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3 Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

By Melissa Welshans | Apr 7, 2023

Three Syracuse University students-Matthew Snyder, Cody VanNostrand and Jose Arturo Venegas-have been selected for the 2023 Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate scholarship awarded in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States. This is the second consecutive year that Syracuse University has had three scholars selected in one year. Snyder, a junior, is…

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Maxwell Alumna Taylor Hamilton G’18 To Spend a Year in East Asia as a Luce Scholar

By Melissa Welshans | Mar 23, 2023

Taylor Hamilton G’18 has been named a 2023-24 Luce Scholar. The Luce Scholars Program is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15 to 18…

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Retired Astronaut Col. Fred Gregory Addresses Future of Space Flight and Recognizes SU Recipients of the Astronaut Scholarship

By Melissa Welshans | Mar 15, 2023

On Tuesday, February 28th, CFSA hosted retired astronaut Col. Fred Gregory and Nicole Russ, the Director of the Astronaut Scholarship Program, on campus to celebrate SU’s status as a University Partner with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and promote the program to SU’s STEM students. During his visit, Col. Gregory presented a talk on the future…

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Syracuse University Again Named Fulbright Top Producing Institution

By Melissa Welshans | Feb 15, 2023

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on Feb. 10 named Syracuse University a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. students. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Student Program cohort. Ten students from Syracuse University were selected…

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Maggie Sardino Named a 2023 Marshall Scholar

By Melissa Welshans | Dec 14, 2022

Maggie Sardino, a senior majoring in writing and rhetoric in the College of Arts and Sciences and citizenship and civic engagement in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, has been named a 2023 Marshall Scholar. Founded in 1953, the Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree…

What We Do

CFSA helps Syracuse University undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni apply for national scholarships and fellowships. These external awards provide funding and recognition across a range of disciplines and interests. 

You can read more about CFSA in this SU News story. 

Interest Meetings

One-on-One Advising

Writing Workshops

Interview Preparation

Institutional Endorsement

We require all Syracuse University students who are seeking institutional endorsement for the Marshall Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship to register with CFSA by June 1 and to complete an “Intent to Apply” form by July 1, detailing their record on leadership, service, academic accomplishments, and their rationale for the application.

A campus committee will meet in July to review these forms and select the students who will be endorsed by the University.  Students seeking CFSA’s support and assistance with applications to the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholars Program, the Luce Scholars Program, or the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program should also complete the form.  The “Intent to Apply” Form will open in late May and close on July 1st.

Prestigious Fellowships Intent to Apply Form

Let us know if you intend to apply for a prestigious award (those listed under "Institutional Endorsement" above) by completing this form by July 1st. 

Upcoming Events

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may 2024

03may12:00 pm1:00 pmVirtual EventVirtual Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

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june 2024

10jun(jun 10)9:00 am14(jun 14)4:00 pmNSF GRFP Virtual Writing Bootcamp

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National Recognitions

Badge that reads Fulbright Top Producer U.S. Student Program 2023-2024
Fulbright logo (blue ombre circle with white lines that intersect to look like an F) with the text above and below reading "Fulbright U.S. student program top producer 2022-2023"
blue circle with wavy exterior that reads AY 2021 - 2022 Gilman Top Producer
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