CWE Scholarship and Awards

Welcome to the CWE Scholarships and Awards page.

The 2020-2021 Scholarship & Awards application period for the next academic year will be open in Fall 2020.

All complete applications will be reviewed for available scholarships for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 school year.

Please check out this page frequently for more information.


2019-2020 SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARDS

  • ADA SHEPARD AWARD FOR CREATIVE WRITING ($200)
    • This award was established by Katherine Titakis (1984) in honor of her mother.ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate creative writing students requirements:•Résumé•Creative writing sample (1-5pages)
  • ALBERT A. BLUM AWARD ($500)
    • This award was founded by David and Steven Blum in honor of their father, Dr. Albert A. Blum (b. 1924), a CCNY alum and noted Labor Studies scholar. The award is for the best student paper in the field of Labor Studies.ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate and Graduate Students.REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•Personalstatement•Paper on any aspect of LaborStudies
  • BARBARA ARONSON CWE SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD ($1000)
    • For students who conduct a research project on human rights, labor, or sustainable development during a study abroad in an underdeveloped country OR who undertake a year-long internship in an organization whose mission is to promote social justice.ELIGIBILITY: Juniors or returning Seniors, 24 credits completed at City College, at least 60 credits overall, and GPA of 3.0 or higher requirements:•Résumé•750-word essay describing your interest in social justice issues and future goals. Identify your most important social justice issue and describe how you would use the experience of an internship or a study abroad trip to advance socialjustice•Two recommendation letters (at least one should be from a faculty member who has taught you)NOTE: Students must write an essay after they complete the study abroad or the internship.
  • SOL CHAIKEN AWARD ($1000)
    • This award is for a senior student to enhance their interest in the field of Labor Studies. In the past, it has been awarded to a student doing an internship with a labor union and enrolled in a Labor Studies class.ELIGIBILITY: Seniors enrolled in a Labor Studies class requirements:•Résumé•A research paper (10 pages minimum) on any aspect of LaborStudies
  • EDWARD RIVERA PRIZE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY ($500)
    • This prize is named for Edward Rivera, CCNY Professor of English and acclaimed author of the novel Family Installments, who taught autobiography, fiction writing, and literature courses at CWE until his death in 2001. This prize is administered in collaboration with the CCNY English Department.ELIGIBILITY: All CWE undergraduate students requirements:•Résumé•AutobiographicalEssay
  • ELENA TITAKIS MEMORIAL AWARD ($200)
    • Created by Katherine and Nicholas Titakis in 1999, in memory of their daughter,Elena Tatakis. It is awarded to one graduating senior who has overcome adversity and is working or plans to work in some aspect of public service.ELIGIBILITY: Graduating Seniors (degree completed in Fall 2019or May 2020)REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•PersonalStatement
  • EUGENE BELLIN AWARD ($500)
    • For a documented record of activity on behalf of social justice.ELIGIBILITY: Juniors who have completed two semesters at CWE, GPA 3.0 or above requirements:•Résumé•Essay describing your activities on behalf of social justice and community service, providing specific dates, names, places, and references. Attach photocopies of letters, articles, certificates, and other materials that document the work you have done.
  • FRANCES S. PATAI ESSAY PRIZE ($1000)
    • For the best student paper addressing the role(s) played by women activists in any area related to the topics of war, genocide, and/or human rights.ELIGIBILITY: All CWE undergraduate students requirements:•Résumé•A paper (10-15 pages minimum) with references and citations.
  • SUSAN KNOPF KINOY SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIZE ($500)
    • This prize is for students hoping to work for social justice through for example social work, law, or public health.ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate, immigrant, non-citizen requirements:•Résumé•1-page statement of personal and career goals
  • SAMUEL WALLACH ’29 AWARD FOR EDUCATORS ($500)
    • Superior record of academic achievement, planning a career in either public school teaching or labor education and committed to public education, progressive teacher unionism, and education with the aim of achieving social justice.ELIGIBILITY: Graduating Seniors (Degree completed in Fall 2019, May 2020or Summer 2020)REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•Essay (500 words) describing how you meet the criteria for this award and what your plans are for your career ineducation•Two recommendation letters from faculty members whose classes you have taken
  • CWE ALUMNI GROUP STUDENT AWARD ($1000)
    • The purpose of this award is to assist a returning CWE student to address the expense of college education. The award is intended to assist an exemplary CWE student in paying for tuition and associated expenses.ELIGIBILITY: Returning students (for 2020-2021), GPA 3.0 or above.REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•A college quality essay (500 to 750 words, size 12 font, double spaced, 1-inch margins), on “What role has being a student at CWE played in improving your life?”

