Named and Merit Scholarship Opportunities
Any student interested in applying for a named award at SEM should submit the application material, a cover letter indicating which scholarship or scholarships 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.
If only applying to be considered for Named and Merit Scholarships a financial aid application is not required.
A student may apply for any or all of these scholarships but only one will be designated:
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.
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 tape that best demonstrates their ability.
LOUISE ALEXANDRA VON SIMSON SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2016 to provide tuition assistance to a student at Buffalo Seminary who has exhibited personal courage.
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 BISSNET school. Scholarships are awarded based on consideration of need, merit, and potential for academic success.