Nov 20, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 78 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 78

Financial Aid



Desiring to place a college education within the reach of all deserving, qualified degree candidates, Siena College offers financial assistance in many forms. Financial aid to students is awarded primarily on the basis of need. The College gives consideration to scholastic ability in determining the amount of scholarships and grants awarded from College funding. Specifically, the College offers the following types of campus based assistance to full-time matriculating students:

  1. Franciscan Community and Siena College Scholarships Grants-in-Aid;
  2. Funded Scholarships;
  3. Federal/College Sponsored Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants;
  4. Federal/College Sponsored Perkins Loans;
  5. Federal/College Sponsored Work-Study Program; and
  6. State Sponsored Higher Education Opportunity Program.

To be considered for federal financial assistance (loans, grants, and/or college work-study), students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), via the internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The CSS PROFILE form is not required. The recommended date for filing financial aid forms for incoming freshmen is November 1; for transfers it is March 1. All new and continuing students must file by March 1. Please note that renewal of financial aid is dependent upon the filing again of the FAFSA each year. As major changes may occur from year to year, check with a Siena College financial aid officer to be sure the necessary forms have been filed.

Grants and Scholarships from Siena Funds

Siena awards the following types of grants-in-aid and academic scholarships to full-time students requesting assistance. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for any type of assistance, with the exception of Presidential Scholarships, Franciscan Scholarships, Mission Scholarships, and Siena Humanities in Medicine Scholarships.

  1. Presidential Scholarships are merit awards, renewable annually based on a minimum 3.1 cumulative average. These scholarships are offered to distinguished high school graduates based on their high school curriculum, high school average, results of standardized tests and letters of recommendation. These awards are extremely competitive.
  2. Siena offers other academic scholarships (Franciscan Scholarships and Siena Humanities in Medicine Scholarships) without regard for financial need, to incoming freshmen who have outstanding academic records. Renewal is based on maintaining a 3.1 grade point average. If you do not file the FAFSA, you must submit a written request to be considered for an honorary award.
  3. Siena College awards grants to students with demonstrated need. In general, this type of award will be renewed annually, provided the student continues to demonstrate need, maintains satisfactory academic progress, and files the Renewal FAFSA by May 1.
  4. Funded Scholarships: Unless otherwise noted, the following endowed scholarships are awarded by the financial aid committee as part of the financial aid packaging procedure. The scholarship criteria must be followed. In most cases, financial need, academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities are considered in choosing award recipients.

The FAFSA must be filed in order for students to be considered for most of the following scholarships:

The AMSA Scholarship, established by Michael Bucci ‘73 and James Nealy, is awarded annually to an incoming freshman student who is the son or daughter of an employee of Armored Motor Service of America, Inc. Preference will be given to students in Armored Motor Service of America, Inc. operating areas, who demonstrate financial need, good academic standing and strong participation in extra-curricular activities. In the event that there is no student applicant from Armored Motor Service of America, Inc., the scholarship will be awarded to a student from New York State.

The Dominick J. Agostino Memorial Scholarship, established by his wife, Pat and his children Mary Beth and Ryan to honor the memory of Dom Agostino ‘68, is awarded annually to an incoming freshman. Preference is given to a resident student who is able to live at Siena because of this award.

The George I. Alden Scholarship fund was endowed through a challenge grant by the George I. Alden Trust and through the generous response of Siena’s alumni and friends. The scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Christopher ‘89 and Lisa Gill ‘90 Alfieri Scholarship was established in 2014 to pay tribute to their parents and all their family members who have always recognized the value and importance that education plays in our lives. The scholarship is awarded to students with financial need.

The All Star Wine and Spirits Scholarship was established by Craig Allen ‘91 in honor of his “Siena Experience” and appreciation of the several students employed at All Star over the years. This scholarship will help continue to make the “Siena Experience” possible.

The Professor Roland A. Allen Memorial Scholarship has been established by Thomas P. Fehlner to honor the memory of an outstanding Siena Physics Professor who served as his first scientific mentor. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need to students who are interested in the physical sciences.

The Sara Allen and Julius and Jessica Bernard Scholarship is awarded annually to residents of Clinton, Essex, Washington and/or Warren Counties in New York State in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need.

The Alonge Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a student showing academic and career potential. The Scholarship was established by Guy Alonge, Jr. in honor of his family.

The Guy ‘54 and Dorothea Alonge, Jr. Scholarship established in 2008 by their son, Guy Alonge III to honor his parents’ devotion to family, love for Siena and contributions to the career development of Siena students. The award is based on financial need and made to students from Columbia County, New York.

The Alum From ‘81 Scholarship is to be awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Christopher Ambrose Memorial Scholarship has been established by Frank ‘85 and Sheila Ambrose in memory of Frank’s brother and Sheila’s brother-in-law Christopher. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need with preference to students pursuing a Health Studies Major.

The Thomas L. ‘89 and Christine E. Amell Scholarship, created in 2012 by Siena Associate Trustee Chair, Thomas L. Amell ‘89, and his wife, Christine. The scholarship is based on financial need with a preference given to commuter students who work part time to fund their education.

The Men and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Capital Region Memorial Scholarship honors men and women who have contributed to Irish America life and culture, and Christian values. Its first and most important Hibernian honoree is Fr. Henry Tansey, M.H.M. In addition, the scholarship honors Trooper William Dooley, founder of the New York State Police Pipe Band, Fr. Capistran J. Hanlon, O.F.M., division chaplain for many years, and Andrew M. Martin ‘94, loyal member. Each honoree promoted Christian values and community service. The scholarship is aimed at helping upper classmen and/or transfer students living in the capital district and based on financial need.

The Willard T. Anderson Scholarship was established in 2001 to honor the late Willard T. Anderson, owner and chairman of The Anderson Group. The scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to a student or students with a physical disability.

The Mary Burke Apps ‘53 Scholarship shall be awarded annually to entering or currently matriculated students in good academic standing who have demonstrated financial need with a preference to female students from Schenectady County.

The Arkell Hall Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to students who graduated from Canajoharie High School or a surrounding community in Montgomery County, New York. This award is renewable and is based on financial need.

The James Barba Family Scholarship was established in 1991 by James Barba, Sr. ‘56. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need and academic ability.

The Tim ‘79 and Anne (Hein) ‘80 Barker Scholarship was established in 2008 by Tim ‘79 and Anne ‘80 (Hein) Barker and their family. Preference will be given to a student whose family may have experienced unforeseen personal, financial or family circumstances that might have altered their ability to enroll their son/daughter at Siena. Financial need is a criterion.

The Charles P. Barrett Scholarship, established in 1999, by Charles P. Barrett ‘49 in honor of his 50th year class anniversary. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in good academic standing, based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to graduates of Catholic Central High School in Troy, NY.

The J. Patrick Barrett ‘59 and Thomas J. Murphy ‘67 Scholarship has been established to provide minority students who are in financial need the opportunity to receive a Siena College education.

The BBL Construction Services/Isabelle Led Duke Scholarship is awarded annually to sons and daughters of BBL employees. Second preference is given to sons and daughters of BBL Construction Services, its affiliated companies, its major sub contractors and vendors, and other business partners that are associated with BBL. Donald Led Duke, former Trustee, his family, friends and BBL Construction Services established this scholarship.

The Larry Benzie ‘58 Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Joan, in 1999. Preference is given to students whose residence is Watervliet, New York. Financial need is a criterion.

The Keith Ronald Berry Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to honor Keith and perpetuate the memory of Keith’s charisma, compassionate manner, adventurous nature and his ability to bring people together in a friendly environment. The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior, preferably a business major and will be renewed for that student’s senior year based on academic performance and financial need.

The Bethlehem Construction Corp./Wolanin Companies Ltd./Private Sky® Aviation Service, Inc. Scholarship, in memory of Vincent J. Wolanin, a Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Officer who died suddenly, was funded by his sons, Vincent M. Wolanin and Gregory M. Wolanin, and by Wolanin Companies Ltd. and its affiliates. Awards are made to a Siena student who exhibits financial need and demonstrates excellence in athletics or in mathematics, computer science, or physics. Preference is given to relatives of Wolanin Companies Ltd. employees, or to students who have lost a parent unexpectedly.

The George D. Bigler Memorial Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to full or part-time business students with a first priority given to students residing in Ulster County.

The Blake-Rosen Family Scholarship is given by Cheri A. Rosen ‘89 in appreciation for her Siena Experience. Awards are given based upon financial need.

Blass Communications Scholarship, established by the Blass family and corporation to mark the 20th anniversary of R.T. Blass, Inc., is awarded annually to entering or upperclass students on the basis of academic eligibility. Preference is given to sons and daughters of employees of Blass Communications. Outstanding students who are majoring in Marketing and Management or Finance or who are pursuing a career in the field of communications will be nominated by the Dean of the School of Business, and/or by the Admissions Committee.

Bradley ‘82 and Lisa Matheu Bodmer ‘85 have established The Bradley ‘82 and Lisa Matheu Bodmer ‘85 Scholarship to honor their parents William and Mary Bodmer and James and Arlene Matheu, whose love and sacrifice enabled them to become a son and a daughter of Siena College forever. The Bradley ‘82 and Lisa Matheu Bodmer ‘85 Scholarship will be awarded annually at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid with preference given to students from Cherry Valley, Garden City, or Niskayuna, New York.

The Bond Family Scholarship, established by Joseph F. ‘50 and Jane Bond, is awarded annually to entering students who demonstrate strong individual character, energy, academic promise and the ability to benefit from a Siena education. Preference is given to students who require this scholarship either to be able to attend Siena College or allow the student to enroll as an on-campus resident student. This award may be based on financial need or academic merit. Selection of these students is made by the Financial Aid Committee. The scholarship is renewable for students who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 or better with a proven history of achievement in activities fulfilling the Franciscan ideals of the College.

The Boyea Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to students having a demonstrated financial need and may be renewable.

The Mary Ryan Brennan Scholarship was established by James G. Brennan in loving memory of his wife, Mary Ryan Brennan ‘53. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need to students from the Capital District Region.

The Brescio Scholarship is awarded to a student demonstrating financial need.

The James M. Brett Scholarship is awarded, based on academic merit and financial need, to a male student of Irish lineage who wishes to study law. The award may be renewed for four undergraduate years.

The Anita M. Brown ‘76 and Michael G. Brown ‘73 Memorial Scholarship was established by alumni, family and friends to honor their memory. Awards are based on need.

The Buehler Family Scholarship has been established by Paul J. Buehler ‘50 in memory of his wife, Ann Buehler. The scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in English who intend to pursue a career in teaching, or to students in the Sciences, to include without limitation, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.

The Brian William Bull ‘96 and Amanda Cullen Bull ‘97 Scholarship, given in appreciation for their Siena experience, is awarded to a Presidential Scholar with financial need.

The Burke Family Scholarship is established to encourage and to assist a student with learning disabilities in order for the student to participate in the Siena experience. The award is based on need and may be renewable.

The Dr. Elina Burstyn Woman’s Health Scholarship was established by Dr. Dmitry Burshteyn and Dr. Elina Burstyn in support of Siena College and will be awarded based upon academic merit.

The Ed and Colleen W. Butler Scholarship was established to assist students from Ed Butler’s home state of Vermont and Colleen’s love for the Capital Region and Vermont. Preference is given to students enrolled in the School of Business.

The Din and Carol Cahill Scholarship was established by Carol Keenan/ Cahill ‘74 and Daniel “Din” Cahill ‘75. It honors their parents who enabled them both to enjoy a “Siena Experience.” Preference is given to students from Catholic high schools. This Scholarship is need based and renewable.

The Callanan Industries Scholarship is awarded annually to entering or upperclass students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable. Preference is given to employees and sons and daughters of employees of Callanan Industries.

The Janet (Burns) and Robert F. Campbell Scholarship ‘66 was established by Bob’s friends and colleagues in 2005 to honor his retirement from First Albany Corporation. The scholarship will be awarded annually to sons and daughters of First Albany Corporation and all of its subsidiaries.

The Robert and Lorraine Capano Scholarship, established by their daughter, Judy Capano-Michaelson ‘87, honors her parents who instilled in her a belief that anything is possible to achieve as long as she put her mind to it and worked hard. That work ethic, combined with a knowledge and drive to create her own opportunities, helped her achieve all her dreams at Siena. The scholarship is awarded based on need to a student who possesses an exemplary work ethic, optimism and confidence in his or her potential, is an active student leader, and possesses that same kind of drive and determination.

The Capital Region Scholarship Fund honors Siena’s historic ties to the Capital Region and helps ensure that the College remains an attractive option to qualified and deserving local students.

The Honorable Thomas M. Carney ‘61 Memorial Scholarship has been established by Lana Carney in loving memory of her husband. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need with preference to students who are members of the men’s or women’s golf team. The scholarship is renewable annually.

The Tricia A. Carney ‘94 Scholarship was established by alumna Tricia Carney, who embraces the phrase to “create your tomorrow” and encourages a Siena College student to aspire every day to create THEIR tomorrow. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need.

The Caruso Family Scholarship established in 2007 will be awarded to a Schenectady High School graduate based on academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to commuting students from Schenectady, NY who are interested in the field of Business.

The Salvatore D. Catalano ‘57 Family Scholarship was established in 2008 by Salvatore D. Catalano ‘57 to honor the Catalano Family’s long connection to Siena College. The scholarship supports Capital District full-time students. The award is based on need and satisfactory academic standing.

The Chenette Family Scholarship was established in 2014 by Leo ‘91 and MinKou Chenette to pay tribute to their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Chenette, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Sun Jong Kim, and the value they placed on education. The scholarship is awarded to students with financial need.

The Robert Chersi and Rosemary Shiavo ‘83 Chersi Family Scholarship was established in 2014 by Robert Chersi and Rosemary Schiavo ‘83 Chersi to honor their parents’ commitment to education. Much like the opportunity their parents, Richard & Carmela Schiavo and Nicolo & Caterina Chersi, provided them to earn a college degree, they are honored to establish a scholarship to provide a similar opportunity to a deserving Siena College student.

The Class of 1959 Scholarship was created by members of the class in 2009 in celebration of the 50th Reunion of the Class of ‘59 and in appreciation of the great education received at Siena College. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student based upon academic achievement and financial need, with consideration given to participation in community service and/or extra-curricular activities.

The Class of 1967 Scholarship created by the Class of 1967 is awarded annually to a student demonstrating financial need. The award is renewable.

The Class of 1975 Scholarship, established by Lynn M. Rondeau, recognizes the class members enduring camaraderie and friendships and provides the opportunity for future students to experience the same lifelong sense of community. Awards are based on need.

The Class of 1980 Scholarship created by the Class of 1980 is awarded annually to a junior and will be renewed for that student’s senior year. Financial need is a criterion.

The Class of 1981 Scholarship created by the Class of 1981 is awarded annually to a junior and will be renewed for that student’s senior year. Financial need is a criterion.

The Class of 1982 Scholarship created by the Class of 1982 is awarded annually to a junior and will be renewed for that student’s senior year. Financial need is a criterion.

The Class of 1983 Scholarship created by the Class of 1983 is awarded annually to a junior and will be renewed for that student’s senior year. Financial need is a criterion.

The Peter A. Codina Scholarship was established in October of 2000, to honor the memory of Peter Codina. Preference will be given to hardworking applicants of Hispanic background and/or origin.

