Start at SUNY, Stay at SUNY
The State University of New York (SUNY) Pathways Scholars Award program helps high-performing students committed to completing their associate and bachelor’s degrees in two and four years, respectively. The program is designed to minimize financial barriers to completion, provides a gateway to further education, and creates connections at the bachelor’s degree granting SUNY colleges and universities.
Columbia-Greene Community College award recipients receive a financial stipend, academic counseling, career guidance, and a network of wrap-around support programs to keep them on the pathway to success.
Pathways Scholars receive a total of $500 to use for non-tuition related expenses during their first year: a $250 stipend at the start of semester one and, if they remain in good standing, an additional $250 stipend at the start of semester two. Upon completion of their associate degree and enrollment in a SUNY bachelor’s degree program, Pathways Scholars receive an additional $1,000 stipend.
To qualify, students must:
- Have graduated from a high school in New York State in 2020 with an average of at least 80%
- Enroll for the first time as a full-time student in an associate degree program at a SUNY community college or college of technology
SUNY Pathways Scholars will:
- Sign a Pathways Pledge to commit to degree completion in two years, and indicate intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a SUNY college
- Participate actively in advising services
- Agree to take advantage of support services when needed
- Forfeit remaining funding if not meeting program expectations