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Reichbach Memorial Fund

The College of Arts and Sciences, through the generosity of several donors, has established a fund to provide critical financial support for students who are near graduation, but due to an unexpected financial crisis, may be unable to graduate.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a course of study (major or minor) within the College of Arts and Sciences.  Preference will be given to College of Arts and Sciences majors.
  • Preference based on class rank is given to those students who have no more than three semesters remaining until they are able to graduate.
  • Students who require critical financial support in order to earn their degree are encouraged to apply for funding.
  • The Fund is administered by the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Education Awards Committee.  The committee works in close collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid to confirm need and coordinate the overall financial aid for the recipients.  Preference is given to applications who have completed a higher number of academic credit hours to prevent complications with financial aid.
  • Recipients are required to meet with their academic counselors to ensure that their academic requirements are met.
  • Recipients must account for the disposition of the funds and provide a timely report on how the funds assisted them in insuring graduation or accomplishing other academic achievement.  In addition, the recipients are required to meet with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education to keep her/him apprised of their progress throughout their funding period.

Application Procedure:

Application for assistance is confidential and submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.  University faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend students who they believe would qualify.

Students who apply for funding must provide:

  • Name, UB person number, email address, and mailing address.
  • Narrative of their time at UB and their future plans (250 words maximum).
  • Students must be making satisfactory progress, or have created a realistic plan in consultation with their advisor to return to good academic standing, as evidenced in the recommendation letter.  Students not making satisfactory academic progress will lose their aid.
  • Description of current financial situation and an explanation of why these funds are needed to allow them to graduate (250 words maximum).
  • A specific budget explaining how much money they are asking for, and how it will be spent.
  • One letter of recommendation from a UB advisor or faculty member.  Advisor’s or faculty member’s letter should address issues of academic standing and comment on the plan for improvement and progress toward degree.

Submission Deadline:

September 15 of each Fall semester

March 15 of each Spring semester

Please submit completed application, including letter of recommendation, as a Word document or in PDF form to:

For questions, please contact:
Claire Schen
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Chair, CAS Undergraduate Awards Committee
College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo