Prestigious Scholarships

For students who seek nationally recognized awards and scholarships to further academic studies and burnish their credentials, The City University of New York has created a consolidated website and expanded campus-based guidance for major national scholarships and fellowships available at distinguished foreign and U.S. universities.

Many high-achieving students may also be eligible for scholarships sponsored by organizations, associations, foundations, and individuals outside of York College.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship:

The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500.00 per year for educational expenses to 300 juniors and seniors. The purpose of the award is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Junior award winners receive two years of aid, seniors receive one year. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be competitive. Most award winners have substantive, supervised undergraduate research experience. Candidates must be nominated by their college. Contact the Goldwater representative on your campus to begin the application process. http://www.act.org/goldwater/

Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund:

In 1979, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY created this program to encourage and recognize excellence among students at the University. The scholarship honors the founding president of the Professional Staff Congress, Belle Zeller, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Brooklyn College, where she taught for over 40 years. The scholarship awards full tuition to registered full-time undergraduates carrying at least 12 credits and who shall have completed at least 16 credits at any branch of CUNY at the time of application. The award requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75, demonstrated evidence of good character, and significant service to CUNY, the community, and/or a particular CUNY college. Community College Belle Zeller Scholars will continue to receive awards if they transfer to four-year colleges within CUNY and remain in good standing. 

ELIGIBILITY:

1. Applicants must be registered, full-time (at least 12 credits) for the semester. (NOTE: Graduating seniors in Senior Colleges are NOT eligible) 

2. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students and must have completed at least sixteen (16) credits at any branch of the City University of New York with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.75 or better.

3. Applicants should show evidence of good character and significant service to CUNY, the community, and/or their respective college by letters and/or other documents 

Send complete application to:

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund

C/O NYCCT Foundation 

300 Jay Street, Namm 323

Brooklyn, New York 11201

DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked no later than February 26, 2010.  

For information:

http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/bzmaterials/bz.shtml

Undergraduate application:

http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/bzmaterials/forms/undergraduate.pdf

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship:

The Gilman International Scholarship Program sponsors a competition for awards in support of study abroad. The scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to enable them to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Over 800 scholarships of up to $5,000.00 will be awarded each year for U.S. citizens to study abroad. Award amounts vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000.00.

http://www.iie.org//Content/NavigationMenu/Programs7/Gilman_Awards/Home8/Home.htm

Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI):

CUNY BMI hopes to encourage students in underrepresented groups, including African American males, to consider careers in education with particular emphasis on elementary, mathematics and science education. Students selected to participate in the Teachers as Leaders Project will be encourage to attend CUNY BMI workshops, events and programs that are designed to promote interest in teaching and education-related topics. http://www.cuny.edu/bmi

NSEP/David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship:

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 $6,000.00 to $20,000.00 for a full academic year.

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-Asia):

The primary goal of the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need to do so. Recipients are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses with the goal of encouraging others to study abroad in East and Southeast Asia.

Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and must be undergraduates in good standing, pursuing his or her first bachelor’s degree at a two year or a four year institution of higher education in the United States.

In addition, applicants must be currently receiving need-based financial aid or be able to demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program More specifically, applicants are required to submit the Estimated Family Contribution figure, calculated through FAFSA with the Statement of Financial Need through the on-line Freeman-Asia application.

Another requirement is that applicants must have applied or have been accepted to study abroad in: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Freeman-Asia supports three types of study abroad programs: 8 weeks or more with the start date between May-July; 10 weeks or more programs with a start date between August – November, and 10 weeks or more programs with a start date between December – April. http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia/

George J. Mitchell Scholarship:

The Mitchell scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering leadership and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually to study in any discipline offered by higher education institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend.

Prospective Scholars apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance which administers the Mitchell Scholarship program. A preliminary elimination will be made on the basis of submitted written materials. A selection committee will determine – based on the student’s academic transcripts, a brief essay prepared by the applicants, and the applicant references – those students who will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an interview before the selection committee. The US-Ireland alliance will pay round-trip transportation costs for applicants invited to be interviewed. http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship:

In 2008, the Morris K. Udall Foundation will award 80 scholarships to students who are sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to the environment or to Native Americans and Alaska Native students who meet certain criteria. The program provides scholarships of up to $5,000.00 and offers the opportunity to participate in a special scholar orientation weekend to meet and work with a national network of environmental leaders.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least a “B” or the equivalent; be pursuing a full-time course of study during the 2008-2009 academic years; and be a U.S citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident. It is expected that candidates will be pursuing a course of study and be preparing for a career that will enable them to make significant contribution to the shaping of either environmental or tribal public policy. http://www.udall.gov/  

