show how you meet those qualifications.
  • Look at your application from the sponsor’s viewpoint and evaluate whether you can improve the case you made to support of your qualifications.

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Scholarship Essays

Many scholarship sponsors require that applicants write an essay, sometimes on a given subject, to demonstrate their writing abilities. These essays will be judged on whether they are carefully organized, well-written, interesting, and original. Don’t be afraid to be original. Remember, no one else can represent your own unique outlook as well as you.

You will most likely find it useful to make an outline and other notes in advance. For assistance in structuring your essay, you might want to consult the section on Elementary Principles of Composition in Strunk and White’s book, "The Elements of Style".

Here are a few tips on the presentation of the scholarship essay:

  • Check for typos, grammatical errors, and spelling mistakes
  • Follow all formatting instructions.
  • Use good-quality paper.
  • Use a professional-looking font with text size between 10 and 12, 14 for the headings.
  • Make sure that the papers look neat and have no unnecessary creases.
  • Mail in a large envelope, so the papers will remain unfolded.


Avoiding Scholarship Scams

  • Never pay money to apply for, to search for, or to receive a scholarship.
  • Don’t reveal credit card numbers or other personal data that has no connection to your eligibility for a scholarship.
  • Check out organizations that sponsor scholarships. Do they have a website? A working telephone number?
  • Beware of an offer for a scholarship that you did not apply for.

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Federal & State Grants and Scholarships

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Outside Scholarships

The links below are external links that will take you out of the SUNY Orange Web site. The college cannot be responsible for the content on these pages, although the links on this page have been reviewed and are recommended by the staff of the Office of Financial Aid.

These links are scholarships offered by outside vendors:

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Scholarship-Search Organizations

Students may want to register with more than one search organization, since none will have a database containing all available scholarships (keeping in mind that there can be a lot of work attached to each application).

Search Organization listing 40 companies which perform scholarship-search services:

A Sampling of Search Organizations

Search organization with very large databases of scholarships—for instance:

Search organizations focusing on international scholarship opportunities—for instance:

Search organizations that sort scholarships by students’ attributes and background, as well as by name of scholarship—for instance:

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Tax Considerations

To evaluate whether your "free money" is also tax-free, see the IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. (It may also be that you can declare your personal computer as a deductible expense for income-tax purposes..)

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Informational Websites

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