Company I 85, 10th Mountain Division Endowed Scholarship is awarded to family members of the 10th Mountain Division members. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M. Scholarship is awarded annually to an English major in the junior or senior class at Siena. It is given for academic ability, financial need and demonstrated contributions to the Franciscan ideals of the College. Nominations are submitted to the Financial Aid Director by the English Department. Eligible students must submit an essay describing their qualifications to the head of the English department.

The Jeffrey ‘79 and Susan Connelly Scholarship was established by Jeffrey ‘79 and Susan Connelly with appreciation to the College for Jeff’s “Siena Experience” and a desire to provide the same for future Siena students.

The Msgr. Joseph P. Conway ‘41 Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Fleming ‘52 and other friends to honor the memory of a saintly priest of the Albany Diocese and a member of Siena’s first graduating class. Preference is given, but not limited, to applicants from the City of Troy and to those from the Village of Castleton. Financial need is a criterion.

The Moran/Corcoran Family Scholarship was established by Lori (Moran) ‘86, her husband Tom, and their family with appreciation for her “Siena Experience,” and a desire to provide the same for future Siena Students.

The Daniel P. and Mary K. Corr Scholarship was established in 2016 by D. Joseph Corr ‘73 and Cheri Pash-Corr to honor Joseph’s late parents Daniel P. and Mary K. corr. This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need with first preference to a student graduating from either Shaker High School (located in Latham, NY) or Columiba High School (located in East Greenbush, NY).

The John J. Costello ‘85 Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of John Costello ‘85. John had expressed his desire to someday endow a scholarship at Siena to help current students have the experience he was fortunate enough to have with the help of a scholarship and financial aid. The establishment of this scholarship by John’s classmates, friends and family honors this desire, and allows his legacy to live on at Siena. The scholarship will be awarded to students with financial need.

The Jim ‘84 and Susan (O’Connor) ‘85 Coyne Scholarship was established by Jim ‘84 and Susan (O’Connor) ‘85 with appreciation for their “Siena Experience” and a desire to provide the same for future Siena students in particular those pursuing a degree in Education.

The Brian M. Crouch Memorial Scholarship was established by Brian’s classmates in the Class of 2002, the Crouch Family and their many friends to perpetuate Brian’s memory-to remember his kindness, caring and especially, his infectious smile. Recipients must be members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). First preference will be given to sons and daughters of public safety employees or volunteers (EMT’s, firefighters, police officers, etc) and residents of the Capital Region. Awards are based on financial need.

The Thomas ‘69 and Patricia Cullen Scholarship was established by Thomas ‘69 and Pat Cullen. Preference will be given to students exhibiting financial need.

The Maureen O’Sullivan Cushing Scholarship, established by her husband James E. Cushing, is awarded annually to incoming freshmen students. Preference is given to students whose major field of study is in the liberal arts. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic eligibility and may be renewed.

The Robert and Trudy Cushing Scholarship was established by Robert and Trudy Cushing, both members of the class of 1977, in gratitude for the education that Siena provided. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student in good academic standing who has a demonstrated financial need.

The Mary Theresa Dana Memorial Scholarship was established by John and Carol Dana in loving memory of their sister, Mary. The scholarship is to be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are interested in pursuing a major in History or Political Science.

The Patrick Danahy ‘88 Memorial Scholarship was established by the Lawrence I. & Blanche H. Rhodes Memorial Fund in memory of Patrick, who lost his life in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Patrick was a devoted father who had a zest for life and enjoyed motorcycling and mountain biking. Preference will be given to a needy student who is majoring in Business.

The Dean Nancy DaPore Scholarship Fund was established by her family in recognition of her many years of service to Siena in the role of Dean of students, and with appreciation for the profound positive and lasting impact she had on generations of Siena students. Scholarships will be awarded as determined by the Office of Financial Aid at Siena College. When it is possible, preference will be given to a female student.

Established by the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province together with friends and alumni of Siena, The Fr. Julian A. Davies, O.F.M. Scholarship honors Fr. Julian on the occasion of his retirement after 45 years of teaching Philosophy at Siena College. A native of Utica, NY, Fr. Julian entered the Franciscan Order in 1953, professed vows on August 13, 1954, and was ordained to the priesthood on March 12, 1960. He received his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University and Ph.D. from Fordham University. Fr. Julian published two translations of works of the Franciscan, William of Ockham, and also authored a textbook: A Philosophy of the Human Being. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Julian served as editor of the “Holy Name Province Annals,” and was active on campus as Siena College Alumni Chaplain and College Archivist. His ministerial activities included serving the Diocese of Albany as a sacramental minister as well as being active in Marriage Encounter and Marriage Retorno. The scholarship will be awarded to a Siena student with a financial need who embraces and embodies the Franciscan spirit of service to others that Fr. Julian exhibited throughout his teaching career.

The Joseph J. and Cecilia O’Neil Dawson Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is a graduate from the Binghamton, New York area. The student must demonstrate satisfactory academic performance and financial need. An award will be made to an incoming freshman every year. Scholarships will be renewed based on satisfactory academic performance and financial need.

The Donald and Mary DeBlieux Scholarship is provided annually to an incoming freshman from a Pittsfield, Massachusetts high school (Pittsfield High, Taconic or St. Joseph’s), based on financial need. Established by their grateful daughter (‘83) and son-in-law, in recognition of their generosity in providing Karen’s Siena education. This scholarship is renewable based on academic achievement.

The Lucy Kazlauskas Del Grosso Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor Lucy by her husband David (‘51). The scholarship will be awarded with preference to be given to students of Lithuanian background and/or origin. The award is to be based on financial need and academic merit. Consideration may also be given to students majoring in science.

The Thomas E. ‘57, Patricia A., Thomas D., Paul E. ‘88, and Dana Ann ‘89 De Lorenzo Family Scholarship is established to enable others to have the same opportunity for the Siena experience that the members of the De Lorenzo family enjoyed. Awards are given based upon financial need. In addition, consideration may also be given to students in the Pre-Law program.

The Dr. Louis J. and Alice Gazeley DeRusso Scholarship is awarded annually to members of the junior class from the Capital Region who intend to go to medical school. It may be renewed for the students’ senior year. The scholarship recognizes the late Dr. DeRusso’s (honorary alumnus-1966) deep humanitarian commitment to the medical profession and to the advancement of higher education. Nominations for the scholarship are made by the Health Professions Recommendation Committee. Awards are based on financial need and academic eligibility.

The Mary Ann Donnelly ‘91 Siena College Scholarship Fund for Children with Special Needs has been created by her family in loving memory of Mary Ann Donnelly ‘91 for students of special needs. Gifts shall be awarded by the Office of Financial Aid.

NYC Scholarship in Honor of Thomas Devane ‘50 endowment is used to provide scholarships for academically promising students from the five boroughs of the City of New York based on financial need.

The Gene Devine Scholarship was established by James ‘50, M.D. and Nancy Cassidy to honor the memory of their friend, Gene Devine. The award is based on financial need.

The Dewar Scholarship is awarded annually based on financial need and/or academic merit to graduates of Oneonta Senior High School, Oneonta, New York. Graduates of St. Mary’s School, Walnut Street, Oneonta, New York, who subsequently graduate from high school in either Otsego or Delaware Counties, are also eligible.

The Louis J. DiNuzzo Memorial Scholarship was established by the DiNuzzo family in memory of Louis J. DiNuzzo ‘42. Preference will be given to students residing in the city of Watervliet, New York at time of admission. Students are not required to demonstrate financial need.

The Edmund and Marguerite Duffy Memorial Scholarship was created in 2012 by Associate Board of Trustee, Anthony G. Duffy ‘80. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need.

The Kellie Duggan Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the memory of Kellie and her compassion, love for life and sense of humor, provides support for a Siena student based on need, community service, and commitment to the Siena College Women’s Rugby team. It is hoped that the recipient of this scholarship will live like Kellie who saw a need for change and acted on that giving impulse.

The Genovese Elgidely Endowed Scholarship, established by John H. Genovese ‘76, Robert F. Elgidely ‘93, and Karen J. Bubniak ‘92, is awarded annually to students who are veterans, or currently serving members of the armed forces with demonstrated financial need and who may have transferred from a Community College.

The Julianne English Scholarship was established in 2006 to mark the graduation of Julianne English ‘06. It was given in appreciation for the great educational and living experience she had as a Siena undergraduate. Her degree in the field of psychology has enabled her to pursue a career working with individuals with special needs. In recognition of her commitment in this field of work, the Julianne English Scholarship will be given to a student who has overcome some cognitive or physical obstacle to be accepted at Siena and who may not have otherwise been able to attend Siena if it were not for this award.

The Loretta ‘77 and William Epstein Endowed Scholarship was established by Loretta’s family, many friends and colleagues at Siena College. The scholarship was established to honor Loretta whose work at Siena has embodied the Franciscan Tradition for more than 30 years. First preference will be given to a student majoring or minoring in the Creative Arts or working towards a certificate in theater; second preference will be given to a student majoring in Sociology or Social Work. This scholarship is based on financial need and is renewable.

The Faculty Memorial Scholarship is funded by donations from the Siena faculty, their families and friends. An award is presented each year in memory of a deceased Siena faculty member. The Scholarship is granted to a senior, based primarily on academic excellence. The recipient is selected by a faculty committee.

The Joseph Farone, Jr. NHS Scholarship was established in 2014 by Anthony Farone ’ 65 to honor his late father, Joseph Farone, and the value he placed on the importance of attending college and earning a degree in higher education. Joseph was a proud graduate of the now closed North High School (NHS) in Syracuse, NY. He went on to run the very successful family business, Farone & Son, Inc. This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need with first preference to a student from Onondaga County in New York State.

The Fr. John Felice, O.F.M. Scholarship honors Fr. John’s long time commitment to serving the poor, especially the mentally ill in New York City, and his role in establishing the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy on the Center’s 10th anniversary. It was Fr. John’s vision, as the Provincial Minister of the Holy Name Province of Franciscan Friars, to challenge Siena College to create the center. Under his leadership, the Holy Name Province donated funds to begin the center. This scholarship is based on need and will recognize young women and men who answer the call through the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy to serve those less fortunate, thus continuing the Franciscan Tradition that has been an integral part of the Siena experience since the college’s founding.

The Robert B. Ferruggiari ‘11 Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to honor the memory of Robert, his compassion, love of life, and unwavering determination to overcome any obstacles presented. As a family, we are so lucky to have shared his life and love with Robert and we are forever thankful for those memories, his ability to never give up, and the life he lived. This scholarship recognizes his amazing spirit and will be awarded to students with financial need.

The Finn Family Scholarship has been established by Tom and Mary Liz (Blowe) Finn ‘82 in honor of Mary Liz’s parents, Frank and Eleanor. As devoted parents and educators, they provided a loving foundation for lifelong learning in their five children, as well as their students. Frank and Eleanor nurtured a belief that “it is in giving that we receive.” Their legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of their children, grandchildren, and many of their students. This scholarship is established for the benefit of Siena students, preferably children of teachers, who embrace and embody the Franciscan spirit. The award is based on financial need.

The Finneran Family Scholarship was established by John and Dena Finneran in recognition of John’s parent’s John P. & Mary E. Finneran, and his uncle, Msgr. Edward T. McCorry, who every day demonstrated to those around them what it meant to live life in the Franciscan Tradition. The children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of these wonderful people will be forever grateful for the love, support, and care they have given us throughout the years. Two generations of Finnerans have already or are currently attending Siena (John ‘81, Christopher ‘85, Rozanne ‘89, Brendan ‘11, and Katelyn ‘14) and the family would like to help assure that others may have the same opportunity. Preference will be given to an incoming lacrosse player or a student in good standing at any level whose family may have experienced unforeseen personal, financial, or family circumstances.

The Patricia Ann Fish ‘79 Scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of financial need. Preference is given to students of small public high schools with a graduating class of 100 or less. This Scholarship is renewable based on academic performance.

The Lewis Golub Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010 by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation. This award is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Golub, who, as the CEO of Price Chopper Supermarkets from 1983 to 2000, used his superior financial skills and business acumen to build the company into a premier regional supermarket chain. The award provides one scholarship annually to a finance major in his or her junior or senior year of college. The student must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

The Richard E., Sr. ‘55 and Jean G. Fitzgerald Scholarship was established by Richard E. ‘55 and Jean G. Fitzgerald in honor of the education Richard and his sons received from Siena College.

The Thomas Halpin Fitzgerald and Joan Zwiercan Fitzgerald Scholarship is awarded annually to a student from St. Joseph’s High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Financial need is not required but may be considered. The student must have maintained at least a B average and be recommended by St. Joseph High School Guidance Department.

The Noel A. Fitzpatrick, O.F.M. Scholarship is awarded to a student from Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y. It is based on academic ability, financial need, and the espousal of Christian ideals similar to those held by the late Father Noel. The scholarship is renewable. Recommendation is made by officials at Bishop Timon High School.

The Foote Family Scholarship established by Howard S. Foote ‘74, his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Jenna E. Foote ‘14, is awarded based on financial need.

The Ursula M. Forth Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Forth Family to honor her memory. Ursula appreciated the spiritual and academic influence that Siena and the Franciscan Tradition had on her family. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need to commuting students from the Capital Region who are interested in the field of science or the liberal arts.

George W. Foy Scholarship is awarded annually to incoming needy freshmen residents of Albany County, graduating from Albany County high schools.

The Franciscan Memorial Scholarship Fund has been initiated with a contribution from the Friars of Siena College on behalf of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, of the Order of Friars Minor. The fund honors the devotion and dedication of the Friars who have served Siena over the past 70+ years, from the founding of the College. The fund has been established in recognition of the longstanding tradition of Franciscan concern for those in society whose access to higher education has been restricted because of ethnic origin or social condition. Preference is given to individual students who have demonstrated concern for the wellbeing of their communities. Recipients should be full-time students who exhibit financial need. The Director of Financial Aid will submit to the Guardian of the Siena Friary a list of all eligible candidates. Applicants will be recommended by the Guardian of the Siena Friary to the Financial Aid Committee. Final selection will be at the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee.

Franciscan Tradition Scholarships The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well at Siena, reflecting the College’s Franciscan heritage. To recognize and strengthen that spirit, Franciscan Tradition Scholarships will be given to students who exemplify that spirit through service to Siena and the wider community.

The Clifford and Mary A. Frasier Scholarship was established by their son, Ernest ‘77, in 1999. It memorializes the love and devotion they gave to their family during their lifetime. The scholarship is awarded annually to a School of Business major who demonstrates high moral and ethical standards. The award is renewable based upon maintaining these standards. Financial need is a criterion.

The John T. and Mary Regina Garry Scholarship, established by John T. Garry II ‘50 and his wife, Mary Regina, is awarded annually to an upperclass student who has encountered unforeseen personal, financial or family circumstances which would preclude the continuation of studies at Siena. The scholarship is renewable contingent upon an annual review of the circumstances involved. The scholarship is need based.

The William H. and Grace Cronin Gibbs Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Anne Gibbs Scripps in memory of her parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student in good academic standing who is a History major. Financial need is a criterion.

The John Gioia Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of John Gioia who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York in a loving family with very limited financial resources. Through determination and hard work, John went on to a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel and achieved great success in the private sector as a founding partner and CEO of Robbins-Gioia, a management consulting firm. The John Gioia Scholarship will be awarded to a Siena student in financial need to encourage that student to achieve success through determination and hard work.

The Girvin Family Scholarship is a gift from Sal Ferlazzo ‘77 in recognition of his forty year relationship with the Girvin Family, and is awarded to students who embody the selfless spirit of generosity and concern the Girvin family have shown so many individuals.

