Awards and Fellowships

Empire State College Student Service Award

The Empire State College Student Service Award honors students who show exceptional service to their college or communities. Service efforts range from involvement in a student organization to participation in community service.

The award will be presented at the 2018 Annual Student Wellness Retreat (April 5-7, 2018 in Albany, N.Y.). Awardees are eligible to receive a travel grant to attend.

To apply for the Empire State College Student Service Award, an applicant must:

  • be a matriculated student of Empire State College
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • obtain two letters or recommendation
  • complete two short responses regarding participation in service.

2018 Student Service Award Application (PDF 428kB)

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Student Service Award. The deadline for nominations is February 27, 2018. For questions, please email 587-2100 ext. 2201.

ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship

This scholarship rewards students for excellence in their academic performance and extraordinary commitment to their campus and/or community. The scholarship amount is $1,000 with an additional $250 given in the student’s name to the charity of his or her choice.

Requirements of the scholarship:

  • The student must have a dean’s list GPA (3.5 or greater) as of the last reporting period.
  • The student must have helped to identify a need for the college or in the community, and worked to provide a service or solution to address that need.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship. Check back in spring of 2018 for more information.‌

Richard Porter Leach Fellowship for the Arts

The fellowship enables active and established performing artists to pursue a undergraduate college degree while continuing to practice their craft. The fellowship continues until the student completes his or her degree, as long as he or she remains in good academic standing and is active in the craft. If you are aware of a student who fits the criteria, please share this information and encourage him or her to apply.

Applications are due by Oct. 1 of every year and can be accessed via the college's online scholarship portal,

The application consists of:

  • application form
  • letter of nomination from the director or manager of a performing company or other established member of the theater, dance or music community
  • resume or biography
  • one or two samples of work (photographs, videotapes, audio-cassette tapes)
  • two additional references (current coach, mentor or teacher, if possible).

To apply, please visit

The Richard Porter Leach Fellowship Application (PDF 210kB)

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award is an opportunity to honor students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and have excelled in other areas of their life while being a student. This award recognizes model students who have integrated academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include:

  • Arts (creative and performing)
  • Athletics
  • Career achievement
  • Community service
  • Leadership

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2018 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence. Please check back in the late fall of 2018 for information regarding the 2018-2019 award.

Scholarship Information

For additional information, visit the student scholarship eligibility criteria page.


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