Financing a SEM Education
SEM provides both merit and need based assistance to qualified students.2017-2018
$21,250 (Lunch included)
$45,745 (5-day boarding)
$51,250 (7-day boarding)
We believe that all students should have the ability to consider an independent-school education to further their lifelong academic goals. We strive to help every qualified applicant afford a four-year education at SEM. Although we do not have the ability to award aid to everyone, we make every effort to offer assistance to as many deserving students as possible. The amount of the financial award depends solely upon the financial resources of the family.
Click here to apply for financial aid.
To be considered for financial aid and scholarships in the first round of admissions we recommend your application be complete by December 22, 2017.
2018-2019 Named and Merit Scholarship Opportunities
Any student interested in applying for a named award at SEM should submit the application material, a cover letter, and a 300-word essay for each scholarship. In the essay, the student should outline her interests and achievements through middle school as well as her academic goals for SEM.
If only applying to be considered for Named and Merit Scholarships a financial aid application (above) is not required.
A student may apply for any or all of these scholarships but only one will be designated:
THE L. GERTRUDE ANGELL LEADERSHIP Scholarship
Established in 1961 as willed to Buffalo Seminary by L. Gertrude Angell, this fund provides a four-year scholarship to honor a strong student who has demonstrated spirit, leadership and citizenship in her school and community activities.
THE BUFFALO SEMINARY SUMMER AT SEM SCHOLARSHIP
The Buffalo Seminary Summer at SEM (SAS) Scholarship is awarded to a student who has actively and enthusiastically participated in SAS for at least one summer and would be an asset to her class and the SEM community.
THE BUFFALO SEMINARY MATH/SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
The Buffalo Seminary Math/Science Scholarship is a four-year award given to a student who has demonstrated an aptitude and a passion for the study of math or science.
THE DEBORAH DANN REED ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 1973 by the family and friends of Deborah Dann Reed ’72, this award provides a four-year scholarship to a student possessing potential for creative and imaginative work in the field of visual art. Students are required to submit an art portfolio.
DELAWARE NORTH SCHOLARSHIPEstablished in 2016 to encourage eligible students with a passionate interest in the pursuit of an athletic or artistic endeavor outside the general school curriculum.
THE NISWANDER FAMILY OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR
This four-year scholarship is given to a student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and a passion for learning throughout her middle school years.
LOUISE ALEXANDRA VON SIMSON SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2016 to provide tuition assistance to a student at Buffalo Seminary who has exhibited personal courage.
Legacy Residential Scholarship 2018-2019
SEM will award a $10,000 merit scholarship to an outstanding candidate for our residential program who has been recommended by a graduate, trustee of the school, or SEM family. Residential students live in one of the four historic homes next to the school with a SEM staff member and girls from around the region, the nation, and world. The purpose of this scholarship is to build our SEM community with talented young women who have a connection to the school. To nominate a candidate, contact Director of Admission Laura Munson ‘79 at 716.885.6780 or email.
Buffalo Seminary participates in the Oishei High School Scholarship program. Each year the John R. Oishei Foundation awards a full four-year scholarship to one incoming freshman student of color at a participating BISSNET school. Scholarships are awarded based on consideration of need, merit, and potential for academic success.