The John P. and Regina M. Glynn, Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering or current student with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a minority student with a strong academic record who has shown a consistent commitment to community service.

The Frank H. Gorke, Jr. Scholarship established by Frank H. Gorke, Jr. ‘67 will be awarded annually to a graduate of LaSalle Institute, Troy, New York. Students must demonstrate financial need and academic ability. The award is renewable.

The Gorman Family Scholarship given by P. Anthony Gorman and Denise M. Gorman, friends of Siena College, is awarded based on financial need.

The Catherine M. Grace Scholarship is awarded annually based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference is given to non-traditional female Siena students.

The Robert L. ‘68 and Charlotte C. Guido Scholarship is established to provide resources for graduates of The Class of ‘68 High School Mentoring Program and is based on need. If no candidates are available in any given year or the program ceases to operate, then an award is made to students with the highest need as determined by the Financial Aid office.

The Gundermann Family Scholarship is awarded to a student(s) from Nassau or Suffolk Counties, New York, based on need.

The Kerry A. ‘79 and Patricia Fitzgibbons ‘79 Guthrie Scholarship was established by Kerry ‘79 and Patricia Fitzgibbons ‘79 Guthrie in honor of their “Siena Experience” and the desire to provide the same for generations of future students.

The Peter E. Haley Scholarship was established by family, friends, faculty of Siena College, and members of the Siena Opera Club To honor Peter’s retirement, his dedicated commitment to the arts, and his 42 years of service to the Siena Community. The scholarship will be awarded to a Siena student who participates in the vocal arts program and demonstrates financial need.

The Father Martin A. Hanhauser, O.F.M. Scholarship established by family, friends, and former students, honors Fr. Martin’s special contributions to the Siena Community. The scholarship is given annually based on need to students studying in the School of Science.

The William “Bill” Harlow, Jr. ‘91 Memorial Scholarship, was established by William (Dad), Eithne (Mom), Ann Marie (Sister), Denis (Brother), and Mary ‘06 (Sister) to eternalize the memory of Bill’s spirit, amazing sense of humor, and his commitment to education, family, and community. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has declared a major in the School of Business and demonstrates financial need in continuing their higher education. As a family, we are so lucky to have shared life and love with Bill and we are forever thankful for those memories.

The Harmon/Coates Student Athletic Scholarship is awarded to students competing in intercollegiate athletics who achieve the highest grade point average for the individual academic year with preference to women’s field hockey participants. Financial need is a criterion.

The John R. Held ‘80 and Mary Ryan Held ‘83 Scholarship, given in appreciation for their Siena experience, is awarded to students from the Capital Region with financial need.

The Hollis E. and Elizabeth Hewlett Harrington Scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of academic and financial eligibility. Preference is given to students in the School of Business majoring in Business, Finance, Marketing, Management, Accounting, Economics, or International Studies. Daughters or sons of employees of Fleet Bank (Currently Bank of America; Formerly Norstar Bank) of Upstate New York are given first consideration. This scholarship is renewable.

The Jeanne W. Harris Scholarship Award, sponsored by the New York State Federation of Home Bureaus, is offered annually to an upperclass needy student in good academic standing pursuing studies in the field of Family Counseling. The student selected for this award must be a resident of a county where the Federation of Home Bureaus, Inc. has an organized chapter. Nominations are submitted to the Financial Aid Director by the Social Work Department Head.

The Jack W. Harvey Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of loyal alumnus and College trustee Jack Harvey ‘50, a prominent Indianapolis businessman. Established by his wife Betsey and his daughters Kelly, Meg and Mandy, this renewable scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need, strong citizenship, active campus and community involvement, and academic achievement.

The William and Delia O’Donnell Harvey Memorial Scholarship, established by Jack W. Harvey ‘50 and his wife, Betsey, of Indianapolis, is awarded annually to students pursuing a career in business or science. Preference is given to those expressing a special interest in computer related fields. The awarding of the scholarship is based on financial need and academic eligibility and is open to entering freshmen as well as upperclass students. The scholarship may be renewed.

The Hayes Family Scholarship was established by Michael M. Hayes ‘67 in honor of his parents, Irene M. and Michael C. Hayes. Preference is given to students from Fairfield County, Connecticut and children of employees of the M.M. Hayes, Co., Inc. The scholarship is renewable contingent upon academic success and contributions to campus life. Financial need is a criterion.

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It provides need-based scholarships annually to freshmen and upperclassmen.

The Michael Hickey ‘83 Scholarship is created by Michael Hickey ‘83, a 1979 graduate of Tamarac High School. Preference is given to a business major but not solely awarded. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Tamarac High School (Brunswick/Troy, NY) graduate based on need and who demonstrates a strong teamwork and collaborative spirit.

The Higgins Scholarship is awarded to liberal arts majors at Siena College. Preference will be given to students who reside in the City of Yonkers or the County of Westchester, New York, and who demonstrate financial need.

The Anna and Charles Hines Scholarship honors the parents of Fr. Hugh F. Hines, O.F.M., who was president of Siena College from 1976 to 1989. It was established by the Board of Trustees, in conjunction with former trustees and the Board of Associate Trustees. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need, academic ability, and value the Franciscan ideal of service to others.

The Brian H. Holt Scholarship was established by his family, friends and classmates to perpetuate the memory of Brian’s courage, faith and captivating personality. The fund was subsequently greatly enhanced by the New York City District Council of Carpenters. It will be awarded annually with preference given to a student who demonstrates financial need, is an active participant in school activities, and is a citizen of Dutchess County in the State of New York or to members of the New York City District Council and to their spouses, sons and daughters. The award may be renewed on a yearly basis, depending on satisfactory academic progress and contributions to campus life.

The Dr. Daniel J. Horgan Scholarship has been established by his family to recognize Dr. Horgan’s 46 years of teaching and administrative services to Siena College as well as their own close ties to the Siena Community. It is awarded annually to a student demonstrating superior academic ability without regard to financial need. The award is given to a full-time upperclass student who is a Spanish major.

The Bishop Howard J. Hubbard H ‘77, D.D. Scholarship honors Bishop Hubbard as the spiritual leader of the Albany Diocese who was responsible for ensuring high-quality Catholic education at all levels. Beginning in the fall of 2014, a $3,000 annual scholarship will be awarded to students who gain admission to Siena College from each of the following high schools within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany: Bishop Maginn High School, Catholic Central High School, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Middle and High School, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, the Academy of the Holy Names, Christian Brothers Academy and La Salle Institute. This scholarship provides the opportunity for students to continue their studies at Siena College, a school that is rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition.

The M. Brian ‘73 and Marta Pat Hughes Scholarship was established by M. Brian Hughes ‘73 in honor of his parents, Mary Ellen and Marty Hughes, with appreciation for his “Siena Experience” and a desire to provide the same for future Siena students.

The Graham Hunter Scholarship is awarded annually in honor of Graham Hunter, a naturalized American citizen of Scottish descent. Preference is given to an accounting major. Renewal is dependent on academic achievement. The scholarship is need based.

The Anne and Pellegrino (Pete) Jannotti Scholarship established by their grateful son, Gene Jannotti ‘68, honors his parents by creating a scholarship award based on need with a preference for a student who was a participant in the High School Mentoring Program.

The Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M. Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M. who served as Assistant to the President at Siena College in the late 1970’s and as chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. The scholarship will be awarded to children of firefighters who gave their lives trying to save others in the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001. One new scholarship will be awarded each year based on demonstrated financial need.

The Howard M. Kahn Scholarship was established by the Kahn Family and Urbach Kahn & Werlin, PC (the firm which he co-founded) to perpetuate the memory of Howard M. Kahn (Siena Class of 1948). The scholarship recognizes Mr. Kahn’s 40 years of association with Urbach Kahn & Werlin, PC, and his commitment to Siena College, the accounting profession, community organizations, and his family. This annual award will be made to accounting students who demonstrate financial need, good academic standing, and the attributes of Mr. Kahn. Additional preference will be given to graduates of Albany High School and/or to students who have lost a parent.

The Ka Makani Scholarship was established by Mark A. Smith ‘91 and Linda H. Kamisato to assist Siena students with financial need. Ka Makani is Hawaiian for wind and is generally viewed as an uplifting wind to honor their parents and grandparents in the Smith, Kamisato, Carter, and Kochinda families.

The Arlene Pole Kamilow Scholarship was established in 2006 by her daughter, Kim Kamilow/Luker ‘82, and her granddaughter, Katherine Luker ‘06, as a living legacy of love for her commitment and devotion to family and friends. This scholarship recognizes the Franciscan values she embodies and is awarded to a legacy upperclassman with an outstanding work ethic, who by their involvement in campus and community activities shows commitment to Siena’s Spirit.

The Don J. Kauth ‘72 Memorial Scholarship was established by his fellow classmates, family and friends after his death on 9/11/01 at the World Trade Center. Don’s Siena experience helped shape his future as a teacher, certified public accountant and financial analyst. He possessed intelligence, drive, compassion and a wonderful sense of humor as well as dedication to family. Preferences include students residing in New York State, those pursuing a career in Accounting or Finance and those expressing an interest in tutoring or teaching. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Barth J. Kelly, III ‘62 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering freshman. Preference is given to students from Monroe County, New York enrolled as full-time Siena students in the School of Business. Further consideration is extended to accounting majors and participants on a sports team represented by the Siena Athletic Department. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Professor Thomas O. Kelly II and Dorothy S. Kelly Scholarship is intended to memorialize the role of faculty and the contributions of the wives of faculty members to the education of students. The scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore who is majoring in History and/or American Studies. Should none be qualified, then Philosophy, English, or Liberal Arts majors will be considered. It will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and is intended to follow the recipient to graduation.

The Joseph F. and Catherine Ryan Kenney Scholarship was established to assist current or former parishioners of St. Joseph’s Parish, of South Troy, NY or, if not available, an applicant may be a descendant of a parishioner or, lastly, a resident of South Troy and be in good academic standing at Siena College.

The Kenosian Family Scholarship is established by Martin ‘50 and Joyce McCollum Kenosian out of love for Siena and gratitude for life success. The award is given to graduates of Watervliet High School and Cambridge Central High School. The award is renewable, provided the recipient maintains a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

The Helen and Theodore Kicinski Scholar Athlete Fund was established in 1989 by Walter Kicinski ‘62. The Scholarship was created in honor of his parents and to assist students who participate in varsity athletics at Siena College. Awards will be given to those student athletes recommended by a Siena Team Coach, endorsed by the Director of Athletics and approved by the Director of Financial Aid, with preference given to diverse student athletes expected to participate in select varsity sports at the College.

The Kiernan Scholarship is awarded to a student demonstrating financial need.

The John E. King Scholarship is awarded annually to entering or upperclass students majoring in Accounting. Scholarships recognize Mr. King’s 35 years of association with the firm of Shaye, Lutz, Schwartz & King (which merged with Coopers & Lybrand) and his devotion to the College and his profession.

The KLC Scholarship has been established on the principle that a person’s education is the most valuable asset one can possess. It also acknowledges the importance music plays in our society, especially during sporting events where the pep band’s “magic” fires up the crowd. This scholarship is awarded to a student who comes from a family with multiple siblings, who is an active member of the Siena College Pep Band or was a member of their high school band with the intention of joining the Siena Pep Band. The student must demonstrate financial need.

The Kolakowski Family Scholarship, created by Edmund ‘51 and Gary ‘79, is intended to support an entering freshman considered to be an average student academically in his Siena class. Preference is given to student athletes. This award is based on financial need and is renewable.

The Charles Jeffrey Kovacs Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Kovacs at his Alma Mater, Siena, to affirm his long connection both educationally and spiritually having paved a lifelong vision and life style since he was enrolled in the 3rd Order of St. Francis in 1962. The scholarship will be awarded based on need to academically worthy science students.

The Professor Edward J. LaRow Scholarship, is awarded annually to a senior or junior student at Siena College who is interested in a career in the health professions and who has demonstrated significant academic achievement, the best qualities of the Franciscan tradition, and financial need. The scholarship, established by former students, recognizes Dr. LaRow’s tireless dedication and service. Nominations for the scholarship are made by the Health Professions Recommendation Committee.

The Ronald and Suzanne LeBlanc Scholarship was established in 2004 by R. Andrew LeBlanc ‘94 and his wife, Melissa. The scholarship was created to honor his parents’ commitment to education and to assist students who have demonstrated academic excellence and who have shown a caring commitment to the community through their activities. Preference will be given to graduates of Kingston and Saugerties High Schools.

The Mary Doran Leslie Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to students born in the United States of America who have graduated from high schools in a school district located entirely or partially within Schenectady County, NY, and shall be residents of Schenectady County at the time of their selection. Recipients are selected by the Financial Aid Office and approved by the Committee on Enrollment Management based on academic ability, financial need, and demonstration of character.

The Louis Lombardi ‘43 and Gary L. Lombardi ‘68, Esq. Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Louis Lombardi ‘43, former Siena professor and prominent Capital Region attorney and CPA and his son Gary L. Lombardi ‘68, Esq., a well-respected attorney. During their lifetimes, both father and son were dedicated to the service of others. This scholarship exemplifies his deep care and concern for fellow humans. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who anticipates going to law school. Preference is given to disadvantaged students who demonstrate financial need and strong academic achievement. The scholarship may be renewed if the recipient maintains an Academic Honor List average.

The Douglas MBA ‘66 and Cristine Lonnstrom Scholarship was established in 2006 by Douglas (MBA) ‘66 and Cristine Holm Lonnstrom. It recognizes a relationship spanning over 60 years that has included dedicated service, ambassadorship and philanthropy for the college. Preference will be given to a graduate of Voorheesville High School, Voorheesville, New York.

The Charles and Leona MacClosky Scholarship is awarded annually to entering freshmen to develop Christian ideals, moral citizenship, and academic excellence. Awards are based on academic ability, citizenship, and financial need.

The Mack Family Scholarship is awarded to students who exemplify the Franciscan Tradition and who graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Poughkeepsie, New York, or from a high school in Dutchess County, New York, or a high school in the Mid-Hudson Valley, New York.

The Fr. Kevin Mackin, O.F.M. Scholarship, established by Alumni, friends, and admirers with a foundation gift from the members of the Class of 1981, recognizes Fr. Kevin’s contributions as President of Siena College and his impact as a Franciscan Friar on the Siena community and beyond through his presence, personality and contagious spirit. The scholarship is awarded based on need.

The Guy ‘89 and Diane Shea Maddalone ‘89 Scholarship was established by Board of Associate Trustee, Guy Maddalone, and his wife, Diane Shea Maddalone, to assist the College in providing the education of a lifetime for deserving young people. The award is given based on a student(s) exhibiting entrepreneurial interests (own their own business or actively involved in Siena’s Entrepreneur Club or Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and financial need.

The Madden Family Scholarship was established by Christopher ‘77 and Carleen (Nelson) Madden and family to honor their parents/grandparents-Hon. Jerome (deceased) and Joan Madden and Frank and Eileen Nelson. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need and academic ability.

The Dr. Neva M. Mahoney Scholarship was established by the donor to provide students residing in the Capital Region of New York State an opportunity to attend Siena. A friend of the College, Dr. Mahoney received an Honorary Degree from Siena College in 1994. Financial need is a criterion.

The George T. Maloney ‘54 Scholarship was established by C. R. Bard Foundation, Inc., in 2006, to honor and recognize George for his outstanding vision and leadership both as a professional at C.R. Bard Inc., and as a trustee and philanthropist at Siena College. This scholarship will be awarded annually with preferences given to students in the School of Science.

The Maloy Family Scholarship was established with a gift from Jack ‘76 and Joanne Fitzpatrick ‘80 Maloy in appreciation of their Siena Experience and the life-long relationship they have enjoyed thanks to the College. Preference will be given to a member of the Siena College Men’s and/or Women’s Cross Country Team(s).

The Christopher Anthony Marchese Scholarship was established by his family and friends to perpetuate the memory of Chris’ scholastic abilities, his love of God, family, and all who knew him, and his charming, easy-going manner which endeared him to all. It is awarded annually to a student majoring in accounting, with preference given to a student from Long Island who demonstrates financial need.

The Alberto ‘60 and Anabelle Mariaca Scholarship is awarded to Bolivian residents, or Bolivian citizens residing in the United States, who meet all standard qualifications for admission, as full-time, matriculated students, enrolled in four year degree programs.

The Kristian ‘96 and Kristen Mariaca Scholarship was established by Kristian ‘96 and Kristen Mariaca to create an educational opportunity to a female student majoring in Business with financial need. The scholarship is renewable based on satisfactory academic standing and continued enrollment in the Business major.

The Dr. Joseph J. Marotta ‘80 Memorial Scholarship has been established by Dr. Marotta’s wife, family, and friends in his loving memory to honor his Franciscan spirit of compassion and genuine concern for all humankind. Scholarship will be awarded as determined by the Office of Financial Aid to students with financial need.

The Louis A. Marozzi Scholarship honors the memory of the founder of Colonial Plumbing, astute businessman and great supporter of Siena. The scholarship is awarded annually based on academic merit and financial need. Preference is given to residents of the Capital Region interested in the field of business administration.

The Mashuta Family Scholarship, established in 2008, to celebrate Heather’s 2008 graduation and Amber’s acceptance into the Class of 2012 at Siena College. Preference will be given to students who are residents of the City of Schenectady, New York.

The Joseph P. Martin Memorial Scholarship was established by Alma and Vincent P. Martin ‘65 in memory of their son, Joseph, and is awarded to a junior or senior commuting student in the School of Science with a preference given to physics majors. This scholarship is based on financial need.

The Fr. Jerome J. Massimino, O.F.M. Scholarship was established by his many friends to honor Fr. Jerome’s 25th Anniversary as a priest. While a member of the Siena community, he touched the lives of many students who valued his compassion and caring involvement in their lives. The scholarship is awarded annually to students who are active participants in student activities and who value the Franciscan charism of service to others. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Robert F. Matt ‘62 Family Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Robert F. Matt, Siena class of 1962. Husband, father, grandfather, businessman, philanthropist, Robert (Bob) Matt passed away in February, 2009 after a brief, but intense battle with cancer. Bob’s family and friends realized his dream of establishing a scholarship at his beloved alma mater. Bob attended Siena part-time for six years while simultaneously supporting a growing family with a full-time accounting job. Struggling through that critical point in his life shaped his strong character and built a foundation for philanthropy. Bob was generous to Siena and other nonprofit institutions over the years, and encouraged the establishment of a scholarship in his name to provide students with a resource unavailable to him so many years ago. In the same spirit in which Bob provided for others, his family and friends have made this a reality. The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Bob’s hometown county of Schenectady, New York, with preference toward an accounting major, and based on financial need-all criteria that most accurately personifies Bob Matt.

The McCarthy Scholarship, established by the McCarthy Charities, Inc. in honor of its living and deceased members, is awarded annually to students from Rensselaer County who demonstrate high moral and ethical standards. Selection is based on financial need and academic achievement. The scholarship may be renewed.

The Father William E. McConville, O.F.M. Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering or current student with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a student with a strong academic record who has shown a consistent commitment to community service.

Edward T. McCormick Scholarship is awarded annually to incoming freshmen who are graduates of Catholic Central High School, La Salle Institute, or Troy High School of Troy, N.Y. Awards are based on need.

The Robert J. & Thomas R. McCormick Scholarship was endowed by Mr. Robert McCormick in honor of his sons. It recognizes his ties to Siena College and the Capital Region. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student in good academic standing who has a demonstrated financial need.

The M. Margaret McGoldrick Scholarship was established by her son, William P. McGoldrick ‘68 and his wife, Elizabeth. The scholarship award is given to students who have participated in the High School Mentoring Program and have financial need. If there is no need for these funds to support students who have participated in the High School Mentoring program (for example no student who has participated in the High School Mentoring Program is enrolled at Siena, or the High School Mentoring Program ceases to exist), then these funds may be used to support any student with the greatest financial need who is enrolled at Siena at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid.

The Daniel ‘69 and Irene McKillop Scholarship was established on the occasion of the 40th Reunion of the Class of 1969. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student on the basis of academic ability, financial need, and the student’s demonstration of the Franciscan ideal of service to others. Consideration may also be given to students who are children of a NYC Police Officer.

The Robert J. Merritt Scholarship is awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and financial need and may be renewed for four years of undergraduate study. Preference is given to students who are graduates of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY and to children of employees of one of the building trades (plumbing, carpentry, electrical, etc.).

The Dr. Pasquale and Marie Montesano Scholarship, in memory of Dr. Pasquale & Marie Montesano, established by their son, Pasquale X. Montesano, MD ‘75, is awarded annually to academically talented and financially needy students interested in majoring in the sciences. Preference is given to students from the Mohawk Valley of Upstate New York. The award is renewable.

The Father Donald J. Mooney, O.F.M., Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is a member of St. Edward the Confessor Church, Clifton Park, N.Y. The student must demonstrate satisfactory academic performance and financial need. The award is renewed on a yearly basis depending on academic achievement and conduct. Nominations are submitted to the Financial Aid Director by the St. Edward Parish Scholarship Committee.

The Michael, Helen and Aileen Moriarty Scholarship in honor of Fr. Michael Feeney, O.F.M. was established by Michael J. Moriarty ‘55 in honor of Fr. Michael Feeney, O.F.M., whose dedication and devotion to Siena College was exemplary. Awards from the scholarship will be based on financial need and preferences will be given to student athletes who participate in a non-revenue sport represented by the Siena Athletic Department, first preference being given to student athletes who participate in tennis or cross-country track. The Director of Financial Aid will consult with the Siena College Athletic Director to determine the recipient of the scholarship.

The Morrell Family Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism/Communications is awarded annually to students who exhibit James J. Morrell’s ‘66 active involvement in community service endeavors and commitment to his fellow man. The scholarship was established by James and Kathleen Morrell in honor of their families. Awards will be given to students in the School of Business and School of Liberal Arts with an interest in pursuing a career in some aspect of Broadcast Journalism/Communications. Preference will also be given to students participating in the College Radio Station (WVCR) and Student Newspaper (Promethean). Awards are based on financial need and academic eligibility and may be renewed.

The Morrell Family Scholarship is awarded annually to an upperclass student who exhibits James J. Morrell’s ‘66 active involvement in community service endeavors and commitment to his fellow man. The scholarship was established by James and Kathleen Morrell in honor of their families. Awards are based on financial need and academic eligibility and may be renewed. Nominations for the scholarship are made by the Campus Ministry staff and the Director of the Campus Center.

The Moy Family Siena College/Albany Medical College Scholarship in honor of Dr. Edward J. LaRow ‘59 was established with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Moy. Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need, and who exemplify the mission of the Siena College/Albany Medical College Program. This scholarship may be renewed.

The Eleanor C. and Richard W. Mullen Memorial Scholarship was established by an Anonymous Donor to honor Fr. Kevin J. Mullen ‘75, O.F.M., Ph.D., the tenth President of Siena College, and in memory of Fr. Kevin’s parents. The scholarship is awarded based upon financial need.

The Murphy Family Scholarship was established by Alison K. Murphy ‘93 to honor the 60th birthday of her father, Michael E. Murphy ‘70. The scholarship will be awarded to a transfer student(s) majoring in History or Marketing/Management. The award is based on need.

The Fr. John C. Murphy, O.F.M. Scholarship was established by Fr. John’s many friends, alumni and colleagues at Siena College to honor his work at Siena that embodied the Franciscan traditions. This scholarship is based on financial need and may be renewable.

The John F. ‘79 and Kellyanne H. ‘81 Murray Scholarship, created in 2009 by Siena Trustee John F. Murray ‘79 and his wife, Kellyanne Healey Murray ‘81, has been established in appreciation for the gift of the Siena experience. The scholarship is based on financial need and preference is given to students from either Rensselaer or Schoharie Counties (New York) who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

The Richard and Agnes Murray Scholarship is awarded annually to students on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship was established in 1993 by Associate Trustee, Richard J. Murray, President, R.J. Murray Co., Inc., in cooperation with Carrier Air Conditioning Co., in recognition of 60 years of their association. The award may be renewed.

R.J. Murray and Family Scholarship was established in 1997 by Associate Trustee, Richard J. Murray. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in good standing based on academic achievement and financial need. The award is renewable.

The William P. Murray ‘48 Scholarship, established by his sister, Jane I. Murray, and his brother, Joseph E. Murray ‘47, is awarded annually to an incoming freshman. This scholarship is in memory of Bill ‘48, a renowned attorney, member of the bar of Washington, DC, New York and the US Supreme Court, decorated soldier, son of James and Hazel (Kilroy) Murray of Albany. Preference is given to Catholic students who are graduates of Christian Brothers Academy of the Capital Region. Awards are based on financial need and may be renewed.

The NYC/ESM ‘82/’83 Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students from the five boroughs of New York City and those who graduated from East Syracuse-Minoa High School.

The Nahow Family Scholarship was established by Dr. Theodore Nahow ‘43 and other family members. It is awarded annually on the basis of financial need and is renewable based on good academic standing.

The James L. Nash ‘64 Fellowship is awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior student in good standing who has an interest in and commitment to providing community service for the betterment of individuals or organizations located in the Capital Region.

The James and Mary Nealy Scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated financial need.

New York City Endowed Scholarship Fund endowment is used to provide scholarships for academically promising students from the five boroughs of the City of New York based on financial need.

The Northwestern Mutual Scholarship will be given to students who have experienced the death or disability of a parent and who have financial need.

The Noteworthy Scholarship has been established in memory of Thomas B. Constantino whose business successes were always attributed to his faith in God. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit, preference will be given to students who are majoring in the field of Business and taking elective courses in the Creative Arts.

The Obermayer Family Scholarship was established by the Obermayer Family to honor the memory of Bernice A. Obermayer. Bernice was the wife of John W. ‘58 (Siena Board of Associate Trustees) and the loving mother of Steve ‘83 (Board of Associate Trustees), Paul W. (US Navy, Retired), James M. ‘90 (East Greenbush, NY Schools), David R. ‘91. She was also the mother-in-law of Jeanne (Martin) Obermayer (Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs/Dean of Students). The scholarship is awarded annually based on academic achievement and financial need and may be renewed.

The James and Sandra O’Brien Scholarship was established by their son, Mark J. O’Brien ‘95, Esq., in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

The George E. and Annabel G. O’Connor Memorial Scholarship, established by the O’Connor family, is awarded annually to students from the Capital Region. Preference is given to students from Waterford and Cohoes, headquarters of Mohawk Paper Mills, Inc., which Mr. George O’Connor served as President and Chairman. Scholarship renewal is based on financial need and academic achievement.

The Patrick “P.J.” O’Donnell Scholarship was established by his family, friends, classmates, and parish to perpetuate the memory of his courage, quest for knowledge, faith, and endearing personality. It is awarded annually with preference given to a student who demonstrates financial need and is an active member of St. Edward the Confessor Church, Clifton Park, N.Y. The award may be renewed on a yearly basis depending on academic achievement and contributions made to campus life.

The Brian “Chemicals” O’Keefe ‘82 Scholarship was established in his honor by his East Cove (2E Ryan Hall 1980-85) friends and brothers in his memory. Brian was a student who enjoyed the full Siena College experience. He personified the spirit of a Siena College student in his enthusiasm for life and that spirit carried him all the days of his life. Brian faced adversity with an optimistic attitude and was quick to laugh, quick to love and quick to give of himself to all those in his life. The Brian “Chemicals” O’Keefe ‘82 Scholarship will be awarded to a student with financial need.

The Oliver-Esposito Family Scholarship, established in 2012 by Gerry ‘94 and Rebecca Oliver Esposito ‘94 to honor the experience and benefits received from their Siena educations. The scholarship will benefit a female student from Upstate New York that is pursuing a major in Finance or Accounting. Preference is given to a woman from Delaware, Sullivan and Broome Counties. The scholarship is renewable for students who maintain a necessary cumulative grade point average.

The Ollard Family Scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to students with demonstrated financial need.

The Terry Pacheco ‘80 Memorial Scholarship was established by James J. Treacy, Jr. ‘80 to honor his friend and classmate. First preference is given to students from Rockland County, New York. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Salvatore, Josephine and Melissa Papa Scholarship will be awarded annually on the basis of financial need. The Scholarship is renewable based on good academic standing.

The Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli ‘82, O.F.M., Ed.D. Scholarship, in honor of his grandparents, Alfred and Lena Albano and Paul and Josephine Paulli, was established in 2010 by his many family, friends, Franciscan Brothers, colleagues, and fellow alumni to commemorate Fr. Ken’s 25th Anniversary as a friar and 20th Anniversary as a priest. Fr. Ken has been a part of the Siena community for more than thirty years as a student, alumnus, faculty member, administrator, and as Chief of Staff to the President of Siena College. His student-centered and challenging teaching, his collaborative and thorough work as an administrator, his compassionate service to students, alumni, and countless others, locally and nationally, exemplify the continuing Franciscan and Catholic traditions and values of Siena College. On this, his double anniversary, we his family, friends, Franciscan Brothers, colleagues, and fellow alumni wish to celebrate Fr. Ken’s commitment to a Franciscan and Catholic Liberal Arts Education by endowing a scholarship in his name to be awarded to students of financial need who value Catholic education.

The Perkinson Family Scholarship was established by Mr. Gary Perkinson, class of 1959, to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students who show financial need. First preference is given to students from Catholic Central High School in Troy, NY.

The Rose and Carmine Perrotta Scholarship has been established by their loving daughter, Patricia, and her husband, Paul, to keep alive the memory of two hard working and extraordinarily generous people. Rose and Carmine, the children of immigrants, grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in challenging economic circumstances. They achieved much and passed on to their children a strong desire to learn, to become productive citizens, and to reach out to those in need. The Rose and Carmine Perrotta Scholarship will be awarded to a Siena student in financial need who has demonstrated a commitment to learning.

The Donald and Jay Petro Scholarship was established to assist students requiring financial aid and willing to supplement scholarship support from their own earnings.

The Dr. William L. Pfeiffer Scholarship, established and sponsored by the Albany Savings Bank, recognizes the deep personal commitment which Dr. Pfeiffer has exhibited toward higher education, the banking and business communities, and politics, as well as regional, state, and national affairs. Two scholarships are awarded to upperclass students with an interest in business, banking or political science. The scholarship is based on financial need and academic eligibility. Preference is given to New York State residents and the scholarship may be renewed.

The Dr. William Pickett ‘41 Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to perpetuate Dr. Pickett’s memory. Preferences will be given to students from Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties who are interested or enrolled in a pre-med program. This scholarship is based on need.

The Bernard F. Picotte Scholarship is awarded annually to upperclass students majoring in Business or Computer Science. Recipients must be residents of the Capital District with preference given to residents of Albany or Schenectady County. The scholarship recognizes the Picotte family’s active commitment to higher education in the Capital District. Nominations for the scholarship are made by the Dean of the School of Business.

