Prestigious Scholarships and Grants

External Scholarships

Our goal is to provide students with one location to find accurate and up to date information regarding scholarships, those awarded by CUNY and Queensborough Community College, along with scholarships awarded by external organizations (corporations, etc.)


Senator Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act (DREAM Act)

Application Period: Open

Eligibility Criteria:

The Senator Jose Peralta NYS DREAM Act (DREAM Act) allows undocumented and other eligible students to apply for New York State financial aid. The NYS DREAM Act application is used to determine student eligibility under the provisions of the NYS DREAM Act.

Students who meet the NYS DREAM Act's eligibility requirements for high school attendance, high school completion, in-state SUNY or CUNY tuition, and citizenship or immigration status will be able to apply for one or more NYS student financial aid programs.

Students who qualify under the NYS DREAM Act can separately apply for NYS student financial aid programs. This user guide provides step-by-step instructions on completing the application used to determine whether you qualify to apply for NYS student financial aid under the provisions of the NYS DREAM Act.

The program is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

The New York State DREAM Act Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the descriptions below to be eligible to apply for one or more NYS student financial aid programs:

  1. Your permanent home is in NYS and you are or have ONE of the following:

    1. U-Visa

    2. T-Visa

    3. Temporary Protected Status, pursuant to the Federal Immigration Act of 1990

    4. Without lawful immigration status (including those with DACA status)

    5. AND you meet ONE of the following criteria:

      1. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma, OR

      2. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma, OR

      3. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma, OR

      4. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma, OR

      5. You are or will be charged the NYS resident in-state tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for a reason other than residency.

  2. Your permanent home is outside of NYS and you are or have ONE of the following:

    1. U.S. citizen

    2. Permanent lawful resident

    3. Paroled refugee

    4. U-Visa

    5. T-Visa

    6. Temporary Protected Status, pursuant to the Federal Immigration Act of 1990

    7. Without lawful immigration status (including those with DACA status) AND you meet ONE of the following criteria:

      1. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma, OR

      2. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma, OR

      3. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma, OR

      4. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma, OR

      5. You are or will be charged the NYS resident in-state tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for a reason other than residency.

To apply and for additional information, please contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

Nurses For Our Future

Application Period: Appliation submission is closed

Amount:  Up to full tuition

Eligibility Criteria:

The “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship will cover tuition for 1,000 new or current healthcare workers to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) at a two-year or four-year New York State public college or university.

Up to 500 scholarships will be awarded for out-of-state licensed nurses who relocate and practice in New York State to earn a BSN.

Up to 250 scholarships will be awarded for New York State licensed nurses to earn a BSN. Up to 250 scholarships will be awarded to New York State residents newly seeking an ADN.

Scholarships will cover the actual tuition charged by the public college or university for four full-time semesters. Awards will be pro-rated for recipients attending less than full-time. Scholarships will not cover other costs of attendance, including fees, room-and-board, or other expenses.

Only one valid entry will be accepted per participant. Duplicate entries will be removed prior to the drawing.

You currently live inside New York State and:

o   Agree to pursue an associate degree in nursing full-time at a New York State public college or university by fall 2022;

o   Agree to work as a registered nurse in a high need facility in NYS for two years upon graduation; and

o   Provide all required documentation to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation to determine eligibility for payment of the “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship. “

To Apply

Eligible individuals may enter the “Nurses For Our Future" Scholarship drawing.

Entries must be completed at https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/nurses-our-future-scholarship

By successfully transmitting a completed online entry form, each participant will be entered into the drawing.

Winners will receive funding for the tuition costs at a two-year or four-year New York State public college or university.

A total of 500 prize winners will be selected from the pool of out-of-state licensed nurse entrants; a total of 250 prize winners will be selected from the pool of in-state licensed nurse entrants; and a total of 250 prize winners will be selected from the pool of in-state new nursing student entrants in accordance with the drawing announcement schedule.

Each winner’s eligibility to receive the prize will be verified by New York State and the winner’s college prior to payment.Entries will be randomized, and winners will be selected from within the pool of eligible individuals who have submitted an entry form (“entrants”). The first 1,000 lottery results returned will be the prize winners, subject to verification. The order of the lottery result will be recorded and kept on file for audit purposes.

In the event that an entry is deemed invalid, a discrepancy is found, a winner cannot be located, refuses the prize, refuses to provide verification information, does not promptly respond to the initial contact by State officials, or is otherwise unwilling or unable to be verified, the winner will be removed from the prize group and the prize will be awarded to the next entrant in the order in which they were ranked until 1,000 winners are verified.

