Application Guidelines

Every year, Brooklyn College offers scholarships, awards and prizes to students who have outstanding records. This is made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends of the college, including the trustees of the Brooklyn College Foundation, Inc., who have helped promote the college's continuing scholastic excellence by establishing various funds. These funds generate more than $1 million in interest annually, which supports the education of qualified students.

This application is only for nondepartmental undergraduate scholarships, awards and prizes and will be evaluated by scholarship committees. For scholarships, awards and prizes administered by academic departments, consult with the specific department about its selection process.

Scholarship and award amounts vary. They range from partial to full tuition for the academic year. Scholarships and awards are subject to financial availability. The college reserves the right to reduce or rescind the scholarship or award if financial circumstances dictate.

Scholarships may not be deferred. The recipients must use the scholarship and/or award in the year it is given.

Who Is Eligible?

Students entering or currently in a degree program may apply for scholarships and awards. All recipients must be in good academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 for continuing undergraduate students, 3.40 for new transfer undergraduate students, 3.30 for entering graduate students and 3.50 for continuing graduate students.

CUNY Employees receiving a tuition waver are not eligible for Brooklyn College Foundation scholarships.

How Do I Apply?

To be considered for a general undergraduate scholarship (a scholarship that is not administered by an academic department), you must take the following steps:

  • Complete an application, including the personal statement.
  • Arrange for the submission of two letters of recommendation. If you are a Brooklyn College student, at least one letter must be from a faculty member at Brooklyn College; if you are not a Brooklyn College student, a letter from a teacher familiar with your current or most recent academic work is preferred.
  • Submit an official transcript from your high school or previous college if you are entering Brooklyn College or have been at Brooklyn College for less than one year. If you are a new transfer student with fewer than 24 college credits, you must submit your high school transcript.
  • All supporting documents must include your name and status (e.g., freshman, transfer, graduate) at the top of each page.
  • Seniors applying for graduate study at Brooklyn College during the coming fall semester should complete the continuing student portion of the application and answer all questions relating to graduating seniors so that they may be considered for graduating senior awards and entering graduate student scholarships.
  • All new freshman and transfer students who apply for scholarships must complete this application as well as the separate application for undergraduate admission to the City University of New York (CUNY), indicating Brooklyn College as their first choice on the CUNY application. Applications are available online.
  • Entering freshmen should submit official SAT or ACT scores.

Note: Students applying for the CUNY Honors College do not need to complete this entering freshman scholarship application, as they will automatically be considered for all scholarship and award opportunities.

When Is the Deadline?

The application and all supporting documents for scholarships, awards and prizes for the academic year beginning in fall 2015 must be received or postmarked by Feb. 11, 2015, for continuing undergraduate students. The deadline for entering freshmen applications is Dec. 15, 2014. New student spring-term scholarship applications are due by Nov. 6, 2014.

Where Should Materials Be Sent?

Most supporting documents may be submitted electronically. However, if something cannot be submitted electronically, it should be sent to:

Office of Scholarships
213 West Quad Center
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889
P: 718.951.4796
E: scholarship@brooklyn.cuny.edu

What Are the Criteria for Awarding Scholarships, Awards and Prizes?

Applications will be evaluated by scholarship committees. Information about specific scholarships and awards is available on the Brooklyn College Office of Scholarships website. Criteria established by donors are the primary guidelines for determining recipients.

In addition to the donor requirements, scholarship applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement as well as school involvement, community service or volunteer activities, and demonstrated leadership. Accomplishment in your field of study and your unique goals may also be considered. Recipients should be excellent role models for other Brooklyn College students.

How Will I Be Notified?

If the application has been successfully submitted electronically, you will receive an e-mail notification. If you do not receive an e-mail notification, then there is a submission problem, and the applicant should contact the Office of Scholarships.

It is the student's responsibility to supply all the requested information, personal statement, transcripts and recommendations. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by e-mail in July. Materials such as essays, transcripts and letters of recommendation cannot be returned to students. The reasons for committee decisions cannot be given. Practically speaking, it is impossible to explain why a particular candidate is not selected, since every applicant is judged by the committee in relation to the funds available and to the other candidates applying for the same scholarship. Committee members review all applications with great care and are scrupulously fair in their evaluations and recommendations. Committee decisions are final.

All recipients must submit a letter of acknowledgment to the donors in order for scholarships and awards to be processed.