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Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE)

The 2020 Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE) Award Letters have been mailed to all High Schools that nominated students. All awardee names have been certified to the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) for the processing of SAE awards.  All future transactions and correspondence related to student awards will be conducted by HESC.  Student awardees may contact HESC at 888-697-4372 or for further information.

Information about the 2021 Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE) will be posted on this website as soon as it becomes available. Additionally, we will send communications to the field once we have the information. 

General questions regarding Scholarships for Academic Excellence may be emailed to


High Schools must complete and submit their Nomination Summary Form and Application Form(s) to the New York State Education Department.

The date has been extended to no later than March 17, 2020


Pending the appropriation of State funds by the New York State Legislature, 8,000 scholarships will be awarded for students graduating in 2020.  Of the 8,000 scholarships, 2,000 scholarships will have a value of $1,500 each and 6,000 scholarships will have a value of $500 each.



This is very important...

The SAE information, including the individual application forms, must be completed by the appropriate school building leader, and not by individual students.

  • Scholarship winners must attend a college or university (SAE’s cannot be used for trade schools) in New York State.
  • Those who do not attend a college or university in New York State forfeit the award.
  • Awards are renewable for up to four academic years of undergraduate study or five academic years if the program of study normally requires five years as defined by the Commissioner of Education.
  • In the event that a scholarship is declined by the student or revoked by the Commissioner of Education, its benefits will lapse and no re-awards will be made.
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Contact Information:

New York State Education Department
Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success
Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE)
89 Washington Avenue, EBA 960
Albany, New York 12234


The information collected on the application for the Scholarships for Academic Excellence is collected under the authority of the New York State Education Department Law 605 and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, subpart 145-1.  Each individual has the right to review personal information maintained by the Scholarships Unit unless exempted by law.