Application Process

Applications for the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year will open in January 2018.

Who May Apply Application Deadline
All undergraduate candidates & continuing graduate students. March 1, 2018
All incoming graduate students & incoming candidates pursuing an MBA/dual degree program.   April 1, 2018

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship Application Information sessions (all held in 220 Student Union): 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

Required With Your Application

  • Letters of recommendation. They should be submitted directly to the WNY Prosperity Fellowship program by the advised deadline. Letters of recommendation are accepted via email directly from the individual writing the letter or as a hard copy in a sealed and signed envelope. Read the Letter of Recommendation Instructions (PDF).
  • 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 in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; the MBA program in the School of Management; the MBA program in the School of Architecture and Planning; or pursuing an MBA/Dual Degree 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, program 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.