The John D. Picotte Family Scholarship is awarded annually to a Siena student based on financial need. When possible the award should follow the same student during his or her four undergraduate years. Preference is given to a student from the Capital Region and/or the Adirondack Region of New York State.

The Margaret Sullivan Plante and the Marion Sullivan Bernier Scholarship has been established by Noreen Sullivan Galonian in loving memory of her sisters for: students who have encountered personal, financial or family circumstances which would preclude the continuation of studies at Siena; or students who have been accepted into the Siena/Albany Medical College Program; or students who are majoring in Chemistry.

The Lt. Col. Leo A. Polinsky ‘49 Memorial Scholarship, established by his cousin, Mrs. Theresa M. Walton, is awarded to an entering freshman and a junior student in good academic standing with demonstrated need. The scholarship is renewable. Preference is given to students from Montgomery County.

The Prahm “Starfish” Scholarship has been established to honor the United States Veterans of the Vietnam War. The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Troy, New York, with preference to be given to a Lansingburgh High School graduate or Catholic Central High School graduate who is or has been a member of the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club. Financial need is a criterion.

The Edward L. Pratt Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Edward L. Pratt, a Chemistry Major and member of the graduation class of 1956. Mr. Pratt’s career in Chemistry led him to the position of Director of Analytical Chemistry for Sterling Drug, Inc. In appreciation for his valued education at Siena College, Mr. Pratt’s wish was that the scholarship be awarded to a Chemistry major with a 3.1 GPA and who would not be able to attend Siena College without scholarship aid. The scholarship is to be awarded to a junior or senior at the discretion of the Chemistry Department faculty and college, however it may be given to a freshman or sophomore as long as above is recognized.

The Prunty Family Scholarship was established by Robin E. (Leonard) Prunty ‘85 and Peter F. Prunty in appreciation of the Siena experience over three generations - James Leonard ‘59, Robin E. (Leonard) Prunty ‘85, Conor Prunty ‘15, Brian Prunty ‘20. The scholarship will be awarded based on financial need.

The Pucci Family Scholarship honors the family’s long connection to Siena College and its mission. Scholarship awards are based on financial need and are given to students who participated in both arts and athletics in high school.

The Puig-Murphy Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by John ‘78 and Barbara Puig to honor his father, John E. Puig ‘54, his mother, Monica Murphy Puig, and his grandmother, Helene Shinners Murphy.

The Raila Family Scholarships, established by John B. ‘56 and Mary E. Raila, is awarded annually to upperclass liberal arts majors in good academic standing who make significant contributions to campus life and activity. Preference will be given to Capital District area students who demonstrate financial need.

The Vito and Elaine Kelsey Ramundo ‘84 Scholarship established by Elaine Kelsey Ramundo ‘84, honors her late husband, Vito Ramundo, by creating a scholarship for a student from the Capital Region area pursuing a career in insurance. Vito was the first in his family to attend college and truly valued higher education. After attending college, he opened and grew his own Nationwide Insurance agency. This scholarship will remember his determination, successes and love for learning.

The William R. Raub Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by his family, many friends and colleagues. The scholarship honors the memory of Will ‘85, a partner of Cantor Fitzgerald and Company, who died in the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. The scholarship is based on academic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to highly motivated Business students with a demonstrated record of academic success who either majors or plans to major in Finance.

The Raymond Vincent and Frances Geoghan Reamer Scholarship was established to honor Raymond and Frances who instilled their dedication and commitment to education and success in one’s chosen career to each of their eight children. Two of their children and one grandson are Siena graduates: Jean Reamer Keam ‘76, Mark G. Reamer ‘83, O.F.M., D.Min., and Christopher Reamer Vinchiarello ‘99. In response to their commitment to Franciscan values, Ray and Frances received the friar’s habit and were affiliated to the Franciscan Province of the Holy Name of Jesus on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1991. This scholarship will give preference to students from New Jersey and is awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need, academic ability, and value the Franciscan ideal of service to others.

The Jean P. Reamer Keam ‘76 Scholarship is established by her family to honor her love of family and lifelong commitment to learning and community service. Beginning as a student-athlete on the inaugural women’s basketball team, and later as a member of the Board of Advisors of Siena, Jean has been a faithful steward of Siena. She generously sharing her time, talent and treasure exhibiting Franciscan values in her personal and professional life. This scholarship will give preference to a Siena student-athlete who embraces and embodies the Franciscan spirit of service to others. The award is based on financial need.

The Richards Family Scholarship was established by Ruth F. and Edgar L. Richards, ‘66, G ‘68, to honor members of their family who are alumni of Siena College: James G. Richards ‘02; Edgar L. Richards III, ‘91; Holly Sheeler Richards, ‘89; and Kevin C. Mancino ‘75. Financial need is a criterion.

The Patrick R. Riley ‘69 and Carol J. Cusick Riley Scholarship was established by Patrick R. Riley ‘69 & Carol J. Cusick Riley with appreciation for Pat’s “Siena Experience” and a desire to provide the same for future Siena students. Preference will be given to students from outside New York State.

The Andrew P. Ripp Scholarship was established by his family, classmates, and friends to perpetuate the memory of his courage, faith, and his most endearing personality. It is awarded annually to an upperclass student who has made significant contributions to campus life and activity, especially in the field of music. Preference is given to Capital Region students who demonstrate financial need.

1st Lt. James E. Roach Scholarship is awarded annually to a Siena student who reflects the College’s ideals of academic achievement and citizenship. The scholarship was established by F. Thomas Roach and Patricia Roach Kellam in memory of their brother who was killed while faithfully serving his country in the U.S. Air Force. Financial need is a criterion.

Gilbert O. Robert Memorial Scholarship will provide an annual grant for tuition assistance to a School of Business student. The award is based on financial need.

The Francis L. ‘58 and Esther Roddy Family / Netrition, Inc. Scholarship, in memory of Thomas M. Roddy ‘88, was established by Thomas’ parents, Francis L. ‘58 and Esther Roddy, and Netrition, Inc. The children of Francis L. ‘58 and Esther Roddy (Katherine M. Kenworthy, John F. Roddy ‘85, Theresa R. Minissale ‘85, Francis L. Roddy, Jr. ‘86, Bernard P. Roddy ‘90, Nicholas E. Roddy ‘95) are interested parties to this agreement and supportive of this scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Thomas ‘88, co-founder, President and CEO of Netrition, Inc. Thomas was a visionary, leader, and entrepreneur. He used his computer science degree from Siena along with his business acumen to found Netrition, Inc., a successful on-line retailer. The scholarship is based on academic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to students who are computer science and/or business majors and are the first child to attend college of parents who did not attend college.

The John J. ‘42 and Ann D. Rose Memorial Scholarship was established from the estate of John and Ann Rose. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with demonstrated financial need from Columbia County or Warren County, both in the State of New York, who is enrolled in a program leading to a career in Education or Business Administration.

The Ruth Katherine Rosemond Scholarship is awarded annually to a student reflecting the high personal ideals of Mrs. Rosemond, the wife of Bob “Gramps” Rosemond, a long-time friend of the College. Incoming freshmen are given first priority. The scholarship, which may be renewed for students making satisfactory academic progress, is based upon financial need.

The Thomas J. Ross Scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in Business from the Warren and/or Washington counties areas. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The St. Francis Fraternity Scholarship is awarded annually based on academic achievement and financial need. This scholarship is renewable.

The W.H. St. Thomas Family Siena College Scholarship was established in 1994 to honor the late William H. St. Thomas of Gloversville, the former owner and chairman of St. Thomas, Inc. of Gloversville. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student from Fulton County, New York who is majoring in Business. Financial need is a criterion.

The Scot ‘88 and Carol Salvador Family Scholarship established by Scot R. Salvador ‘88 in appreciation of all the opportunities given to him by his Siena College education. It also honors his family’s legacy at Siena College. Scot’s father, Reynold Salvador ‘44, mother, Maureen Healy-Salvador ‘49, and sister, Dr. Susan Salvador-Koffenberger ‘82, are all graduates of Siena. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need.

The Gene and Mary Sarazen Scholarship is awarded annually to students reflecting the high personal, athletic, and intellectual ideals of Dr. Sarazen. Consideration is given to candidates referred by individuals associated with the world of golf. Guidelines for academic eligibility are determined by the Admissions Committee; the initial awards are also based on need. Renewal depends on academic achievement and conduct.

The Irene F. Saulsbery Siena/AMC Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Irene F. Saulsbery and the amazing health care professionals who treated her through her struggle with cancer. The scholarship is aimed at helping outstanding students who want to bring the humanities to the science of medicine. The scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in the Siena/Albany Medical College Program.

The Joseph E. Scafidi Memorial Scholarship, established by his wife, Elizabeth Kelly Scafidi, is awarded to an entering (including a transfer student) or current student on the basis of financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is enrolled in either the School of Business or School of Science and who is a graduate of South Colonie Central High School, Colonie, NY. Awardees may also be graduates of one of the following high schools: LaSalle Institute, Troy, NY; Maple Hill, Castleton, NY; Bishop Maginn, Albany, NY, or Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School. The scholarship may be renewed for four undergraduate years.

The Fulcher Scholz Family Scholarship was established by Karen Fulcher Scholz ‘88 and Bernhard Scholz ‘88 in honor of the sacrifices made by their parents to ensure they received a quality education. First preference will be given to a student majoring in Computer Science; second preference will be given to a student enrolled in another science major. The award is based on financial need and renewal is dependent on good academic standing.

The Fr. Erwin H. Schweigardt Scholarship was established through the generosity of Dr. Neva M. Mahoney to honor Fr. Schweigardt’s service to the area. Preference is given to students residing in the Capital Region of New York State. Financial need is a criterion.

The Edwin T. Sells ‘68 Memorial Scholarship, established by his wife, Eveline Ward-Sells, honors the memory of a loyal Siena graduate and 44 year employee of Merrill Lynch, in later years as vice president. Preference is given to students in the School of Business with financial need and academic ability.

The Serbalik Family Scholarship was established in 2008 by Jim and Sandy Serbalik in honor of their parents, and out of respect for the value of a Franciscan and Catholic education and experience. The scholarship will be awarded to students based on academic merit and financial need, who are or will be competing in an individual sport sponsored by Siena and sanctioned by the NCAA.

The Rosemary J. Sgroi, rsm Scholarship in honor of her parents, Anna and Salvadore Sgroi, was established by her family, alumni, and friends to celebrate her fifty years as a Sister of Mercy and her fifteen years of service to the Siena Community. The scholarship is established for the benefit of a woman, preferably from the Arbor Hill Neighborhood in Albany, New York, who embraces the Franciscan spirit, and who would otherwise be unable to attend college. Preference will also be given to a woman who has been enrolled in the grade school and/or high school Mentoring Program at Siena.

The Toros Shamlian, Jr. Scholarship was established by Toros Shamlian, Jr. an alumnus of Siena and a retired partner from Coopers & Lybrand, LLP (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). Preference will be given to students who have an interest in the field of Business Administration and are from the Capital Region of New York. The scholarship is based on academic eligibility and financial need.

The Edward T. ‘64 and Anne Sheehan Scholarship is given to mark Edward’s 50th anniversary of his graduation from Siena College. The award based on extreme financial need is given to permit a student to remain at Siena.

The Sheehan Family Scholarship was established by Eileen T. Sheehan to honor her husband, Joseph P. Sheehan ‘73, a proud and loyal alumnus of Siena College. Joe was devoted to his faith, his family and friends, and the Franciscans. Awards will be made to a student who exemplifies the Franciscan Spirit that Joe lived throughout his life.

The Richard J. Sheehy Scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore, junior, or senior in good academic standing. Preference is given to French, modern language or English majors, respectively, who, in the opinion of the faculty, show promise in their major fields. Candidates are recommended by the faculty of the Modern Language Department. The award is renewable.

The Kenneth and Rachel Sheffer Scholarship was established by Ken Sheffer ‘80, Gary Sheffer ‘82, Paula Sheffer Monaco ‘87, Valerie Flood, and their families to honor their late parents whose love, wisdom and support allowed their children to learn, grow and contribute.

The Siena College Alumni Scholarship will be awarded to full-time Siena students with demonstrated financial need who are spouses, children or grandchildren of Siena College Alumni.

The Siena College Excellence in Communications Scholarship is awarded annually to upperclass students. The scholarship is based on financial need and academic eligibility. Preference is given to students who demonstrate or express an interest in writing, communications, and/or journalism. The scholarship may be renewed. Interested students must submit to the head of the English department an essay describing their qualifications.

The Siena Rugby Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Terence A. McShane ‘86 and Michael Taddonio ‘84 by friends, rugby teammates, and family of Terry and “Cool”, who both died in the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Scholarships are given annually to upperclass rugby players who exemplify leadership within the Siena Community through their participation in student activities and community service. Financial need is a criterion.
The Silk Family Scholarship was established in 2013 by Kevin and Claudia Silk ‘85 to honor the experiences they had and the relationship they began at Siena College. They are proud to continue the Siena legacy with their son, Michael ‘15. This scholarship honors the Silk family and their commitment to higher education.

The Ralph L. Simone ‘79 Scholarship was established by Ralph in honor of his 30th Reunion. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an average student who demonstrates a commitment to their community through various service activities, and exhibits financial need. Preference will be given to a student from the Central NY area.

The Richard ‘79 and Terri (DuPré) ‘79 Sleasman Scholarship, endowed in 2014 in honor of our parents who stressed the value of a solid liberal arts education.

The Margaret J. Smith Scholarship was established in 2005 by David ‘79, Alicia, Lauren, and Madison Smith and friends. This scholarship was created to honor their mother/grandmother, a person who exemplifies all the values of St. Francis of Assisi. Preference will be given to members of the Siena women’s swimming and/or water polo teams.

The Social Work Scholarship/Program Endowment Fund was established by the Social Work Advisory Board with gifts from friends and supporters of the program. The purpose of the scholarship is to attract qualified student applicants to the Social Work program. Preference is given to students admitted to the program who maintain a 3.0 GPA, who have demonstrated commitment to the values of social work, and who have need. The Social Work Department/Program will make its selection from students pre-qualified by the Financial Aid Office.

The Spore Family Scholarship is a gift of Marie O. Spore in memory of her husband, Robert H. Spore ‘53. Her husband was an esteemed member of Siena College’s staff as Assistant Vice President for Development and worked closely with the Board of Associate Trustees and the Annual Fund until his sudden death in 1984. Both of their children are Alumni of Siena College: Judie Spore/Robards ‘76 and R. David Spore ‘93. Awards are given to students in the School of Liberal Arts based on need.

The Mae Bonfils Stanton Trust Scholarship has been established to assist qualified students from Denver County, Denver, Colorado. Recipients will be designated as “Mae Bonfils Stanton Trust Scholars.”

The Stocchetti Family Scholarship was established by Filippo “Phil” F. Stocchetti ‘83 and Lori Jean Stocchetti to honor Phil’s grandfather, Filippo Stocchetti, and his parents, Vincenzo and Teresa Stocchetti. They relocated to the United States a few months before Phil was born. Phil is forever grateful as they made it possible for him to attend Siena College, have a successful career and have the ability to give back to the Siena community. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need.

The Frances Weir Strachan Student Athlete Scholarship is awarded to students competing in intercollegiate athletics who achieve the highest grade point average for the individual academic year and are in need of financial support.