The program is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

 

New York State Excelsior Scholarship

Application Period: Application submission is closed
Amount: up to $5,500 annually

Eligibility Criteria:

  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less;
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
  • if attended college prior to the 2022-23 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that you have previously received; and
  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS

Catch-Up Year:

A student who is not on track to complete an Associate’s degree in two consecutive years or Bachelor’s degree in four consecutive years (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year) can catch up on missing credits to become eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship. If you successfully earn additional credits during a term or academic year and get back on track to completing your degree on time, you will be eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship for the remainder of your undergraduate degree program.

Renewal criteria:

  • Complete 30 credits annually;
  • Complete the Excelsior, FAFSA and TAP applications annually‎;
  • Two year maximum award for Associates degree programs and four year maximum award for Bachelors degree programs.

Application and Additional Information:

To complete the Excelsior application and for additional information, contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.

New York State Part-time Scholarship (PTS) Award Program

Application Period: Application submission is closed
Amount: up to $1,500 per semester

Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must:

  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program at a SUNY or CUNY community college;
  • be enrolled in at least six but less than 12 credits per term;
  • maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.
  • students with qualified disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act who are registered with their college office for students with disabilities and who satisfy all other eligibility requirements may receive awards if enrolled in at least 3 credits.

To complete the application and for additional information, contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.

Recipients will be selected by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) and prioritized based on financial need. Financial need is established in the year the award is first granted, and is determined by the applicant's federal Expected Family Contribution as reflected on the applicant's federal student aid report. A lower Expected Family Contribution demonstrates evidence of greater financial need. Note: Awards are subject to available funding from New York State.

Once you have been selected to receive an award, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Student Aid Payment Application each year to receive future payments.

Awards will be paid directly to the college on behalf of the PTS Award Program recipient upon certification by the college that the student was enrolled in at least six credits and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

To complete the part-time scholarship program application and for additional information, contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation .

Point Foundation LGBT Scholarship Program for Community College Students

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation's largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point's multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

To be selected for the scholarship, students are evaluated on academic performance and potential, financial need, their involvement in school and community, and goals for the future. This selective program aims to support LGBTQ leaders in their growth as student activists so that they can continue to inspire change in their communities both before and after transferring.

Applicant Submission Deadlines

Monday, March 1: Point Community College Scholarship Application opens.

Monday, May 3: Point Community College Scholarship Application closes at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m.

Students receive:

  • Between $2,000-$4,800 in tuition scholarship each year.
  • Admissions counseling, coaching, and financial education via the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles during August/September.
  • A personal coach to check in with multiple times throughout the academic year to ensure students remain on track to transfer.
  • Access to the Point Foundation network of LGBTQ scholars, more than 300 alumni, and many others dedicated to seeing LGBTQ students succeed.

Who is Eligible to Apply to the Point Community College Program?

Point Foundation requires the following for applications to be considered:

  • Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited community college in based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2021
  • Must have 1-2 years of community college left AND(1) intending to transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university for Fall 2022 or Fall 2023 OR(2) graduate with an associates degree in Fall 2023
  • Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community

We consider many factors when evaluating scholarship applicants, including:

  • Financial need or independence
  • Personal history
  • Academic achievement
  • Community involvement and work experience

All questions and concerns regarding the Point Foundation Community College Scholarship can be addressed to applications@pointfoundation.org.

Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amounts: $4,000-$20,000

Information:  This scholarship is not a traditional scholarship focused on rewarding academic achievement and financial need.  Its specific goal is to reward and encourage innovative and creative problem solving.  The scholarship aims to honor students who excel as creative problem solvers and to help make their higher education goals more accessible. 

Scholarship Criteria:  Eligible applicants to the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity must satisfy these two conditions:

  • Applicant must be any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall after the application deadline or the following spring, or a student in the first year of an undergraduate degree program.
  • Applicant must be a Connecticut or New York City metropolitan area resident planning to attend or attending an institution of higher education anywhere in the United States, or a resident of any part of the U.S. planning to attend or attending an insitution of higher education in CT or NYC.

Learn more about the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

New York State Transfer and Articulation Association Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $1,000

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Are currently enrolled at an active NYSTAA two-year member college and will complete an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science by August 2022
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5
  • Apply and plan on attending a current four-year NYSTAA member institution in Fall 2022. Please review the listing of NYSTAA member institutions.
  • Complete the attached application and present all required criteria

Students should provide the following:

  • Online scholarship application, including;
    •  essay
    • uploaded unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended and courses in progress
  • One letter of recommendation from a college administrator or faculty member, emailed as a Word or .pdf attachment, to NYSTAAScholarshipCommittee@gmail.com.

