• Foundation Scholarships

  • Frequently Asked Questions


  •  1. What are Foundation Scholarships?

    LaGuardia Community College Foundation scholarship helps students who are facing financial obstacles pay for college expenses. The Foundation has a number of scholarships available which are made possible by contributions from generous donors--individuals, businesses, organizations, and associations both public and private.

     2. Who is eligible for a scholarship?
    • Full-time students in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 and above.
    • Part-time students graduating in the current semester
    • International students are eligible to apply
     3. How do I apply for a scholarship?

    You can apply for a Foundation scholarship through the online application, which is available at www.laguardia.edu/scholarships; select Apply Now.


     4. What do I need to apply for a scholarship?
     5. When are the scholarship applications due?

    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.


     6. After submitting my scholarship application, how do I know if it was actually received?

    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.


     7. How can I check my scholarship 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 foundationscholarship@lagcc.cuny.edu. Emails are typically answered in 1-2 business days.


     8. Do I have to complete a scholarship application for each scholarship available?

    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.


     9. Are there any other requirements to receive scholarship funds?

    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.


     10. Do I need to write a thank you letter?

    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.

     11. What are the conditions regarding the use of scholarship funds?

    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. 

     12. How are scholarship awards determined?

    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.

     13. When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

    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.

     14. What are the requirements to keep my award?

    Scholarship recipients are required to meet the following conditions to remain eligible for their award:

    • Be enrolled at LaGuardia Community College full-time (12 credits or the equivalent) or part-time student (45 credits or more with Intent to Graduate)
    • Show financial need
    • Register for classes at LaGuardia Community College and remain enrolled through Financial Aid Certification date
    • Be in good academic standing, maintain a GPA of 2.0+
    • Attend a Scholarship Orientation Workshop once per academic year
    • Participate in College or community service
     15. I plan on dropping a course this semester, will my scholarship be affected?

    Attendance is a requirement for receiving and maintaining your award. Whether you drop/add a class, it is important that you maintain full-time status – at least 12 credits each semester.

     16. I do not qualify for federal or state financial aid, should I still apply for a Foundation 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.

     17. I am enrolled as a part-time student. Can I still qualify for a scholarship?

    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.

     18. Can I apply for a scholarship if I am working toward a certificate and not a degree?

    Foundation scholarships are only available for full-time and part-time matriculated students—working toward a degree.

     19. Do I need to be a United States citizen to apply?

    No, you do not need to be a U.S. citizen.

     20. Do I need to apply for financial aid in order to qualify?

    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.

     21. How much money is usually awarded?

    Scholarship awards begin at $500 per academic year.

     22. If I receive financial aid or help from other sources, can I still qualify for a Foundation scholarship?

    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.

     23. If I applied for a scholarship last year, can I still apply this year?

    Students must re-apply each academic year. The application for the upcoming academic year will be posted online after April 1st.

     24. If I received a scholarship last year, do I need to reapply?

    Yes. Students must re-apply each academic year. The application for the upcoming academic year will be posted online after April 1st.

     25. I am not an honor student. Will I still be considered for a scholarship?

    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.

     26. If I decide not to go to LaGuardia this year, can I save the scholarship for the following year?

    No, scholarships are awarded for the current academic year. You must reapply to be considered for a scholarship for the following year. 

     27. Can I receive more than one scholarship?

    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.

     28. If I am awarded a scholarship, does the money come directly to me?

    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).

     29. What if I graduate during the current academic year?

    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.

     30. How do I apply for emergency funds?

    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.

     31. Who can I contact if I have a question about the scholarship 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.

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