The J. Scott Fleming Merit Award is administered by the UB Future Alumni Network (UBFAN), the student chapter of the UB Alumni Association (UBAA). The purpose of UBFAN is to encourage lifelong participation in the University at Buffalo by connecting students to the alumni network and involving students in traditional programs, spirit activities, and events that promote UB pride.
Through this merit award program, established in 1985, UBFAN seeks to recognize full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose leadership efforts, through extracurricular and volunteer activities, have similarly helped to promote student involvement and enhance the student experience at UB. The awards were renamed in 1991 after Dr. J. Scott Fleming, who served as executive director of the Office of Alumni Engagement and who exemplified the spirit of involving students, whom he called "alumni-in-residence."
Deadline: Applications for the 2018-19 academic year scholarship(s) must be submitted between October 1 and November 30, 2018. Any application that is incomplete or received after November 30, 2018 will not be considered. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials are received by the November 30 deadline.
Eligibility: Applicants must be students who are enrolled at UB, either full-time or part-time. Without exception, all applicants must be registered to attend UB for the fall 2018 academic semester. Self-nominations are required. No minimum GPA is required. Members of the UBFAN Merit Award Selection Committee are not eligible. Previous J. Scott Fleming recipients are not eligible.
Merit award amount: The award for the 2018-19 academic year is $500 each and may be given to up to four students.
Applying: Applications must be completed in full. Submit only the items requested. No additional materials will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the UB Scholarship Portal. Only students meeting eligibility requirements will be considered. If you are unable to access or submit your materials through the UB Scholarship Portal and require assistance to submit your information for consideration, please contact us.
Only one scholarship or merit award per year from the UBAA/UBFAN may be received by any one individual. However, you may apply for more than one UBAA/UBFAN scholarship or merit award at a time. In the event you are selected to receive more than one award in a year, you will receive the scholarship or merit award that has the higher monetary value available at the time.
Selection Criteria: The award is intended to recognize students who demonstrate a commitment, through their extracurricular and volunteer activities, to promoting student involvement and enhancing the student experience at UB. Paid positions are not considered.
Selection Process: A panel of judges consisting of students, UB alumni and university officials will determine the finalists. Finalists will be notified through the UB Scholarship Portal, and will then interview with the J. Scott Fleming Merit Award alumni review panel in the fall.
Notification: Merit award recipient(s) will be notified of the results through the UB Scholarship Portal, and recipient names will be listed on the alumni website.
Publicity disclaimer: Submitting an application constitutes permission for use of the information contained in the application or its supporting information for marketing and publicity purposes as may be deemed appropriate by the Merit Award Scholarship Committee, UB Alumni Association and/or the University at Buffalo.
Questions? If you have any questions, please contact the UBFAN at 1-800-284-5382 or via email.