Morton Bahr Online Learning Scholarship Application

The scholarship, created in the name of Empire State College alumnus Morton Bahr, assists union members and other workers by advancing their educational goals and enhancing educational access through distance learning.

Bahr Scholarships are available to workers registering for undergraduate degree studies at Empire State College.

Application Review

All applications must be complete to be considered.

The committee reviews your goals, the quality of your application essays and the quality of your nominations to differentiate between applicants.

Nominations from union leaders, supervisors or those who have seen evidence of your work in community organizations are the best sources, since the committee will be looking for evaluative feedback.

Application Requirements

  1. completed Bahr scholarship application form, including the two essays (see essay requirements below)
  2. two completed nomination forms
  3. all parts of the application (application form, essays and nomination forms) must be received before the application deadline.

Note: Applications will not be considered unless all requirements are met.

Recommended Application Procedure

Step 1

  • Pages 5 and 6 of the online learning scholarship application packet are nomination forms. Bahr Scholarship Application (PDF 366kB)
  • Share the nomination forms with two individuals willing to recommend you for this scholarship (this can include your supervisor, community leader or union official; non-relatives only).
  • Verify that the forms have been submitted.

Note: You will need Adobe Reader to read PDF documents. If it is not installed on your computer, download it for free from Adobe.

Step 2

  • Review the application essay requirements. There are two essays.
  • Write one essay that discusses your goals and how the scholarship will help you accomplish those goals.
  • The second one- to two-page essay responds to one of the quotes.

Step 3

  • Complete the online application form and essays. (The 2016 application deadline has passed.)
  • Submit for review.


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Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.
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