Searching through multiple scholarship databases can be demanding but also rewarding. The good news is, once you learn how to navigate your way through various scholarship resources, you’ll be closer to finding a scholarship that matches your transfer and financial needs, and it may surprise you how much funding is available.
Transfer Services is here to help. We’ve hand-picked the following scholarships and created the guides below to help you secure your path to four-year colleges and fund your education.
Scholarships are a form of financial aid. They are often considered “gift” aid or “free money” that does not need to be repaid. In general, a scholarship will not reduce any entitlement aid such as a Pell Grant or NY State Grants but may reduce loans, federal work-study or other “last dollar scholarships,” depending on the individual situation and in consultation with the student.
Using external or private scholarships is one of the most popular options for grants to pay for a 4-year school. They are summarized as "free money" offered by outside organizations. CUNY itself offers more than 1,000 scholarships, awards, and special program opportunities and there are also grants available from other states and federal offices. While these are important opportunities, you can also find many scholarships elsewhere. There are non-profit organizations, corporations and universities in the United States and internationally which provide different types of scholarships.
Need-based scholarships consider different factors such as income level, cost of living or the number of children enrolled in school in your household. These types of scholarships are independent of merit scholarships, but you may qualify for both depending on the program.
In order to qualify for a merit scholarship, you must demonstrate excellence in a specific area. Merit is usually defined by your GPA but is sometimes recognized through specialized skills or talents.
Quick guide: How to apply for scholarships
Earning scholarships is a three-step process that requires a time commitment. However, with planning, you can save time, maximize your options and optimize your results!
Organization is key in the scholarship application process. It allows for longevity and continuation. Do not bypass this step!
Create and label a five-column table, then label each column as follows: “Name of Scholarship,” “Eligibility,” “Dollar Amount,” “Deadline” and “Website” This will allow you to keep tabs on all the scholarships you find during your search and have a handy list ready when it comes time to apply and submit your essay. (Hint: Get your scholarship essays ready early!)
When you first start your scholarship search, you may be overwhelmed by the number of scholarships out there. It’s crucial that you stay organized and mark down deadlines so you can apply to as many scholarships as possible. While some are complex, not all scholarships require lengthy applications, which gives you the opportunity to apply for even more scholarships.
There are a variety of scholarships out there for students of different backgrounds, areas of interest and unique situations. Here are a few suggestions for narrowing your search:
- Ethnicity and/or gender – Look for scholarships associated with ethnic background, especially if you’re a minority.
- Area of interest – Search for scholarships based on your major or field of interest. You should know better than anyone else what applies to you; use key words that relate to your area of interest and add the word “scholarship” to make the results more specific. (Hint: Consider professional affiliations to expand your results.)
- Institutional and foundational scholarships – Check the website of the school you are applying to, and use scholarship search engines such as collegegreenlight.com to find winning scholarships.
Applying to as many relevant scholarships as possible will increase your chances of being awarded a scholarship. Check out all the resources below, and be sure to follow individual scholarship directions, keep up with all your application deadlines and contact Transfer Services if you have any questions. Good luck!
LaGuardia Community College Foundation Scholarship (current students)
LaGuardia offers various institutional scholarships to support our continuing students. Each year, we award students over one million dollars in Foundation Scholarships based on financial need and/or academic performance. (Note: Any combination of scholarships and other awarded aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.)
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