Searching through multiple scholarship databases can be demanding but also rewarding. The good news is, once you learn how to navigate your way through various scholarship resources, you’ll be closer to finding a scholarship that matches your transfer and financial needs, and it may surprise you how much funding is available. Transfer Services is here to help. We’ve hand-picked the following scholarships and created the guides below to help you secure your path to four-year colleges and fund your education.
Scholarships are a form of financial aid. They are often considered “gift” aid or “free money” that does not need to be repaid. In general, a scholarship will not reduce any entitlement aid such as a Pell Grant or NY State Grants but may reduce loans, federal work-study or other “last dollar scholarships,” depending on the individual situation and in consultation with the student. External/Private Scholarships Using external or private scholarships is one of the most popular options for grants to pay for a 4-year school. They are summarized as "free money" offered by outside organizations. CUNY itself offers more than 1,000 scholarships, awards, and special program opportunities and there are also grants available from other states and federal offices. While these are important opportunities, you can also find many scholarships elsewhere. There are non-profit organizations, corporations and universities in the United States and internationally which provide different types of scholarships. Need-based Scholarships Need-based scholarships consider different factors such as income level, cost of living or the number of children enrolled in school in your household. These types of scholarships are independent of merit scholarships, but you may qualify for both depending on the program. Merit Scholarships In order to qualify for a merit scholarship, you must demonstrate excellence in a specific area. Merit is usually defined by your GPA but is sometimes recognized through specialized skills or talents.
Earning scholarships is a three-step process that requires a time commitment. However, with planning, you can save time, maximize your options and optimize your results!
LaGuardia offers various institutional scholarships to support our continuing students. Each year, we award students over one million dollars in Foundation Scholarships based on financial need and/or academic performance. (Note: Any combination of scholarships and other awarded aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.) Find out more.
Guttman Transfer Scholarships offer benefits for outstanding CUNY community college students who transfer to an eligible CUNY senior college (Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, and Queens). Guttman Scholars receive up to $4,000 paid over two years. CUNY can offer these scholarships through an endowment provided by the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. These scholarships are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Applications are due in the semester prior to transfer. Amount: $4,000 Eligibility:
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Amount: $5,665 Eligibility:
The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. Amount: $5,500 Eligibility:
NYSTAA strives to increase transfer student opportunities and improve articulation among New York State’s two- and four-year public and private accredited colleges and universities. Amount: $1,000 Eligibility:
For NYU applicants. For students with U-Visa, T-Visa, temporary protected status or without lawful immigration status (including DACA). Amount: $8,000-20,000 Eligibility:
For students with U-Visa, T-Visa, temporary protected status or without lawful immigration status (including DACA). Amount: $5,500 Deadline: August 31, 2022 Eligibility:
With over $246 million in scholarships for eligible members. PTK offers two types of scholarships to help students complete an associate degree and prepare for transfer to a four-year college. Nearly $1 million in competitive scholarships are offered through PTK’s Foundation to support students to complete a degree. Amount: Varies by college Eligibility
Financial aid for children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces or state organized militia who at any time, while New York State residents, died or became severely and permanently disabled while performing their military duties, whether in combat or not. Amount: $15,750 -$24,250 Eligibility:
For families of those who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York in specific occupations. Amount: $15,890-$24,880 Eligibility:
AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. Amount: $500 Eligibility:
For Hispanics planning to pursue a STEM program at any stage of their undergraduate career. Amount: $2,000 Eligibility:
For Latino students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Amount: Up to $7,000 Eligibility:
Must have been born outside the U.S. OR both parents were born outside the U.S.
Criteria for selection are academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to service in the immigrant and/or Mexican community in New York, without consideration of immigration status. Amount: $7,500 Eligibility:
Committed to improving the lives of intellectually gifted, community and public service-minded African Americans by accelerating their progress into impactful leadership roles and opportunities. Amount: $10,000 Eligibility:
Each year, the Chicana Latina Foundation awards scholarships to college students who identify as Chicana and/or Latina. Amount: $1,500 Eligibility:
For woman attending college on the path to fulfilling their dreams. Amount: $500 Eligibility:
Dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Amount: $55,000 Eligibility:
Provides educational and career development opportunities through scholarship awards and prospective internships for African American/Black students. Amount: $5,000 Eligibility:
The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates; the Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition. Your eligibility for both is based on where you live. Amount: $33,00 Eligibility:
Aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, building the movement for economic justice and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity. Amount: $15,000 Eligibility:
Seeks candidates whose daily actions are guided by spiritual motives. Fellows enjoy a life-long community with other fellows, including annual retreats and online connections. Amount: $5,000-7,000 Eligibility:
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