Gerald M. Surette Scholarship In Political Economy

Established by former students and alumni, George Weissman ’76, Michael Morandi ’76, and Fritz Favorule ’76, wishing to honor the legacy of Professor Gerry Surette. Award will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. Funding is based on availability.

Selection Criteria

  • awarded to a matriculated sophomore, junior or senior level student in good academic standing at SUNY Cortland
  • has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • either is majoring in Economics, Business Economics or minoring in Economics or Political Economy
  • demonstrates an understanding of political economy
  • enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester)
  • student must have at least one full academic year remaining at the start of the fall semester of award year


  • has demonstrated financial need per FAFSA


  • Two letters of recommendation from two current faculty members within the Economics Department

Renewal Information

  • This award may be renewable.

Scholarship funding is determined by the Cortland College Foundation. Scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.

Funding Amount Varies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please explain why you are interested in studying (or continuing to study) Political Economy at Cortland and what you eventually hope to accomplish with this educational background. (Essay must be double-spaced.)
  2. List all of the Political Economy courses you have already taken at Cortland
  3. Please list the Political Economy Courses you hope to take before graduation
  4. Reference Request (2)
    • Please list the name and email address of the individual serving as your second reference.
    • You are required to provide letter(s) of recommendation for this scholarship application. Be sure to read the scholarship information regarding the required reference person qualifications (i.e. faculty, staff or other). Then carefully add the Name and Email Address of your first reference provider below (verify the email address prior to submitting). The person you list will receive an email from SUNY Cortland. The email will ask them to log into our system and complete the reference questionnaire, composed of four questions. *PLEASE contact your reference and make them aware they will receive an email request and which scholarship you are applying for. If they do not receive a request in their regular email, have them to check their spam mailbox. *If you are applying for more than one scholarship that requires a reference and it makes sense to ask the same person to complete a recommendation on your behalf, please let them know they may receive multiple requests and will need to respond to each.