Prestigious Scholarships and Grants

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.)


The Guttman Scholarship for High-Achieving Community College Graduates

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $4,000 (four semesters at $1,000 a semester)

You are eligible to apply, if you

  • Earn an associates degree from a CUNY community college by Fall 2017
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Transfer to Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, Lehman College, or Queens College for the Spring 2018 semester.

Scholarships will be awarded based on a review of your transcript, a personal essay, and a letter of recommendation. Find more details about this scholarship opportunity and eligibility requirements.

To apply, follow these steps

  • If you have not already done so, apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Apply online by going to
  • Speak to a faculty member at your community college about writing a letter of recommendation for you. The online scholarship application will ask you to provide the name and email address of your faculty recommender.
  • Write a personal essay describing your long-term education and career goals and how completing a bachelor's degree will help you reach those goals (no more than 500 words).
  • Log on to your CUNYfirst account at: Click on your "To Do" list and select "Scholarship-Guttman Transfer". You will be asked to upload your essay in MS Word (.doc) or PDF format.

For more information

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CUNY - New York City Housing Authority Scholarship Programs for High Achieving Students

We are pleased to announce the following important scholarship opportunities:

CUNY Resident Scholarship Program
Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship Program

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

The Resident Scholarship Program is one of the many ways the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) invests in the education of its residents. The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships for qualifying public housing residents who are enrolled in colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), in a variety of majors with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship annually awards $1,000 scholarships to qualifying NYCHA residents with disabilities who are enrolled in CUNY senior and community colleges.

All eligible NYCHA residents, who are also CUNY students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an authorized NYCHA resident
  • Be a sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled full-time in a CUNY Associate or Baccalaureate degree program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Submit a 500-word autobiographical essay
  • Have a verifiable disability (only for applicants of Regina A. Memorial Scholarship)


Thomas Tam Scholarship

Deadline Date: June 29, 2018
Award Amount: $1,000

Thomas Tam Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Thomas Tam''s many contribution to the City University of New York The scholarship award is given to a qualified undergraduate student currently enrolled in any of the CUNY colleges, Asian or non-Asian "who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education, and Culture."

All currently enrolled CUNY undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Thomas Tam Scholarship.

The display of this communication can be in the form of written reports, film, video, new media techniques, and the development of performances or materials in the Arts and Sciences.

The following are the issues to be addressed in your application for the Tam Scholarship. Please be sure to cover all of the points in your application.

  1. Please describe your project in detail, be sure to tell us about the issue of concern to the Asian American community that the project is designed to address.
  2. Please explain how your project demonstrates creativity in communicating the concerns of Asian Americans.
  3. What are the objectives or goals of the project, i.e. what do you want to accomplish, or what impact or effect will it have? How will you know that it has been successful?
  4. How was the project implemented, or if in progress or a future project, please describe how it will be implemented?
  5. Is the project completed, is it in progress or is it a future project?

Queens College Transfer Honors Program

Deadline Date: April 25, 2018
Award Amount: $1000

The new Queens College Transfer Honors Program is designed for highly motivated and creative students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree at a world-class college that challenges them to do their best.

All students admitted to the Transfer Honors program are eligible to apply for a minimum scholarship of $1000 a semester for four to six semesters (to complete the bachelor’s degree program).


To be eligible to apply, you must be a full-time student with 45+ credits in a baccalaureate, AA, or AS program with a 3.3+ GPA. Students in AA/AS programs must ordinarily complete the degree to be eligible for scholarships.

Exceptional students with an AA/AS degree and a 3.5 GPA, or 60+ credits in a baccalaureate program and a 3.5 GPA can apply for scholarships ranging from half-tuition to full tuition (NY resident tuition rate).


2017 University Student Senate (USS) Scholarships

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $750 - $1500

Established in 1995 by the University Student Senate of the City University of New York, the USS Merit Scholarship was renamed the Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship in 2010. The scholarship awards one student per campus, per academic year for demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership performance under extraordinary circumstances. In 2003, the University Student Senate of the City University of New York established the Donald & Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship; which was renamed the USS Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino International Students and Students with Disabilities Scholarship in 2010. The scholarship recognizes international students and students with disabilities who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and enthusiastic leadership and service under extraordinary circumstances. Two students per campus, per academic year are awarded the scholarship.