For application and details, visit the NYSTAA Scholarship website.

Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $2,000

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York is offering two (2) scholarships to students from NYC community colleges who are graduating at the conclusion of Spring 2019 and will be transferring to a four-year institution to continue their studies for a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts and sciences for Fall 2019. This year, they will be offering two (2) scholarships, each worth $2000.

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest college academic honor society in the liberal arts and sciences, recognizes excellence in both of these disciplines. The Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York (PBKNY) offers the scholarships to students who not only show academic achievement and promise, but who also, in their work and goals, show an identification with the values associate with Society – love of learning, freedom of inquiry, commitment to liberty of thought and expression, interest in creative endeavor and believe in scientific inquiry.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be graduating from QCC at the conclusion of Spring 2019 (Fall 2018 and Summer 2019 graduates are not eligible)
  • Transfer and be accepted into to a four-year institution for Fall 2019
  • Enroll in a Liberal Arts-related program of study, excluding Technical or Para-Professional programs, for Fall 2019
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Students who meet the above criteria must submit the following documents:

  • Official College Transcript
  • 250-500 word essay explaining their academic and/or professional goals. Students may want to talk about their background and interests as these relate to those goals. As an organization focused on Liberal Arts and Sciences, PBKNY excludes applicants who are enrolling in college for purely technical studies. They have considered or given awards (for example) to applicants in engineering, nursing, teaching, and social work as well as other fields where applicants have demonstrated via their essays, coursework, or recommendations some breadth of interests, study, or skill consonant with PBKNY's espoused values. At the top of your essay, please include your full name, home address, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation. At least 1 must be from a faculty member at the College. A second could be from someone at the college or elsewhere. Especially, if the second recommendation is from a nonacademic, it should clearly speak to the candidates' intellectual as well as personal abilities or qualities. Both letters mustbe on letterhead and addressed to the "PBKNY Scholarship Committee".
  • Letter of acceptance from a four-year institution, excluding technical or para-professional programs.

If selected as the recipient, the student(s) must submit proof of enrollment at a four-year institution.

Students who are a part of honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, etc. are eligible to apply for the scholarship as there is no conflict of interest!

Completed scholarships packets must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Library Building in Room 412, by Friday, May 10, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Reynald Pierre-Charles via e-mail at Rpierrecharles@qcc.cuny.edu.

The Dream.US Scholarship Program

Application Period: Application submission is closed
Award amount: $16,500 for an associate's degree program
$33,000 for a bachelor's degree program

The Dream.US Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to highly motivated students who entered the United States as minors under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protect Status (TPS), and who, without financial assistance, cannot afford a college education. All funding is provided by private donations to The Dream.US organization.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are an immigrant included under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protect Status (TPS),
  • First-time college students (with no more than 21 college credits) with a high-school gpa of 2.5 or higher;
  • Community college graduates with a gpa of 3.0 or higher;

For additional information and to apply for the The Dream.US Scholarship Program visit their website or email: TheDream.US@scholarshipamaerica.org or call 1-507-931-1682 and ask for TheDream.US Scholarship Program.

Women's Forum Education Award

Deadline Date: February 1, 2023
Award Amount: $10,000
Information:

  • be 35 years old by December 31, 2022 (birth date no later than December 31, 1987)
  • attend college at a two or four-year institution within New York City
  • reside in New York City
  • be pursuing her FIRST Associate or Bachelor degree and have earned at least 12 credits in good standing
  • have attended a college in New York City during the 2021-2022 academic year and be enrolled for at least 6 credits in the 2022-2023 academic year
  • have at least 9 credits to complete graduation requirements AFTER June 2023
  • If completing an Associate degree in June 2023, must then provide evidence of admission to a Bachelor degree program
  • complete an additional semester of 6 or more credits within twelve months of receiving the Award (at an NYC college/university), i.e., by June, 2024

Learn more about the Women's Forum Education Award

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 45 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.  Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

Learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

SMART Scholarship (Science, Math and Research for Transformation)

Deadline Date: December 1, 2022

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

Eligibility:

  • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2023
  • requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date),
  • able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only)
  • willing to accept post-graduation employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed below,
  • able to produce a fall 2022 college transcript from a regionally accredited US college or university, OR be pursuing a graduate degree at a regionally accredited US college or university.

 

Learn more about the SMART Scholarship (Science, Math and Research for Transformation)

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Information:

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships of up to $5,000 to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields, such as environmental science, toxicology and chemical technology. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors are eligible to apply.

The ACS Scholars Program was established in 1994 to attract African American, Hispanic and American Indian students considered underrepresented in the chemical sciences by the National Science Foundation to pursue careers in the field.

