Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship

The Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program (ESDHSP) is designed to direct aid to undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic achievement and overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Candidates will contribute to the diversity of the student body by demonstrating their commitment to facilitating and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion effects in their academic programs and activities. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status and be a New York resident.

Preference will be given to candidates who are:
From a low-income background (e.g., Pell-eligible as undergraduates), were first-generation college students (students whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree), have overcome adversity, are AmeriCorps alumni, or are veterans.

Though financial need is not a requirement for program eligibility, applicants may utilize economic disadvantage as a basis for eligibility.

The Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship Program is open to any and all prospective candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, or sex, and are consistent with all current governing federal and state nondiscrimination law.
All application submissions will be assessed and evaluated in accordance with the required eligibility criteria.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicant Info
    • Are you a New York State Resident?
    • Are you a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident?
  2. Please confirm and describe any of the preference criteria that may apply to you: From a low-income background, Pell Eligible as undergraduate, First generation college student, Have overcome adversity, An AmeriCorps Alumni, Veteran of the U.S. armed services, Current SUNY student, alumni or fellows
  3. Short Essay: In 600 words or less, please respond to the following essay prompt: “Please describe how you’ve engaged, facilitated, and/or enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in your campus and/or local community. Examples could include personal, academic, and/or work experience and may include, but is not limited to, student’s potential to contribute to enhancing diversity efforts in their academic programs at SUNY and campus communities; experiences overcoming economic, social, educational disadvantages, and/or other barriers”.