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Scholarships

Named & Merit Scholarship Opportunities

 


Any student interested in applying for one of the scholarships listed below should submit the application material, a cover letter indicating which scholarship or scholarships she is applying for, and a 300-word essay. In the essay, the student should outline her interests and achievements through middle school as well as her academic goals for SEM. These are merit scholarships, it is not necessary to file for financial aid to apply for one of these scholarships.

Materials should be submitted c/o Admission Office, Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14222 or admission@buffaloseminary.org.

 

Note: Please submit all application materials by December 20, 2019 in order to be considered for scholarships.


 

L. GERTRUDE ANGELL SCHOLARSHIP  

Bequeathed to Buffalo Seminary in Headmistress Miss L. Gertrude Angell’s Last Will and Testament to provide a scholarship for a term of four years to honor a strong student who has demonstrated spirit, leadership, and citizenship in her school and community activities.

BUFFALO SEMINARY SUMMER at SEM SCHOLARSHIP

The 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.

BUFFALO SEMINARY MATH/SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

This four-year award given to a student who has demonstrated an aptitude and a passion for the study of math or science.

Valerie M. Caldwell Memorial Scholarship for the Physical Sciences & for Environmental Sciences and Ethics

This award is for a student impassioned by the sciences.

DELAWARE NORTH SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2016 to encourage eligible students with a passionate interest in the pursuit of an athletic or artistic endeavor outside the general school curriculum.

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.

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.

SEM-STEINWAY SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSIC 

Established in 2019 to attract students who demonstrate exceptional ability in music (instrument or vocal) and who will actively enrich our school community using her talents. Students are required to submit an audition video or MP3 that best demonstrates their ability; this does not have to be a professional level recording. 

LOUISE ALEXANDRA VON SIMSON SCHOLARSHIP

Established in 2016 to provide tuition assistance to a student at Buffalo Seminary who has exhibited personal courage.

 


 

A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE AT SEM:
 

BUFFALO SEMINARY ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION scholarship (EST. 1924)

Originally established as the Graduates Association of Buffalo Seminary Scholarship Fund, this scholarship currently offers a one-year partial scholarship annually to an incoming or current student who is maternally related to a SEM alumna.

L. GERTRUDE ANGELL COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 1930)

Bequeathed to Buffalo Seminary in Headmistress Miss L. Gertrude Angell’s Last Will and Testament to provide a scholarship for a term of four years to honor a strong student who has demonstrated spirit, leadership, and citizenship in her school and community activities.

ALMA WHITE 1894 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 1968)

Established to provide a full tuition scholarship throughout a student’s four years at SEM.

DEBORAH DANN REED ‘72 SCHOLARSHIP (eST. 1973)

Established by Deborah’s family and friends to provide scholarship funding to a student possessing potential for creative and imaginative work in the field of visual art.

JUDY MCDADE ‘77 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (eST. 1981)

Established by Judy’s family and friends as a permanent endowment, with the proceeds to be used for scholarship purposes.

DORIS DUNBAR DUGAN 1906 SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 1984)

Established as a four-year scholarship giving preference to minority students.

EMERSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 1989)

Established with the intent to provide a full tuition, four-year scholarship.

BROCK SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 1994)

Established by the Brock family, this one-year, need-based scholarship was created to encourage admission for an incoming freshman or other grade-level student. While preference is given to relatives of alumnae, the scholarship may be awarded to a new student who does not have familial ties to the school.

BETSY STOVROFF CORRIN ‘60 SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 1999)

Established to provide scholarships for residents of the City of Buffalo.

THE GRACIA GRIEB WHITRIDGE ‘25 SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 1999)

Established to support funding for scholarships.

CAROL COATSWORTH FAUST ‘40 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2000)

Established by the Faust family to provide scholarship support for a girl’s four years at SEM, this need-based scholarship is awarded to a minority student possessing academic achievement or potential.

NISWANDER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 2000)

Established by generations of the Niswander Family, this fund supports scholarships for students in need.

ELISABETH C. PHILLIPS 1922 SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 2002)

Established by bequest as a partial tuition scholarship.

JEAN WRIGHT HUDSON ‘51 AWARD (EST. 2007)

Established by Lydie Arthos and Joseph L. Hudson IV as an endowed fund in honor of his mother, Jean Wright Hudson ‘51. The award is presented to a sophomore who embodies citizenship and virtue after the completion of her first two years at SEM.

SOFIA GRACE HOOVER AND CLAIRE E. MARTOCHE '91 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 2008)

Awarded to an incoming freshman who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics and extracurricular activities. This scholarship honors the memory of Sofia Grace Hoover, daughter of Hon. Amy C. Martoche ‘88 and her husband Timothy W. Hoover, Esq., and the memory of Claire E. Martoche ‘91, daughter of Hon. Salvatore R. and Mrs. Mary Dee Martoche. This award supports the recipient’s education and growth while encouraging her to make her own unique contribution to Buffalo Seminary.

CHARLOTTE CUNNEEN-HACKETT 1907 SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 2009)

Established to provide financial support for a day student scholar at SEM.

NANCY JEAN GOODWIN CALHOUN ‘54 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2013)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

HELEN DENT LENAHAN ‘45 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2013)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

CATHERINE MCLEAN EAGLESON ‘53 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2015)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

THE GACIOCH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

JENNY FREDRICH FRANCO SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

RICHARD W. CUTTING SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2015)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

LOIS KITTINGER HUTTEN ‘46 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2015)

Established in memory of Lois Kittinger Hutten ‘46 to support scholarships.

JANE M. GOLD ‘15 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2015)

Established in honor of their graduating SEM student by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gold, to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

VIRGINIA DEUEL ‘33 SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2016)

Established to provide scholarship support to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

EMILY ‘05, JENNY ‘08 AND TESS ‘13 O’LEARY SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2016)

Established by Kevin and Janet O’Leary, the parents of SEM graduates, to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

DELAWARE NORTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2016)

Established to encourage eligible students with a passionate interest in the pursuit of an athletic or artistic endeavor outside the general school curriculum.

AMY HABIB RITTLING ‘86, KARA HABIB BOYLE ‘87 AND AMY J. HABIB SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2016)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary.

LOUISE ALEXANDRA VON SIMSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND (EST. 2016)

Established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students at Buffalo Seminary who have exhibited personal courage.

MARGARET BROWN ‘72 SCHOLARSHIP FOR SISTERS (EST. 2017)

Established by SEM’s Board of Trustees in conjunction with Margaret Brown’s friends, classmates, and colleagues to honor Margaret Brown’s service as Board Chair, her longstanding commitment and service to SEM, and her experience as a SEM sibling. Awarded annually to an incoming student whose sister attends or attended SEM.

JANET FRANCES BUTSCH '54 SCHOLARSHIP (EST. 2017)

Established to attract engaged and interested candidates who demonstrate financial need and who would not otherwise be able to attend SEM.

VALERIE M. CALDWELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (EST. 2017) 

Established to attract students impassioned by the sciences.

SEM-STEINWAY SCHOLARSHIP FOR MUSIC (EST. 2019)

Established to attract students who demonstrate exceptional ability in music (instrument or vocal) and who will actively enrich our school community using her talents. 

 


Legacy SCHOLARSHIP FOR Residential STUDENTS

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 Education Collaborative (EdCo) school. Scholarships are awarded based on consideration of need, merit, and potential for academic success.