Service Opportunity Abroad for College Graduates

If you are one of the many QC students interested in service after graduation, why not consider the information below from the Princeton in Asia program?

Interested in teaching on the coast of Thailand, studying environmental conservation in the foothills of the Himalayas, reporting for a leading newspaper in Myanmar, or working on local economic development in Mongolia? Then step out of the country, out of your comfort zone, and out of the cubicle and apply to Princeton in Asia.

Princeton in Asia (PiA) fosters mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities. Founded in 1898, PiA is one of the oldest not-for-profit organizations of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. For the 2016-2017 academic year, PiA expects to offer 130 yearlong fellowships in 19 Asian countries in the fields of access to education, environmental sustainability, public health, economic development, social justice and access to information. We have an incredibly active group of fellows and alumni who, inspired by their yearlong PiA experience, maintain a lifetime commitment to Asia and PiA. PiA is open to graduates of all colleges and universities and requires no prior Asian experience or language skills. The application is due November 13th, and can be found here:  Please email with any questions about PiA. Please join our webinar this Thursday, October 8th at 2:00pm EST.

A change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.

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Fellowship for New Americans

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans recognizes the contributions of immigrants or children of immigrants by awarding college seniors or students who are at the beginning of their graduate studies up to $90,000 to pursue an advanced degree at a U.S. institution. In addition to this generous funding, the fellowship is not restricted to particular degrees, fields or institutions. Don’t miss your chance to explore this amazing opportunity!

The 2016 competition is now open, with the application due November 1st,2015. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality and initiative, but financial need is not a factor. You can read the full eligibility requirements and access the application, instructions and other very useful resources here. If you are thinking about applying, please come to an information session on the Soros fellowship sponsored by the Office of Honors and Scholarships.

Date: Monday, October 5th

Time: Free Hour: 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 17

please also feel free to contact me to talk about your plans and the application essays.

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Scholarship for Asian Students


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) application is now open, and once again this year, Queens College is a partner institution.  This means that eligible students may apply for scholarships of up to $5,000.  The foundation also offers scholarship winners opportunities for academic advising, career guidance, and the chance to connect with current students and former scholarship winners from other campuses.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by The U.S. Census.
  • Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of the U.S. Freely Associated States.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree program at Queens College during the 2016 Spring Semester.
  • Have applied for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not necessarily have to be receiving federal aid.

The application  deadline is October 15th, 2015.  To assist with your application, please attend the information session about the scholarship and the application process on September 9th during free hour and feel free to contact me to discuss your application including the essays.  QC students have been very successful in this scholarship; don’t miss your chance to apply for this wonderful opportunity!


What: Information Session on APIASF Scholarship

When: September 9th during Free Hour: 12:15-1:30

Where: Honors Hall Rm. 17

Why: Learn about the opportunities available through the APIASF scholarship and tips for submitting a strong application


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Scholarship for Asian Women

The Asian Women in Business (AWIB) Scholarship supports exceptional Asian female undergraduates who demonstrate a commitment to scholarship, leadership, community service and/or entrepreneurship with a one-time $2,500 scholarship.  The selection committee intends these awards to support future leaders in a range of fields. 

The deadline for this year’s application is October 1st, and the application form, which includes instructions for applicants and very helpful information about the scholarship’s goals, can be found here.

For more information about the scholarship and eligibility requirements, visit this link.

The application includes the following two essay questions:

  1. In 500-800 words, describe your leadership role(s). What did you accomplish? How has this experience influenced your goals? How has it made you a better leader?
  2. In 150-400 words, outline what you would do with the scholarship money.

In addition, at least one letter of recommendation is required.  Starting early will help you submit the most competitive application possible.  Please visit the scholarship’s FAQ page and feel free to contact me for assistance.