The Marjorie K. Sullivan Scholarship established by her husband, James A. Sullivan ‘41, is awarded annually to upperclass students in good academic standing who made significant contributions to campus life and activity. This scholarship is based on financial need and is renewable.

The Michael Taddonio/Class of 1984 Scholarship was established by Michael’s family, many friends and the Class of 1984 on the occasion of its 25th Reunion in 2009. The scholarship honors the memory of Michael ‘84, who died tragically in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Awarded annually, the qualifying student will be well-rounded, exhibiting Michael’s passion of being involved in his school and community through participation in student government, athletics, or other extra-curricular activity. Financial need is a criterion.

The Tamburello Family Scholarship was originally established by family and friends to honor the memory of Anthony Tamburello and his commitment to education, his family and community. In 2015, the scholarship was grown by friends of Fr. Dennis Tamburello ‘75 O.F.M., Ph.D. in recognition of his many years of service to the Siena community as an alumnus, friar, professor, mentor and friend. The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, who show strong academic performance and demonstrate the values of Franciscan service to others.

The Katherine and Timothy Tattam ‘80 Scholarship, created in 2012 by Siena Associate Trustee Timothy Tattam ‘80 and his wife, Katherine, was established to recognize the importance that education has played in both of their lives and their desire to assist others realize their goals. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Teamsters Local No. 294 and Eastern Contractors Association Scholarship is awarded annually to members of the local union’s construction division, related industries or to their spouses, sons, or daughters. First year and upper class students attending full-time may apply. There is a special application form, available through the union or the Financial Aid Office.

The Tesiero Family Scholarship honors the memory of John A. and Marcella C. Tesiero. The scholarship is awarded annually to a freshman and will be renewed based on academic performance and financial need. Preference is given to residents of the Capital Region and to sons and daughters of employees of Cranesville Block Company, Inc. and their subsidiaries.

The Dell N. Thompson, Ed.D., Scholarship honors Dell N. Thompson, Ed.D., who served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Development and Director of Planned/Major Gifts during his career at the College. It was established by his many friends and colleagues, upon his retirement from Siena in 2002. This scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating financial need.

The Christie M. Tolosky Memorial Scholarship was established by her family, friends, and classmates to perpetuate the memory of Christie’s spirit, her concern for fellow human beings and her love for all animals, but especially butterflies, dragonflies, horses, cats and dogs. This scholarship will be awarded annually to an upperclassman who has demonstrated care and compassion for humans and animals in the spirit of St. Francis as Christie had done during her lifetime. It will be awarded to students who have declared a major in Social Work, Sociology, or Psychology and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need. The recommendation from someone who can attest to the character traits of the student, preferably a faculty member, is required.

The Fr. Kevin Tortorelli, O.F.M. Scholarship is established by Alumni, friends, and admirers to mark his 60th birthday. Fr. Kevin’s friendship, compassion, and support touched all in so many ways. He cheered during rugby games, offered advice and counsel, married us, baptized our children, and consoled us in difficult times. His contribution as a Franciscan Friar to the Siena community and beyond is a great gift to all. The scholarship is awarded to students who participate broadly in activities while at Siena, contributing to the quality of life of the Siena community; who will make a particular effort to know the Franciscan Friars at Siena and to share with them a sense of vision, motivation and purpose; and who have financial need.

The Travnor MacDonnell Scholarship was established by Russell and Jan Taynor MacDonnell ‘83 to honor Jan’s parents Dwayne and Audrey Taynor who valued the importance of both the Franciscan culture and of higher education. They ensured that Jan was able to attend Siena College. This scholarship not only honors them but highlights the profound impact they had on Jan’s life and her decision to pursue a career in higher education. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need.

The Trombly Family Scholarship was created in 2012 by Francis ‘66 “Bert” and Deborah Trombly, Jr. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need.

The Alex ‘96 and Gina Tronco Scholarship was established by Alex ‘96 and Gina Tronco to give back and to honor Siena College for giving Alex the opportunity to attend this great school and giving him the help that he needed to succeed in life. The award is given based on financial need.

The George A. Ulrich ‘79 Memorial Scholarship was established by James J. Treacy, Jr. ‘80 to honor his friend. First preference is given to soccer players. Financial need is a criterion.

The Mary Pamela Underhill Scholarship will be awarded to a student to study abroad. Mary Pamela Underhill graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and a minor in Spanish. She had a wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Spain for a year but declined as she needed her work-study job to help fund her education. It was a regret she spoke about numerous times and a dream that never came to fruition.

The Vassallo Family Siena College Scholarship is awarded annually with preference given to students of Italian-American background from Bergen County, New Jersey who attend a catholic high school. In addition, the awardee shall have shown strong academic performance while also participating in extra-curricular and/or community activities. The award is made to a full-time Siena Business major who demonstrates financial need.

The Charles R. Vaughn Scholarship was established in 2000. Funding is provided by the Charles R. Vaughn Educational Trust, Jeremiah F. Manning, Esq. ‘62, Trustee. The scholarship is need based. Renewal is dependent on academic achievement and having a 3.2 cumulative average or above.

The James C. ‘64 and Diana A. Venter Scholarship is established by Jim ‘64 and Diana Venter in memory of their parents and shall be awarded to students from Albany County with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid at Siena College.

The Siena College Veteran and Cadet Fund was established by alumni and friends of Siena College along with the Professor of Military Science, Reserve Officer Training Corps to assist veterans of the United States Armed Forces and Cadets of the Mohawk Battalion, Reserve Officer Training Corps with reasonable expenses associated with attending Siena College. Lead donors to this fund include: Mr. John W. Atkinson ‘86 and Mr. James S. Scully ‘87.

The Lou Verruto Broadcast Scholarship, established by LIN TV Corp. in memory of our WIVB-TV General Manager, is awarded annually to an incoming freshman. Preference is given to a student who is pursuing a career in broadcasting and is based on academic achievement and financial need.

The Philip C. Vertucci Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman majoring in Science or Education. The recipient must be a graduate of a high school in Fulton County, preferably Gloversville High School. Appropriate academic eligibility and selection of the recipient is determined by the Admissions Committee.

The Vianney F. Vormwald, O.F.M., Memorial Scholarship, established by Christine and J. Patrick Barrett ‘59, recognizes Father Vianney’s deep personal concern for the students he encountered during his 23 years of service as administrator and teacher at Siena. Scholarships are awarded to entering students who exhibit Father Vianney’s high ideals. Scholarships are based on financial need and may be renewed.

The James M. Walsh Memorial Scholarship created by the Class of 1979 and the Walsh family is awarded annually to a junior and will be renewed for that student’s senior year. Financial need is a criterion.

The John Francis Walsh, III Memorial Scholarship, established by his sister, is awarded annually to an incoming freshman. Preference is given to an economics major to provide the financial aid necessary to have a residential experience.

The Marie and Lawrence Ward Scholarship was established by their son and daughter in law, Dr. Shawn L. Ward, Ph.D. ‘80 and Mrs. Mary Leak Ward ‘80 as they celebrated their 30th Reunion at Siena and their daughter Erin’s graduation from Siena in 2010. Marie and Lawrence, who are Third Order Franciscans, value faith, family and education. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a student with junior status, preferably one pursuing a teaching certificate, with preference given to a student from northern New Jersey.

The Eleanor Mary Weisbrod Scholarship is established in 2007 by Ms. Eleanor M. Weisbrod at Siena College to honor Fr. Kevin Mackin, O.F.M., a loved and respected friend for more than fifteen years. The award will be based on financial need with preference given to a male student majoring in mathematics or participation in a pre-law program. The award is renewable and may follow a student(s) from freshmen through senior year in good academic standing.

The Dr. Arthur J. Wendth ‘52 Scholarship has been established by his wife Marcia, in loving memory of his dedication and devotion to his family, and in gratitude to Siena College for the pre-med program that prepared him for admission to Albany Medical College. The scholarship is based on need to a Capital District student who is a senior and enrolled in the Siena/Albany Medical College Program and demonstrates a commitment to service and Franciscan ideals.

The Ruth Shaffer Lynch Whalen Memorial Scholarship has been established by Mary Lynch Toomy and Elizabeth M. Lynch in loving memory of their mother for students involved in varsity athletic sports at Siena College or student athletes in the School of Business and based on need.

The Dr. Edwin and Mrs. Cherie Williams, III Scholarship was established by Board of Associate Trustee Dr. Edwin Williams, III and his wife, Mrs. Cherie Williams, in June 2012 to provide the education of a lifetime to future Siena students.

The Sister Karen Windelspecht Endowed Scholarship, established by her brother Bob, a 1970 graduate of Siena, to honor the memory of Sister Karen, is awarded to an incoming freshman that is a graduate of Academy of The Holy Names, Albany, NY. The recipient should have a dedication to academics with a record of academic achievement and a strong history of community service. The scholarship is based on financial need.

The Louis W. Witt, Jr. ‘51 Scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) who has need and who is a member of the women’s or men’s golf team.

The Mark P. Woroby ‘81 Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mark P. Woroby ‘81. The scholarship was established by friends and classmates to create a lasting memorial to honor Mark at the place he kept so dear in his heart, Siena College. The scholarship recognizes Mark’s generosity, spirit of giving, and commitment to students. The scholarship will be awarded to a student with financial need.

State and Federal Aid Programs

Siena offers or coordinates the following types of State and Federal Financial Aid Programs:

New York State Programs
Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
Child of Deceased Correction Officer Awards
Child of Veteran Awards
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Lottery Leaders of Tomorrow
Math and Science Teaching Incentive
Memorial Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased Police Officers and Firefighters
Merit Scholarships for Academic Excellence
State Aid to Native Americans
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships
Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Vietnam Veterans/Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Awards
Federally Funded Scholarships Administered by New York State:

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarships

Note: Rhode Island and Vermont also offer grants and scholarships to selected residents attending out-of-state institutions.

Federal Programs
Federal Direct Loan Programs (DL):

Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
Federal Parent Loans (PLUS)

Federal TEACH Grant Program
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Federal Perkins Loan Program
Federal College Work-Study Program (FCWS)
Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarships (ROTC)
United States Bureau of Indian Affairs Aid to Native Americans
Veterans Administration (VA) Educational Benefits

All recipients of veterans educational benefits must have their attendance verified monthly by their professors. Day students should pick up and return their forms to the Registrar’s Office. Evening students should pick up and return their forms to the Office of Student Academic Success and Engagement. Failure to do so may jeopardize benefits. Further information regarding veterans benefits may be obtained by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

Additional information regarding State and Federal Aid programs appears later in this Section.

Criteria for Renewal of Financial Aid

Awards based on merit, without regard for need, such as the Presidential Scholarship, Franciscan Scholarship and Siena Humanities in Medicine Scholarship, are automatically renewed by the Financial Aid Office each year, provided the student earns a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.1. Athletic awards are renewed upon the recommendation of the Director of Athletics.

Siena Grants are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need as well as past academic performance or merit. Recipients of these grants may expect to receive renewal for four years, dependent upon filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by our deadline and demonstrating financial circumstances similar to that upon which the original award was based. Any special circumstances should be submitted in writing to the Financial Aid Office.

To receive any Siena aid, a student must maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) each semester and achieve satisfactory academic progress as defined in this catalog. Courses that are being repeated may not be eligible in determining status for aid eligibility. Students considering repeating or dropping courses should speak with a financial aid officer prior to registering for the course. Less than full-time undergraduate students are eligible in some cases for Federal Direct Loans, Federal Pell Grants, and/or NYS APTS (Awards for Part-Time Students). Limited federal funding may also be available through the Federal Perkins Loan program as well as Federal SEOG and Federal College Work-Study programs. Graduate students may be eligible for Federal Direct Loans and/or Federal Plus Loans.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

A student is in good academic standing if he or she is matriculated and is considered to be making progress toward a degree or certificate. The following cumulative grade indices shall be used as a basis for loss of good academic standing:

Undergraduate Students:

Freshmen: below 1.50 after second semester
Sophomores: below 1.60 after first semester
below 1.70 after second semester
Juniors: below 1.80 after first semester
below 1.90 after second semester
Seniors: below 1.95 after first semester
below 2.00 after second semester

Graduate Students:

Master of Science in Accounting: below 3.0 after any semester

Federal Aid

In addition to complying with the above standards of good academic standing, full-time students who are recipients of any federal aid (e.g., Pell, SEOG, CWS, PERKINS, STAFFORD, PLUS), must also complete their educational objective within a period of six years (adjusted for differences in enrollment status; e.g. half-time). When determining whether or not a student is on pace to graduate within the appropriate timeframe, the Financial Aid Office will apply the following formula:

Credits earned divided by credits attempted

To be on pace, an undergraduate student must receive a satisfactory grade in at least 67% (2/3) of the courses they attempt. A graduate student must have a satisfactory grade in at least 75% (3/4) of the courses they attempt. In addition, undergraduate students must meet the standards of satisfactory progress outlined in the following chart:

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6
Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Cumulative Index 1.3 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.95 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Cumulative Credits Earned 15 30 45 70 95 120

For undergraduate students, the Financial Aid Office will evaluate whether a student is making satisfactory academic progress one time per year, after grades are posted at the end of the spring semester. For graduate students, the Financial Aid Office will evaluate whether a student is making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the fall and spring semesters, after grades are posted. When calculating the cumulative grade point average and pace, the following conditions apply:

  • Transfer credits are included in credits earned and credits attempted. Grades received for transfer credits are not included in the cumulative grade point average.
  • Repeated courses count as credits attempted and the higher grade is used to calculate grade point average. There are restrictions to how often a course can be repeated.
  • Incomplete grades must be made up within one month after the close of the term. If not, the grades are converted to an F.
  • Pass/Fail courses where a grade of P (pass) is received are counted as credits attempted and earned. Pass/Fail courses are not included in the calculation of grade point average.
  • Pass/Fail courses where a grade of Z (fail) is received are counted as credits attempted. Pass/Fail courses are not included in the calculation of grade point average.
  • Grades of WP (withdrawal while passing) and WF (withdrawal while failing) are counted in credits attempted but are not included in the cumulative grade point average.
  • Change of major has no bearing on the calculation of cumulative grade point average, credits earned, and credits attempted.

For additional information on withdrawals, incomplete grades, repeated courses, and pass/fail courses, refer to the appropriate section of the Catalog.

A student who does not meet the above criteria due to mitigating circumstances may still be considered to be making satisfactory progress. Appeals of loss of aid must be made in writing by the student to the Financial Aid Office. The Director of Financial Aid makes the final determination of whether the appeal will be granted.

A student who has appealed and has had his or her eligibility for aid reinstated is considered to be on financial aid probation. A student on financial aid probation may receive federal funds for one payment period. At that point, the student must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards or the requirement established during the student’s appeal process in order to maintain Title IV eligibility.

Under certain conditions, a student who is not enrolled in a degree program (non-matriculated) may receive a Federal Direct loan for a period not to exceed 12 months.

New York State Aid

Recipients of New York State assistance must be in good academic standing and have declared an academic major prior to the beginning of the junior year. Students who received their first State award in September, 1981, or after must display “satisfactory academic progress” and demonstrate “pursuit of program.”

Standards of Program Pursuit for State Awards
State regulations define “program pursuit” as receiving a passing or failing grade in a certain percentage of a full-time course load. The standards are as follows:

  • In each semester of study in the first year for which an award is made, the student must receive a passing or failing grade in at least six credit hours (i.e., 50 percent of the minimum full-time load; namely, 12 hours).
  • In each term of study in the second year for which an award is made, the student must receive a passing or failing grade in at least nine credit hours (i.e., 75 percent of the minimum full-time load).
  • In each term of study in the third and each succeeding year for which an award is made, the student must receive a passing or failing grade in at least 12 credit hours (i.e., 100 percent of the minimum full-time load). Note that New York State has also imposed a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to be eligible for a fourth scholarship or TAP payment.

