Associate Director of Advising & Academic Achievement
Scholarships are a form of aid that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are used to help pay for tuition, books, and other educational costs. Students can receive scholarships that are specific to the college, merit-based, federal or state, and from outside sources. This is a resource page for students to learn more about finding funding and applying for scholarships.
On May 2, Guttman Information Technology students Jacqueline Areas, Kouadio Serge Kouame, and Britney Puma were awarded the inaugural Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship, each receiving a $500 award. Read more >>
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Signature Scholarships are a set of scholarships and grants that assist our students in accordance with the Guttman Community College mission. Signature Scholarships are a way to recognize Guttman Community College students who have special gifts to share with our campus community. The scholarships consist of merit-based scholarships and need-based grants.
The Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship – February deadline
Belle Zeller Scholarship – March deadline
CCTOP Scholarship– NYU transfer; April 1 for Fall applicants and November 1 for Spring applicants.
CUNY Becas Scholarship -January deadline ***
The Dream U.S. Scholarship (Main Contact: Nelson Castro) – February deadline ***
Guttman Transfer Scholarship – October deadline for Spring transfer and March deadline Fall transfer
Jack Kent Cooke –November deadline
University Student Senate (USS) Scholarship -June deadline
***undocumented students can apply
Outside/private scholarships are provided by organizations unaffiliated with Guttman Community College such as community foundations, civic organizations, your local high school, national groups, family foundations, businesses and others. For these scholarships, you will apply directly to the sponsoring organization.
Students may search for outside scholarships online using a variety of search engines. Prior to searching outside sources, we recommend that students consider the following:
Below you will find a list of popular scholarship websites to support with your search:
Scholarship applications are unique, so you have to tailor your essay to meet those specific requirements. You can use the following tips to help guide you as you write your scholarship personal statement:
Need helping with writing? Guttman’s Academic Success Center (ASC), located in the Information Commons, offers a variety of services to meet the needs of our students and provide support for a strong academic foundation.
Letters of recommendation are an important part of any scholarship application.
Academic recommenders (in most cases, professors) provide important information about the student’s intellectual abilities.
When choosing non-academic recommenders, keep in mind that scholarship selection committees want to hear about significant and recent experiences. It is important to write a formal email to your potential recommenders to ask for their letter of support. These requests should be sent well in advance of the scholarship due date.
Once granted permission from your recommender:
The Community College Graduate Scholarship is available to community college students with demonstrated financial need who have earned their associate’s degrees and seek to complete their bachelor’s degrees at one of our four-year. This workshop will give students detailed information, and tips on preparing and submitting a competitive application
How to Look for Scholarships and How Might This Affect Financial Aid
This workshop students will learn how to plan a strategic scholarship search and get insight into where to find additional opportunities outside of the Guttman Community College. Students will also be able to understand the financial aid process as it relates to the scholarship process. Students will create an action plan and are encouraged to bring a laptop and be prepared to start searching.
How to ask for letters of recommendation
This workshop will help students, create a plan for asking professors and staff members for letters of recommendation. Additionally, students will learn how to construct emails and letters to ask for a recommendation.
Personal Statement Workshop
This workshop will give students the structure needing when students are seeking to prepare their statement for scholarships, transfer application, or professional programs. They will learn several writing and reflection strategies for identifying their goals, strengths, weaknesses, and motivation.
Students will receive assistance applying to Signature Scholarships that Guttman Community College supports. These scholarships consist of merit-based scholarships and need-based grants.
The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The scholarship awards up to $40,000.00 per year towards tuition. This workshop will give students detailed information, and tips on preparing and submitting a competitive application.
Please look for emails from firstname.lastname@example.org for Workshops, Dates, Locations and Times
State Financial Aid is now available to undocumented students!
The José Peralta New York State Dream Act allows undocumented and other students access to New York State‐administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs. If you attended or graduated from a NYS high school, attended an approved NYS high school equivalency program, or received a NYS equivalency diploma, you may be eligible for state financial aid. The DREAM Act provides access to the Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state‐administered scholarships.
To apply and review the eligibility requirements, please visit the Dream Scholarship website. You can also access the Step-by-Step User Guide to Completing the NYS DREAM Act Application
The Cornelis and Angela Klein Scholarship
The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Foundation, Inc. is excited to partner with the Malcolm Gibbs Foundation to offer a scholarship opportunity to students who are not able to submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) due to immigration or citizenship status. This award is open to incoming first-year and continuing full-time and part-time students, and provides up to full-time resident tuition per semester at Guttman Community College only.
These two foundations understand and value your privacy. In order to ensure your information remains confidential, only the Immigrant Student Success Liaison, Jessica Portilla, will view your entire application. The Scholarship Committee reviewing your application will not know your name or any of your contact information.
Click here to apply now! The deadline is June 20th, 2023; however, we encourage students to apply early in order to receive their award notices early.
Contact: Jessica Portilla, Immigrant Student Success Liaison, Jessica Portilla at email@example.com or (646) 313-8839 for more information.
For other Scholarships for Undocumented students check out Guttman’s Immigrant Student Resources website