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.)

External Scholarships and Grants

New York State Excelsior Scholarship

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

The New York State Excelsior Scholarship is a new program effective for the Fall 2017 semester.‎

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 a combined federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less in 2015;
  • 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 2017-18 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;
  • Complete the New York State Excelsior Scholarship application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application by December 4, 2017.

Catch-Up Year:

  • Applicants who first entered college as a freshman student in the 2015-16 and who have earned 54 credits, or who first entered college as a freshman student in 2016-17 academic year and who earned 24 credits can make up those 6 credits in 2017-18;
  • Given the above scenarios, students who successfully earn 36 credits in the 2017-18 academic year can become eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

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.

David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest

Deadline Date: open through April 2, 2018
Award Amounts: $1,500, $1,000 and $500


The Historical Society of the New York Courts was founded in 2002 with the mission of preserving New York's rich legal history and educating the public about it through programs, publications and other projects.  The 2018 David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship is open to all students enrolled in a CUNY community college for the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semester.  This year's essay theme is "Stolen Art:  From The Holocaust To The Present - Role of the Courts in Restoring Cultural Objects to Their Rightful Owners."

Learn more about the David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship​​

New York State Transfer and Articulation Association Scholarship

Deadline Date: March15, 2018
Award Amount: $2,000

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Have completed an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science by August 2017 from an active NYSTAA two-year member college. (QCC is a member institution and December 2016 graduates are included)
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5
  • Apply and plan on attending a current four-year NYSTAA member institution. Please review the listing of NYSTAA member institutions.
  • Complete the attached application and present all required criteria

Students should provide the following:

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended and courses in progress (if applicable)
  • One letter of recommendation from a college administrator or faculty member
  • Essay

For application and details, visit the NYSTAA Scholarship website.

Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York Scholarship

Deadline Date: May 1, 2018
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 2018 and will be transferring to four-year institutions to continue their studies for bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. 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 2018 (Fall 2017 and Summer 2018 graduates are not eligible)
  • Transfer and be accepted into to a four-year institution for Fall 2018
  • Enroll in a Liberal Arts-related program of study, excluding Technical or Para-Professional programs, for Fall 2018
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

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

  • Official College Transcript (as of the conclusion of Fall 2017)
  • 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.
  • 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 must be on letterhead.
  • Letter of acceptance from a four-year institution, excluding technical or para-professional programs. Students must be graduating from QCC at the conclusion of the Spring 2018 semester

If selected as the recipient of the scholarship, 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 application packets must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Library Building – Room 412, by Tuesday, May 1, 2018 no later than 5:00 pm!

If you have any questions, please contact my assistant, Mr. Reynald Pierre-Charles via e-mail at

The Dream.US Scholarship Program

Application Period: November 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018
Award amount: $14,500 for an associate's degree program
$29,000 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 12 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: or call 1-507-931-1682 and ask for TheDream.US Scholarship Program.

Women's Forum Education Award

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed
Award Amount: $10,000

  • Must be a female student
  • Be 35 years of age by December 1
  • Reside in New York City
  • Pursuing her FIRST Associate or Bachelor Degree, have earned at least 12 credits in good standing
  • Have attended a college in New York City during the previous academic year and be enrolled for at least 6 credits.
  • Have at least 6 credits to complete graduation requirements after the current academic year.
  • If completing an Associate Degree, provide evidence of intention to continue to a Bachelor degree program.

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: Application submission is closed

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 U.S. citizen at time of application, 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2017, able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD, a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.


  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

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

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

Deadline Date:  March 1, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $5,000

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.

  • 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

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: Open through May 15, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000

The Freya Moskowitz Stern Scholarship is named in memory of a Finch College graduate through a generous donation from her family. It is awarded annually to four Community College women in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area who are transferring to any accredited four-year college in The United States. Each scholarship totals $5,000 and is awarded in two segments: $2,500 upon acceptance to the four-year college, and another $2,500 upon entering her final term before graduation. The Finch College Alumni Scholarship is also awarded to a Community College woman in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area transferring to any accredited four-year college in the United States. The timing of the $5,000 award is the same, $2,500 each year. Several are awarded annually.

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 2018 and transfer to a four-year college starting Fall 2018.

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

  • Complete the attached application form (can also be found online by clicking here).
  • 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, 2018 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

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 Mr. George A. Muchita, Four Year College Transfer Coordinator, in Administration Building Room 119 at 718-631-6670 or 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

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

Asian Women in Business Scholarship

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed

Award Amount: $2,500

Candidates for the scholarship must be female of Asian (includes those who can trace their ancestry from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) or Pacific Islander ancestry and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Candidates must also fulfill the following criteria to be considered:

  • Have at least one or more of the following:
    a) demonstrated a leadership role in a community endeavor and/or b) a record of entrepreneurial achievement
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the U.S. at the time of application and award. Please be advised that this scholarship is for currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester.
  • Carry a minimum of 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA at the time of application (H.S. credit/grades do not count towards this scholarship)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Please note: this scholarship is competitive and the above criteria are minimum requirements to be considered for the AWIB scholarship

Learn more about the Asian Women in Business Scholarship

Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund

Deadline Date: Application submission is closed

Award Amount:  $5,000

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund was estblished in 1979 by the Profsssional Staff Congress/CUNY, the instructional staff union of The City University of New York.  The scholarship honors the fouding 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:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters ata CUNY college.
  • Completed at least 16 credits at a CUNY college.
  • Have a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.75 or greater.
  • Applicants should show evidence of good character, and significant service to CUNY, the community, and/or their respective colleges by letters, and/or other documents.

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

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

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 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 8, 2018
Award Amount: $8,000 - $20,000

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 $20,000.00 for a full academic year.


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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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.