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 consecutive years provided the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher (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 2018
• be an incoming freshman with a declared major in the humanities
• demonstrate financial need as defined by Buffalo State
For the purpose of the Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship, humanities programs are:
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 need-based scholarships for students studying in humanities.
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