Zitrin Scholarship Programs


The generosity of the Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin ('38) Foundation enables us to award the Zitrin Scholar Peer Tutor/Mentor Award of  $5,000 to five SSSP students each year, or $2,500 per semester.  During the term of their awards, Zitrin Scholars serve as tutors and mentors, providing essential academic support and guidance to their peers. Zitrin Scholars also serve in leadership roles within the SSSP and City College communities.

"As Zitrins our primary tasks were to tutor and mentor students. We shared our knowledge with the students but we also learned from them. We took cues from their motivation their " never give up attitude" and their determination to succeed. We were excited when they did great in their courses and just as sad when the opposite happened. We are honored to have played a a role in helping them achieve their academic goals. Coming into college we never thought of ourselves as teachers and mentors, because we had our own workload and responsibilities. However we rose to the occason as soon as we were given the opportunity and for this we are ever grateful. Thank you Dr. Zitrin, who turned 100 a few days ago, for his endowment. I personally admire his life, and how he is changing lives, of which I am an example. Thank you to the director, advisors and the administrative staff at SSSP. And lastly thank you to every student that any of us have tutored while we were Zitrins"....Edward Sarfo,( '18) , NIH Fellow.

Zitrin Scholarship Academic Year2020-21


AMOUNT: $5,000  APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday May 27, 2020



  • Current, full- time Fall’20, Spring ’21,  matriculated Student Support Services (SSSP) student
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.2 AND a semester, full-time GPA no less than 3.0 for the Fall ’19  and Spring ‘20 semesters
  • Completion of at least 61 credits by end of Spring ‘20
  • In a major




  • Two recommendation letters from faculty (one), staff (other than SSSP), and or community service leader
  • Personal statement of no more than two double-spaced pages addressing:
  • Academic research, internships, extracurricular, tutoring and/or mentoring experience and voluntary involvement
  • Academic achievements and obstacles
  • Financial need
  • Professional Career objectives
  • CUNYFirst Financial Aid information
  • Current resume
  • Must register for Fall ‘20 and Spring ‘21 semesters to receive award
  • Virtual Interview with Committee in June 2020 (applicant will be notified of date)




The Zitrin Scholar works ten (10) hours per week from September 1, 2020-May 31, 2021 and will be assigned to one or more of the following experiential tracks:

  1. Tutoring: tutor SSSP students in the Academic Resource Center and develop educational curricula in consultation with the ARC coordinator.
  2. Mentoring: mentor SSSP students and assist with mentor training
  3. Leadership: plan and implement a special leadership project in consultation with supervisor; and/or support and participate in SSSP virtual and regular events including:
  • Annual Cultural Diversity Celebration
  • Annual Scholars Showcase
  • Bi-Annual Open House for admissions
  • New student orientations and recruitment
  • CCNY Focus groups as required
  • Award Ceremony