Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation's 2013 Scholarship Application Available

Jan 11, 2013 | Posted in News, Scholarship News

January 11, 2013, Buffalo, NY—The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s 2013 scholarship application is now available online at and can be submitted until March 1, 2013. Unmet Need information is due April 1, and award recipients will be notified in July.

Competitive scholarships are primarily awarded to undergraduate college students and range from approximately $1,000 - $6,000. A limited number of scholarships are available for graduate students in the fields of architecture, arts, engineering, medicine, nursing, piano, environment, and wildlife. In 2012, the Community Foundation awarded over $2 million to more than 1,800 students through its scholarship program.

In this challenging economy the support that our generous donors provide has an even greater impact,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. “We hear from many of the students that these scholarships are the difference between being able to attend college and not.”

Eligibility criteria for a Community Foundation Scholarship:

  • Current resident of one of the eight counties of Western New York; students who attend college outside Western New York remain eligible if they maintain a permanent residence in Western New York.
  • Have a minimum of a “C” average or GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  • Admitted to a nonprofit [501©(3)], U.S. Department of Education accredited school in the United States for full-time study at the undergraduate level.

Scholarships are made possible by donors who established funds at the Community Foundation. These funds, which date back to 1924, are invested to grow over time and provide a permanent source of funding.

“Ours is increasingly a knowledge-based economy and making higher education attainable for these students translates to greater income earning potential for them and ultimately a stronger community for all of us,” added Dedecker.

According to the Census Bureau, individuals with college degrees earn nearly double the annual income of someone without a degree. Studies of recent employment statistics show that those with college degrees are significantly less likely to be unemployed in today’s challenging economy.

Most scholarship grants made by the Community Foundation are based on financial need. In particular, Pell eligible applicants and students attending college within the eight counties of Western New York will be given preference in the award decision process.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.


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