Requirements for Ernesto Malave Scholarship and Donald & Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarships

  • Undergraduate applicants must be currently registered (Spring 2017) for a minimum of six (6) credits.
  • Applicants shall also meet the same requirements during the semester which the scholarship is awarded (Fall 2017); graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Students who meet the above registration criteria and are fulfilling internship requirements, but are not in active attendance on their campuses, are still eligible.
  • Undergraduate applicants must have already completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits and no more than eighty (80) credits at a CUNY college.
  • All applicants must be permanent residents, citizens, or NYC residents to apply for any USS Scholarship (the only exception being international students).
  • Only Students with Disabilities and International Students are eligible to apply for the Passantino Scholarships.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (3.5 or higher for Ernesto Malave Scholarship)

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

  • Scholarship Application (attached)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation indicating evidence of good character, academic achievement, and/or service to the community (1 letter MUST be from a CUNY faculty member).
  • Two (2) original, typed, personal essays of no more than 300 words each:
    • 300 words on why you would benefit from the scholarship and how do you believe you have earned it?
    • 300 words stating your field of interest, current projects, future plans, etc.
    • Resume
    • Letter verifying enrollment of the current academic year
    • Official college transcript
    • Bursar receipt for the current semester
    • Signed Declaration Form (included in application packet).

Additional requirements for International Students

International students must be in valid F-1 or J-1 immigration status during the semester in which they are applying for the scholarship, and during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded. Also, international students are required to maintain full-time credit and course-loads.

The following documents must accompany their application packet:

  • I-20
  • A copy of the F1 Visa
  • A copy of the I-94 Card
  • A letter of verification from the International Student Advisor
  • Form RF 702
  • Form W-8BEN

Applicants can apply to only one scholarship per academic year (either the Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship or the Don and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship). Also, for students with disabilities, applications shall be accompanied by a letter of verification from the college’s Director of Student Disability Services.

The scholarships will be disbursed as follows:

  • Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship: $1500 to one (1) QCC student
  • Passantino International Students Scholarship: $1000 to one (1) QCC international student
  • Passantino Students w/ Disabilities Scholarship: $1000 to one (1) QCC student with a disability

All applications must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Library Building – Room 412, by Friday, April 21, 2017!

Students that have any questions are encouraged to submit them via e-mail to CUNY University Student Senate at


CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest

Application Period: Application submission is closed
Award Amounts: $1000, $300 or $200

The CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest is funded by an endowment gift of $100,000 to the City University of New York by Dr. K. York Chynn and his wife Noelle Chynn. This annual award is intended to promote and stimulate thinking by college students at CUNY about the topic of ethics, morality, and virtuous behavior in their lives. More than ever, these issues arise not only in the personal relationships of individuals and family and friends, but also in the context of corporate, government, and social responsibility, whether it is about treating others fairly and honestly, or food safety

Fall 2017 Essay Topic: Virtue

Regardless of where one lives, virtues form the moral foundation of one's life. Throughout history, moral philosophers in all cultures have striven to answer the question of "What characteristics or virtues distinguish the moral man from the immoral one?" In ancient Greek times, the Four Cardinal Virtues were:

  • Prudence/Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Fortitude/Courage
  • Temperance/Self-control

There were additionally Three Theological Virtues:

  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Charity

Together, these comprised the Seven Virtues.

At about the same time in ancient China, Confucius formulated what he called the Five Constant Virtues:

  • Ren (Benevolence, Love)
  • Yi (Righteousness)
  • Li (Propriety, Loyalty, Filial Piety, Chastity, Respect)
  • Zhi (Wisdom)
  • Xin (Integrity, Honesty, Fidelity)

In today's modern society however, virtues have slowly begun to lose their importance, or are often forgotten in the daily hustle of people's daily lives. For example in China, officials recently enacted a new law to foster filial piety among its citizens by compelling adult children to visit their aging parents. Recognizing the importance of virtues in our lives, will lead to better communication, understanding, and acceptance between us and our fellow man.

For your essay, please select one Virtue from the list above to discuss in detail. In discussing the Virtue you have selected, please incorporate all of the following points in your essay:

  • Tell us about your own experience in practicing the Virtue you have chosen to write about and what personal reward or satisfaction have you gained from it.
  • Why did you think the Virtue that you chose was an important one to practice in your life?
  • What obstacles did you encounter in practicing this particular Virtue and how did you, or do you, still strive to overcome the difficulties?

Submission must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled CUNY undergraduate or graduate student. Please submit copy of your college ID and current semester program. (No recommendations letters or transcripts are required.)
  • Cover page containing topic of the essay, name of the student, name of the CUNY college, and date.
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Typed, 12-size Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and double-spaced.
  • Work-cited: Reference all materials that is not your own. Include at least five sources.
  • All work must be original material. Attribution and references to quoted materials must be included.

No online submissions. Hard copy of essay can be submitted by postal mail (postmarked by Friday, November 3, 2017, or hand-delivered to AAARI office on Friday, November 3, 2017, by 5PM)

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Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

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

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

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.