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FIRST-YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS

  • The William F. Scandling ’49, LL.D. ’67 Trustee Scholarship for Academic Excellence is awarded to 50-60 students each year and winners are selected by the Admissions Committee. Students must submit the scholarship application along with all HWS application materials by January 15. Applicants must have an admissions interview by February 1. Trustee scholars are awarded $25,000 annually.

  • The Environmental Sustainability Trustee Scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to environmental leadership, sustainability, energy and environmental policy, climate change science or policy, or similar. Students must submit the scholarship application along with all HWS application materials by January 15. Applicants must have an admissions interview by February 1. Sustainability Trustee scholars are awarded $25,000 annually.

  • The Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship is awarded annually to 10 applicants that have demonstrated advanced science coursework, relevant research or science related experiences. Applicants should submit the scholarship application and all HWS application materials by January 15. Interested students may also compete for the Hersh and Wood scholarships during the Accepted Scholar Day program. Blackwell Scholars receive a $25,000 annual scholarship to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Interested students may also compete to reserve a seat at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Applicants interested in this combined BS/MD program should indicate an interest in medicine in the scholarship application essay.

  • Hersh Scholarships, awarded one each to a young man and a young woman, are based on an exceptionally strong academic record and substantial extracurricular involvement and community service. Candidates are selected by the Admissions Committee from the Blackwell, Environmental Sustainability Trustees, and Trustee Scholars winners who attend the recognition weekend. Renewal requirements: a 3.2 GPA and completion of Honors work in the senior year. Hersh scholars earn full tuition and fees.

  • The Wood Scholarship is awarded each year to the most academically outstanding student. The recipient is selected by the Admissions Committee from the Blackwell, Environmental Sustainability Trustees, and Trustee Scholars winners who attend the recognition weekend. Wood scholars earn full tuition.

  • Faculty Scholarships are awarded to students who have a combination of a cumulative GPA of 90 or equivalent in core academic subjects and rank in the top 15 percent of their class. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee; no separate application is necessary. Faculty scholars are awarded $17,000 each year.

  • President’s Scholarships are awarded to students with strong academic records, sustained leadership credentials, significant involvement in civic engagement activities or demonstrated commitment to global citizenship. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee; no separate application is necessary. Awards are $15,000 annually.

  • Arts Scholarships are awarded by the fine arts faculty in dance, music, creative writing, theatre, architecture and studio art. Students must submit the scholarship application along with all HWS application materials by January 1. Winners are selected by the arts faculty and awards range from $3,000-$17,000 annually.

  • The Edward E. Rigney ’31 Scholarship in Debate is awarded annually to applicants that have significant competitive success or contribution in the areas of Debate, Model U.N., or other similar activities. Also, applicants should display significant critical thinking, analytical and rhetorical skills. The ability to compete as an active participant on the HWS Debate Team will be considered. Rigney Scholars receive a $17,000 annual scholarship. Students must submit a resume detailing relevant experiences.


Competitive international scholarship applicants will be individually contacted by a member of the Office of Admissions to set up an interview.

TRANSFER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • The Phi Theta Kappa Trustee Scholarship for Academic Excellence for Graduates of Two-Year Colleges
    This $25,000 scholarship is awarded to members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The student must show proof of PTK membership, have completed (or be near completion of) an associate degree, and have a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.5 or better (cumulative GPA from all institutions combined).

  • Finger Lakes Transfer Scholarship
    This $17,000 scholarship is awarded to transfer students who have completed (or be near completion of) an associate degree from any of the following designated community colleges in the Finger Lakes region: Broome Community College, Cayuga Community College, Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Monroe Community College, Onondaga Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College.

  • Transfer Faculty Scholarship
    This $17,000 scholarship is awarded to select transfer students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in their previous college studies. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee.

  • Transfer President's Award are awarded to students with strong academic records, sustained leadership credentials, significant involvement in civic engagement activities or demonstrated commitment to global citizenship. Recipients are selected by the Admissions Committee; no separate application is necessary. Awards are $15,000 annually.

OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

Hobart and William Smith isn't the only organization giving away free money! We encourage students to seek outside scholarships, and there are lots of places that offer them, like local rotary club, businesses and churches. Your high school guidance counselor should be able to help you find information on scholarships for which you may qualify.

Another resource for scholarship searches is the Internet. We find the following links particularly useful:

  1. Fastweb-free scholarship search
  2. The Financial Aid Information Page
  3. Wired Scholar/CASHE
  4. NYSFAAA
  5. HESC
  6. CollegeBoard
  7. Zinch

Please remember, you are required to report any outside scholarship awards to the Office of Financial Aid Services, as the total amount of your financial aid awards, when added to your outside scholarships, cannot exceed your total cost of attendance.