Colgate's scholars programs offer high-achieving students opportunities to pursue academic passions though independent research, global travel, and other enriching experiences.

Jacob Pilawa ’20 with the telescope at Colgate's Foggy Bottom Observatory
Jacob Pilawa ’20 was planning to use his AMS research grant for an astrophotography project spanning continents.

Alumni Memorial Scholars (AMS)

Honoring the 166 alumni who sacrificed their lives in the World Wars, the AMS program emphasizes growth and enrichment in four spheres:

  • intellectual
  • social
  • cultural
  • civic engagement

Scholars earn the opportunity to receive grants, up to a total of $6,000, that can be used for independent research, academic conference attendance, and internships.

No need to apply: Alumni Memorial Scholars are selected during the first-year admission process

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Benton scholars in red "gumby" suits aboard a research voyage
Benton Scholars participate in unique academic off-campus experiences, such as a SEA voyage to the Seamounts National Monument.

Benton Scholars

The Benton Scholars Program was developed as a model for how the liberal arts can prepare students to think, act, and create in a world that is increasingly diverse and global. As a group, Benton Scholars learn and travel together to explore carefully selected global issues — from political power, to technological disruption. They are challenged intellectually, academically, personally, and professionally.

No need to apply: Benton Scholars are selected during the first-year admission process.

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Two OUS scholars work together in an OUS study lounge
OUS scholars often meet to work together in the study lounges of the OUS building.

Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS)

The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) serves to provide educational opportunity and support to students who have demonstrated talent, creativity, intellect, and determination in the face of significant challenges. The program ensures that these talented individuals are fully prepared to take advantage of the university experience, and are positioned to make significant and meaningful impacts on campus.

No need to apply: OUS scholars are selected during the first-year admission process.

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