LaGuardia Community College Foundation scholarship helps students who are facing financial obstacles pay for college expenses. The Foundation has a number of scholarships available, ranging from $500 to $5,000, which are made possible by contributions from generous donors--individuals, businesses, organizations, and associations both public and private.
You can apply for a Foundation scholarship through the online application, which is available at www.laguardia.edu/scholarships; select Apply Now.
Priority will be given to applications submitted between April 1 – Aug. 31 for the upcoming academic year. Thereafter, applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the fall and spring semesters. Students needing financial assistance are encouraged to apply.
After you hit the "submit" button on your application, a confirmation message will be sent via your student email and My LaGuardia page to inform you that your application was received. You will also receive periodic updates regarding your application status.
You will receive scholarship status updates via your student email and My LaGuardia page. In most cases, you should expect to be notified within three to six weeks after the beginning of the semester in which you applied regarding your eligibility. You can also send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails are typically answered in 1-2 business days.
Student Financial Services staff reviews all online applications and determines eligibility and assigns scholarships. Only ONE online application per academic year is required for all Foundation scholarships.
Scholarship recipients will be required to attend a scholarship orientation and submit a thank you letter to their donor. Students may also be asked to attend Foundation events, and participate in College and Foundation marketing efforts. Recipients will be notified in advance.
Yes. Expressing gratitude to donors for their interest and support of education is an important part of receiving a scholarship. In order to complete the scholarship acceptance process a thank you note to the donor is required. Get tips on how to write your Thank You letter.
You must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress towards a degree and show financial need. Scholarship funds may be used only for tuition, books, and fees associated with your education.
Scholarships awards are determined based on the student’s financial need, GPA and academic excellence, College or community service, or extracurricular achievement. More than half of all scholarship applicants receive scholarships. LaGuardia reserves the right to decline scholarship awards for any reason.
Scholarship award notifications begin after Financial Aid Certification date each semester, which is usually about three (3) weeks after the first day of classes. Letters of notification are sent via student email and My LaGuardia page to all applicants whether or not they receive a scholarship. As soon as you receive your award notification, you should follow the acceptance instructions to accept your award.
Scholarship recipients are required to meet the following conditions to remain eligible for their award:
Attendance is a requirement for receiving and maintaining your award. Failure to attend classes could result in the loss of your scholarship.
Yes, scholarships may be available to students who may not be eligible for federal or state financial aid. If you do not meet FAFSA eligibility, please complete a Needs Assessment form which can be obtained in room M-103A. International students can also obtain a Needs Assessment form at the International Student Services Office in room B-117.
Foundation scholarships are available for part-time students who have earned at least 45 credits and have filed Intent to Graduate in the semester they are applying for scholarship support.
Foundation scholarships are only available for full-time and part-time matriculated students—working toward a degree.
No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen.
Yes, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid/ FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. International students should complete a Needs Assessment form which can be obtained in room M-103A or the International Student Services Office in room B-117.
Scholarship awards range from approximately $500 to $5,000 per academic year.
Yes, you may still qualify for a Foundation Scholarship. If you receive tuition assistance through other programs such as ASAP or College Discovery you may not be eligible.
Students must re-apply each academic year. The application for the upcoming academic year will be posted online after April 1st.
Yes. Students must re-apply each academic year. The application for the upcoming academic year will be posted online after April 1st.
Scholarship recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.0+ and good academic standing. You do not need to be an honor student to be eligible.
No, scholarships are awarded for the current academic year. You must reapply to be considered for a scholarship for the following year.
The Foundation strives to award scholarships to as many eligible students as possible. Most students selected for a scholarship may only receive one award per academic year. Students may still receive funds from external awards.
If you have been awarded a scholarship, the amount will be credited directly to your CUNYfirst account. If your award does not cover your entire tuition, please subtract your pending award amount from the amount you owe and pay the balance by the tuition due date indicated on CUNYfirst. (You will not be dropped from your registered classes before your award is applied to your tuition).
If your award exceeds the amount of your tuition, a refund will be issued to you either in the form of a check mailed to the address on file in CUNYfirst or a credit to your Student Direct Deposit account after the College has verified that you are enrolled in your classes and are meeting scholarship requirements (See question 14).
You must be enrolled at LaGuardia in order to receive a scholarship. If you have been notified of an award for two semesters of the academic year but leave or graduate after the first semester, you will not receive scholarship funds for the second semester.
Visit the Foundation Office in room E-508 to request an Emergency Funds Application. A Foundation or Development Department staff member will walk you through the Emergency Fund request process.
For more information, you can call 718-482-5610, visit the Foundation/Development Department Office in room E-508 or email FoundationScholarship@lagcc.cuny.edu where you can expect a response within 1-2 business days.