Alumni Memorial Scholars

Alumni Memorial Scholars (AMS) is a unique program for accepted students of the highest academic caliber.


These scholars may receive funding for their academic endeavors while building an on-campus scholarly and social community.

About the Program

Research and Academic Opportunities for All Disciplines

The cornerstone of the AMS program is the opportunity for each student to apply for grants totaling up to $6,000 to fund:

  • Independent research
  • Attendance at academic conferences
  • Internships
  • Language study and academic experiences

Scholars in the program may submit proposals to receive this funding at any point before graduating.

There is no need to apply for the AMS program. Scholars are selected at the time of admission to Colgate from the top academic tier of the incoming class.

A Community of Scholars

AMS students pose with the Avengers: Endgame poster outside the theater
A group from AMS traveled to Syracuse together for a screening of Avengers: Endgame.

While on campus, AMS scholars form a community that takes pride in the academic achievements and interests of its members.

During their first year at Colgate, AMS scholars all reside in the same Residential Commons. Living in proximity to other AMS scholars often ignites ideas for academic research, and provides opportunities for students to establish social connections.

Throughout the year, social events for all AMS students also bring together scholars from the program from across all class years.

What Makes an AMS Scholar

Faculty and Staff

Students in the AMS program benefit from the engagement and guidance of both a faculty and staff director:

Associate Professor of Physics; Faculty Director of Alumni Memorial Scholars
Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising
Administrative Assistant for Administrative Advising