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Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Our scholarship, fellowship and award opportunities can provide financial support.

School of Public Health and Health Professions Scholarships and Awards

Alfred T. Caffiero Scholarship
For many years, Al Caffiero has been one of the most prominent physical therapists in Western New York. Throughout his distinguished career, he has displayed a caring attitude, altruism, creativity, clinical insight, dedication to the profession and an inspiring degree of optimism. Consistent with his vision for the profession and his caring attitude toward students, he and his friends have established this scholarship that is awarded to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students during their last year of study at UB.

J. Warren Perry Scholarship
Honoring the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions, the J. Warren Perry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

Kathleen M. Shaffer Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship for fifth-year occupational therapy students is awarded in memory of Kathy Shaffer, a 1987 graduate of the UB occupational therapy department baccalaureate program and senior therapist at Erie County Medical Center. Shaffer’s contributions to UB included course instruction and fieldwork supervision of students. She is best remembered for her excellent clinical skills and mentoring relationships with students. Students are nominated for the award by occupational therapy faculty. A committee of faculty members, colleagues and family members select the recipient.

Stonegraber Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Eleanor C. and David P. Stonegraber, the Stonegraber Scholarship Fund supports upper division occupational and physical therapy students at UB. Mrs. Stonegraber was an occupational therapist in the Buffalo and Rochester areas and director of occupational therapy at the Rochester Psychiatric Center at the time of her retirement in 1959. Awards typically range from $500 to $2000.

SPHHP Tuition Scholarships to Promote Student Diversity
The School of Public Health and Health Professions offers tuition scholarships to students who have been admitted to graduate or professional study, will be enrolled on a full-time basis and will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program. Learn more about eligibility and nomination requirements.

University at Buffalo Awards and Fellowships

Alumni/Celebration of Excellence Dinner Award for Graduate Students

This award recognizes the PhD student with the highest GPA. Nomination is completed through a verbal recommendation to the Assistant to the Dean.

Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship

Sponsored by New York State, this fellowship offers support for historically underrepresented students in graduate programs across the university. Schomburg Fellows participate in conferences and seminars and present papers in their respective disciplines. Learn more about the Schomburg Fellowship eligibility and nomination requirements.

Excellence in Teaching Awards for Graduate Teaching Assistants

This award recognizes a full-time graduate student involved in teaching who demonstrates superb and creative performance in the classroom, evidence of mentorship and sets high academic standards.

Graduate Opportunity Program

The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP; formerly GEOP) provides tuition scholarships to graduates of certified Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); and CUNY Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) programs within New York State who wish to pursue further education at the graduate level on a full-time basis (12 credits each semester). All disciplines are eligible. The GEOP receives a limited amount of funding each year. Therefore, tuition scholarships are not guaranteed to all students who apply.

Visit the UB Graduate School for more information.

Graduate Student Association’s Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant

UB’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides grants to graduate students for research expenses related to their thesis or dissertation. PhD students may apply for up to $2,000, and master's students for up to $1,000. Applicants should be in the latter stages of research. Learn more and apply for the Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant. UB’s GSA also provides funding to assist graduate students in presenting and attending conferences.

Maureen R. L. Mussenden Scholarship

The Maureen R. L. Mussenden Scholarship has been established to honor the professional and personal values she espoused, and to help support the education of students pursuing a graduate degree in one of the five UB health sciences schools, including the School of Public Health and Health Professions. Mussenden, associate counsel in UB’s SUNY Office of University Counsel, died in 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Applicants must be enrolled in or have been accepted to a graduate program in one of the five UB health sciences schools and be first generation students (defined as students whose parents did not receive college degrees); priority will be given to female applicants.  To apply, submit a completed application with a personal essay and a letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty to the Office of the Vice President of Health Sciences no later than Sept. 30, 2013. Apply now.

University at Buffalo Presidential Fellowship

This fellowship is aimed at recruiting outstanding graduate students. Students are considered for this award at the time of admission; there is no additional application required. To be eligible, a nominee must be a new applicant to a PhD program with at least one of the following:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher; or
  2. A combined score of 1,270 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the “old” GRE General Test (the version offered prior to Aug. 1, 2011), and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; or
  3. A combined score of 313 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the revised/new version of the GRE General Test (that was introduced worldwide on Aug. 1, 2011), and a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing component of that test; or
  4. A score on the relevant GRE Subject Test in the 75th percentile or higher.

Consistent with ETS/GRE policies on score reporting, GRE scores used to satisfy eligibility criterions above must have been obtained within the most recent 5 year period.

Nationally and Regionally Competitive Scholarships and Awards

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)
A limited number of scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate occupational therapy students. Awards are made in April and the funds can be used immediately. Applicants must:

  • Be a member of the AOTF
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in occupational therapy
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Have a record of outstanding scholastic ability
  • Complete and sign the application and submit all supporting data postmarked by Jan. 15

New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) Scholarships
Awards are granted annually from the Wollman Scholarship Fund on the basis of community and professional involvement, academic excellence, personal maturity, professional promise and financial need. To qualify, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled full-time or accepted into an occupational therapy program in New York State leading to a bachelor’s or a higher degree
  • A resident of New York State
  • A NYSOTA member

Niagara Frontier District, NYSOTA (NFD/NYSOTA)
The Niagara Frontier District provides scholarship assistance to students at UB while other district associations of the NYSOTA also offer scholarships to students whose permanent residence is located within one of these other districts. Membership in NYSOTA (NFD/NYSOTA) is necessary to be considered for this scholarship.