Academic scholarships are based on your three-year cumulative high school average (freshman through junior year) and your highest SAT combined score or ACT composite score of tests taken by December 31. Academic scholarships range from $6,000 to $15,000 per year and are renewable for four years. If you qualify for an academic scholarship, you will be notified with your admissions decision letter. The following values are for new, incoming freshmen in the 2019-2020 school year.
"Only one of these factors (SAT, ACT, or High School Average) is used to determine a student’s merit scholarship level. The factor that places them in the highest bracket will determine their scholarship amount
For example: a student that has a 1230 SAT score and a 92% high school average would be awarded the Peter Canisius Scholarship."
In addition to the general scholarships offered to prospective freshman in the 2019-2020 academic year, Canisius College has continued its commitment to affordable education with scholarship awards for students with special interests:
Canisius participates in the Army ROTC program which offers scholarships to college-bound students interested in military service. Click here for more information.
The Army ROTC Scholarship can be used for either full tuition & fees, or as room & board scholarship, it also provides a book stipend, and a subsistence (living allowance) while enrolled in college. There are several types of scholarships available.
High school students can begin the application process following their junior year in high school and have until January 10th of their senior year to initiate an application. If you have questions about the application process, contact 716-888-3239.
Art History ScholarshipThe Art History Program at Canisius College offers art history scholarships for new, full-time students entering Fall 2018 and planning to minor in art history.
-Students who demonstrate an interest in studying the history of art are eligible for $1,500 per year. These scholarships are in addition to merit scholarships and are renewable for four years.
-Admission to Canisius College as a full-time student for Fall 2018.
-Letter of application from the student, describing extent of experience with art history and outlining reasons for planning to minor in the discipline. (Note: there is no separate application form.)
-Two letters of recommendation from teachers, including one that discusses the student's exposure to and experience with art history.
-Interview, either in person or by phone, with the Canisius art history faculty. Interviews will be arranged after other scholarship materials are received.
-Score of three or above on the Advanced Placement Art History exam.
-Grade of B or above in a high school art history course. Students who receive art history scholarships will be expected to minor in art history, to maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 and to participate in art history activities, including active participation in art history events presented by ArtsCanisius.
Letters of application should be sent to:
Art History Scholarship 2018
Fine Arts Department - LY 406
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
February 1, 2018
MLK ScholarshipSocial justice is an integral part of Canisius College and our Jesuit heritage, which is grounded in the philosophy of “men and women for others.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was at the forefront of social justice in America and we honor his life and his
New students will complete an application for consideration to the MLK Program. Students from all backgrounds and income levels are eligible for the Martin Luther King Scholarship/Grant. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their past academic performance, a written essay, their personal achievements, their involvement in community service and their commitment to the ideals of Dr. King. An application is available online. MLK scholarships are renewable each year for qualified students.
Students who are awarded the MLK Scholarship may renew their scholarship for four years while studying at Canisius. The scholarship is administered by the Canisius’ Opportunity Programs for Education (COPE) office. The following criteria must be met by students each year in order to receive the scholarship award of $1,000 per year:
-Cumulative GPA of at least 2.25
-Five hours of service per semester in a community setting that fulfills a social justice mission
-MLK scholars will meet with a COPE mentor twice per semester to select service placements, and to monitor personal and academic progress
-For more information on financial aid, grants, and scholarships, please visit the Canisius College Financial Aid Office.
All MLK students are entitled to services provided by the COPE office unless otherwise specified.
Music ScholarshipThe MUSIC PROGRAM AT CANISIUS COLLEGE offers many opportunities for students to stay involved in music. The scholarship is intended to encourage students to continue performing in an ensemble as part of their college experience.
A student can minor in music or take music as an elective. Performing ensembles, private instrumental and voice lessons and music courses are open to all students. Scholarship recipients are able to take private instrumental or voice lessons FREE OF CHARGE.
-$1500 scholarships are available to incoming freshman and transfer students. The scholarships are in addition to merit awards and are renewable for four years. It is not necessary to be a music major or music minor to apply (See criteria and conditions below.)
-Admission to Canisius College as a full-time student for Fall 2018
-High school music performance experience (solo or ensemble)
-Scholarship application and reference letters
Vocal: Two contrasting styles of music (two classical or one classical and one musical theater; accompaniment required).
Instrumental: Two contrasting styles of music (selections of movements or etudes are acceptable); major and minor scales.
Include two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters should be from a music teacher. Other suggested sources include a high school principal, teacher, guidance counselor, and community or church leader.
