Buffalo High School Aspire Scholarship

The University at Buffalo touches thousands of lives within the Buffalo community every day, helping to guide the Western New York region toward a brighter future. As a symbol of its commitment to the city of Buffalo, the UB College of Arts and Sciences has established the Buffalo Public High School Aspire Scholarship.

This scholarship is aimed at enhancing educational opportunities at UB for graduates from City of Buffalo public high schools. All first-generation college students are encouraged to apply, with preference given to graduate of Bennett High School.

With the assistance of this scholarship, students will be able to cover expenses such as the cost of in-state tuition; fees; room and board; and books and supplies. Each year, one student from each standing year (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. Each successful recipient will continue to receive $1000 annually over a maximum of four years of undergraduate study, as long as the minimum acceptable GPA (per UB’s academic standards) is maintained. The GPA will be reviewed annually.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a City of Buffalo public high school and planning to attend the University at Buffalo.
  • Applicants must be first-generation college students. 

Application Procedure

Applications for assistance are submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. All information will be kept confidential. Before beginning the application form below, please gather the following documents:

  1. one-page typed statement explaining the challenges you face, including your financial need; your reasons for wanting to attend and graduate from UB; your plan of study at UB; your future goals; your role model(s); and activities that you are involved in outside of school.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or advisor. Please ask the recommender to submit their letter to stbeatty@buffalo.edu by the submission deadline with the subject heading "Recommendation for [your name]."

Submission Deadline: September 15

Application Form

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Personal information

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Applicant must be a graduate of a City of Buffalo public high school.
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supplemental materials

Please submit the following materials as either a Word document or PDF form. 

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With questions, please contact:

Claire Schen 
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Chair, CAS Undergraduate Awards Committee
cschen@buffalo.edu