Rhodes scholarship:

Thirty-two scholarships are awarded for two or three years of study at Oxford University in a field of the candidate’s own choosing. The scholarship pays for academic fees, plus an allowance to pay for travel fares and personal expenses. Candidates should have a GPA of 3.75 or higher and are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership, and service. The scholarship is highly competitive. http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship:

The fellowship program is funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be in the sophomore year of study, be U.S. citizens and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Consideration will be given to qualified applicants, who, in addition to outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement, demonstrate financial need. The number of fellowships varies from year to year, depending on available funding.

http://www.woodrow.org/fellowships/foreign_affairs/pickering_undergrad/index.php 

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship:

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who have an interest in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service of the Department of State. The Rangel Program encourages the involvement of members of minority groups and those with financial need. In this manner, it advances the goal of Secretary Rice and Congressman Rangel to create and excellent and diverse U.S. Foreign Service.

In 2008 the Program will award up to twenty fellowships of up to $28,000.00 annually toward tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of a two year master’s degree. At the conclusion of the two years of study, the Rangel Fellow is expected to have obtained a degree in international affairs or another area of relevance to the work of the Foreign Service (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, or communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunch International Affairs Center of Howard University. Awardees are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 throughout the period of study.

Fellows who successfully complete the Rangel Program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer. Selection is based on outstanding leadership skills, academic achievement, and financial need. Finalists are invited to Washington for interviews and to prepare a writing sample. Only U.S. citizens are considered.

http://www.howard.edu/rjb/rangelprogram.htm

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs:

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is the oldest and most well known of the Coro Programs. It consists of a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program. Each year, 64 diverse individuals committed to excellence in public affairs are chosen from across the country to serve as Coro Fellows at one of the Coro Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco. Coro Fellows become engaged full-time in individually tailored field assignments in a business, labor union, a government agency, a non-profit agency, or on a political election campaign. In addition, Fellows participate in special individual and group projects and consultancies seeking to translate their ideals for improving their communities into action. http://www.coro.org

Fulbright Grants:

Fulbright grants support graduate study and research in over 100 foreign countries. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who will hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent prior to receiving the grant. To be competitive, candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.3. College and university students must apply through their campus Fulbright Program advisor. Grants provide funds for transportation, language or orientation courses, where appropriate, tuition, books, maintenance for one academic year, and limited health and accident insurance. http://www.iie.org/fulbright/us

Gates Cambridge Scholarships:

The Gates Cambridge Scholars Program was established in 2000, by a substantial gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its aim is to create a network of outstanding scholars from around the world who will become leaders in addressing global problems related to health, social equity, technology, and learning. The scholarships cover fees at Cambridge, living costs and other necessities as well as a contribution toward airfare. The annual value of the scholarship is in excess of $30,000.00 and may be renewed for four years for students wishing to obtain a Ph.D.

Scholarship candidates are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic and intellectual achievement and are students who “have leadership potential and a commitment to serve their communities.” Candidates may study for a graduate degree in any field or a second bachelor’s degree but should have a convincing academic reason for pursuing their studies at Cambridge. In addition, candidates must be admitted to Cambridge University through the normal admissions procedures. There is no citizenship requirement for this award.

http://www.gatesscholar.org/

George J. Mitchell Scholarship:

The Mitchell scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering leadership and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually to study in any discipline offered by higher education institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend.

Prospective Scholars apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance which administers the Mitchell Scholarship program. A preliminary elimination will be made on the basis of submitted written materials. A selection committee will determine – based on the student’s academic transcripts, a brief essay prepared by the applicants, and the applicant references – those students who will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an interview before the selection committee. The US-Ireland alliance will pay round-trip transportation costs for applicants invited to be interviewed. http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/

Harry S. Truman Scholarship:

The Truman scholarship supports students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in public service fields. Scholars selected as juniors are eligible to receive up to $30,000.00 in funding for their senior year and a total of $27,000.00 for graduate study. Applicants must have a strong academic and public service record and are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of their degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds. http://www.truman.gov/

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards approximately 30 scholarships to outstanding students for graduate study. Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees for the length of the approved graduate degree program up to six years. The maximum award available per student is $50,000.00. Financial need is considered in the selection process. Each institution may nominate 2 candidates. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required. Applicants may be citizens of any nation. http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org

