Transferring to a new school? Whether you’re currently at a community college or a four-year school that isn’t everything you hoped it’d be, good news: there’s financial aid especially for you to make the switch even easier.
Transfer scholarships. Yes, they exist!
Right off the bat you’re in a smaller pool of students eligible for them, and colleges want to reward you for your outstanding academics, so do your due diligence and inquire what your potential new colleges have to offer (remember to also ask about endowed scholarships.).
And look below too!
We found a couple transfer scholarships not associated with colleges that are worth applying for if you qualify, and we also listed several that are specific to Siena. (If you have any questions, feel free to email our amazing Transfer Coordinator, Jen Sloan.)
Tau Sigma is a national honor society exclusively for transfer students, and every year, they award a number of scholarships ranging up to $5,000 to transfer students who are nominated by local chapters. For the 2020-2021 school year, they awarded 67 scholarships, totaling $100,000.
Students with a 3.5 minimum GPA who demonstrate significant financial need and plan to enroll in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution are eligible to receive up to a $40,000 award! You have to be a current student with sophomore status or recent graduate of an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31 of the application year.
In addition to the scholarship opportunities listed below, we are THRILLED to tell you about our Siena Transfer Guarantee. In a nutshell: every single transfer student is guaranteed:
- At least $28,000 in scholarships toward the completion of their degree
- A custom career experience, like an internship, study abroad trip, research project or service opportunity
- A personal RTG (Road to Graduation) Coach from your specific academic school, who will help ensure you graduate on time
- Housing; if you want it, you got it
Our Franciscan Transfer Scholarship gives students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater $19,000/year.
The Mission Scholarship grants $14,000/year to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.99 and below.
Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society? You may be eligible for our Siena Phi Theta Scholarship, which grants $20,500/year to students in this honor society.
The St. Claire Transfer Scholarship gives students GPA of 3.0 -3.19 $16,000/year.
The Murphy Family Scholarship was established by Alison K. Murphy '93 to honor the 60th birthday of her father, Michael E. Murphy '70. The scholarship is awarded based on need to a transfer student(s) majoring in History or Marketing/Management.
The Joseph E. Scafidi Memorial Scholarship, established by his wife, Elizabeth Kelly Scafidi, is awarded to an entering (including a transfer student) or current student on the basis of financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is enrolled in either the School of Business or School of Science and who is a graduate of South Colonie Central High School, Colonie, NY. Awardees may also be graduates of one of the following high schools: LaSalle Institute, Troy, NY; Maple Hill, Castleton, NY; Bishop Maginn, Albany, NY, or Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School. The scholarship may be renewed for four undergraduate years.
Got questions? You’ve gotta meet Jen Sloan, our Transfer Coordinator extraordinaire.