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A Very Successful Year for Queens College Students


This year, Queens College students have done extremely well in competitions for major national awards.  With a range of disciplines and experiences, our students have been awarded fellowships to teach, research, or pursue graduate degrees.  Read on to learn more about the excellent work done by our students and to consider how you might apply for one of these awards yourself!

The U.S. Student Fulbright program offers a wide range of opportunities for academic and cultural exchange.  Students can spend a year overseas teaching English, doing independent research, earning a Master’s degree or honing their artistic craft.  Seven Queens College students, Eric Becker, Carlsky Belizaire (Macaulay Honors College), Alyssa Blumenthal (Macaulay Honors College), Karissa Caputo (Macaulay honors College), Sarah Chung, Kathryn Cox (Macaulay Honors College) and Carla Spensieri, have won this prestigious award this year. They will be going to Sweden, Brazil, Taiwan, Cyprus, and South Korea.  If there’s a country you’ve always wanted to visit or return to after your study abroad, or if there’s a project you’d like to pursue, if only you had the time, why not visit the Fulbright website to explore how to make your dream a reality.

This year, Isaac Deonarine and Sarah Franco (Macaulay Honors College) have won the prestigious J. K. Watson fellowship.  This award provides three Summer internships, one of them abroad, and opportunities for cultural and professional growth throughout the three years of the program.  The fellowship is designed to be a transformative experience which encourages students to move outside their comfort zone and helps them develop their leadership potential.  If this broadening experience sounds like something you are looking for, please check out their website for more information and to read about what current and recent fellows are doing.

If public policy is your passion, explore the New York City Urban Fellows program.  This allows recent college graduates to spend a year working in a New York City agency, giving them the opportunity to work on issues they care about and the chance to improve the lives of New Yorkers.  Queens College and Macaulay Honors College students Lauren Blachorsky and Carlsky Belizaire were finalists this year.

For the first time this year, Queens College students were able to apply for the APIASF/AANAPISI scholarship offered to students at partner institutions of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).  Thirteen of our students, Shankar Ghimire, Gul Jannat, Norman Joeng, Kuljit Kaur, Simrat Kaur, Catherine Kim, Brandon Lau, Shuai Li, Liang Lin, James Marone, Cindy Yam, Macaulay Honors student Jiemin Yang and Haizhen Yuan were awarded this scholarship for their academic achievement and community service. In addition to receiving financial assistance for their Queens College education, they will be able to take advantage of mentoring and professional development opportunities available through the APIASF.  Check out their website to learn more about this and other scholarships.

Our students have also been commended for their scientific research.  The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program funds graduate study in the STEM fields, and Davneet Kaur earned an honorable mention in this year’s competition.  Tamar Lichter (Macaulay Honors College) also earned an honorable mention from The Barry M. Goldwater fellowship, which provides scholarships to sophomores or juniors interested in pursuing a research career.

Congratulations to all our winners!  Following the example of Andrew Goodman, recipient of an honorary doctorate at this year’s commencement, Queens College students are making the world a better place for future generations.  These are only some of the ways our students are being recognized for their achievements.  Check out the links in this post, and consider applying for these or other opportunities; we’d all love to know of the good work you are doing! feel free to contact me to discuss these and other possibilities you might be interested in, and visit this blog regularly to learn about fellowships and application assistance available at the college.  I look forward to celebrating your achievements next year!

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Scholarship for Public Housing Residents

Established in 2005, The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program annually awards $1,000 scholarships to qualifying public housing residents who are enrolled full-time at senior and community colleges of The City University of New York (CUNY).


The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program encourages residents to attend and

remain in college by providing vital financial assistance that can be used to defray college-related expenses.


Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an authorized NYCHA resident
  •  Be a sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled full-time in a CUNY Associate or Baccalaureate degree program
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Submit a 500-word autobiographical essay


Application Process

Application packages will be available at NYCHA Property Management Offices and

Community Centers for download upon request. The application packages can also be downloaded from NYCHA’s website: Completed applications can be submitted to NYCHA by email ( or postal mail to NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program at:

Attn: Tischelle George / Office of REES

New York City Housing Authority

787 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11238


Applications must be received by June 30, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact NYCHA’s Resident Scholarship Program Manager at 718-218-1513 or via email at


Documentation Requirements

All participants are required to submit the following as part of the application package:

  • College transcript – (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  • Resume of work experience and community service
  • 500-word autobiographical essay: (typed, double-spaced – please include your name in the header and number all pages)
  • Essay Question:
    • NYCHA and CUNY, as public institutions, are committed to helping low-income New Yorkers realize their full potential through higher education. As a member of both communities, we invite you to write an essay that describes how being a resident of public housing AND attending a CUNY college is helping you to achieve your professional goals. Your essay should not exceed 500 words.


Notification and Awards

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in the summer of 2015, and scholarships will be awarded In September, 2015.



Please visit the link above for the application form, and feel free to contact Dr. Moira Egan at or (718 997-2863 if you would like feedback on your essay.




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Funding in STEM Fields

Are you a biology major interested in Summer research experience?  Are you interested in graduate study in the STEM fields but not sure how you’ll pay for it?  Are you thinking about a career as a science or math teacher?  You’re welcome to come to an information session to learn about funding available for students in the STEM fields.  We will discuss opportunities for students at varied stages in their academic careers including the Barry M Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, two competitions in which Queens College students have done well.  Come learn more about these and other possibilities, including some first-hand advice from a Queens College student with an excellent record of winning major awards.

Date: Wednesday, April 29th

Time: Free Hour: 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 12

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Scholarship for Latino/a Students Including Those with DACA Status

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) offers scholarships to provide financial assistance and increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education.

Applicants must demonstrate a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

You can learn more about the scholarship program and read about other opportunities offered by the CHCI at and access the 2015 scholarship application by visiting  Applications are due April 16, 2015.  Essays and letters of recommendation are required, so if you are interested, visit the scholarship’s website and application page as soon as possible.

CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one time scholarship of:

  • $2,500 (paid in equal installments for each year of study) to pursue an undergraduate degree
  • $5,000 to pursue graduate-level study

Awards provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program within the United States and Puerto Rico during the period for which scholarship is requested
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.   NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival”  (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application.
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Upcoming Fellowship Information Sessions

The Honors Department is hosting a series of information sessions to assist students in funding college and graduate degrees, as well as international study, research or teaching.

Please mark your calendars and join us for the following events, all taking place during free hour. Please check back for more information about individual workshops prior to each date.

Day Date Room Purpose
Monday 3/30/2015 Honors Hall, Rm. 17 Fulbright Information Session with Fulbright Manager
Monday 4/20/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Soros Graduate Fellowship for New Americans with Program Director
Wednesday 4/22/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Fulbright Information Session with Former Fulbright Manager
Wednesday 4/29/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Fellowships in the Sciences
Monday 5/4/2015 HH, Rm. 17 UK Fellowships
Wednesday 5/6/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Arts Fulbright and Soros
Monday 5/11/2015 HH, Rm. 17 Funding for Graduate School
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Fulbright Information Session

If you would like to spend an academic year abroad after graduation, pursuing work directly related to your interests, then the Fulbright Award might be right for you.  Come learn more at one of two information sessions hosted by the Honors department and featuring experts from the Fulbright Program.

Date: March 30 or April 22nd

Time: Free Hour, 12:15-1:30

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 17

Fulbright offers many different types of awards to meet a wide range of academic goals and interests.  The awards include:

  • English Teaching Awards
  • Academic Research Awards
  • Arts Awards
  • Business Awards
  • Public Policy Fellowships
  • Grants in Science and Public Health
  • There is even an MTV Fulbright award.

To explore your options, you can visit the country pages that interest you for specific awards and requirements.

For more information about Fulbright, and for guidance on beginning your application, please contact: or call 718-997-2863.

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