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Scholarships and Fellowships

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Scholarships and Fellowships

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City College offers a wide variety of scholarship and fellowship opportunities that support a diverse population of students. Scholarships identified here may be need-based (i.e., reserved for students who demonstrate financial need to pay tuition or other expenses), while others are based on merit (i.e., based on some criteria other than financial need). Colin Powell School students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities that offset tuition costs and/or otherwise enhance their academic experience. Use the links to the left to learn more about Colin Powell School Fellowships (those offered by the Powell School – many are open to students from all majors and programs); Internal CCNY Scholarships (those offered by City College more broadly); and External Scholarships and Fellowships (those offered by outside institutions, companies or organizations).

For those of you wondering about whether a scholarship or fellowship is for you, you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions below.

Am I eligible?

This website lists more than seventy scholarship and fellowship opportunities, each with different eligibility requirements. And these are just a small sample of the many, many scholarships that exist nationally and internationally. Students are encouraged to read the eligibility requirements carefully and apply to those programs for which they are eligible.

Do I need a particular GPA to apply for a scholarship?

No. This is one of the most insidious myths about scholarships and fellowships. Some programs have GPA requirements, others do not. Most require that you are, at least, in good academic standing, and some may require you to maintain a certain GPA in order to continue participating. But there are programs for all sorts of students, and a low GPA shouldn't keep students from looking for a scholarship that benefits them.

Is there a scholarship for students interested in…(fill in the blank)?!?!

Probably. The programs listed throughout this website were selected especially for students in the social sciences. They include programs for students interested in public service or public policy, in travel (domestic or international), in academic research, in learning languages, in getting a head start in the work world, you name it. There are also scholarships available for students regardless of major or area of interest that simply offset tuition costs. You will find opportunities to study almost anything.

What does "financial need" mean?

Financial need can mean different things depending on the scholarship. Often scholarship programs have very explicit definitions in their eligibility requirements.Many programs rely on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which you should complete every semester you are enrolled in college – whether you believe you're eligible for financial aid or not. Undocumented students may use the college's alternate forms, available in the CCNY scholarship office, to determine financial need. Students interested in need-based opportunities should apply the golden rule of applying to scholarships: it never, ever hurts to ask.

What are my chances of getting a fellowship or scholarship?

That depends on the program to which you apply. Some (like the Rhodes Scholarship, or the Truman Fellowship) are very selective and award only a small percentage of applicants. Other programs are less selective, and make awards to 50 percent or more of the applicants. One thing is for sure: your chances are zero if you don't apply.

Some scholarships require a "college nomination." What does that mean?

If a scholarship requires a college nomination, it means that someone at the college has been designated to forward all applications from City College students. It means – and this is important – that you can't simply send in an application yourself. Most applications requiring college nominations are handled by the Honors College (NAC 4/150).

How do I go about applying?

Each program has a different application process. It is crucial to do your research! Pay special attention to required documents--like personal statements, transcripts and letters of recommendation--and deadlines. If you need help, this document is a good starting point! For further information, feel free to stop by the Office of Student Success, Shepard Hall, 5th Floor.