Jacob Javits Fellowship:

The Program provides Seventy-five fellowships each year up to a maximum of $30,000.00 for graduating seniors and graduates to support study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. The program provides assistance to students of superior academic ability with a history of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise. A panel of experts appointed by the Javit, Fellowship Board, selects fellows according to criteria established by the board. Students must demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html

Jonas E. Salk Scholarship:

Created by the Board of Estimate of the City of New York in 1955 to honor the City College graduate who developed the first anti—polio vaccine, the Jonas E. Salk scholarships are award annually to eight graduates of senior colleges of the City University of New York. The scholarships are awarded to students of sound character and high academic achievement who display the potential to make significant contributions to medical research. The scholarship winners receive a total of $8,000.00 ($2,000.00 per year for four-year medical schools) to help defray the expenses of study for the M.D., Ph.D. or D.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences or D.O. degree. 

Marshall Scholarships for Graduate Study in the United Kingdom:

The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 by the British government to express the gratitude of the British people for the Marshall Plan. The main objective of these scholarships is to enable intellectually distinguished young Americans to study in the UK.

The Scholarships support 44 scholars for two years of study towards degrees in any university in the United Kingdom. Several Partnership Scholarships are available to specific institutions. Marshall Scholarships pay tuition and fees, personal travel and book allowances, and a living stipend. They may be renewed for a third year for certain programs. Candidates must be U.S. citizens who will have earned bachelor’s degrees by the following spring or have been graduated within the past three years. A grade point average of 3.7 or higher is mandatory. http://www.marshallscholarship.org 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship:

The Graduate Research Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. See the NSF website for the list of supported fields. NSF Graduate Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study. Eligibility is limited to those individuals who, at the time of application, have completed no more than 20 semester hours or equivalent of graduate study in the fields supported by the program. In most cases, an individual has two opportunities to apply: during the senior of college and in the first year of graduate school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Applications are reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Panelists will consider the strength of the academic record, the proposed plan of research, previous research experience, the appropriateness of the choice of references and the extent to which they indicate merit, GRE general and subject test scores, and the appropriateness of the choice of institution for fellowship tenure relative to the proposed plan of research. The panelists may also consider contributions to the community, both social and scholarly as well as the unique characteristics of each applicant’s background including, personal, professional, and educational experiences. http://www.nsfgradfellows.org

The New York State Senate Fellowships

 Application deadline is Friday, April 11, 2008. Each year there are approximately 14 fellowships. All Senate fellowships are on-site in Albany, New York. Fellowships are not financial aid for academic work, on-campus or classroom study. Housing in Albany is the responsibility of the Fellow. A Grant-in-Study Stipend is awarded — $32,000 — distributed in biweekly installments prorated from the first day to the last day of enrollment. Some benefit options are available (health, dental, vision, life insurance, and the retirement program).Applications from a wide range of interests and disciplines are welcome and encouraged. Training in the history/politics/government of New York State is not required. Placements are usually to the office of an elected Member of the Senate. While Fellows are not Senate employees, after the program ends, Fellows may sometimes be hired to full employee status in the Senate. A great number of former Fellows are today employees of the Senate, the Assembly, the Executive Chamber, agencies, associations, and lobbying firms. Fellows must be United States citizens.

http://www.nysenate.gov/student-programs

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans:

This fellowship program provides grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Each fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000.00 and a tuition grant of up to half of the tuition costs up to a maximum of $16,000.00 per year. A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any field including law and medicine. Applications are accepted from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies and from candidates in their first or second year of graduate study as well. For the purpose of this fellowship, a New American is defined as an individual who is either a resident alien, a naturalized citizen, or is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. http://www.pdsoros.org

Urban Fellows Program:

The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by the City of New York and administered by the department of Citywide Administrative Services. The Program is designed to introduce outstanding college students and graduates to local government and public service. The rigorous nine month program combines full-time employment in the City government with a comprehensive seminar series exploring the mechanics of local government while exploring important issues facing the City. Fellows are paid a taxable stipend of $25,000.00 and receive a choice of paid health insurance plans. Housing is not included. Eligibility requirements for the 2008-2009 Program Year are as follows.

Applications will be accepted from candidates who receive (d) their Bachelor’s Degree in the Spring of 2006, 2007, or 2008; who can commit to a nine month fellowship; who agree to suspend any graduate study or outside work for the duration of the fellowship and who are able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the United States after graduation and for the entire fellowship. http://www.nyc.gov/fellowships

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