Our Work

The SUNY Impact Foundation supports multiple initiatives that focus on high-impact funding, spurring innovation system-wide, ensuring access, and creating pathways to success. 

The SUNY Impact Foundation awards grants for projects that will impact the lives of SUNY students across the system. Our targeted funding allows us to scale proven programs and pilot innovation among 64 campuses, 1.4 million students, and 19,000 faculty. By engaging with the system, we clear common obstacles that stand in the way of student success to ensure student retention and persistence.

Established in 1967, SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is renowned for its effectiveness in providing college access and promoting student success for disadvantaged NYS residents who have academic promise but whose life circumstances have not permitted them to reach their potential. On the eve of the program’s 50th anniversary, we are seeking partnerships with external funders to expand and enhance this proven, evidence based strategy. We have $8M worth of Impact Opportunities to increase program enrollment, expand the number of campuses that offer Summer Bridge programs, support degree completion, and offer more Graduate School Opportunity programs.

On May 17, 2017, the SUNY Impact Foundation commemorated its launch with a 50th Anniversary Celebration of SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program in the iconic Rainbow Room of New York City. Over 240 attendees joined event host, Al Roker, in honoring the evening’s award recipients: Carl E. Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sunny Hostin, Cohost of ABC’s The View and Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News, and Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM. With strong corporate and philanthropic support, the event raised over half a million dollars to benefit the 47 EOPs across the SUNY system.

Thanks to support from the Gerstner Family Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the SUNY Impact Foundation is working with these granting foundations on the administration and data collection of a SUNY Student Emergency Fund pilot program. Emergency funds have been established at six SUNY campuses: University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Dutchess Community College, SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Orange. The funds will enable these campuses to rapidly respond to students experiencing unforeseen financial hardships due to situations such as homelessness or threat of eviction, medical emergency, natural disaster, domestic violence, theft, and loss of employment. Examples of eligible expenses include rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, medical expenses, back-up child care, back-up transportation, and replacement of stolen items needed for school. Pilot programs began in the Spring 2018 semester.


The Foundation collaborates with SUNY System Administration, all 64 SUNY schools, and private donors to design and administer a variety of scholarships and fellowships that help determined students earn a college degree at SUNY.

Examples of our scholarship opportunities are the Stanley S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship Fund and the New York State Wireless Association Scholarship, both described below.


The Foundation collaborates with SUNY System Administration, all 64 SUNY schools, and private donors to design and administer a variety of scholarships and fellowships that help determined students earn a college degree at SUNY.

Chancellor Johnson’s inauguration and celebratory dinner on September 13th brought together leaders from higher education, government and the private sector, to celebrate this milestone in SUNY’s history and to raise support for the SUNY Impact Foundation. The net proceeds from the event will create two unique opportunities that will enable deserving students to pursue and complete their education within the SUNY system: the establishment of a Chancellor's Fellowship Fund, and the seeding of a Near Degree Completion Grant Fund.

An example of one of our latest scholarship opportunities is the Stanley S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship Fund described below.

In honor of SUNY Trustee and IBM International Foundation president emeritus, Stanley S. Litow, with thanks to the generosity of the IBM Corporation, the SUNY Impact Foundation has established the Stanley S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship Fund. P-TECH schools are innovative, public, grade 9-14 schools that bring together high school, college, and career. Within six-years, students graduate with a no-cost Associates degree in applied science, engineering, computers, and related disciplines, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step easily into information technology jobs.

The Stanley S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to New York State P-TECH graduates who meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship award, applicants must be on track to graduate from their P-TECH school with an Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Science degree; and plan to continue their education at a four-year SUNY institution in the same degree field as their Associate degree.

Apply for the Stanely S. Litow P-TECH Scholarship today.
(Application deadline: March 18, 2024)


The New York State Wireless Association in partnership with the SUNY Impact Foundation have established a non-tuition scholarship for SUNY students at its state operated and community college campuses. The intent of this scholarship program is to develop interest and talent for SUNY students for working in the wireless technology field and business. This scholarship is open to students from a variety of academic backgrounds in order to develop young talent to serve your memberships’ recruitment needs. The eligibility requirements of the scholarship are:

  • Candidates must be a degree candidate in either an associate and bachelor degree program at a state operated or community college campus. All majors may apply.
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two semesters if enrolled in an associates degree program and completed at least four semesters if enrolled in a bachelors degree program
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed an internship with a NYS Wireless Association member or who are a current employee
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online learning are eligible to apply
  • Eligible students must complete an online application

Students enrolled in bachelors, masters, or doctoral level degrees are eligible for up to a $2,000 scholarship.


Thanks to the generosity of The Heckscher Foundation for Children, the SUNY Impact Foundation is coordinating the implementation of Learning-U and Project Achieve, a 2019 summer residential program for rising NYC high school juniors and seniors from NYC at SUNY Potsdam and the University at Albany, respectively.