The City College Fund provides scholarship awards for all of the College’s academic departments. Requirements for these scholarships may be based on a student’s field of study, financial need, the maintenance of a certain GPA, or a combination of these. Many of the scholarships are renewable for up to four years. These financial awards mitigate the burden of tuition and allow students to concentrate solely on their studies and extra-curricular activities, giving them the best possible college experience.
Our bright and motivated students take full advantage of CCNY’s scholarship opportunities to earn other prestigious awards. Tuition assistance provided through The City College Fund supported for deserving students like Raymie Fernandez, a senior majoring in education. A child of a single mother afflicted by mental illness, Raymie, his two brothers and sister were raised by their elderly grandmother. His older brother turned to drugs and joined a gang. It wasn’t long before Raymie followed in his footsteps. But his life changed in May 2004. His brother was shot and killed by a rival gang and died in front of Raymie. “I think I began to see that I was heading to one of two places: jail or a coffin,” Raymie says.
Raymie turned his life around. He became a star athlete in high school and graduated at the top of his class. “I’ve done a lot for myself. But I could not have come this far without the help of others. Because of the scholarship I received, I am getting an amazing education at City College,” says Raymie.
At City College, Raymie has excelled athletically and academically. He currently has a 3.5 GPA and looks forward to a career of teaching and coaching. While all of this is an incredible accomplishment, Raymie says the thing he is most proud of is his positive influence on his younger brother and sister. His sister is a junior in college and his brother has been offered athletic scholarships to several colleges.
The scholarship assistance offered by the City College Fund helped to transform Raymie’s life. For Raymie and many other CCNY students, scholarship aid is not a luxury, but imperative to their ability to earn a college degree. The majority of CCNY come from families with severely limited means. Approximately 60 percent of our students come from families with an annual income of $30,000 or less, often barely getting by as it is, before factoring in the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and other expenses. Many are new to America, immigrants themselves or children of immigrants, whose families are struggling to make ends meet. Without scholarship aid, many of these young people may have no other option than to give up on their dream of attending college.
In addition to City College Fund’s general scholarship, the Fund has also created several special scholarships designed to attract the brightest students in New York City to City College. These special scholarships include:
STUYVESANT-CCNY SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
The Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project is a crucial link between City College and the prestigious Stuyvesant High School. Since the Project's inception in 2002, it has brought a new wave of talented Stuyvesant students to CCNY. The Scholarship provides up to $5,000 a year over four years for exceptional students who graduate with a minimum SAT score of 1300 or the equivalent ACT score and an 85 high school average from Stuyvesant High School.
BRONX SCIENCE-CCNY PROJECT
The Bronx Science-CCNY Scholarship Project is truly a remarkable program as it enables City College to strengthen its historic relationship with the Bronx High School of Science. The Bronx Science-CCNY Scholarship Project welcomed its first project scholars to CCNY in the Fall of 2005, and new applications are arriving constantly. The Scholarship provides up to $5,000 a year over four years for exceptional students who graduate with a minimum SAT score of 1300 or the equivalent ACT score and an 85 high school average from Bronx Science High school.
BROOKLYN TECH-CCNY PROJECT
The first class of the Brooklyn Tech-CCNY Scholarship Project began their studies at City College in the fall of 2007. Like CCNY's partnerships with Stuyvesant High School and The Bronx High School of Science, its partnership with Brooklyn Tech helps attract high-achieving students to City College. The Scholarship provides up to $5,000 a year over four years for exceptional students who graduate with a minimum SAT score of 1300 or the equivalent ACT score and an 85 high school average from Brooklyn Tech High School.
THE NEW ERA SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
Established by Yvette and Larry Gralla, who graduated from CCNY in 1953 and 1951 respectively, the New Era Scholarship Project is supported by numerous donors and provides up to $6,000 a year over four years to the brightest students from the most successful public high schools across New York City. To qualify students must have a minimum combined SAT Score of 1200 or the equivalent ACT and an 85 high school average. During their time at City College, recipients of the New Era Scholarship must maintain full-time enrollment and a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. Students are chosen from the following 11 high-performing public high schools across New York City:
• Bayside High School
• Benjamin Cardozo High School
• Dewitt Clinton High School
• Edward R. Murrow High School
• Forest Hills High School
• Fort Hamilton High School
• Francis Lewis High School
• Hunter High School
• LaGuardia Music/Art High School
• Midwood High School
• Townsend Harris High School
SUPPORT AN EXISTING SCHOLARSHIP OR CREATE A NEW SCHOLARSHIP:
We need support from our alumni to help keep these scholarships available for the many deserving students who benefit from them. For more information about any of our scholarships, and how you can help, please contact Elena Sturman, the Executive Director of The City College Fund, at 212-650-6529.
The City College Fund also provides donors with the opportunity to create named scholarships awards. These gifts may be designated as endowments that generate interest for use in perpetuity. Criteria for the disbursement of these special scholarships may be determined by the donor. Scholarships may be named for a donor, in honor of or in memory of someone the donor wishes to recognize, or they may be given anonymously.
If you are interested in establishing a new scholarship at City College, please contact City College Fund Executive Director Elena Sturman.
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