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the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, which recognizes promising international students with a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding


SUNY New Paltz is proud to offer the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship, which recognizes promising international students with a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. SUNY New Paltz will select two first-year undergraduate international students to receive an annual, renewable scholarship to cover 50% of their tuition ($16,650 USD per year) beginning in the Fall 2019 semester.




  • First-year undergraduate international applicants of any major at SUNY New Paltz.
    (An international applicant is an individual who holds citizenship in a country outside the United States and who does not also possess US citizenship or permanent residency.)
  • Applicants who graduated from or hold attendance at a secondary school outside the U.S.
  • Applicants who have demonstrated interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange.
  • Applicants who meet the admission criteria and adhere to the deadlines of SUNY New Paltz.
  • Applicants who demonstrate financial resources for the remaining expenses not covered by the scholarship.


  1. Apply online for undergraduate admission online: edu/applysuny
  2. Submit the following admission documents with your admission application:
    1. Official transcripts
    2. Personal statement
    3. Letter of recommendation
    4. Application fee
    5. SAT (recommended but not required for admission)
    6. TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5 (recommended but not required for admission)
  3. Complete the one-page scholarship application and email it to intadmissions@newpaltz.edu by February 1, 2019.
  4. Submit a 500-1000 word essay or a 2-5 minute video describing their aspirations to conduct projects, research, employment, or other experiences that will advance intercultural learning to intadmissions@newpaltz.edu by February 1, 2019.
  5. If awarded, students must confirm their enrollment at SUNY New Paltz by April 1, 2019 by paying the $250 pre-enrollment deposit to the SUNY New Paltz admission office. (Information on how to pay this will be received after admission).



SUNY New Paltz application deadline: February 1, 2019*

Scholarship application deadline with essay or video: February 1, 2019
Applicants awarded will be notified by: March 1, 2019

Pre-enrollment deposit due: April 1, 2019


*For Art majors, portfolios will also be due by this time in order for the committee to make the admission decision. More information will be on your application about the portfolio requirements.



If you have questions or if you need help with your application process, please contact:

Judy Bishop
International Admission Advisor


  • The scholarship is for SUNY New Paltz tuition only. It does not cover other expenses such as university fees, parking permits, books or supplies, etc. Students must demonstrate the ability to pay for the remaining expenses by submitted a bank statement from themselves or their sponsor.
  • This scholarship has no cash exchange value and is non-transferable.
  • The scholarship must be awarded by Spring 2019.