The majority of our freshmen merit based scholarships, as displayed below, require no special scholarship applications; all admitted first time freshmen students who are academically qualified are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility.
Stony Brook will send a scholarship award letter via e-mail to those students selected to receive a merit based scholarship. The e-mail process begins in the latter part of March.
The award amount and duration of scholarships vary. Some offer scholarship support for four years. Some scholarships are for one year only, while others are renewable based upon meeting the criteria of the specific scholarship. In most cases, students will not be awarded more than one scholarship and it will be the most beneficial scholarship offer that we can make. Stony Brook University's freshmen scholarships begin upon enrollment in the fall semester of the academic year for which they are offered. There are no scholarships that begin in the spring semester.
Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and must be New York State residents, who will make a contribution to the diversity of the student body in their program or school, primarily by overcoming a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree program and have demonstrated high academic achievement characteristic of an honors program.
Honors College scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement (e.g., high school grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, leadership, participation in extra-curricular activities and/or honors programs). Every admitted Honors College student will receive some level of scholarship support. This support is most often awarded in the form of a Presidential or Provost's Out of State Scholarship. Continuation of the scholarship is contingent upon meeting the Honors College criteria. Further information is available from the Honors College website.
Any current year Finalist or Semifinalist in the INTEL Science Talent Search who is eligible for admission to Stony Brook University as a freshman for the following fall semester will be considered for a scholarship of $3,000 a year for four consecutive years.
Any current year National Merit Scholar Finalist or Semifinalist who is eligible for admission to Stony Brook University as a freshman for the following fall semester will be considered for a scholarship of $3,000 a year for four consecutive years.
Students who are currently seniors in high school who have achieved a meritorious unweighted high school average are automatically considered for this four-year scholarship. High school academic program, SAT/ACT scores, co-curricular activities, research experiences, or special talents or skills may also be taken into account. Scholarships vary based on academic qualifications.
Valedictorians and Salutatorians graduating in spring of the current year will be considered for scholarship support upon admission and enrollment at Stony Brook for the following Fall semester. You must apply and be admitted to the University for the Fall semester following your graduation in the spring and official documentation from your high school must be submitted confirming this status. You must have a minimum high school GPA of 90%.