Miscellaneous Scholarships

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund seeks to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school. The Fund awards $5,000.00 of financial aid annually to each scholarship recipient at an ABA-accredited law school. The award is renewable each year and students must re-apply in the second and third years. The Fund’s expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year based on the satisfactory progress made by each recipient.

In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority underrepresented in the legal profession, other eligibility criteria include the applicant’s financial need, personal, family and educational background; personal statement and participation in community service activities. 

Beinecke Scholarship Program

The Beinecke Scholarship Program supports students of exceptional promise who intend to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Applicants must be college juniors and must present evidence of having received need based financial aid during their undergraduate years. Each scholar receives $4,000.00 prior to entering graduate school and an addition $34,000.00 while pursuing their advanced degree. The Beinecke Scholarship Program has an approved list of participating institutions, each of which may nominate one student. The three CUNY approved institutions are Brooklyn, Hunter, and Queens Colleges. Application materials are submitted through the campus liaison. 

NSEP/David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

The National Security Educational Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to gain knowledge of languages and cultures in areas of the world less frequently studied. The NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The NSEP aims to build a strong base of future leaders with expertise in critical areas, as well as professionals in both the public and private sectors who have the international experience and language skills necessary for competitive performance and visionary leadership in the global arena. Duration of study may be a summer, semester or a full academic year; awards range from $6,000.00 to $20,000.00 for a full academic year. 

The Clarendon Fund Scholarship

The Clarendon Fund Scholarship provides funding to cover tuition and fees and a generous living stipend.  Its goal is to support the best students worldwide as decided by experts in each applicant’s field and to allow these talented students to study at Oxford regardless of their financial resources.  Established in 2001, the Clarendon Fund has grown significantly since its inception, receiving generous support from its sponsor, the Oxford University Press. Less than 10% of applicants receive the scholarship in any given year. 

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is the oldest and most well-known of the Coro Programs. It consists of a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program. Each year, 64 diverse individuals committed to excellence in public affairs are chosen from across the country to serve as Coro Fellows at one of the Coro Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and San Francisco. Coro Fellows become engaged full-time in individually tailored field assignments in a business, labor union, a government agency, a non-profit agency, or on a political election campaign. In addition, Fellows participate in special individual and group projects and consultancies seeking to translate their ideas for improving their communities into action. 

Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship

Named after a former New York City Housing Authority resident and employee, this $1,000.00 scholarship honors the academic achievements of NYCHA residents with disabilities who are enrolled full-time in CUNY colleges and have at least a 3.0 GPA. 

Kaplan Leadership Associate’s Degree Scholarship

Established in 2006, The Kaplan Leadership Associate’s Degree Scholarship offers financial and academic support, including individualized academic advising, transfer counseling, college tours, mentoring opportunities, leadership training and development etc. to high potential associate degree students with unmet financial need who are also members of underrepresented populations in higher education. Scholarships for associate’s degree candidates can be up to $3,000.00 and for bachelor degree candidates up to $25,000.00 per year plus additional funding to assist with living expenses.

Three letters of reference are required, one of which must be from a college professor or high school teacher who has taught the student in the last two years. There is also an optional nomination form that must be completed by a member of the faculty, staff or administration at the student’s current college. 

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering leadership and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually to study in any discipline offered by higher education institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend. 

Prospective Scholars apply directly to the US-Ireland Alliance which administers the Mitchell Scholarship program. A preliminary elimination will be made on the basis of submitted written materials. A selection committee will determine – based on the student’s academic transcripts, a brief essay prepared by the applicants, and the applicant references – those students who will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an interview before the selection committee. The US-Ireland alliance will pay round-trip transportation costs for applicants invited to be interviewed. 

NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program

This scholarship, sponsored by the New York City Housing Authority, annually awards a $1,000.00 scholarship to ten qualifying NYCHA residents who are enrolled full-time in a degree-earning program of the City University of New York. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 


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