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Please use the applications below to apply for Queens College Foundation scholarships. For scholarships that do not have individual applications, use the Queens College Foundation Internal Scholarship Application. Please be aware of deadlines, as they vary from one scholarship to another.


Ruth G. Norman Memorial Scholarship This scholarship is available to new freshmen and transfer students from CUNY community colleges. The award is $3,000 per semester for fall 2015 and spring 2016. The student must remain registered full-time (minimum 12 credits) and achieve and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The following criteria are weighed in selecting the Norman Scholar:

*High school or transfer grade point average (gpa)
*Financial need (based on FAFSA)
*Race and ethnicity in relation to underrepresentation of students at Queens College

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 8 AM on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
Esther's Book Fund - is an award donated in memory of Esther Sapir Mendick by her daughter, Muriel Greenblatt. This award assists students in purchasing textbooks for their classes. This award is for full-time students.* Letters of recommendation are not required. However, students must file FAFSA. The awards are distributed in the amount of $250. Applications are due the first week of fall and spring semesters. This semester, applications are due by 8 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

 *12-credit minimum for undergraduates; 6-credit minimum for graduate students

The ALA Fraternity Scholarship Fund and the Dead End Boys Scholarship
will be presented to the winners at the Queens College Homecoming Celebration in October 2015.

The ALA Fraternity Scholarship Fund is for sophomores and juniors with special consideration - but not limited to - veterans and ALA Legacy students.
The Dead End Boys Scholarship is for juniors and gives special consideration to outstanding community service.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 9 am.

Queens College Foundation Internal Scholarship -  This group of scholarships is for all full-time* matriculated students and varies from semester to semester, in accordance with available funding. Most - but not all - of these awards, require that the student show financial need (as per the FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Scholarship applicants must file the FAFSA for the academic year in which they are applying for an award. If the FAFSA is not filed, a student can only be considered for awards that do not include financial need as a criteria.  Additionally, two letters of recommendation are required. Students will be evaluated for all awards in this category for which they fulfill the requirements (i.e., GPA, major, financial need – if required, class standing). Amounts vary from $250 to $2,500. The deadline is March 10 to be considered for a fall scholarship and October 10 to be considered for a spring scholarship. There are no summer scholarships.

*12-credit minimum for undergraduates; 6-credit minimum for graduate students


The Donald I. Brownstein / John J. McDermott Honors Scholarships in the Humanities - are $5,000 scholarships for undergraduate students in the following disciplines:

(i) Philosophy
(ii) History
(iii) Art History
(iv) Languages and Literary Studies (e.g., English)
(v) Mathematics
(vi) Anthropology
(vii) Sociology
(viii) Economics
Applicants for this award must have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Applications are due by October 10, 2015.

The Linakis Scholarship- The late John S. and Yorka C. Linakis were long-time residents and avid supporters of the borough of Queens. They were active in a multitude of community, civic, and interfaith organizations. Their philanthropic endeavors include a legacy of scholarships to be granted to worthy Queens College students based on merit, financial need, and a keen interest in the betterment of their communities.
Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are invited to apply. Scholarship applicants must demonstrate an outstanding record of research and show financial need, as evaluated by the FAFSA. In a statement of up to 500 words, applicants should describe their research and discuss how it promises to benefit their local, national or global community.  Winners of the Linakis scholarship will receive $2,500; recipients will be recognized college-wide for their achievements.
*Previous Linakis Scholarship winners should not apply. 


The Asian / American Center (A/AC) provides $2,000-$3,000 scholarship awards to Queens College Students annually on the basis of financial need and academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 and above). The A/AC scholarships are available to QC freshmen students. As the purpose of these scholarships is to support students in completing their undergraduate degrees, the recipients will be eligible to re-apply for these scholarships on an annual basis, subject to meeting the criteria.
The Eleanor Dieckmann Picken Scholarship for Study Abroad was established by Dr. Robert Picken in memory of his wife. Two letters of recommendation are required. Students must file FAFSA, too. There is no specific due date for this award; applications are considered on a rolling basis. However, students should allow approximately two months prior to their departure for application review. The program should be a CUNY-approved study abroad program. Consult with the Study Abroad Office (Kiely 183) about this and about your possible eligibility for the STOCS award (a CUNY study abroad scholarship). Students must file a permit with the Registrar to study abroad and submit a copy of that approval to the Office of Honors and Scholarships, along with a copy of an acceptance letter to the study abroad program. This award is temporarily closed.
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING RECOMMENDATIONS: Students must ask professors for their permission before listing them as recommenders. These faculty members should deliver their recommendation letters to the Office of Honors and Scholarships in Honors Hall, Room 16, no later than the appropriate deadline for each scholarship. The student is responsible for contacting the professors and insuring that these letters are delivered in a timely manner. Alternately, professors can email letters ONLY FROM THEIR .EDU EMAIL ACCOUNT (not a personal email account) directly to




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