The State will accept as a passing or failing grade the grades “A” through “F” and any grade that indicated the student (1) attended the course for the entire semester and (2) completed all the assignments. The grade of “I” is acceptable only if it automatically changes to a standard passing or failing grade within a calendar month from the date of the final examination. The grades of “W” or “AU” do not constitute grades that may be used to meet the requirement of program pursuit.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for State Awards
In addition to the above standards of “program pursuit,” students generally must meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress outlined on the following chart. The progress of students with special circumstances, such as those who have transferred from another institution, have used their waiver (see below), or have received an award prior to September 1981, are monitored on an adjusted schedule.

For undergraduate students receiving their first award in 2007-2008 and thereafter, the following standards of progress must be met:

                  HEOP Students
BEFORE BEING CERTIFIED FOR THIS PAYMENT OF STATE AID 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
                   
A STUDENT MUST HAVE ACCRUED AT LEAST THIS MANY SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 91 96 111
                   
WITH AT LEAST THIS CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE 0 1.50 1.80 1.80 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Refer to past catalogs for the standards of progress that must be met for those students receiving their first award prior to 2007-2008.

Education law requires that no undergraduate student shall be eligible for more than four academic years (8 semesters) of State awards or five academic years if the program of study normally requires five years. Higher Education Opportunity Program students are also eligible for up to five years of State aid. A fifth year of undergraduate tuition assistance will reduce a student’s eligibility for graduate support by one academic year.

Waiver Procedures for State Aid
The above standards of “satisfactory academic progress” for State student financial aid awards are absolute except when waived in accordance with State provisions. This waiver can be granted only once for the student’s undergraduate study. The request for a waiver must be submitted by the student in writing to the Financial Aid Office. Catastrophic illness, a serious accident, personal or family problems, or other extenuating circumstances may be grounds for a waiver. A waiver may be granted at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.

Transfer Student Eligibility
Transfer students (and students readmitted after a period of absence from College) will be subject to procedures slightly different from those applied to students in continuing status. The Dean of the appropriate School will approve the acceptable number of transfer credits. The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for certifying financial aid and will determine the eligibility of the student for financial aid. For federal and institutional aid, at the end of each semester the student’s progress will be reviewed in accordance with the college’s standards as outlined above. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.

Appealing the Withdrawal of Aid

Recipients of federal, New York State and college grants, loans and work-study must conform to these standards of good academic standing. If an aid recipient is judged not to be in good standing, aid for the next and all subsequent semesters will be withdrawn until the student is again judged to be progressing satisfactorily.

An appeal of any decision regarding progress and aid eligibility must be made in writing by the student to the Financial Aid Office. Catastrophic illness, a serious accident, personal or family problems, or other serious extenuating circumstances may be grounds for an appeal. The appeal may be granted at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid. The College must certify and maintain documentation of the mitigating circumstances. This documentation will be in a form that does not violate confidentiality or compromise the rights of the student. It should be noted that a waiver is not an automatic right of a student. In the case of state aid, a waiver may be granted only once.

State and Federal Aid Programs

Siena College offers or coordinates the following types of State and Federal Financial Aid Programs.

New York State Programs

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Application Procedures: Applicants must apply annually. The application deadline for the 2018-19 academic year is June 30, 2019; however, students are encouraged to file as early as possible. For academic year 2018-19, Students will be required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for TAP and payment of other State scholarships.

New York State (NYS) residents can apply for both federal and NYS financial aid using a single online session. After completing the Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) on the web, NYS residents can link to TAP on the web. The TAP application will be pre-filled with the information provided on the FAFSA.

Before submitting the applications, the applicant should review them for accuracy.

The Higher Education Services Corporation determines the applicant’s eligibility and mails an award certificate directly to the applicant indicating the amount of the grant. A Change Form must be filed if you decide to attend a college other than the NYS college listed on your TAP application. Siena College may defer payment on the basis of receipt of the award certificate. Actual payment is received after the school certifies student eligibility.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards. The applicant must: (1) be a New York State resident and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; (2) be enrolled full-time and matriculated in an approved New York State postsecondary institution or program; (3) not be in default on a Federal Loan or owe any refunds to federal programs; (4) be charged tuition in accordance with the minimum award, and (5) meet prior year income criteria, based upon NYS total taxable income (after exemptions and deductions). Note that income is subject to verification by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

To be considered financially independent for State programs an applicant must be:

  1. 35 years of age or older on June 30 preceding the academic year; or
  2. 22 years of age or older on June 30 preceding the academic year; and not:
    1. resident for more than 6 consecutive weeks in the current, previous or subsequent calendar years, in any house, apartment or building owned or leased by parents,
    2. claimed as a dependent by parents on their federal or state income tax returns for the current or previous tax years,
    3. recipient of gifts, loans or other financial assistance in excess of $750 from parents in the current, or previous, or subsequent calendar years, or
  3. under 22 years of age on June 30, preceding the academic year and meeting all other requirements of (2) above, and in addition able to meet and document at least one of the following requirements:
    1. both parents deceased, totally or permanently disabled or incompetent,
    2. receiving public assistance other than Aid to Families of Dependent Children (AFDC), food stamps, or unemployment insurance, or
    3. ward of a court,
    4. financially independent due to the involuntary dissolution of family, or
    5. a recipient of TAP as a financially independent student in the previous academic year.

Undergraduate students married on or before December 31, 2018 (2018-2019 year) and all graduate students are exempt from the requirements of provision (3) above in determination of financial independence.

Undergraduate students generally receive TAP awards for four years of study. Students enrolled in approved five-year programs, or in a State-sponsored opportunity program, may receive undergraduate awards for five years. Graduate students may receive awards for up to four years. No student (including opportunity students) may receive awards for more than a total of eight years of undergraduate and graduate study.

The amount of the TAP award is scaled according to type of school, level of study, tuition charge, and net taxable income. The maximum annual award is reduced according to family income.

Responsibilities of Recipients: Recipients must be in good academic standing in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations and must not be in default on a loan guaranteed by the Higher Education Services Corporation. A statement of good academic standing which is established by each institution in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations is published in this catalogue. Under certain circumstances, defaulted borrowers can be reinstated for TAP eligibility by HESC.

Questions about NYS grants and loans may be directed to NYSHESC, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255 or by calling 1-888-NYSHESC. (888-697-4372).

Child of Deceased Correction Officer Awards

A NYS program for undergraduate students who lost a parent as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

  • Student must be a NYS resident attending a NYS college full-time.
  • Supporting documentation will be required to establish eligibility.

How to apply:

  • To apply, complete a special Child of Deceased Correction Officer supplement to the TAP application, which can be obtained from your guidance counselor, or from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC), 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255, (888-697-4372).
  • Application deadline for 2018-19 academic year is June 30, 2019.
  • The supplement is necessary to establish eligibility in the first year only.

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (Child of Veteran Awards)

Application Procedures: A special application, obtainable from the high school principal or counselor, must be filed with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), Albany, NY 12255. Documentary evidence to establish eligibility is required with the application.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must be the child of a veteran who died, or who has a current disability of 40 percent or more, or was classified as missing in action or was a prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at time of death.

Periods of Service

Conflict or National Emergency Period of Service
Afghanistan 09/11/02 - end of hostilities
Persian Gulf 08/02/90 - end of hostilities
Vietnam/Indochina 12/22/61 - 05/07/75
Korean Conflict 06/27/50 - 01/31/55
World War II 12/07/41 - 12/31/46
World War I 04/06/17 - 11/11/18
or as a Merchant Seaman during the period from 12/07/41 to 08/15/45  

Students whose parent(s) was the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for participation in operations in Lebanon, Grenada, or Panama.

Periods of Service

Conflict or National Emergency Period of Service
Panama 12/20/89 - 01/31/90
Grenada 10/23/83 - 11/21/83
Lebanon 06/01/83 - 12/01/87

Regents awards to children of deceased or disabled veterans are independent of family income or tuition charge, and are in addition to such other grants or awards to which the applicant may be entitled; however, total state award per year cannot exceed tuition.

Award Schedule: Awards may be received for up to five years, depending on the normal length of the program of full-time study in a college or a hospital nursing school in New York State.

SOURCE:

New York State Higher Education Services Corp.
Albany, NY 12255

Memorial Scholarships for Family of Deceased Police Officers and Firefighters

  • A NYS program for undergraduate study that provides additional financial aid to students whose parent or spouse died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.
  • Award amounts based on tuition and non-tuition cost of attendance at the college and certain other state and federal grants. Award amounts will not exceed the average cost of attendance at NYS public institutions.
  • Must be a NYS resident attending a NYS college full-time.
  • Supporting documentation will be required to establish eligibility.

How to apply:

  • To apply, complete a special Memorial Scholarship supplement to the TAP application, which can be obtained from your guidance counselor, or from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC), 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255, (888-697-4372).
  • Application deadline for 2018 - 19 academic year is June 30, 2019.
  • The supplement is necessary the first year only to establish eligibility.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) is for part-time undergraduate study. For the purposes of this program, part-time study is defined as being enrolled for 3 to 11 semester hours per semester. A college selects recipients from among eligible students and determines the amount of the award based upon a student’s need and the amount of funding available at the institution. An award cannot exceed tuition charges.

Application Procedures: A special APTS application is required for a student to be considered for an award. The student must also provide the Financial Aid Office with copies of the appropriate New York State tax return. Siena also requires that you file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office or on the Financial Aid website: https://www.siena.edu/offices/financial-aid/.

Selection of Recipients: The applicant must be (1) a New York State resident, (2) be working toward an undergraduate degree as a part-time student, (3) be in good academic standing, (4) be either a United States citizen, permanent resident alien or refugee, (5) have not used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) or other New York State student financial aid eligibility for full-time study.

Income Limits: Income limits based on New York State’s taxable income apply.

For more information contact:

Student Information
NYSHESC
Albany, NY 12255
1-888-NYSHESC

State Aid to Native Americans

Application Procedures: Application forms may be obtained from the Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY 12230. The completed application form should be forwarded by the applicant to the Native American Education Unit along with the following materials: (1) official transcript of high school record or photostat of General Equivalency Diploma; (2) personal letter, setting forth clearly and in detail educational plans and desires; (3) signatures of the parents of minor applicants, approving education plans; (4) official tribal certification form; and (5) copy of acceptance letter from college attending.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must be: (1) a member of one of the Native American tribes within New York State and a resident of New York State; (2) have graduated from an approved high school, or have earned the General Equivalency Diploma, or be enrolled in a program in an approved postsecondary institution leading to degree-credit status and the General Equivalency Diploma; and (3) enrolled in an approved postsecondary institution in New York State.

State Aid to Native Americans is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards.

Award Schedule: The award is for a maximum of four years of full-time study (five years, where a fifth year is required for completion of degree requirements), a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students registered for less than this number will be funded per credit hour. Remedial programs are not fundable.

Responsibilities of Recipients: Students are responsible for notifying the Native American Education Unit in writing of any change in student status or program or institutional enrollment. Students must also submit semester grades at the end of each semester, showing satisfactory progress toward completion of degree or certification requirements.

SOURCE:

Native American Education Unit
New York State Education Department
Room 475 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-0537

Vietnam Veterans Tuition Awards

This program is to assist Vietnam Veterans enrolled in degree programs on either a full- or part-time basis.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Residency in New York State on the effective date of the law (April 20, 1984) or at the time of entry into service and resumption of residency by September 1, 1988.
  • Service in the U.S. Armed Forces in Indochina between January 1, 1963 and May 7, 1975.
  • Discharge under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • Must apply for a TAP award and a Pell Grant if the student will enroll full time for any term.
  • Must apply for a Pell Grant if the student will be enrolled only for part-time study.

Duration:

  • Full-time Study - Awards are available for up to 8 semesters for a 4-year program, or 10 semesters if a degree program is specifically approved as requiring 5 years. Recipients enrolled in an approved program of remedial study are considered to be enrolled in a program normally requiring 5 years.
  • Part-time Study - Awards are available for eligible students taking 3 to 11 credit hours per semester, or the equivalent, in an approved undergraduate degree program. Awards are available for 16 semesters (8 years), or 20 semesters (10 years) for programs specifically approved as requiring 5 years of full-time study. Recipients enrolled in an approved program of remedial study are considered to be enrolled in a program normally requiring 5 years.

Application Procedures:

  • If you have already established your eligibility (and have been assigned a VVTA eligibility number by HESC) do one of the following:
    1. If you plan to attend college for one or more terms on a full-time basis, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS TAP supplement available from NYSHESC or the Financial Aid Office.
    2. If you plan to attend college only on a part-time basis send a letter to NYSHESC, VVTA Program, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12255 outlining your educational plans by giving the college code, college name and the terms you will be attending as a part-time student.
  • If you have not yet established your eligibility for a Vietnam Veteran Tuition Award call (518) 474-5642 or 1-800-NYSHESC or write to NYSHESC, VVTA Program, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12255 and request a Vietnam Veterans Tuition Award Supplement.

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Application Procedures: Application is through the independent institution of higher education to which the applicant is applying.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must be: (1) a New York State resident; (2) academically and economically disadvantaged according to guidelines approved by the Board of Regents and the Director of the Budget. Transfer applicants must be a matriculated undergraduate student in an opportunity program at a college or university in New York State. Selection of eligible applicants for participation in HEOP is conducted by the College and the HEOP program.

Award Schedule: The amount of financial assistance and other support provided to HEOP participants is dependent on need as determined by the institution and the program, within the State guidelines.

SOURCE:

Bureau of Higher Education Opportunity Programs
New York State Education Department
Albany, NY 12230

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

Application Procedures: For information concerning this program, contact Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), 6 Tower Place, Executive Park, Albany, NY 12203, (518) 473-8097.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Any disabled person, with a substantial employment handicap, who can become employable within a reasonable period of time may be eligible. ACCES-VR serves those having any physical, emotional, or mental disability except blindness.

The legally blind are served by the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, State Department of Social Services, 40 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12243.

Eligible applicants may receive counseling, medical examinations, and other evaluation services, physical restoration services, and instruction and training including that given at institutions of post-secondary education.

Clients are asked to share the expense, based upon State standards, of some of the services provided, such as college or university expenses, to enable the client to obtain his/her vocational objective.

Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships

New York State annually offers Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships, based on need, to undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in certain approved programs of study. In previous years, eligible programs of study have included accounting, architecture, chiropractic, dental hygiene, engineering, landscape architecture, law, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, podiatry, psychology, social work, speech language pathology/audiology and veterinary medicine. Recipients must attend an approved program in New York State on a full-time basis, be a state resident and citizen or qualifying non-citizen of the United States. Those who are economically disadvantaged and who are members of a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the chosen profession are given priority. HEOP students are also given special consideration.

Special applications are available from the NYS Education Department, Bureau of HEOP/VATEA/Scholarships, EBA, Room 1071, Albany, NY 12234. Phone: (518) 486-1319. You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the special state supplement to receive payment of these scholarships each year.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program

Awarded each year for up to four years to high school seniors from each county in NYS. Eligibility is determined by a combination of high school grades and GED Scores or by SAT or ACT test scores and GED scores.

