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Colin Powell School Scholarships and Fellowships

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Colin Powell School Scholarships and Fellowships

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The Colin Powell School offers a variety of fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students at the City College of New York. They are open to all students regardless of major or school.

 

Boudreau Fellows Program

The Boudreau Fellows Program honors the Colin Powell School’s inaugural dean, Vince Boudreau. Each Boudreau Fellow will receive an academic year scholarship of $5,000.

Applicants should:

  • Have roughly two years of undergraduate study left at CCNY;
  • Be studying finance and should have an interest in corporate social responsibility;
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2019-2020 cohort is Thursday, July 25, 2019 by 4:00pm. Applicants must submit application materials to Charlene Darbassie at cdarbassie@ccny.cuny.edu.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the Colin Powell School Website, here.

Climate Policy Fellows

The Climate Policy Fellows Program is designed to support CCNY undergraduate students from the sciences, social sciences, architecture and engineering degree programs with training, professional development, and internship opportunities that link climate-related science, engineering and economics to public policy. Fellows will particiapte in two intensive three-day workshops led by a range of senior national and international climate policy leaders. The workshops will prepare fellows to understand how science, engineering, and economics research affects public policy, and how policy-making shapes these fields of research. 

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2019 inaugural class is  Friday, July 12th, 2019. Applicants must submit materials to Akasha Solis, Fellowships Manager, at asolis@ccny.cuny.edu.

Jerome Levy Foundation Graduate Fellowship

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership will award a Jerome Levy Foundation Graduate Fellowship to support one recent graduate of the Colin Powell School for graduate studies in Europe during the 2019-2020 academic year. The award will provide up to $50,000 in stipend support, which can be used to cover the costs of tuition, room, board, fees, books, and travel.

Applicants for the Jerome Levy Foundation Graduate Fellowship must have:

  • Graduated with a degree from the Colin Powell School and CCNY within the past five years;
  • Finished their studies at CCNY with a GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • Demonstrate that they have gained admission to an accredited graduate program in Europe;
  • Plan to be enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the academic year 2019-2020

Deadline: The extended deadline for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cohort is Tuesday, June 25th, 2019.  Applicants must submit application materials to Charlene Darbassie, Administrative Director of the Colin Powell School, at cdarnassie@ccny.cuny.edu.

Jerome Levy Foundation Graduate Fellowship Application

 

Colin Powell Fellowship: Undergraduate

The Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service is a two-year, intensive program for undergraduate students. The experience is designed to prepare fellows for lives of public service and active citizenship, and enable them to apply their skills to issues of public concern. Students accepted into the Colin Powell Fellowship acquire a broad knowledge of political institutions and the policy-making process, and learn about public service careers and opportunities. Fellows also explore leadership development and methods for creating social change.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2018-Spring 2020 cohort is Friday, February 28, 2020 by 4:00pm. Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

 

Colin Powell Fellowship: Graduate

Each year the Colin Powell School selects five graduate students from the social science graduate programs offered through the Colin Powell School (Economics, International Relations, General Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Public Service Management, and Sociology) to participate in the Colin Powell Fellowship for a one-year period. Graduate students are encouraged to explore ways in which their developing academic expertise can be used to address urgent public problems in underserved communities. Fellows take part in weekly seminars that meet regularly throughout the year. They also take part in special events and have opportunities to hear from distinguished public figures.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 cohort is Friday, February 28 2020 by 4:00pm. Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below). 

 

Community Engagement Fellowship

Community Engagement Fellowships are one-year fellowships for City College undergraduates who design and carry out projects that address community needs in sustainable ways. Fellows implement these projects by engaging with partnering organizations, teams of students they recruit to work with, and the people they serve.  Fellows commit to developing a team, conducting office hours, writing project reports and action plans, and engaging the City College community. 

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 cohort is Friday, February 28, 2020 by 4:00pm.  Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

Edward I. Koch Fellowships  

The Edward I. Koch Fellowship in Public Service supports motivated students who devote 200 or more hours of service each year to nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout New York City. Through the program, CCNY students can experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of working for the common good, interact with professionals in their chosen field of interest, and see how community organizations work to meet public needs. Additionally, Koch Scholars participate in workshops and discussions that enhance their ability to engage communities in meaningful ways and that provide opportunities for leadership development, reflection and engaged learning. Learn more...

Deadline: The extended deadline for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 cohort is Friday, February 28, 2020 by 4:00pm. Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

 

Partners for Change Fellowship

The Partners for Change Fellowship is a one-year program for undergraduate students interested in developing applied research skills and working with community organizations on one of the following focus areas: health justice, college access and success, or human rights. Fellows complete 150 hours of service at their internship sites during the fall semester and, throughout the year, work together with a professional in the field on a high-impact research project. The program instills fellows with a broad range of research and advocacy skills and a nuanced understanding of their focus areas.

Deadline: The deadline for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 cohort is Friday, February 28, 2020 by 4:00pm.  Applicants must submit only a hard copy application.

Detailed instructions covering how to submit your application can be found on the first few pages of the application (see below).

After an Application is Submitted

After you submit an application for the Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service, it will be reviewed for eligibility and then forwarded to the committee. Fellowship committees are comprised of faculty, deans, and other members of the Colin Powell School community with relevant expertise and experience. Some committees interview short-listed applicants before making awards while other committees do not interview. Fellowship Programs notifies all applicants of the outcome administered by our office, as soon as we can.

 

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How to prepare your application for a Colin Powell Fellowship

Preparing an application for a fellowship may seem daunting. There are several steps involved including writing the essay, requesting recommendation letters, getting your transcript and preparing your resume. However, adequate preparation and the support of your professors, mentors and friends can make the process of preparing a competitive application significantly easier.

 Below are a few tips to help you get started.

  1. Select a Fellowship Program. Students are limited to one application submission per application cycle. Do not submit multiple applications for each program, the Application Selection Committee will not review all of them. So save time using the following guidelines to make your selection: Take the time to learn about the various fellowship programs offered to determine which is best for you. Each program has its own requirements and eligibility criteria. You want to make sure you select the program that is a good fit for you. We highly recommend the following three steps in choosing the best fellowship for you: 1. Review the information about the fellowship here on our webpage. Download the application and review it carefully. Write down your questions; 2. Attend a fellowship info session- usually held Tuesday’s and Thursday’s during club hours. Stop by the Powell School Dean’s Office for the schedule. You can also schedule a one on one meeting with the Program Coordinator if you are unable to attend the info sessions and; 3. Take time to review your options. Reflect on your interests and future goals. Enlist faculty, mentors and other students to help you narrow down your selection.  

 

  1. Request a letter of recommendation. Most applications will require at least one letter from a faculty member and the second letter can come from either a second faculty member or a former supervisor. Letters of recommendation is used by the Application Selection Committee to get an idea of your academic performance, your performance in a professional setting, your demonstrated skills sets and strengths. Give your recommenders advanced notice (6-8 weeks before the application deadline) to allow them time to craft a detailed letter on your behalf.

 

  1. Prepare your Essays and Resumes. Begin drafting your essays. Enlist your faculty, mentors and friends to help with proofreading. Be sure that your essay addresses the topic or questions asked on the application. Give yourself adequate time to prepare the essay. It often takes many drafts and rewrites to get it right.

 

  1. Stay in touch. Periodically review this webpage as well as our Instagram @cpowellfellowships to keep track of program updates such as info sessions. Tips for submitting your application or adjustments to the deadlines.