Welcome to a new season of brockportscholarships.com blog posts. These posts provide background information on scholarships available through the Brockport Foundation, how to apply, and what happens after you do.
For this first post of the application process for 2018-19 scholarship awards, let’s take a look at where the funding comes from for Brockport Foundation Scholarships. The scholarship application process is open from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, 2018.
As part of the State University of New York, Brockport relies on state funding and student tuition and fees to pay its expenses. Yet students have needs beyond what the state is able to provide, and Brockport is fortunate to have alumni, faculty, and friends who want to help students – sometimes with scholarships and other times with programmatic funding.
Enter the Brockport Foundation
The Brockport Foundation is a non-profit, fundraising organization that is affiliated with the College, but not part of it. It receives funding from donors – alumni, faculty, friends, corporations and other foundations – that it uses to enhance the student experience at Brockport.
The majority of gifts to the Brockport Foundation are designated for scholarships or student financial expenses. In many cases, donors making these gifts recall their own college years and the need to manage their expenses while completing their studies.
The Brockport Foundation supports nearly 400 privately donated scholarships, in addition to funding for the Green and Gold scholarships of the Extraordinary Achievement program that are awarded upon admission to students meeting specific criteria. It also supports a variety of summer research fellowships, and it offers some emergency and special circumstances funds.
The funds dedicated to the Brockport Foundation are given by individuals who have favorite programs, majors, or activities. They also have ideas about what an ideal recipient of their scholarship is like. The result? Each scholarship has its own set of criteria as donors define their standards when establishing their scholarships. For example, scholarships have academic requirements ranging from “a student in good standing” to a student with a GPA of 3.75, depending on the donor. Donors also select the department or major represented by recipients.
Donor selection of the academic area for student recognition has led to some traditional departments having many awards and newer disciplines having fewer. In addition to scholarships awarded by academic major, Brockport also has some scholarships that acknowledge student leadership, service, hometown, and extracurricular activities.
All of which leads us to the reason for the application for Brockport Foundation Scholarships. The scholarship application is separate from the admissions application because it is dealing with a separate source of funding.
At the same time, donors who have given to the funds need to know that students who receive their scholarships meet the criteria they established, and that the students care enough about the award to apply.
The Brockport Foundation uses an online application that asks student to complete basic information, provide a reference, upload a resume, and write three one-paragraph answers to prompts.
For about 40 percent of Brockport Foundation scholarships, completing the basic application is all the student needs to do. The system electronically matches their information for major, GPA, and other criteria.
Each of the remaining scholarships has at least one extra request: another question, an essay, or additional references.
To review the list and apply, please visit brockport.academicworks.com. For answers to your own questions, please contact the Brockport Foundation Scholarship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-395-5105.
Applying—what you need to have on hand, and step-by-step instructions.