Questions about Scholarships?

Questions about Scholarships?


Receiving a scholarship can sometimes be
the difference between being able to attend the school of your dreams or
having to select a different school. In this video we are going to address
multiple topics that are related to scholarship opportunities such as
merit-based University scholarships that are awarded to incoming freshmen,
university scholarships that require an application, external scholarships for
example New York State scholarships or scholarships from outside agencies, how
to search for scholarships, and being aware that most scholarships have terms
and conditions and understanding that concept. Many of you have worked very
hard during your high school career and your rigorous course load, grades, and test
scores reflect this exceptional work. Every incoming freshman is considered
for our academic merit based scholarship. There is no application. You can view a
list of these scholarships by visiting our website. Navigate to www.stonybrook.edu/finanicalaid. Click the “Scholarship” button then click “Entering
freshmen”. The scholarship award letters are sent out to incoming freshmen
applicants in the middle of March. We typically send a letter and an email. It
is important to understand that Stony Brook is fair and consistent in awarding
our merit-based scholarships. We have given you the best scholarship available
based on your academic record. We are committed to maintaining fairness and
integrity and as such we cannot offer you a different award amount because you
have received a higher offer from a different school.
In addition to the freshman merit-based scholarships, the university does have
additional scholarship funding. Those scholarships that are administered by
the financial aid office can be viewed on our website. Simply navigate to www.stonybrook.edu/financialaid. Click the “Scholarship” button, then click either
undergraduate or graduate depending upon which applies to you. Let’s look at the
scholarships for undergraduate page. You can see that there are directions and a
legend provided on this page. Note that the legend is color coded based on your
academic level. For example, if freshmen are eligible to apply for the
scholarship, a green square will appear. For sophomores,
a yellow triangle. I am going to click “Science and Math”.
When we get in, we can see from the symbols in the top right corner that
sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. You can see that the
legend stays visible on the bottom of the page. I can also see that there is a
PDF available. Clicking this will allow me to download and complete the
scholarship application. But first I am going to read a bit about the
scholarship to see what the scholarship is all about and whether or not they
meet the eligibility requirements. I can continue to scroll down to read about
all of the scholarships in this category. Those without application links will
instead link me to the department or area that is administering these
scholarships. For example, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has a
significant number of scholarships that they speak about on their website. As a
rule of thumb, all students who are seeking scholarship support should be
sure to contact their major departments to see if they have scholarship funding
available. If you click the graduate link it will be provided with information
about graduate tuition scholarships which are administered by the Graduate
School. Use the buttons at the bottom to access more detail about the scholarship
and fellowship opportunities for graduate students.
If you click “External Awards” you will be provided with links to other scholarship
websites outside of Stony Brook. At the bottom of this page we also provide
links to our social media content. To stay informed about scholarship
offerings like us on Facebook. follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our blog. You
will find scholarship postings typically three to four times per week. Let’s talk
a bit about outside scholarships. Your parents should check with their
employers to see if they provide scholarship or tuition support for
children of employees. There are numerous scholarship search engine websites. They
work by asking a series of questions and then using this collected information to
return a match for scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for. Examples of
these sites are fastweb.com and scholarships.com.
There are important things to consider when using these or any such sites. Things to watch out for: Safeguard your personal information. Never pay a fee to
apply for a scholarship. Read the fine print about how your information will be
safeguarded. If you do receive an outside scholarship, send a copy of your award
letter to our Bursar’s Office so that it will be subtracted from your balance. It
is important to understand that all scholarships come with terms and
conditions. Examples of terms and conditions are: Attaining a specific GPA,
either by term or by year-end. Maintaining full-time enrollment.
Scholarships for specific majors require that you maintain enrollment in that
major. Stony Brook does our best to ensure that you are informed of the
scholarship requirements. Scholarship award letters now contain the terms and
conditions on page 2 of the award letter. Students can see the terms and
conditions for each award in SOLAR. The financial aid office sends out a
reminder e-mail to scholarship recipients detailing the terms and conditions for
their awards. Something else to be aware of is that
the university provides an opportunity for students to appeal the loss of their
scholarship. You can read in depth about the petition process in the scholarship
section of our website. We have certainly covered a great deal of information. I
hope you find it useful.

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