The program also aims to help build awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in chemistry and assist students in acquiring skills and credentials needed for success.

Learn more about the American Chemical Society Scholars Program

The Fry Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: Tuition & fees up to the highest amounts charged to public, in-state students at undergraduate institutions in each state. Monthly housing allowance and stipend for books & supplies.Recipients are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
Information:

  • Children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 who are attending institutions of higher learning or were attending from August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010
  • For more information or assistance applying, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), or visit the VA GI Bill Website

Learn more about the The Fry Scholarship

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $5,000
Information:

All students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education

Learn more about the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Education Grant

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $5,000
Information:

A one-time $5000 Grant to be used by a Community College student entering undergraduate study at any accredited four-year college in The United States. Grant may be used for tuition, fees, books, and/or equipment required for course instruction. This award may not be used for graduate study.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a second year female student
  • Must be age 22 or above
  • Must be currently enrolled in a Community College in the state of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Graduate from a Community College at the conclusion of Spring 2022 and transfer to a four-year college starting Fall 2022.

Students who meet the above-mentioned criteria must submit the following documents:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit a convincing narrative in less than 1000 words stating why you should receive The Freya Moskowitz Stern or The Finch College Alumni Scholarship. This is the most important aspect of the application. Emphasize qualifications, academic achievements, turning points in your life, leadership and how courses taken will support your life goals. Include your full name in the heading.
  • Submit a current resume of study and work experience.
  • Enclose a print out of your college transcript(s).
  • Submit two PDF letters of recommendation from faculty members attesting to the applicant's work experience and academic achievements. List names and email address on application. Letters must be on community college letterhead and signed by the professor.
  • Submit proof of age 22 or over (copy of driver's license, birth certificate or official document)
  • Proof of United States Citizenship or a Permanent United States Green Card.

There are no restrictions or limitations based upon race, ethnicity or the employment status of the prospective recipient. The grant is based upon merit, courses, and goals.

Completed application materials must be received before May 15, 2022 and submitted as e-mail attachments (PDF files only) to SCHOLARSHPIS@FINCHCOLLEGE.ORG.

If you have any questions, please submit them via e-mail to info@finchcollege.org.

Learn more about the Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Education Grant

Kaplan Leadership Associate’s Degree Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed

Established in 2006, The Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship offers financial and academic support, including individualized academic advising, transfer counseling, college tours, mentoring opportunities, leadership training and development etc. to high potential associate degree students with unmet financial need who are also members of underrepresented populations in higher education. Scholarships for associate's degree candidates can be up to $3,000.00 and for bachelor degree candidates are up to $10,000.00 per year.

Two letters of reference are required, one of which must be from a college professor or high school teacher who has taught the student in the last two years. There is also an optional nomination form that must be completed by a member of the faculty, staff or administration at the student's current college.

Contact Ms. Renee Rhodd, Director of Educational Partnerships, in Library Building Room 434 at 718-631-6027 or RRhodd@qcc.cuny.edu for further information.

Learn more about the Kaplan Leadership Associate's Degree Scholarship

SUNY College at Old Westbury Honors College

Deadline Date: Open
Award Amount: $750 per year
Information:

Transfer students will be considered for the program with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher.

Honors College benefits include:

  • $750 book scholarship
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Priority registration to insure you get the courses you need
  • A state-of-the-art Study Center for the exclusive use of Honors College students
  • Opportunities to engage in research attend and present at professional conferences and co-author in professional journal by working with faculty.
  • Professional major-related internships
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Luncheons, seminars, trips and activities that will broaden your academic and personal horizons

Application Requirements:

  • Unofficial copies of college transcript
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor
  • A sample of your best academic writing from a previous course
  • Complete an interview with the Director of the Honors College

Learn more about the SUNY College at Old Westbury Honors College

Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed

Information:

