Student Scholarship Workshop (Recap)

Student Scholarship Workshop (Recap)


– The program hasn’t really
been around that long. It started in Fall of 2014. And for the three semesters
cycles that we have so far we were lucky enough to have
29 students that graduated from Queensborough and went on to one of the five senior
colleges to get the awards. And every semester they’ll
run reports to identify you if you meet the criteria
based upon what your GPA is, how many credits you have completed, and they will start
communicating with you first. So you really have to watch as you’re approaching
your graduation semester, you’ll start noticing some communications. The first thing is gonna be email. You’ll get email to your
tiger mail accounts. So it’s really very important to look at the tiger mail
accounts and respond to them. You’ll also get a notice on your CUNY first student self-service portal. Students need to be
checking their self-service. They’ll put what’s on, what
they call a to-do list. Are people familiar with
the CUNY self-service and the to-do list? So when you see that to-do list pop up that says Guttman Transfer Scholarship that means that they’ve pre-identified you as a possible candidate
who meet the criteria and then you click into that to-do link and it will give you all the information that Jim just went over and it will also give you access
to the online application. That’s the only way you can apply. – There are two cycles, so you can apply if, for the fall or the spring. In the last academic
cycle there were 75 awards for students who were transferring in fall and 25 for students who were
transferring in the spring, in the spring semester. The scholarship is not open
to undocumented students, unfortunately, or international students. The application requires
a personal statement of no more than 600 words focusing on the applicants long-term
educational and career goals. The personal statements,
and not just for Guttman, but in general, what your goal there is is that you’re out to persuade
the reviewers to select you over other equally qualified candidates. It’s not just a biography. It’s, it’s a document that’s
trying to persuade people that you’re a good risk and
that they should invest in you. This is a nationally competitive
scholarship they’re… This year there will be
85 awards in the country. The Cooke Foundation, this undergraduate transfer scholarship will provide up to $40,000
a year to approximately 85 deserving students selected annually. It’s the largest private
scholarship for two-year and community college transfer
students in the country. Each award is intended, intended to cover a significant share of the student’s expenses
including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. To be eligible, you must
be a current student at an accredited community college. You must plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, demonstrate significant
unmet financial need. The foundation will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, the foundation anticipates of the majority of the
scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant. You, you may not have
previously been nominated for the scholarship and you may not have previously attended a four-year institution. You must provide the information
on your income benefits and assets and submit a copy of your 2014 federal tax return. If you are under 30 years old
by the application deadline, your parents are also required to submit the same
information on their finances. CUNY is a known quantity
at the foundation. They know that we have good students, they know that our students
go on to do great things, so they’re on the look-out now if we’ve, we’ve penetrated into the
world of being recognized as having students of promise and they’re looking for,
for, for talented students that they want to reward. – But it seems to me
that right now all of you should be thinking about
how would I describe myself? What are my goals? What
is my favorite subject? And you never, never
apply for a scholarship and send them the first draft. This is a process, so everyday you should
be making a few notes. – I would recommend to you that you start a scholarship resume. And that is just a
listing of all the things that you are doing because, yes, we can easily forget what we have done. What we look for, is, if
that you’re actively pursuing leadership in your profession. And many, many different majors. There’s one thing I’d like to stress: we, here, at Queensborough
have scholarships that you should be applying for. We have on the Queensborough website page for scholarships. It lists all of the scholarships
that are within CUNY, outside of CUNY, and private scholarships, which the Kent Cooke as
well as Kaplan are listed. On that website it tells you
what the requirements are, how many credits you
need to have completed to be eligible for those scholarships and the essays that you must write. And in some cases we also want
a letter of recommendation from faculty, or staff at Queensborough.

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