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Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Education Unit has a number of scholarships available to both undergraduate and graduate education majors.

Several forms of financial aid — including the Tuition Assistance Program for New York State residents, Stafford loans, and college work-study awards — are available to qualified graduate students.

The Melissa Lahtinen-Penfield Memorial Graduate Foundation Fellowship is awarded annually to an M.S.T. student. The application deadline is usually in mid-November. Applications are available from the Financial Aid Office. The graduate catalog and application packet have further information about financial aid.

Scholarships

The Education Unit has a number of scholarships available to both undergraduate and graduate education majors.

Undergraduate applications for scholarships are generally due in the Departments of Educational Studies and Services Administrative Office (Room 302 Sibley) in March of each year.

Requirements

Plan to stop by the office in early February for more information and an application form. To qualify, undergraduate students must meet the following qualifications:

  1. be enrolled as an education major with at least a junior standing,
  2. have completed at least 30 hours at SUNY Plattsburgh campus by May,
  3. have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and
  4. demonstrate potential for leadership in education.

Graduate Fellowships

The Melissa Lahtinen Penfield Memorial Graduate Foundation Fellowship

The Melissa Lahtinen Penfield Memorial Graduate Foundation Fellowship, established in memory and honor of Melissa, is awarded each year to a new or returning full-time, male or female graduate student at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. The graduate student needs to be enrolled in the Masters Program in Education and priority will be given to M.S.T. students.

The award is based on academic merit. Seton Catholic and Plattsburgh High School graduates will be given priority. Information from the applicant's graduate application file, including transcripts and letters of recommendations, will be used in the evaluation process.

A minimum annual award of $1,000 will be given to the selected fellowship recipient to apply to graduate tuition and fees only. Fellowship recipients are expected to maintain a 3.0 grade point average while taking at least 9 hours of graduate work per semester. If the recipient maintains this progress, he/she will be awarded the fellowship until the graduate degree is completed, up to a maximum of two years.

The Provost of SUNY Plattsburgh shall appoint a committee to advise in the selection of each year's recipient. The advisory committee shall include a member of the Lahtinen family.

Applicants should obtain an application form from the Teacher Education Office, 302 Sibley Hall or Graduate Admissions, 113 Kehoe and return the completed form to the Dean of Education, Health, and Human Services Office, 400 Sibley Hall.

Fellowship Qualifications
  • New or returning full-time, male or female graduate students at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Must be enrolled in the master's program for education. (Priority will be given to M.S.T. students.)
  • Good academic merit (no restrictions on intended field of study).
  • Students that graduated from Seton Catholic and Plattsburgh High Schools will be given priority.
  • Fellowship recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while taking at least 9 hours of graduate work per semester.
  • Application deadline: for this current application deadline, please contact:
    Education Unit

    Phone: (518) 564-2125
    Fax: (518) 564-2149
    Email: jclan001@plattsburgh.edu
    SUNY Plattsburgh
    101 Broad St., Sibley 302
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Contact Information

If you would like more information about literacy education programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Aline Bobys, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education Program Leader
Office: Sibley Hall 200A
Phone: (518) 564-5147
Email: bobysar@plattsburgh.edu

Jessica Chase

Secretary
Office: Sibley Hall 302
Phone: (518) 564-2123
Email: chaseja@plattsburgh.edu
Fax: (518) 564-2149