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1979 by the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, the instructional staff union of The City University of New York. The scholarship honors the founding president of the PSC, Belle Zeller, Professor Emerita of Political Science at Brooklyn College, where she taught for over 40 years. This scholarship is intended to honor the unique qualities of Belle Zeller: the combination of social commitment and scholarship.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • The Board of Trustees of the Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund (Trustees) will review all applications and select those candidates to be interviewed
  • Applicants shall be full-time CUNY undergraduate students and shall have completed at least sixteen (16) credits at a CUNY College with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.
  • Scholarship recipients attending community colleges will continue to receive awards if they transfer to a CUNY four-year college and continue to meet the criteria. They will be eligible to receive a total of three annual awards, which may be divided between the community colleges and the four-year CUNY colleges.
  • Awards in the amount of $2,500 will be paid twice yearly so long as the recipient is a full-time student in CUNY, and until the recipient completes 120 credits.   The recipient must continue to maintain a 3.75 or better GPA and continue community service. The Trustees shall be the sole judge of whether a recipient continues to meet these requirements.
  • If there is a break in attendance, other than summer recess, the Trustees shall determine the renewability of the award.
  • Scholarship recipients should use the award immediately and it cannot be deferred.  Any exception must be approved by the Trustees.
  • Applicants at LaGuardia Community College must meet the LaGuardia definition of full-time student.
  • Applicants should show evidence of significant service to CUNY, the community, and/or their respective colleges by letters, and/or other documents.
  • If an applicant has earned 35 or more credits within the past 5 years from another institution (including other units of CUNY), an unofficial transcript from each of those institutions must be provided.
  • All applicants will be notified by e-mail as to whether they have received an award.
  • Finalists will be interviewed by the Trustees.   An applicant must be available for an interview if requested.
  • The Trustees will select the scholarship recipients.   Their decision is final.

Learn more about the Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund

The New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship Award

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $2,000
Information:

The mission of the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (NYCHCC), is to represent and advocate for Hispanic businesses in New York City in a cohesive manner which will assist new entrepreneurs, vitalize existing businesses and assure the growth and success of Hispanic businesses. The NYCHCC is also committed to helping Hispanic students succeed academically and to effectively achieve their professional goal. To this end, the NYCHCC will provide Scholarship Awards to those Hispanic students that meet the following criteria.

  • Candidate must be a United States citizen, of Hispanic descent, who is matriculated in the City University of New York. The candidate must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good standing.

Learn more about the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Scholarship Award

American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors

Deadline: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $2,000 - $3,000
Information:

The APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors consists of a $2,000.00 award per year for new recipients and $3,000.00 per year for renewal recipients to be used for tuition, room and board, and educational materials.

The goal of this scholarship is to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students to enhance their educational potential and help prepare them for success in various careers.

Eligible applicants must be African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American. They must also be either high school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is not required. Applicants must be physics majors or students intending to major in physics.

Learn more about the American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors

NSEP/Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline Date: February 1, 2023
Award Amount: $8,000 - $25,000
Information:

The National Security Educational Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to gain knowledge of languages and cultures in areas of the world less frequently studied. The NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The NSEP aims to build a strong base of future leaders with expertise in critical areas, as well as professionals in both the public and private sectors who have the international experience and language skills necessary for competitive performance and visionary leadership in the global arena. Duration of study may be a summer, semester or a full academic year; awards range from $8,000.00 to $25,000.00 for a full academic year.

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens at the time of the national application deadline
  • A high school graduate, or have earned a GED
  • At least 18 years of age or older at the time of the national application deadline
  • Planning an overseas program in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Planning to study in a country of which they are not a citizen
  • Matriculated for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program in an undergraduate or graduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • (For ROTC cadets and midshipmen and members of the military Reserves or National Guard) In inactive, non-drilling status for the duration of their Boren Awards-funded program

In addition to these basic eligibility criteria, the Boren Awards give preference to programs based on their duration, focus on intensive study of a preferred language in a preferred country, and the applicant’s field of study.

NSEP/Boren Scholarship 

Searches

There are a number of websites that offer you free scholarship searches. We are happy to provide you with the list below. However, please note that these scholarship searches are independent and in no way endorsed by Queensborough Community College.

Fast Web Scholarship Search
The FastWeb Scholarship Search is the largest, most accurate and most popular free scholarship search site, with more than 30 million registered users. It is also the most frequently updated and provides automatic email notification of new scholarships that match the student's profile. The FastWeb Scholarship Search was the first scholarship database available for free on the web and is the most innovative and student-focused of all the scholarship search sites.

College Board Scholarship Search
The College Board's FUND FINDER scholarship database lists scholarships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources. The database is updated annually.

The Sallie Mae Fund
Students can now apply for more than $2 million in scholarships, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae.

Hispanic College Fund
Students currently enrolled in higher learning institutions such as colleges and universities, as well as vocational and trade schools can enter for a chance to win one of the scholarships. The award amounts vary and can be applied toward educational expenses.

United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Scholarships and faculty development grants administered by the UNCF are intended to facilitate access to UNCF member institutions and to strengthen the quality of education that these colleges and universities offer. You can use this site to search through hundreds of scholarship and grant programs administered by the United Negro College Fund.

Hispanic Association Colleges & Universities Scholarship Program
(HACU) Over 160 scholarships worth $270,000

Campus Cultural Centers

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The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.