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New York Scholarships

People are sometimes surprised to find out that New York is a state as well as a city. And it's a big state, too. There are over 300 institutions of higher learning in New York. The Empire State is also the Education State. 

With this many colleges and universities, you'll have your choice of sizes and styles of education. We're talking about educational powerhouses like the Ivy League standouts of Columbia University and Cornell University. But also offered is a full compliment of small and medium state and private schools. There are also several community colleges for those looking for a more affordable college experience. 

The links below contain all the information you will need to apply for specific scholarships. You should find funding opportunities for a host of career and educational experiences. These include majors such as nursing, elementary education, law, information science, communications, journalism, theology and many more.

Click on any of the links below to continue exploring the college scholarships available in the beautiful state of New York.  

Ferdinand Torres AFB Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time post-secondary student who is legally blind and who presents evidence of economic need. To be eligible, the applicant must reside in the United States but need not be a citizen of the United States. Preference will be given to applicants residing in the New York City metropolitan area and new immigrants to the United States. Applicants must submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance into a full-time post-secondary program 4. Evidence of economic need 5. Three letters of recommendation 6. Proof of residency (e.g., telephone bill, lease, utility bill) 7. A Typewritten statement of three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extracurricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used. New immigrants, please include a description of your country of origin and the reason for coming to the United States.

Carolyn Kohn Memorial Scholarship

* For student seeking a post-professional graduate degree; * Must be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; * Demonstrate a need for financial assistance; * Have a sustained record of outstanding scholastic achievement; * Must be a full-time student currently enrolled in an accredited or developing occupational therapy educational program. * Must be currently enrolled in a minimum of two courses per semester in an accredited institution of higher education; * Graduate program must require a dissertation, thesis, special project, or research component; * Must be a New York resident. Check website for any update on award deadline.

AOTF New York Scholarship

Scholarships for occupational therapy students at professional master's degree level in New York state, who are residents of the state of New York and who are members of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. Scholarship amount TBD. Please check website for any changes in award deadline.

Public Service Corps Internship Program

To be eligible for a work-study placement, a student must be receiving financial aid. Students should consult their financial aid office about the federal Work-Study Program and whether or not their institution has a contract with the Public Service Corps (PSC). The contract requires that each participating institution contributes (through Federal Work-Study funds) 75 percent of the intern's earnings and the hiring agency provides the remaining 25 percent. PSC work-study interns may work full time (40 hours per week) during the summer and during school breaks and part time (20 hours per week) during the academic year. Students receive an hourly wage which is determined by their school. The current ranges of compensation are as follows: From freshman through completion of sophomore year $5.90-$8.81/hr From junior through completion of senior year $6.40-$9.82/hr Graduate school students (1st yr) $6.90-$10.88/hr Graduate school students (2nd yr and above) $6.90-$12.48/hr As Public Service interns, students will: Gain valuable credentials, contacts and references for future employment Apply their classroom learning in the workplace Gain marketable skills and expertise Obtain exposure to the broad range of professional opportunities in the public sector Learn more about specific career options within City government

Fall and Spring Academic Internships

Newsday offers for-credit Fall and Spring Academic internships for college students who are preparing for careers in print journalism. These internships will introduce students to the newsroom and will give the students the opportunity to work on daily stories. These reporter internships are for goal-oriented self starters who have basic interviewing, research, writing and typing skills. We pay a stipend of $25 per day, plus expenses that are incurred while on the job. A car is necessary for this internship. Academic Interns work two days a week during Newsday's regular newsroom hours, which will vary by assignment, on Long Island, in Queens and in Washington. Please check website for deadline of application.

Summer Journalism Program

Newsday's Summer Journalism Program is designed for college students interested in a newspaper career. Interns work as reporters, photographers or artists, and are given actual assignments for publication. They are participants, not merely observers, in the daily process of putting out the newspaper. While applicants are encouraged to designate their preference in areas such as news, sports, entertainment, features and business, final determination will be made by the editors. With the exception of artists and photographers, interns must have completed their junior year in the spring preceding their internship. Artists and photographers must have completed their sophomore year in the spring preceding their internship. Library interns have the opportunity to work in a special library setting, doing general research and technical services. Library interns must be enrolled in an accredited MLS program. The summer program also provides a series of seminars in which participants join with regular Newsday staff members in informal discussions on such topics as investigative reporting and column writing. Photo interns begin their internship with several days of working-seminars with staff photographers. Interns will be paid approximately $500.00 for a 35-hour week. Interns are entitled to overtime and reimbursement for job related expenses. Each job in the summer program is for a minimum of 10 weeks. Since Newsday operates around the clock, seven days a week, interns can expect their hours to fluctuate. Interns must have a car and a valid driver's license at the start of the internship. Please contact Newsday for application process and the application deadline.

Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarships

Eligibility Guidelines 1. Undergraduates must be under 30 years of age at the time of application. Graduates must be under 40 years of age at the time of application. 2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and must enroll full-time in a four year bachelor degree or approved graduate program. 3. PhD candidates who have only the dissertation to complete and who are not enrolled in class full-time are not eligible. 4. Only one student in a family can apply and receive a scholarship at the same time. 5. High school seniors are eligible to apply during their senior year in high school for their first year in college. 6. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. 7. Scholars who are requesting aid for a second degree at the same level for which a degree has already been awarded are not eligible to apply, for example, a second Bachelor’s Degree or second Master’s Degree. 8. Due to limited funding, the number of applications given to students enrolled in graduate study at medical, law or business school is limited. 9. A personal interview in New York City is required of all applicants. Travel expenses are not reimbursed. 10. Students who have previously applied for a Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship and who were denied an award are not eligible to reapply.

