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Merit-Based Awards

HWS funded scholarships recognize outstanding academic and personal achievement gained through hard-work and commitment.

In order to be considered for any of the following scholarships, applicants must fill out this Scholarship Application. A few scholarships require additional materials, and you can find all of the information below as you explore which scholarship is best for you. Students will be considered for all scholarships that they apply, but will only be awarded one.

Annual Scholarship Requirements while at HWS: Recipients must meet satisfactory academic progress, uphold community standards and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Any student who is placed on academic or social probation will have their scholarship eligibility reviewed.

Seneca Scholarship

Full Tuition Scholarship
Awarded to three students each year, the Seneca Scholarship recognizes academic excellence, creative endeavors, and/or a student’s commitment to civic engagement. In order to be considered, students must first be a named scholar from the listing below and attend one of our Scholar Dinners in the spring. Full Tuition does not include Room and Board.

Presidential Scholarship for Inclusive Excellence

$35,000/year
Awarded to academically high achieving students of any background who have become leaders through their commitment to service in diverse communities, or substantial activism in areas that celebrate and promote communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, or those with disabilities. The Presidential Scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions staff to applicants who complete a scholarship application and an admissions interview. Last year, a typical Presidential Scholar was above a 3.6 GPA or equivalent without test scores submitted, or scored a 1370 SAT or 30 ACT or above.

William Scandling ’49 Trustee Scholarship

$30,000/year
Requirements: 3.7 GPA minimum or equivalent, 1370 SAT or 30 ACT, completed interview

Awarded to students who display academic excellence and the potential to complete honors level work, pursue top internship opportunities, and/or complete research on campus. The Trustee Scholarship will be granted to applicants who fulfill all requirements listed above and complete a scholarship application.

Elizabeth Blackwell ’49 Pioneer in Science Scholarship

$30,000/year
Requirements: 3.7 GPA minimum or equivalent, 1370 SAT or 30 ACT, completed interview

Awarded to students who have completed advanced science coursework, research, or pursued serious STEM or pre-health experiences. The Blackwell Scholarship will be granted to applicants who fulfill all requirements listed above and complete a scholarship application.

Trustee Scholarship for Environmental Sustainability

$30,000/year
Requirements: 3.7 GPA minimum or equivalent, 1370 SAT or 30 ACT, completed interview

Awarded for significant contribution in the areas of sustainability, energy use, climate change or other significant commitments to the environment. The Trustee Scholarship for Sustainability will be granted to applicants who fulfill all requirements listed above and complete a scholarship application.

Finger Lakes Scholarship

$30,000/year
Requirements: 3.7 GPA minimum or equivalent, completed interview

Finger Lakes Scholars must also graduate in the top 10% of their high school class and receive a special nomination from their high school in the Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Dean’s Scholarship

$25,000/year
Awarded to academically high achieving students who display a commitment to community engagement, civic responsibility, or creative endeavors. The Dean’s scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions staff. Last year, a typical Dean’s scholarship awarded student was above a 3.5 GPA or equivalent without test scores submitted, or scored a 1320 SAT or 29 ACT or above. Students are required to complete a scholarship application.


 
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Centennial Center Scholarship

$25,000/year
Awarded to academically high achieving students that are leaders in their communities, demonstrate strong problem solving skills, and may be great candidates for leadership programs in the Centennial Center at HWS. The Centennial Center scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions staff. Last year, a typical Centennial Center scholarship awarded student was above a 3.5 GPA or equivalent without test scores submitted, or scored a 1320 SAT or 29 ACT or above. Students are required to complete a scholarship application and interview.

Edward E. Rigney ’31 Debate Scholarship

$25,000/year
Awarded to students who have contributed significantly to debate programs, Model U.N., Mock trial, or other similarly relevant pursuits. The Debate scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions staff. Last year, a typical Debate scholarship awarded student was above a 3.5 GPA or equivalent without test scores submitted, or scored a 1320 SAT or 29 ACT or above. Students are required to complete a scholarship application and interview.

The Civic Engagement Scholarship

$20,000/year
Awarded to students who demonstrate a heightened awareness of issues that impact the greater good and who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community. The award can be renewed annually by displaying an interest and related investment in the Geneva community. Civic Engagement Scholars will work in a cohort along with other recipients to serve in and with organizations that support the Finger Lakes region. Recognizing that service is a privilege, the review committee welcomes applicants who have a record of innovative approaches—whether modest, earnest or exhaustive—to serving others. Students are required to complete a scholarship application to be considered for the Civic Engagement Scholarship.

Arts Scholars Program

$3,000 – $20,000/year
The Arts Scholars Program is designed for talented first year applicants who would like to continue their work in the fine or performing arts while pursuing a rigorous program of study in any of the liberal arts and sciences programs offered by the Colleges. Scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the fine and performing arts faculty.

If chosen as an Arts Scholar, you will not be required to major in a fine or performing art—the entire range of departmental and interdisciplinary majors and programs is available to you. However, it is our expectation that you will participate every year for four years in the art for which you were designated a scholar.

Please click each scholarship to view specific requirements:

Deborah Tall Scholarship for Creative Writing

Arthur Dove ’03 Scholarship for Studio, Fine Art, and Architecture

Edward E. Griffith Scholarship for Theatre and Theatre Tech

Janet Seeley Performing Arts Scholarship for Dance

Lindsay Lafford Scholarship for Musical Performance

All arts scholarships require a completed arts application.

CONTACT

Office of Admissions
Phone: (315) 781-3622 or (800) 852-2256
Fax: (315) 781-3914
E-mail: admissions@hws.edu