Opportunity Programs


Say Yes

The Say Yes Scholarship at SUNY Erie will cover remaining tuition charges after all federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships are applied. The amount of the tuition scholarship is dependent on the number of consecutive years a student has attended a Buffalo public or charter school through grade 12.
  • Resides in the city of Buffalo;
  • At minimum, completed grades 9-12, in consecutive years at a public or charter school in the city of Buffalo (Or is legally designated as having McKinney-Vento status, having refugee status on an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or is an otherwise eligible noncitizen);
  • Graduated from a public or charter school in Buffalo beginning in June 2013;
  • Enrolled full-time at a Say Yes Buffalo partner college within one year of high school graduation; and
  • Applied for all federal and state financial aid programs available (FAFSA and TAP), including Selective Service as required by law.
  • Say Yes tuition scholarships are for eligible students during the Fall and Spring semesters. Say Yes does not assist with winter or summer course tuition.

Kindergarten  / 100%
1st, 2nd or 3rd grade / 95%
4th, 5th or 6th grade / 80%
7th, 8th or 9th grade / 65%

Lauren McCarthy, Director
City Campus, Oak Street Room 146
(716) 270-4721, mccarthy@ecc.edu

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Summer Success Academy

The Summer Success Academy is an innovative collaboration that brings together SUNY Erie and the City of Buffalo Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. The SUNY Erie Summer Success Academy is open to 50 Say Yes Buffalo Scholars who have applied to Erie Community College, completed the ACCUPLACER placement test, and have placed into one or more developmental courses. The Summer Success Academy provides recent high school graduates transitioning into SUNY Erie with the academic support and interpersonal skills needed to successfully achieve a post-secondary education.
  • Academic readiness in reading, writing and math
  • Career exploration and planning
  • College first-year experience seminars
  • Fun team-building and leadership activities
  • Earn and learn: students who apply and are eligible for Mayor's Summer Youth receive a stipend of 20 hours per week
  • 5 week program (early July to early August)
  • Participants receive a bus pass
  • Lunch provided (Monday - Thursday)

If you are a senior in high school and plan to attend SUNY Erie in the fall after your high school graduation, contact our office and/or your high school guidance counselor for more information.


Mayor's Summer Youth Internship Program Application 2021 (deadline: March 31, 2021)

Summer Success Academy Application

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The State University of New York (SUNY) Educational Opportunity Program assists students by providing access to higher education and additional support services for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
The EOP application for the fall 2021-2022 academic year has closed. Applications will be available to new incoming Fall 2022 students in the Spring 2022 semester.

Note: The application deadline occurs just after the Add/Drop deadline, please check with the EOP office for the exact date. Space is limited; therefore, interested students must apply and submit required eligibility documentation by the deadline date established each semester.

  • Students who show both the ability and the motivation to complete college despite the effects of economic and academic struggles.
  • Individuals holding a high school diploma or a high school equivalency (HSE).
  • First semester, first-year students whose high school average was an 82 or below.
  • New York State residents.

  • Counseling and financial assistance beyond those services available to the general student population.
  • Program counselors assist with academic and personal concerns, academic advisement, career exploration, and transfer options.
  • EOP maintains a computer lab and provides tutorial services.
  • The program offers several supplemental orientation workshops to assist students transitioning both to college and college life.

  • To apply, the student must be a first-generation, full-time college student in their first semester at SUNY Erie.
  • Residency: Student must have New York State residency 12 months prior to enrollment.
  • Academic Qualifications: Students must meet one or more of the following criteria:
    - Have a high school average of 82 or below
    - Have a high school equivalency certificate (HSE).
  • Financial: The State of New York (SUNY) has established guidelines to determine eligibility. Applicants are required to submit income information directly to the EOP office so that financial eligibility may be confirmed.
    Acceptable Documentation: Federal 1040 tax form, Federal form 4506 verification of non-filing, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income benefits statement, Public Assistance/Department of Social Services (DSS) budget sheet, Unemployment Benefits/Disability Benefits statement, Notarized letters or statements that support unusual circumstances/claims, Permanent Resident ID card (for non-citizens)

The application deadline occurs just after the Add/Drop deadline, please check with the EOP office for the exact date. Space is limited; therefore, interested students must apply and submit required eligibility documentation by the deadline date established each semester.