NTS Aid to Native Americans

Eligibility Enrolled members of a New York State tribe and their children who are attending, or planning to attend, a college in New York State and are New York State residents. Awards are made to all eligible applicants. There is no qualifying examination. Awards are available for 2, 4 or 5-year programs. Available Awards Eligible and/or certified American Indian students are eligible to receive grant awards of up to $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time study (five years for specific programs requiring five years to complete degree requirements). Students registered for less than 12 credit hours per semester will be considered part-time and will be funded on a prorated basis. If funding is available, eligible students may receive aid for summer course work. Any aid a student receives for summer school study is deducted from the student's maximum entitlement for four years of full-time college study. Application Process: Applications must be postmarked by July 15 for the fall semester, by December 31 for the spring semester, and by May 20 for the summer session. There are no fees for submitting an application. Students must apply for each semester (not annually).

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Minority Internship

Women of color who are undergraduate students, college graduates, graduate studens or women in career change.

Chester Dale Fellowships

Intended for individuals whose fields of study are related to the fine arts of the western worlds and who are preferably American citizens under the age of forty. The grants, which typically cover periods from three months to one year, are for research at the Metropolitan Museum.

NYPA Internships

The NYPA Foundation provides paid summer internships for college journalism students. Students must apply by March 1st of each year, and be accepted into the eight week program. Students should apply directly to the local community newspaper they wish to intern with, and be interviewed and accepted by an NYPA member newspaper. Students who are accepted into the program will earn a net stipend of $2,500 for the eight week internship.

JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship

For students with a demonstrated interest in public policy and public service; JFEW provides tuition assistance and summer internship stipend to female participants, as well as special programming to enhance professional development (based at Roosevelt House) Eligibility: JFEW works with its grantee partners to identify and support women who meet these criteria: Full-time enrollment in a degree-granting program Financial need. Demonstrated financial need is a prerequisite for all JFEW awards Academic Achievement. Students must also demonstrate merit with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 Permanent residence in New York City or within a 50-mile radius. In determining awards, preference is for candidates who are from New York City, who have a strong connection to the community, and who are likely to stay and contribute to life here US Citizenship, Permanent Residence or Deferred Action Status. All JFEW grantees must be U.S. citizens or the equivalent, or have employment authorization under deferred action status. Students who are in the U.S. legally, but who are not citizens, permanent residents or the equivalent, are not eligible for JFEW awards

Scholarships for Emigres in the Health Professions

This program will provide scholarships to emigres from the former Soviet Union to train in medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, nursing, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. Applicants must be female and live within a 50-mile radius of New York City. Grants are awarded based on financial need and academic merit.

Rochester Institute of Technology/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Applicants must be incoming freshmen and enrolled in one of RIT's engineering or engineering technology programs. Scholarships will be granted based on academic credentials and leadership potential. A personal interview is recommended. Terms: Up to twenty-five (25) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship will be renewable for three additional years of academic study contingent upon a 2.8 (B) average at RIT.

SUNY-Alfred/Vernon Gleasman/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Incoming freshmen and transfer students academically prepared to pursue an associate or baccalaureate degree in engineering technology will be eligible. Preference will be given to students enrolling in mechanical engineering technology or mechanical design engineering technology. Terms: One $500 scholarship will be offered. For more information contact the Admissions Office at Alfred State.

SUNY at Stony Brook/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Incoming freshmen admitted directly to one of the five Bachelor of Engineering degree programs are eligible. The scholarship will be based on academic achievement and demonstrated motivation for a career as a professional engineer. Terms: Four $2,000 scholarships renewable for up to 4 years if a 3.0 GPA in a Bachelor of Engineering program is maintained; $2,500 per year in years 3 and 4 for students active in the campus chapter of SAE.

Albert E. Wischmeyer Scholarship

Criteria Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate students enrolled in a manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology or mechanical technology accredited degree program at a college or university in New York State. Applicants must reside in Western New York State. Applicants must possess an overall minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students may submit a scholarship application in succeeding years. Need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

McDonald's Golden Arches Scholarships

Any Tri-State student planning to attend their first year of college is eligible. Winning students will receive a scholarship award of $1,000. In addition, the student displaying the most outstanding academic achievement will be awarded a $5,000 McDonald's Big Mac Valedictorian Award. The student who best demonstrates a commitment to community service will be awarded a $5,000 McDonald's Community Service Award.

McDonald's GospelFest Music Scholarships

Students from the Tri-State area who plan to major in music are eligible for an award of $1,000 or one $5,000 award ($2,500 per year over 2 years).

Hon. Beatrice Krupkin Scholarship

The Hon. Beatrice Krupkin Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year woman law student who best exemplifies academic success in law school combined with financial need and a keen interest in advancing the status of women in society through her eventual legal career. She must be a resident of the state of New York.

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