WNY Prosperity Fellowship

Established by the Prentice Family Foundation. Must be a promising undergraduate or graduate student actively preparing for a career that furthers economic development and growth, especially in the Western New York region. WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program is a leadership development program seeking the next generation of entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators committed to making a difference in Western New York. Tuition Scholarship & Paid Internship up to $25,000. Candidates must complete the FAFSA and have financial need. Only open to US citizens or permanent residents. Students do not need to have residency in Western New York. Not intended for international students. Finalists will be interviewed.

Fellowship eligibility:

Full-time enrollment
Good academic standing
Current undergraduate students from any major
Undergraduates may apply as rising juniors, juniors or seniors
Current and admitted graduate students from any major
Applicants must specifically explain how their intended careers will directly relate to economic development and job growth in Western New York.

If selected, fellowship requirements include:

Paid summer internship in Western New York
Orientation week in May
All-expense paid retreat at the end of August
Internship discussion sessions and reception
Two Innovate Over Ice networking events per semester
Prosperity Pitch Night for fellows
Two Blackstone LaunchPad workshops per semester
One pitch competition hosted by Blackstone Launchpad
Prentice Family Foundation meetings
Notify UB Financial Aid promptly of any changes to financial resources, aid, loans
Work in Western New York for two years within 10 years of earning the UB degree
Provide the University at Buffalo and the Prentice Family Foundation with personal contact information for 10 years

Fellowship benefits:

Affiliation with like-minded individuals that show promise as leaders in Western New York
Up to $25,000 in scholarship and internship support, based on financial need
Summer internships will cover the cost of tuition and fees up to 3 credit hours
Winter session enrichment seminar to enhance professional development and capacity to engage effectively in the community
Soft-skills development programming to support the transition from academia to professions
Explore Buffalo Explorer Pass is provided for access to corporate partner programs
Complimentary membership and access to regional leadership organizations
Competitive, supplemental enrichment grants up to $1,000 for experiential learning activities

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship information sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 5:30 pm EST: Meeting ID: 968 0687 8644 | Passcode: 504093
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm EST: Meeting ID: 960 6923 2813 | Passcode: 807949

For additional information about the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program, visit: https://www.buffalo.edu/entrepreneurship/programs/wny-prosperity/application.html

up to $25,000
Financial Aid Office, Financial Need, WNY Prosperity Fellowship
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please submit a personal statement describing how your interests and achievements demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the economic growth, innovation and prosperity of the Western New York community.
  2. Please identify the type of knowledge economy, business, industry or organization in which you would like to intern.
  3. Please share a summary of your intended future professional plans.
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