Eleanor Blackburn and Frances Tyau Scholarships

The Office of International Student Affairs provides financial awards through two scholarships to international students who must be matriculated and enrolled full-time at Buffalo State when they apply.

Varying amounts are awarded every year ranging from $300.00 to $1,000.00 and fundraising through the College Foundation increases these amounts every year. These awards depend upon merit and need and appropriate selection committees decide on the amount of the awards. For more information, please contact the Office of International Student Affairs.

The Eleanor Blackburn International Alumni Scholarship is for international students in sophomore standing (second year).Mrs Eleonor Blackburn

Eleanor Blackburn grew up on a farm in northern New York State. After high school, she attended business school and was a secretary. She is a Campus Minister-Volunteer with International Students, Inc., a Christian organization with headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She organizes trips and activities for the Internationals so they can experience some of our culture. There is a Bible study on Thursday nights in the Classroom Building. She assists with shopping, doctor appointments, income tax, finding apartments, trips to airport/bus/train, and resource to find other assistance.

There is a scholarship for Internationals in Fourth Semester of study at Buffalo State, with 3.0 or better average, with a declared major. It was established in 1992 as a financial aid and encouragement for the internationals. The first scholarship was presented in 1994 and since that time, 23 Internationals from 16 countries have received this annual award. The Selection Committee consists of Mrs. Blackburn, Dr. J. F. Gounard and representatives from Admissions and Financial Aid, Buffalo State College Foundation.


The Frances Siu Lan Tyau International Student Scholarship is for International Students studying at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York who are in Junior Standing (Third Year).

Custom and diversity play an integral role in the Frances Siu Lan Tyau International Scholarship. The custom comes from Ms. Tyau’s heritage. An Associate Professor Emeritus in education, Tyau is a native of Hawaii. The Scholarship was established as a suggestion of Dr. E. K. Fretwell, President of Buffalo State College in the 70’s. When Professor Tyau decided to honor her dad on his 91st birthday in the Chinese tradition of marking especially the custom to honor elders when they celebrate their 61st, 71st, 81st and 91st birthdays. She thought it would be wonderful to start the Scholarship in his honor as Dr. Fretwell had suggested.

“Promoting diversity was uppermost in Ms. Tyau’s decision. International students provide a benefit to campus life.” She explained, because regardless of who you are or where you come from, we all need to know more about other people.”

Tyau speaks of the need for exposure to other cultures from experience. After graduating from graduate school, she encountered prejudice and discrimination at Western Illinois University. People were not open to other people at that time but things have changed she reflected. Now because of the work of the churches and others, people have become more conscious of matters. We’re working on making things better.

The Scholarship, which was established in 1978, has been a step toward change.

The first Frances Siu Lan Tyau International Student Scholarship was awarded in 1981. The Scholarship for the International students from many countries of the world has benefited them with the hope that they learn democratic principles and become immersed in the philosophy of freedom and belief in God. The implications of this can even extend to greater peace in the world because of the influence these will have and exert in their home country.

Any individual who wishes to make a contribution to the Scholarship fund in order to strengthen its base, can make checks payable to the Buffalo State College Foundation, Inc. and direct it to Cleveland Hall, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222.

All gifts are tax deductable as provided by law and are certainly greatly appreciated.

If everyone sent in dollars, we would reach the unreachable million! Yes! Would it be great!