Application Process

Applications for the 2022-23 WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program will now be accepted through March 4, 2022. 

Application eligibility
Who May Apply Application Deadline
All undergraduate candidates & continuing graduate students. Submit your application, log in to buffalo.academicworks.com using your UBIT name and password.   March 4, 2022

All incoming graduate students & transfer student candidates.  

Submit your application, https://bit.ly/WNYPFPAPP23

March 4, 2022

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship Application Information session. Applications for the 2022-23 WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program will now be accepted through March 4th, 2022 11:59 pm EST. 

Held virtually over Zoom:

  • Session one: January 6, 2022 at 2pm EST - 
        Meeting ID: 924 0368 6077
        Passcode: 885542

  • Session two: February 3, 2022 at 5pm EST - 
        Meeting ID: 998 7122 4293
        Passcode: 083738

Required With Your Application

  • Letters of recommendation. Two letters of recommendation are required (one from a faculty member; one non-restricted). They should be submitted directly to the WNY Prosperity Fellowship program by the advised deadline. Letters of recommendation are accepted via the application portal: students will enter contact information for each recommender, which will prompt the individual to submit the recommendation online (for current UB students). Students applying to UB for Fall 2022 must invite their supporters to email letters of recommendation to Hadar Borden, Director, WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program at hborden@buffalo.edu
  • FAFSA. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the advised deadline. Please note that you can file a FAFSA using estimated income information and update your FAFSA once you complete your current tax return.
  • Resume.
  • Unofficial transcript.

Fellowship candidates may be invited to interview in person.

Criteria for Undergraduate Students

  • Must be at least junior-level at the commencement of the fellowship period.
  • Must be a registered full-time undergraduate student and must be in an approved major.
  • Must file the FAFSA. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required for this financial need calculation.
  • Should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

If selected, students must:

  • Participate in a credit-bearing summer internship and complete 300 hours of internship work during the fellowship period in the eight-county Western New York region*.
  • Keep the Prentice Family Foundation and the University at Buffalo up to date with their contact information for 10 years following the award of their degree.
  • Agree to work in Western New York for two years within 10 years of receiving their degree.
  • Agree to participate in programming events through the summer, fall and spring semesters of the fellowship.
  • Agree to participate in all activities designed to thank and recognize the Prentice Family Foundation for their support.

Criteria for Graduate Students

  • Must be accepted into a UB graduate program.
  • Must be a registered full-time graduate student.
  • May apply at any time while pursuing their graduate program of study.
  • May participate at any time while pursuing their graduate program of study.
  • Must file the FAFSA form. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence is required for this financial need calculation.
  • Should be in excellent academic standing with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

If selected, students must:

  • Participate in a credit-bearing summer internship and complete 300 hours of internship work in the eight-county Western New York region* during the fellowship period.
  • Keep the Prentice Family Foundation and the University at Buffalo up to date with their contact information for 10 years following the award of their degree.
  • Agree to work in Western New York for two years within 10 years of receiving their degree.
  • Agree to participate in programming events through the summer, fall and spring semesters of the fellowship.
  • Agree to participate in all activities designed to thank and recognize the Prentice Family Foundation for their support.

Questions?

Please contact Hadar Borden, Director for the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship program at hborden@buffalo.edu or 716-645-8111.

*The eight counties of Western New York are Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Orleans, Niagara and Wyoming.