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Horace Mann Scholarships for Exceptional Education Students

Completed applications for 2014-2015 awards are due no later than Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Dr. Horace Mann will be forever remembered on campus and beyond for his pioneering work in the field of exceptional education and his unparalleled generosity to Buffalo State. Under his leadership as director of the Exceptional Children Education Division, the undergraduate and graduate programs in exceptional education rose to prominence and became among the largest in the United States. Before retiring in 1992, he had helped to educate more than 7,000 exceptional education teachers.

Before his passing in 2010, Dr. Mann created scholarships to ensure that students in the Exceptional Education Department would directly benefit from his generosity and further his life’s work of educating students with disabilities. This year, the Exceptional Education Department has the honor of offering scholarships to undergraduate (2 total) and graduate (4 total from two different applications) students in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State.


To be eligible for the Horace Mann Scholarships for Exceptional Education Students, a candidate must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time student undergraduate student at SUNY Buffalo State for fall 2014;
  • complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for  Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • list 3 references that can attest to your academic and or personal commitment to the field of exceptional education;

In addition, the successful applicant must:

  • contribute to the diversity of the student body in the program for which they are applying; or
  • be a member of a group that is historically underrepresented at Buffalo State or have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic, educational, or other disadvantages or disabilities


Undergraduate and Graduate Student (combined) application - 4 awards available
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Graduate Student (only) application - 2 awards available
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Please click on the links above to download the appropriate application(s). All completed, typed award applications are due by 4:00 p.m., July 22, and must be submitted via email to:

Hard copies will not be accepted. All applications should be complete at the time they are being submitted. An application missing any piece of information may not be reviewed. Once your email has been received containing the required materials, you will be sent a confirmation email within 5 business days. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 5 business days, please email Dr. Awilda Ramos Zagarrigo or email Dr. Kathy Doody.

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