Applications are available in the fall from the guidance office. You must take the SAT or ACT test before the application deadline. For further information, contact: NYS Education Department, Room 1078 EBA, Albany, NY 12234 (518-486-1319).

Federal Programs

Federal Direct Student Loan Program for Undergraduates (Federal Direct loans, Federal Direct Parent PLUS)

Special Note: The effective date of the information below is April 2018. Check the Siena College Financial Aid Office website for updated information about the Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans:

  • Eligibility for the federal interest subsidy on these loans is based on financial need as calculated from information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no income cutoff as long as need is demonstrated.
  • The interest rate effective July 1, 2018 for the Direct Federal Subsidized Stafford loan is 5.05 %.
  • The Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford loan has a 1.066% origination fee which will be deducted from the gross amount of the loan funds sent to Siena. Repayment begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time or graduated. Interest does not accrue until 6 months after the student has graduated or ceases to be enrolled at least half time.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans:

  • Eligibility for these loans is not based on financial need; to be eligible the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed.
  • Payment of interest begins when the loan check is disbursed, but deferment of interest is available. Payment on principal begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time. There is no penalty for early repayment. Students that would like to make payments on their loans while enrolled at Siena need to contact their servicer directly. Information about your servicer and contact information can be found by visiting https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/.
  • The interest rate effective July 1, 2018 for Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans is 5.05%.
  • The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan has a 1.066% origination fee which will be deducted from the gross amount of the loan funds sent to Siena.

Application Procedures:

  • Students must file an annual Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for a Federal Direct loan. They will be notified of their eligibility for Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans on their Award Letter from the College. If a loan is NOT declined on the award letter, the College Financial Aid Office will electronically submit the necessary information to the Federal Direct Loan Program for origination.
  • All first time Direct Federal loan borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling before their loan is certified by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Once the student has completed their MPN and Entrance Counseling and the loan is submitted to the Federal Direct Loan Program, the funds will be electronically submitted to the college. Authorized loan funds are applied to student accounts upon receipt by the college. Federal requirements state that all federal loans are sent to Siena College in two equal disbursements during the enrollment period.
  • For more information about the application process, please visit the Siena College Financial Aid Website.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:
To be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan a student must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; and
  2. Be enrolled in or admitted as at least a half-time student at an approved college, university or other postsecondary institution in any of the United States or in a foreign country, and
  3. Not be in default on any federal loan or owe a refund on a federal financial aid program.

Repayment:
Once in repayment, many deferments are available depending on your status at the time of loan repayment and the type of loan. For information about your options, contact your loan servicer. Information about your servicer and contact information can be found by visiting https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/.

Deferment (After Repayment Begins):
Once you go into repayment, deferments are not automatic. You should contact your servicer as soon as possible when you seek deferment or forbearance (payment of interest only) on your loan. Repayment of all or part of a loan may be made in advance without penalty.

Loan Servicer Information:
For information about your loan servicer, visit https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/. Once at the site you will have access to detailed information about your federal loans, including the loan period, amount and servicer.

Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students:

  • A federal program for parents of dependent undergraduate students. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance, less other financial aid, each year for each student.
  • Eligibility is not based on need.
  • Parents must consent to a credit check as part of the Federal Direct PLUS loan application process. Students whose parents are denied for a Federal Direct PLUS loan will be eligible for additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan funds.
    Federal Direct PLUS loans can be used to meet all or part of the calculated Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Effective July 1, 2018, the interest rate is fixed at 7.6%.
  • Interest begins on the day the loan is disbursed. Payment on the interest and principal usually begins 60 days after disbursement. Parents may have up to 10 years to repay.
  • If the borrower meets certain requirements, deferments may be available. Contact your servicer for additional information.
  • The Federal Direct PLUS Loan has a fee of 4.264% which will be deducted from the gross amount of the loan borrowed.

Application Procedures:

  • Students must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Students and families can determine their maximum PLUS loan eligibility from their Award Letter
  • The parent borrower will need to complete an application for the Federal Direct Loan Program. For more information about the PLUS Loan Application Process, please visit the Siena College Financial Aid website.

Federal Direct Student Loan Program for Graduate Students (Federal Direct loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS)

Special Note: The effective date of the information below is April 2018. Check the Siena College Financial Aid Office website for the update information about the Federal Direct Student Loan Program.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans:

  • Eligibility for these loans is not based on financial need; to be eligible the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) must be filed.
  • Payment of interest begins when the loan check is disbursed, but deferment of interest is available. Payment on principal begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time. There is no penalty for early repayment. Students that would like to make payments on their loans while enrolled at Siena need to contact their servicer directly. Information about your servicer and contact information can be found by visiting https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/.
  • The interest rate Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan effective July 1, 2018 is 6.6%.
  • The Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan has a 1.066% origination which will be deducted from the gross amount of the loan funds sent to Siena.

Application Procedures:

  • Students must file an annual Free Application for Financial Aid (the FAFSA) in order to be eligible for a Federal Direct Stafford loan. They will be notified of their eligibility for Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized loans on their award letter from the college. If a loan is NOT declined on the award letter, the Financial Aid Office will electronically submit the necessary information to the Federal Direct Loan Program for origination.
  • All first time Federal Direct Stafford loan borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling.
  • Once the student has completed their MPN and Entrance Counseling and the loan is submitted to the Federal Direct Loan Program, the funds then will be electronically submitted to the college. Authorized loan funds are applied to student accounts upon receipt by the college. Federal requirements state that all federal loans are disbursed in two equal disbursements during the enrollment period.
  • For more information about the application process, please visit the Siena College Financial Aid Website.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:
To be eligible for a Federal Stafford Loan a student must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; and
  2. Be enrolled in or admitted as at least a half-time student at an approved college, university or other postsecondary institution in any of the United States or in a foreign country, and
  3. Not be in default on any federal loan or owe a refund on a federal financial aid program.

Repayment:
Once in repayment, many deferments are available depending on your status at the time of loan repayment and the type of loan. For information about your options, contact your loan servicer. Information about your servicer and contact information can be found by visiting https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/.

Deferment (After Repayment Begins):
Once you go into repayment, deferments are not automatic. You should contact your servicer as soon as possible when you seek deferment or forbearance (payment of interest only) on your loan. Repayment of all or part of a loan may be made in advance without penalty.

Loan Servicer Information:
For information about your loan servicer, visit https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/. Once at the site you will have accesses to detailed information about your Federal Loans, including the loan period, amount and servicer.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan for Graduate Students:

  • A federal program for graduate students. Graduate students may borrow up to the cost of attendance, less other financial aid, each year for each student.
  • Eligibility is not based on need.
  • Students must consent to a credit check as part of the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan application process. For students that do not pass the credit check, they may reapply with an endorser.
  • Students must utilize Stafford loan funds before applying for Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan funds.
  • Effective July 1, 2018, the interest rate is fixed at 7.6%.
  • Interest begins on the day the loan is disbursed. Payment on the interest and principal usually begins 60 days after disbursement. Graduate students may have up to 10 years to repay.
  • If the borrower meets certain requirements, deferments may be available. Contact your servicer for additional information.
  • The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan has a 4.264% origination fee which will be deducted from the gross amount of the loan borrowed.

Application Procedures:

  • Students must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Students can determine their maximum Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan eligibility from their award letter.
  • The student borrower will need to complete an online application with the Federal Direct Loan Program. For more information about the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan application process, please visit the Siena College Financial Aid website.

Federal Pell Grant Program

Application Procedures: Students must apply for Pell by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The completed application should be submitted for processing according to the directions included on it. A Federal Student Aid Report will then be sent to the applicant. The amount of the applicant’s award is determined by the financial aid officer at the post-secondary institution attended. Upon enrollment, funds are credited to the student’s institutional account.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The Federal Pell Grant Program is an entitlement program. The applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in an approved post-secondary institution and must need financial assistance to continue his/her education.

Financial need is determined by a formula applied to all applicants. It was developed by the U.S. Office of Education and is reviewed annually by Congress. Expected Family Contribution is calculated by this formula.

Federal Pell Grants are paid for up to six years as required to complete a first baccalaureate degree. Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books and living expenses.

Award Schedule: Pell grants are awarded each year the financial need and academic progress requirements are met by the student. The amount of the award will be affected by costs of attendance and enrollment status. The Pell award is not duplicative of State awards.

Responsibilities of Recipients: The student must continue to make satisfactory academic progress in the program in which he/she is enrolled. The student must not owe any refunds on a Federal Pell Grant or other awards paid, or be in default on repayment of any student loan.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH)

Application Procedures: Students must apply by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The completed application should be submitted for processing according to the directions included on it. A Federal Student Aid Report will then be sent to the applicant. All TEACH Grant recipients must complete Entrance Counseling and sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year before the funds are credited to the student’s institutional account.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The TEACH grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach as a full-time teacher in a high need field in a public or private elementary and secondary school that serves students from low-income families. To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Be accepted into Siena’s Teaching Certificate program (exceptions may apply);
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher);
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25); and
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year the TEACH Grant is received.

High-Need fields offered at Siena are in the following subject areas:

  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Schools Serving Low Income Students:
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

Award Schedule: The full- and part-time students are eligible. The maximum grant is reduced for part-time students. Second Baccalaureate students are not eligible to receive the TEACH Grant.

Responsibilities of Recipients: In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the recipient must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. The recipient must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which a TEACH Grant is received.

IMPORTANT: If the recipient fails to complete the service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. The recipient must then repay this loan to the US Department of Education and will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

Once the grant is converted to a loan it cannot be converted back to a grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

Application Procedures: Students must apply by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Financial Aid Office is responsible for awarding SEOG to those students demonstrating the lowest expected family contributions, with preference given to those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must show extraordinary financial need, determined by a federally approved needs analysis system.

Responsibilities of Recipients: The student must continue to make satisfactory academic progress.

Federal College Work-Study Program (FCWS)

Application Procedures: Students must apply by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility is determined and work arrangements made by the Financial Aid Office. Students locate available positions through the Office of Career and Professional Development job portal, CareerSaint. Available positions are updated throughout the academic year.

Students must complete required tax forms and authorization forms before starting in their position. Additional information is provided on the Siena College Financial Aid website.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must be matriculated at Siena on at least a half-time basis and must demonstrate financial need. Recipients will earn a pre-determined hourly rare and are paid on a biweekly basis.

Responsibilities of Recipients: Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained. Work must be performed when classes are not in session. Signed time cards must be submitted to Student Accounts on a bi-weekly basis.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

The Army, Navy and Air Force offer financial assistance to qualified students. The Army offers full tuition plus mandatory fees. The Navy and Air Force offer scholarships that may cover full tuition, plus fees and books. A monthly stipend may also be awarded. Students with Army ROTC scholarships fulfill the military component of their scholarship at Siena. Students with either a Navy or Air Force scholarship take their military science courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. As benefits and regulations differ from Army ROTC, contact the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, AFROTC Detachment 550, (518) 276-6236.

United States Bureau of Indian Affairs Aid to Native Americans Higher Education Assistance Program

Application Procedures: Application forms may be obtained from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office. An application is necessary for each year of study. An official needs analysis from the college Financial Aid Office is also required each year.

Each first-time applicant must obtain tribal enrollment certification from the Bureau agency which records enrollment for the tribe.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: To be eligible, the applicant must (1) be at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo or Aleut; (2) be an enrolled member of a tribe, band or group recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; (3) be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an approved college or university, pursuing at least a four-year degree; and (4) have financial need.

Responsibilities of Recipients: For grants to be awarded in successive years, the student must make satisfactory progress toward a degree, and show financial need. Depending on availability of funds, grants may also be made to graduate students and summer session students. Eligible married students may also receive living expenses for dependents.

United States Department of Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs
New York Liaison Office
Federal Building, Room 523
100 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Veterans Administration (VA) Education Benefits

To apply, contact your local Veterans Administration Assistance Agency (under U.S. Government), or call toll free 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551).

Certification of Veterans Administration forms regarding attendance at the College or general information regarding veterans benefits may be secured by calling, writing or visiting the Office of the Registrar, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, New York 12211-1462.

Institutional Refunds

Refunds of Institutional charges will be given in the following areas:

Tuition: Tuition will be refunded on a proportionate basis according to the following schedule:

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
Two weeks or less 80%
Three weeks 60%
Four weeks 40%
Five weeks 20%
Over five weeks No refund

Housing Rate: If a resident student withdraws during a semester, he or she will be refunded in accordance with the terms specified in the housing license.

Meal Rate: The College will refund dining charges on a pro-rated basis based upon the date the student withdraws from the college.

Other Fees: Other fees will not be refunded in whole or in part.

Students who receive financial aid from Siena College funds and terminate their studies before the end of a semester may be required to refund a portion of their Siena aid resulting from their termination. The amount of Siena College funds required to be refunded to the College will be calculated on a proportionate basis according to the tuition refund schedule.

Return of Federal Refunds

Federal Title IV Fund recipients who terminate their studies before the end of a semester may be required to refund a portion of their aid resulting from their termination. Students should see a financial aid officer before withdrawing to determine the effect on their current or future financial aid.

A student who finds it necessary to withdraw from all courses before the conclusion of the fall or spring semester or summer sessions must first obtain a withdrawal form from the appropriate School office. After full-time students have obtained the withdrawal form, they must consult with the appropriate school Dean. The withdrawal form must be signed by the School Dean, and returned to the Office of the Registrar. After part-time students have obtained the withdrawal form, they must consult with the Office of Student Academic Success and Engagement. A resident student must also advise the Office of Community Living (Sarazen Student Union, room 318). The date of withdrawal will be the later of the students documented last date of attendance at an academically related activity or the date indicated by the student as their intended withdrawal date when the student submits a written statement of withdrawal. If the student fails to complete the withdrawal process, the withdrawal date will be the midpoint of the payment period.

Allocation of Costs:
The following costs are classified as Institutional Costs:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room and Board (if contracted with the institution)
  • Books and Supplies

The following costs are classified as Non-Institutional Costs:

  • Room and Board (not contracted with the institution)
  • Personal and Transportation
  • Dependent Care
  • Disability
  • Health Services/Pharmacy Charges
  • Library Fines
  • Parking Fines

Return of Federal Funds - Institutional Responsibility:
Federal Regulations require that the institution return federal aid for students with an official date of withdraw on or before the 60% point of the payment period to the federal government. The amount to be returned is the lesser of the following:

Total federal aid $ disbursed or that could have been disbursed
X (# of days remaining in payment period/# of days on payment period)
= Total federal aid $ unearned

OR

Total institutional charges incurred for the payment period
X (# of days remaining in payment period/# of days on payment period)
= Total federal aid $ unearned
Return of Federal Funds - Student Responsibility:
Federal Regulations require that a student return or repay, remaining unearned federal aid based on the following formula:

Total federal aid $ disbursed
Less: Total Federal aid $ earned
Less: Federal aid $ returned by the institution
Basis for Student Repayment

*Less: All outstanding federal loans for the current academic year
Basis of Federal Grant Funds for Student Repayment
X 50%
= Total Federal Grant funds student is required to repay

*Note: If the funds that are required for student repayment are loan funds, the loans should be repaid according to the terms and conditions outlined in the promissory note signed by the borrower. If the funds are grant funds, call 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243) to make arrangements to repay these funds.
Refunds and Repayments must be distributed in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans
  2. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  5. Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  6. Federal Pell Grants
  7. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  8. Other grant or loan assistance authorized by Title IV of the HEA

The information in this catalog is accurate as of April 2018. Since program changes may occur, students should always check with the Financial Aid Office for updated information.