THESE SCHOLARSHIPSREQUIRE A FAFSA OR EQUIVALENTDEMONSTRATION OF FINANCIAL NEED:

  • THE DEAN & WILLIAM MATZKIN SCHOLARSHIP (Two $1000 tuition scholarships for Fall 2020)
    • For students who are struggling financially to accomplish their academic goals.ELIGIBILITY: Returning students with financial need requirements:•Résumé•FAFSA orequivalent•Personal statement (500Words)
  • MATHEW K. AMBERG SCHOLARSHIP ($1000 for tuition for Fall2020)
    • In memory of Mathew K. Amberg, CCNY class of 1941, who devoted his career and life to protect the rights and safety of, and respect for working men and women.ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled for fall 2020in theGlobal Labor Studiesconcentration courses.REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•Personalstatement•Paper on any aspect of LaborStudies •FAFSA or equivalent
  • ROBERT HARTMANN SCHOLARSHIP ($3500 tuition scholarship for Fall 2020)
    • Scholarship funded by QUEST founding member Bob Hartmann for a Junior or returning Senior with financial need.ELIGIBILITY: Juniors and returning Seniors (must be returning for Fall 2020)REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•Personal Statement (500words)•FAFSA or equivalent
  • PETER COTT AND KEN LEEDOM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($5000 two tuition scholarships for Fall 2020)  
    • Through Quest, a vibrant educational and social environment for over 250retired men and women at CWE. The scholarship is for demonstrated evidence of leadership, scholarship, and community service as well as financial need.ELIGIBILITY: All Undergraduate students returning in the Fall of 2020.REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•Personalstatement•Reference letter from a CWE faculty member who can attest to your leadership, scholarship, and community service
  • QUEST SCHOLARSHIP ($3500 tuition scholarship for Fall 2020)
    • Quest is a vibrant educational and social environment for over 200 retired men and women at CWE. The scholarship is for demonstrated evidence of leadership, scholarship, and community service.ELIGIBILITY: All Undergraduate students who are returning for Fall 2020REQUIREMENTS:•Résumé•Personalstatement•Reference letter from a CWE faculty member who can attest to your leadership, scholarship, and community service
  • MICHAEL WELLNER (“CAPTAIN MIKE”) AWARD ($1500)
    • Award funded by Michael Wellner, QUEST leader, and CWE supporter, for students with demonstrated financial need and a willingness to give back to CWE/CCNY after graduation.ELIGIBILITY: Returning students (for 2020-2021 academic year) with financial need, unemployed or working part-time, GPA of 3.0 or above requirements:•Résumé•Personal statement detailing student’s willingness to give back toCWE/CCNY aftergraduation•FAFSA or equivalent

NOMINATION BYCWE STAFF OR FACULTY REQUIRED:

  • WASIM RAFICK AWARD ($500)
    • Awarded to a current CWE student who exemplifies the spirit of CWE: respect for others, service to the community, success through hard work and sacrifice, generosity, engagement, and genuine commitment to CWE.ELIGIBILITY: Returning Undergraduate students requirements:•Résumé•Short essay that articulates your life experience, how you have contributed to the CWE community, and career and futuregoals•Nomination statement from a CWE faculty or staff member, including Front Desk staff, detailing the ways in which the student exemplifies the CWE spirit as outlined above