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UB Scholarships

The Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay Competition

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award SUNY-wide of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

The competition is open to juniors and seniors (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours) at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of last year's essay competition, for example, was Student Rights in College Athletics.

The 2017 competition is now closed. More information about the 2018 competition will be available in Fall 2017. Essays are typically due in January of each year. Contact Megan Stewart at mrp6@buffalo.edu with questions.

HSBC Scholars Program

The HSBC Scholars Program was established in 2013 by HSBC Bank as an initiative to provide educational funding, financial literacy training and business information and experience to low-to-moderate income students pursuing a full-time education in a STEM or business-related field.

The HSBC Scholars Program will promote a positive attitude and incorporate HSBC’s core values of being open, dependable and connected by providing financial support of $5,000/academic year, mentoring, training, paid internship opportunities and networking. Scholarship funds may be used for all eligible educational expenses including tuition, room and board and meal plans.

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines. According to an article in MediaPlanet (June 2012), a successful STEM education provides students with these four subjects in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. The HSBC Scholars Program places special emphasis on technology and math within STEM, and also considers students majoring in business-related academic programs.

Applications are typically available in March. Contact Megan Stewart at mrp6@buffalo.edu with questions.

SUNY ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship

Each year the University at Buffalo is invited to nominate one student for the SUNY ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship awarded by the Association of Council Members and College Trustees Scholarship. This award recognizes 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 their choice.

To be eligible, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.6. They also must have helped to identify a need on the campus or in the community, and worked to provide a service or solution to address that need.

Applications are typically available in late spring. Contact Megan Stewart at mrp6@buffalo.edu with questions.

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Each year the University at Buffalo is invited to nominate one sophomore or junior to become a Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) Fellow. The Fellows are fully funded to participate in three-day leadership conferences in Washington, DC during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards. All expenses are paid for by UB and an alumnus of UB.

Since 1970, CSPC Fellows have traveled to Washington, DC to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research, and to explore careers in public service. While attending the conferences, the Fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The Fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials, and leaders in the legislative process. In the past, Fellows have had the opportunity to meet with speakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu; journalists James Kitfield, Ron Fournier, and Clive Crook; and defense experts Michele Flournoy, Frank Cilluffo and Capt. Eric Jones, USGC.

Criteria for students applying to become UB's Fellow:

Requirements:

Applications to become UB's CSPC Fellow are due by 5:00pm EST on Monday, March 6: https://universityatbuffalo-wgtck.formstack.com/forms/center_for_the_study_of_the_presidency_and_congress.

More information about the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress can be found here: http://www.thepresidency.org.

Last updated: February 13, 2017 3:51 pm EST