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: www.nyc.gov/nychacunyscholarship. Completed applications can be submitted to NYCHA by email (scholarships@nycha.nyc.gov) 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 scholarships@nycha.nyc.gov.

 

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.

 

FOR ASSISTANCE

Please visit the link above for the application form, and feel free to contact Dr. Moira Egan at moira.egan@qc.cuny.edu 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 www.chci.org/scholarships/ and access the 2015 scholarship application by visiting apply.chci.org.  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: moira.egan@qc.cuny.edu or call 718-997-2863.

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Workshop: Fellowships for Freshmen and Sophomores

Workshop: What Are External Fellowships and Why Should I Care?

Are you looking for ways to help pay for college or graduate school? Are you unsure of how to begin or overwhelmed by the application process?

Come attend a workshop on finding fellowships for financing college or graduate school. In addition to funding your studies, fellowships build your resume, provide valuable work or research experience, and help you establish a track record as a successful grant recipient.

This workshop will help you start thinking about matching your experiences and interests with appropriate fellowship applications and provide easy steps to lessen stress and strengthen your applications.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday March 25, 2015  from 12:15 to 1:30 in Honors Hall Rm. 17. This will be an interactive workshop with plenty of time for questions. The session will be most useful for first year students or sophomores, but all are very welcome.

If you are unable to attend, please be sure to contact Dr. Egan, our National Fellowships Advisor at moira.egan@qc.cuny.edu or 718-997-2863 to schedule a time to talk individually.

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Peace Corps is Coming to Queens

Have you always wanted to immerse yourself in another culture?  Do you have a desire to share your skills in an international environment?  Come learn about the Peace Corps from a recruiter who is also a former Peace Corps volunteer to see if it’s for you!

Date: March 9th 2015

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

Location: Honors Hall Rm. 17

Applications are due April 1, so if you’re interested please begin exploring this amazing opportunity as soon as possible.

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Study Abroad Scholarship

Are you interested in having an international experience? Exploring another culture? Gaining diverse classroom and work experience in another country?

Consider applying for The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially locations outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including: students with high financial need, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the length of study and individual need. The average award, however, is approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs. Awards can be up to $5,000.

Eligibility:

  • The Gilman Scholarship is open to all undergraduates who are:
    • U.S. Citizens
    • Receiving a Pell Grant
    • In good academic standing
    • Applying to a study abroad or internship program for which you will receive school credit.
    • Applying to a program that lasts at least four weeks (28 days) in one country. Programs for more than one country are eligible if the student will be in one country for at least four consecutive weeks.
    • Not traveling to a location listed on U.S. Department of State’s current Travel Warning list.

The application process includes:

  • Uploading your official transcript. We recommend that you order a copy from Registrar in advance, so that you have ample time to receive and upload it.
  • A Statement of Purpose Essay, in which you address the impact that your trip abroad will have on your academic, professional and personal goals. You should also discuss the impact that the Gilman Scholarship would have on your achievement of these goals.
  • A Follow-On Service Project Proposal, in which you explain how you will give back by inspiring others to pursue their own experiences abroad. This project can be done on your home campus or in your local community and must be completed within six months of your return to the United States. This proposal is closely reviewed during the selection process.

For Summer 2015 programs, the application deadline is March 3, 2015. In addition, the study abroad or financial aid office must certify your application by March 10, 2015. Both components must be completed by the deadline or your application will not be considered.

We look forward to your applying!

 

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