Applicants will be invited on campus for an audition and interview to be held February 3, 2018. (You will be notified of your scheduled audition time.) The scholarship committee will make a final selection of scholarship recipients. (Students residing outside a 300-mile radius may audition by CD following criteria for solo auditions above.) (Please call the phone number below with any questions.)
-Maintain a GPA of 2.5
-Active participation in a Canisius College performance ensemble.
-Active membership in Music Scholars Club/Attendance at club meetings.
-Usher at ArtsCanisius events during the academic year. (Once or twice per semester on average.)
-Applications must be postmarked by FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018.
Send letters to:Music Scholarship 2018
Fine Arts Department LY 406
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Say Yes ProgramCanisius College proudly participates in the Say Yes Buffalo program. Say Yes Buffalo provides comprehensive academic, social-emotional, and financial support to enable every student to achieve his or her potential. Canisius College has a limited number
-Reside in the city of Buffalo
-Have been accepted to Canisius College
-Complete grades 9-12, in consecutive years, at a Buffalo public or charter school located in the city
-Graduate from a Buffalo public or charter school located in the city of Buffalo
-Enroll full-time at a Say Yes college within one year of high school graduation.
-Apply for all federal and state financial aid programs (FAFSA and TAP)
Studio Art ScholarshipThe Studio Art Program at Canisius College offers scholarships for students entering Canisius in the Fall 2018 semester and planning to minor in Studio Art.
-$1,500 scholarships are available to incoming freshman and transfer students. Scholarships are in addition to merit awards and are renewable for 4 years.
-Admission to Canisius College as full-time student for Fall 2018.
-Link to an online portfolio (with password, if password protected) OR Flash drive of 15 labeled (your name, size, media, date created) works in any medium created within the last two years.
-Two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or community and/or church leaders. One of the two letters should be from an art teacher familiar with the applicant's work who can comment on the student's developing art skills.
-After review of completed application by the scholarship committee, students will be notifed by mail.
-Maintain a 2.5 GPA
-Enter Canisius College with the intent to minor in Studio Art
-Application and flash drive (if included) must be received by February 1, 2018.
Mail application to:
Studio Arts Scholarship 2018
Fine Arts Office - LY 406
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Urban Leadership Learning Community ScholarshipThe Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) Scholarship is a competitive, four-year renewable scholarship covering 50-100 percent of a student’s tuition, room/ board and fees.
Mission of the ULLC Program
Through the Urban Leadership Learning Community Program, Canisius College seeks to fulfill the Jesuit and Catholic tradition of being “men and women for others.” The program aims to create the next generation of leaders by focusing on students from populations that historically have been denied access to positions of influence and power in the community. The purpose of the scholarship is to help finance one’s education, while taking into account demonstrated financial need for students with an interest in promoting diversity and an inclusiveness in learning, living, and problem solving. Qualified ULLC students will have an interest in promoting diversity and inclusiveness on campus and in the community. The ULLC scholarship program is looking for independent-thinking, self-motivated students committed to their personal success and to that of greater metropolitan Buffalo, NY. Students will also seek to develop their learning potential through team-learning, mentorship, leadership training and involvement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Through these activities, students are expected to achieve and hold leadership positions in the campus community.
Successful Candidates Will:
-Demonstrate leadership potential and have an established commitment to their community
-Express willingness to promote diversity and inclusiveness inside and outside of the classroom
-Be a member of a population that historically has been denied access to positions of influence (e.g. first-generation college students)
-Possess a high school average of 85 percent or higher
-Show an SAT combined score of 1080 or higher (critical reading and math only) or ACT composite score of 22 or higher
-Be a resident of the greater metropolitan Buffalo area
-Demonstrate high financial need (must file for state and federal financial aid using FAFSA);
-Be able to live on campus for four years.
Benefits of the ULLC Program
-Unique, collaborative learning program enables students to learn from peers as well as Canisius faculty.
-Focused internships, study groups and leadership training help develop professional skills.
-Cultural programming provides a well-rounded college experience.
-Competitive, four-year scholarships cover 50-100 percent of tuition room, board and fees depending on the quality of the application and demonstrated financial need.
Application and required application materials are due by February 15th, 2019.
Visit & Apply GrantAttn: High School Seniors: When you visit Canisius and apply by December 1, you will be eligible for an annual $1,500 grant toward your education.
The grant would be available all four years and would be in addition to any institutional merit-based aid. (The total of all financial aid, including the grant, would not exceed the cost of attendance.)
Alumni Grant$1,000 per year for four years of full-time undergraduate study.
Applicant must be the child of a Canisius College alumnus and accepted for admission. No separate application is required.