The Office of Honors and Scholarships, located in Honors Hall, Room 16, serves many functions. All students are welcome to come in for information about scholarship opportunities and honors programs. It is never too early to inquire about these opportunities. Plan to visit early and often.
High school students and/or transfer students who are entering with an associate's degree are encouraged to apply for merit-based awards through the Admissions Office.
Current Queens College students can apply for awards that range from $250 to $2,500 per semester. All of these awards are for full-time students (12 credits per semester for undergraduate students; 6 credits per semester for graduate students). There are various awards with different applications and deadlines. Please visit our application page to see the current Scholarship Applications.
Applying for Competitive Scholarships
Queens College students have been highly successful in winning major national scholarships. The Watson, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, Gilman, Mellon Mays, and Goldwater Scholarship are among the prestigious awards won by our students. Through workshops, information sessions, campus emails, blog posts, and individual guidance, Dr. Moira Egan, Queens College’s advisor for national awards, mentors students at any stage of their academic career through all aspects of an application. To help students present their most competitive applications, she assists them in
All students are encouraged to apply for external awards. To begin the process, please consult the CUNY listing of major national awards, our national fellowships blog and college emails. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Egan, please call 718-997-2863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- identifying appropriate fellowships
- writing personal statements and research proposals
- preparing for fellowship interviews
- consulting with faculty recommenders and college, university, foundation, and fellowship contacts to further student success
- applying for graduate school and other post-graduate opportunities
In addition to aiding students who seek financial support for their education, the Office of Honors and Scholarships provides advisement about honors programs. All students are encouraged to explore these options. Queens College Scholars and Freshman Honors Program students in particular are encouraged to come in for advisement sessions about these programs and for early registration.
In addition to the Freshman Honors Program—to which incoming students must be admitted during their senior year of high school—there are divisional honors programs. Candidates may apply to the following when already at Queens College:
Honors and Awards - Baccalaureate
Undergraduates who complete their degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and a minimum of 60 letter-quality credits at Queens College, are eligible to graduate with honors.
- Cum Laude (3.5–3.749)
- Magna Cum Laude (3.75–3.899)
- Summa Cum Laude (3.9–4.0)
If your GPA is 3.75 or above and you have completed at least 60 credits at Queens College with letter grades (not P/NC), you will be sent an Honors and Awards form to complete and return to our office for additional award evaluation. If you believe that you have met these requirements and have not received the Honors and Awards questionnaire by March 15, please contact the Honors and Awards Office at 718-997-5503. Also, please make sure to view the Commencement webpage for other graduation requirements.
Summer Fellowship Program
The Jeannette K. Watson Summer Fellowship Program is a three-summer paid internship program. High-achieving freshmen and sophomores only are welcome to apply. For more information about this program, please visit the Watson website or contact the Office of Honors and Scholarships. To be considered for this fellowship, students must apply through our office, rather than directly through the Watson Foundation. The internal deadline for application submission is February 1. However, it is strongly suggested that interested students contact our office for assistance in the application process.
Phi Beta Kappa: Students who are chosen for Phi Beta Kappa will be contacted by the committee. A student cannot apply for this distinction. The committee nominates students based on their academic record.
Golden Key International Honour Society: Students who complete a minimum of 30 Queens College credits within the top 15 percent of the student body will receive a letter in September inviting them to join the society.