Merit-Based Scholarships & Grants

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.

 

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 attend Scholar Recognition Day 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 and interview.


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 CCL scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the Admissions staff. Last year, a typical CCL 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.



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.

Scholar Recognition Day

All accepted students with a scholarship designation are invited to attend Scholar Recognition Day. This event allows prospective students to learn more about how HWS supports scholarly pursuits such as research, internships, fellowships, community and global engagement and honors level coursework. Current students, faculty and staff will speak about the diverse opportunities that await you as well as the distinction between HWS and the other colleges that you may be considering. Most importantly, accepted scholar recipients and their families will have the opportunity to interact with the vibrant, intellectual community that is Hobart and William Smith.


CONTACT

Feel free to contact us individually or e-mail the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

Phone: (315) 781-3622 or (800) 852-2256

Fax: (315) 781-3914


 

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