Scholarships for International Students

President's Award of Excellence (12 awards)

The President's Award of Excellence is a renewable $5,000 award. Minimum requirements for consideration are a 94% unweighted high school average, 1250 SAT or 28 ACT score and once enrolled they must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA to retain this award. Students must also live in college residence hall.

Foundation Scholar Award (15 awards) 

The Foundation Scholar Award is a renewable $2,000 merit-based scholarship.  Minimum qualifications for this merit award are a 92% unweighted high school average, 1250 SAT or 28 ACT score and a strong academic high school program.  Once enrolled the student must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA to retain this award.  Students must also reside in a college residence hall.

Dean's Scholar Award (100 awards)

This is a renewable $1,000 scholarship awarded to entering freshmen or transfer students who plan to live on campus. Recipients are selected based upon academic achievement and participation in school and community activities.  To be eligible for consideration as a freshmen, a student must present an unweighted high school average of at least 90% and a minimum SAT score of 1150 or 25 ACT score.  Transfer students should present a minimum GPA of 3.25.  Once enrolled the student must achieve a minimum 3.25 GPA to retain this award.

Foundation Academic Scholarship (50 awards) 

This scholarship targets new freshmen students who are majoring in the Math and Science areas and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.  This is a one-time $1,000 merit award.  The funds will be split between the fall and spring semesters and applied as a credit on your college bill towards your direct educational expenses.  Minimum requirements are 90% unweighted high school average, 1100 SAT or 24 ACT, and you must be a full time student.  This award has been made possible through the Fredonia College Foundation to recognize students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement.

Alumni Scholar Award (for Out-of-State Students Only) (2 awards) 

This scholarship is a renewable $5,000 award given to students that are Non-New York State residents that are a child or grandchild of a Fredonia graduate. Recipients must be involved in extra-curricular activities and live in the college residence hall.  Minimum requirements are a 90% unweighted high school average, 1120 SAT or 25 ACT score and once enrolled they must achieve a minimum 3.00 GPA to retain this award.  Early application is recommended, as a limited number of these competitive awards are available.

Keeper of the Dream Scholarship (4 awards) 

This scholarship is a renewable $3,500 award given to high school students who graduate in the top 10% of their class. Minimum requirements are a 87% unweighted high school average, 1100 SAT or 25 ACT score, involvement in multicultural activities, and demonstration of leadership and community service, as well as a commitment to pluralism.  Students MUST also live in college residence hall. Once the student is enrolled they must achieve a minimum of 3.00 GPA to retain this award.  For more information and an application contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (716) 673-3398.

President's International Scholar Award   PISA

This scholarship is a renewable $2,000 per year award (equally distributed $1,000 each semester) offered to incoming international undergraduate freshman or transfer students.  In order to receive this award, students must have a minimum high school average of 90%, 24 ACT or 1100 SAT score or a college GPA of 3.25, and are required to: enroll as full-time students, maintain residence outside of New York State, maintain F-1 student visa status, make normal academic progress toward degree, live in a university residence hall (freshman for three years, transfers until they reach senior standing), and maintain a 3.0 GPA.  The scholarship is renewable for up to four years for entering freshman, and less for transfers, depending on their entering status. 

Selection: The Assistant Director of International Undergraduate Admissions will choose the award recipients based on their admissions application and transcript.  There is no separate application.  Students will be informed of the award in writing shortly after admission.

Xylia Peterson Memorial  Fund 

Awarded to: Junior or senior international students. Background: Xylia Peterson was 45 when she passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Xylia came from Sri Lanka. She was a graduate of Fredonia, Class of 1985. She worked as a secretary at Fredonia for the Vice President for Administration and was a dedicated and hard worker. Xylia was kind of heart, had a very positive attitude, and lived life to its fullest. She loved her family and was an avid quilter and gardener.

Raymond Lai Scholarship

Awarded to: International student with preference given to a student from Hong Kong or China. (Established March 1995) Background: Raymond Lai is a lifelong resident of Hong Kong and a graduate of Fredonia. Mr. Lai's professional career closely parallels Hong Kong's emergence as a major economic entity. Following many years in the banking industry, including a senior vie presidency and two overseas assignments, Mr. Lai joined the Hong Kong Airport Authority in 1996 and is credited with being a major force in helping to make the newly-constructed international airport facility one of the very finest in the world.

Selection:  An application for the above two scholarships will be available at the start of the spring semester for the following academic year.  Selection is determined by a scholarship committee that ranks students based on a required written statement, campus involvement and academic performance.

Departmental Scholarships/Awards

Following is a list of departments that currently offer scholarships. The awards are based on academics, talent and particulars within the discipline. Interested persons should contact the department in their major directly to obtain specific requirements and application procedures for these awards.

ArtAthleticsBiologyBusiness AdministrationChemistryCommunicationComputer ScienceCooperative EngineeringDanceEconomicsEducationEnglishGeosciencesHistoryMathematicsModern LanguagesMusic*PhysicsPolitical SciencePsychologySociologySpeech Pathology & AudiologyTheatre Arts

* School of Music Scholarships are awarded to qualified returning students. Factors considered in awarding scholarships are music talent and accomplishments, academic achievement and service to the School of Music. Students wishing to be considered for scholarship assistance must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Prospective students must also audition prior to March 15 for fall semester scholarship consideration. Questions regarding music scholarships should be directed to Director, School of Music, Mason Hall, Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.


International Student Services (ISS) Office

Williams Center S226A
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm

Jacob Czelusta
Assistant Director,
International Student Services


(716) 673-4975