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. 


Building on SUNY’s longstanding reputation for excellence, SUNY will lead the nation in timely degree and credential completion for all students and will provide the academic, financial, and wraparound supports students need to thrive.


Completion of a degree, credential, or training program from SUNY is a ticket to job attainment, economic security, and workforce advancement—with strong, dynamic, and enduring partnerships between campuses, employers, and labor organizations. SUNY campuses are the pillars of their communities and generate economic, civic, and sustainability benefits that extend across every region of New York State.


SUNY aims to fully reflect the rich diversity of New York State—from our prospective and current students to our faculty and staff to our leadership. We will continue to build and sustain inclusive environments and practices so that every member of the SUNY community feels welcomed and valued through a sense of belonging. This includes recognizing that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential knowledge and skills for any successful student or institution.


SUNY is committed to leading in System-wide cutting edge graduate and undergraduate scholarship and research experience—with our research-focused campuses consistently regarded among the nation’s top-tier institutions. We are working to double research funding to meet Governor Hochul’s charge and expand our footprint in innovation, start-ups, and new patents to spur workforce and economic development and social mobility—from semiconductors to artificial intelligence, from advanced manufacturing to technologies that will advance climate action and sustainability.

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.

In addition, 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.

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.


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.

Applications due by June 1, 2024:

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 summer residential program for rising NYC high school juniors and seniors from NYC at SUNY Potsdam and the University at Albany, respectively.