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Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship Fund

A $5,000 annual scholarship; half awarded at the beginning of the fall semester and half awarded at the beginning of the spring semester.

The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the recipient earns a 3.0 cumulative GPA and continues to have a declared major in a humanities program (see below for list of Buffalo State humanities programs).


To be eligible for the scholarship, a candidate must:

• be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at SUNY Buffalo State for fall 2016;

• have a high school average above 85 percent;

• have evidence of success in high school study in a humanities field;

• be a first-time freshman with a declared major in a humanities program

• complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Humanities Programs

For the purpose of the Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship, humanities programs are:

Application and Deadline

To apply, complete the 2015-2016 Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship application.

You must file the application on or before April 8, 2016 for consideration.

About Dr. Charles A. Messner

Dr. Charles A. Messner joined the faculty at Buffalo State in 1926 after serving in World War I as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He completed his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Harvard University in 1928. During his tenure at Buffalo State, he taught courses in Latin, German, French, world literature, and linguistics. After retiring in 1963, he returned to the college as a lecturer in Latin from 1968 to 1971. A philanthropic man, Dr. Messner donated his entire salary during those final four years of his teaching career to the college for cash scholarships for deserving students.

Dr. Messner passed away in 1995 at the age of 103. Recently, his son, Charles A. Messner, Jr. and his wife, Lois, established the Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship Fund to honor his legacy. The Charles A. Messner Scholarship Fund will transform many lives by providing annual $5,000 need-based scholarships for students studying in humanities.

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