Pre-Collegiate Preparation

The Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Bulletin of Information for Candidates

2018 Competition

The Due Date for Nominations is March 9, 2018.

Pending the appropriation of State funds by the New York State Legislature, 8,000 scholarships will be awarded for students graduating in 2017.  Of the 8,000 scholarships, 2,000 scholarships will have a value of $1,500 each and 6,000 scholarships will have a value of $500 each.

This is very important...

the SAE information,

including the individual application forms,
must be completed by the appropriate school building leader, and not by individual students.

  • Scholarship winners must attend a college or university (SAE’s cannot be used for trade schools) in New York State. 
  • Those who do not attend a college or university in New York State forfeit the award. 
  • Awards are renewable for up to four academic years of undergraduate study or five academic years, if the program of study normally requires five years as defined by the Commissioner of Education. 
  • In the event that a scholarship is declined by the student or revoked by the Commissioner of Education, its benefits will lapse and no re-awards will be made.


The information collected on the application for the Scholarships for Academic Excellence is collected under the authority of the New York State Education Department Law 605 and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, subpart 145-1.  Each individual has the right to review personal information maintained by the Scholarships Unit, unless exempted by law.

for Further Information contact

Scholarships Unit

New York State Education Department
Room 971, Education Building Annex
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719
E-mail: or

Last Updated: February 14, 2018