Household Size (including head of household) / Total Income (before taxes/gross)
1 / 22,459
2 / 30,451
3 / 38,443
4 / 46,435
5 / 54,427
6 / 62,419
7 / 70,411
8 / 78,403*
* Add $7,992 for each additional household/family member in excess of eight

Application Form: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and EOP application. Funds are limited, apply by May 1 prior to academic year for first consideration.

  • The student's family is the recipient of Family assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; or through a county Department of Social Services; or Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance;
  • The student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student’s natural parents provide no such support;
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.

City Campus, Room 512
(716) 851-1140

Men of Merit

The mission of the Men of Merit Program is to provide ambitious men with opportunities to maximize academic success and to enhance their life skills personally and professionally to become confident, valued, successful, productive, and respected men of vision in their college and community.
I am a man of Excellence, a lifelong learner, open to learning in and outside of the classroom.
I am a man of Distinction, an aspiring professional, carrying myself with dignity and pride.
I am a man of Integrity, dedicated to my community, giving back whenever I can.
I am a Man of Merit.

The Men of Merit Program is developed based on 6 guiding principles. They are:

  • Accountability: We empower each other to demonstrate responsible behavior by taking the ownership necessary to achieve desired results.
  • Distinction: We provide community and professional networking opportunities, and assistance in crafting and adhering to individualized plans for future career success.
  • Diversity: We value diversity in all forms and seek to create an environment where all are recognized for their intrinsic ability, unique capabilities, and individual contributions.
  • Excellence: We provide the chance to pursue excellence through a wide variety of services designed to maximize personal and academic success.
  • Integrity: We help to develop good character, honor, decency, honesty, and selflessness who give back to their college and community at any opportunity.
  • Learning: We assist in developing and acquiring the skills needed to support intellectual, career and personal growth.
  • Understanding: We provide a safe environment that treats everyone with respect, sensitivity, dignity, and decency.

1. Mentoring

  • Training Sessions for Mentor and Mentee
  • 37 Mentors from 20 Organizations
  • Job Shadowing
  • Internship Opportunities

2. College Exploration

  • Buffalo State College
  • Medaille College
  • University at Buffalo 

3. Health & Wellness

  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Awareness Grant
  • Partnership with SGA
  • Connections with Community Organizations

4. Community Service

  • The "Give Back" Principle
  • Development of Personal Integrity
  • Empowering Students to Achieve Excellence

5. Speaker & Workshop Series

  • SUNY Erie Trustee John Elmore
  • City Court Judge Craig Hannah
  • Success Workshops
  • Networking & Internships

6. Leadership Opportunities

  • Men of Merit Conference at Buffalo State
  • Men of Color Summit – SUNY Fredonia
  • Student Leadership Conference at Nazareth College

Dr. Marvin Wilson, Program Coordinator
716-270-6439, wilsonma@ecc.edu

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Moving our Mothers from Education to Employment (MOMs)

The MOMs Program is an initiative of the WNY Women's Foundation in partnership with SUNY Erie. The program aims to improve the retention, graduation and employment rates of single mothers enrolled at SUNY Erie and move them into high demand, high wage fields such as health, tourism and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). As such, this collaborative program is a catalyst to the economic growth in Erie and Niagara Counties.
The program offers special programming to low-income single mothers attending community college. In concert with the colleges, the WNYWF has designed a holistic, integrated and comprehensive program that incorporates distinctive features including case management/navigation, career readiness/placement and support for logistical and skill-based barriers. The model includes mentoring that empowers students to both visualize and achieve movement and sustainable, transformative change in their lives. Best of all, the children of these mothers see their moms getting an education and succeeding.
Education and career development are the most powerful for developing a secure, sustainable life for individuals and families. MOMs enables these tools, all while providing a pathway out of poverty for mothers and their children. SUNY Erie Community College and WNYWF are committed to assuring this pathway is safe and conducive to family-related scheduling needs, while supporting enrolled students achieve their educational goals.

Mayra Lopez-Perez
City Campus, Oak Street Room 146
(716) 270-4615, singlemoms2work@ecc.edu

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