SUNY Oswego currently has more than 250 privately-funded scholarships and awards available to students. With an enrollment of more than 8,000 students and as tuition and fees continue to increase, the Oswego College Foundation is continually looking to increase scholarship opportunities for students.

Scholarships have a direct impact on student experiences. For some, they are the only means that a student can afford to attend college. For others, it helps lift the burden of large college loans that they will face upon graduating. Learn about some ways that scholarships have made an impact on students’ lives through our Scholarship Stories.

General Endowed Scholarships 

Larissa Assam ’14

Scholarship packages are one of the most influential factors students and their families consider when choosing a college. The average student loan debt of a 2014 graduate nationally was approximately $25,000-- a far cry from the debt facing graduating classes even a decade ago. An endowed scholarship will provide needed funding to keep an Oswego education affordable and within reach for students from all walks of life. It helps lighten the financial burden, so students can focus their energies on making discoveries, composing the next great symphony, improving social policies or translating classroom lessons into solutions with global implications. 

Naming opportunities for endowed scholarships begin at $25,000. For information on how to establish an endowed fund and recognition opportunities, please review Recognition and Naming Opportunities.

Possibility Scholars 

Amy Hannahan ’16

The Possibility Scholars program packages all the qualities of a SUNY Oswego education into a transformative life experience for selected students in science-related disciplines who demonstrate significant financial need. The program offers students much more than financial aid. It takes a three-prong approach:
  • Financial Assistance: Scholarships cover all tuition, fees, room and board for up to four years, in coordination with any other grants or scholarships awarded.
  • Summer Research Institute: Recipients are assigned a faculty mentor even before they arrive on campus as freshmen. They receive a stipend and room and board to engage in a rigorous, laboratory-based summer research experience supporting year-round knowledge building. Working closely with a faculty mentor matched to their academic interests and career goals, Possibility Scholars will exercise critical thinking skills and enter into valuable professional relationships for the future.
  • Global Laboratory: Scholars receive support for an international experience. Being embedded in an international community will help develop richer understanding and creative ideas for building a better world.
  • Your gift will broaden the reach of this program to benefit greater numbers of able students in need.

    An endowed Possibility Scholarship begins at $250,000. For information on how to establish an endowed fund and recognition opportunities, please review Recognition and Naming Opportunities.

    Presidential Scholars 

    Rachel Edic ’16
    For more than a decade, the Presidential Scholars program has attracted top performing students to Oswego in increasing numbers. Awarding these merit scholarships to the most talented students does more than reward individuals for excellent academic work and future promise. Above all, it brings us passionate learners whose academic focus and ability raise the level of intellectual vitality and rigor in the classroom and across the entire campus community. Increased funding will position us to award more of these scholarships as we elevate our academic profile and attract student scholars who often take on leadership roles in the arts, athletics, student government and community service.

    Naming opportunities for endowed presidential scholarships begin at $150,000. For information on how to establish an endowed fund and recognition opportunities, please review Recognition and Naming Opportunities.

    For more information, please contact the Office of University Development at 315-312-3003 or