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General Scholarships for Transferring Students

The following is a list of scholarships from national, regional and local organizations. Interested students can begin by scanning this list for scholarship requirements that match their qualifications and interests. Most of the scholarships listed provide only a brief description. More detailed information about application procedures and eligibility requirements can be obtained by referring to the appropriate website.

There are several excellent resources available for those wishing to expand their scholarship search. FastWEB (Financial Aid Search through the WEB) is a comprehensive searchable database with more than 400,000 private sector scholarships. The College Board (www.collegeboard.com/scholarships) also provides leads to over 2300 sources of college funding. PTK members can visit www.ptk.org for scholarship information at over 600 colleges and universities. Finally, a variety of institutional scholarships are provided by the SCCC Foundation listed on page 24 in the college catalog.

Accounting Scholarships for Minority Students

This scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. These awards are funded by the AICPA Foundation from monies contributed by the AICPA, its members, public accounting firms, and others. The program has been in existence for more than 20 years and has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded each July for the following academic year. For the 2006-2007 academic year, scholarships totaling $406,000 were awarded to 127 students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an AICPA student affiliate member.
  • An accounting major with a GPA of at least 3.3.
  • A minority student who has satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, equivalent college work including at least six (6) semester hours in accounting.
  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (12 semester hours or equivalent) unless you are completing your final semester of study, at a four-year or upper division institution.
  • For membership information, an application and additional information, visit www.aicpa.org.

    ATW GREAT MINDS Collegiate Scholarship Program

    Recognizing the downward trend of women entering technology-focused educational opportunities, ATW awards scholarships to students concentrating in math, science, computer science, and other technology degrees. Scholars are chosen on the basis of volunteer service, passion for technology, leadership activities, scholastic grades, letters of recommendation and previous awards, among other criterion. Demonstrated passion and spirit for technology is weighted most heavily in the selection process. ATW scholarships are not solely need-based. Instead, they are focused on allowing students to experience a technology-based education regardless of their social, financial and/or academic standing. ATW scholarships are open to first-time students, as well as the adult learner returning to school to pursue a new career. Students must be enrolled in an associate's or bachelor's degree program to be eligible. Students with diverse levels of life experience, academic merit, age, race and religion are encouraged to apply. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interested applicants should visit the website http://www.atwinternational.org/great_minds_collegiate.aspx to download a scholarship application.

    The Tech Valley Chapter of ATW will also be giving away three (3) awards of $1000.00 this year!!! Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to nytechvalley@atwinternational.org .

    Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

    This scholarship was created to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Students must be sophomores who are planning to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor. The Foundation will consider the nominee's career objectives and their commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. Each scholarship is up to $7500 annually. All of these nominees should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and some community or college coursework. The link below offers full descriptions of the scholarship programs and nomination procedures: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

    Founded under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Gilman International Scholarship Program is a congressionally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education . The program strives to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to support students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

    The Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions to participate in study-abroad programs for up to one academic year. An increase in funding will enable the Gilman Program to award over 700 scholarships to U.S. undergraduates for study abroad, the largest increase the program has seen to date.

    To be eligible, students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba . For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online application, please visit the Gilman Program website at www.iie.org/gilman. If you would like more information about the program, contact them by email at gilman@iie.org or by phone at 713-621-6300 ext. 12.

    Broughton Fellowship

    The recipient of this fellowship will receive full tuition, fees and an allowance for books (Approximately $3,758.00). Candidates must be a full-time matriculated student with a GPA between 3.2 and 4.0, a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate and exhibit strong moral character and a commitment to excellence. In addition to completing an application, students must submit a 500 – 1000 word essay along with three letters of reference. Application packets will be available from the Office of the Associate Dean of Student Development in Elston 223.

    Business and Law Club Scholarship

    This $250 scholarship will be awarded to a returning student matriculated in Business Administration A.S., Business Administration A.A.S, Accounting, or Paralegal degree program on a full-time or part-time basis. The applicant must write an essay stating why he/she should receive the scholarship. Academic achievement, financial circumstances, campus/community involvement, special situations and/or any other information the student feels would be helpful in the selection process should be included in the essay.

    Application forms can be picked up from the Business and Law Department secretary (Elston 305) or from Business and Law Club Advisors: Professor Farron or Professor Foglietta (Elston 315). Essays, accompanied by a completed application form, must be delivered to the Business and Law Department secretary (Elston 305).

    Burger King Scholars Program
    Qualified individuals must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, work at least 15 hours per week (candidates do NOT have to be a Burger King employee), demonstrate participation in community service, have financial need, have recommendations from a school official or employer and submit a completed application.  Please visit www.bkscholarshipamerica.org for an application form and additional information.

    Capital District Counseling Association

    This scholarship is for students transferring from a 2-year college to a 4-year college. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan on attending a college in the Capital District full time in the fall of 2007. The applicant must submit an official transcript, a recommendation from a faculty member and a 500 word essay. The essay subject is “Identify an issue of importance and concern to you and explain how you would address this issue through your college experience”. Applications are available in the Student Development Center , Elston Hall, Room 223.

    Community College Transfer Scholarship Program

    This program awards 200 scholarships of $1450 and $2500 to students transferring from a 2 year college to a four year institution. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage, be a US citizen or legal permanent resident, be currently enrolled part-time or full-time at a community college, have plans to transfer and enroll full-time at a 4 year accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. More information can be obtained at www.hsf.net.


    Current students, as well as high school seniors, planning to attend a two-year degree granting institution in the fall are eligible to apply for one of 350 one-time $1,000 scholarship awards. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, plan to enroll in at least two courses during the fall term at a two-year, degree granting institution, and be actively engaged in volunteer service or employed at least part-time. Interested students should check with their campus contact (listed on our website www.coca-colascholars.org) for application and deadline information.

    Please note:The New Century Scholars Program supported by The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation awards 50 one-time $2,000 scholarships. See www.ptk.org for more information.

    Elks National Foundation Scholarships-Emergency Educational Fund Grant

    This scholarship is available only to children of deceased or totally incapacitated Elks where financial need is indicated. It applies only to undergraduate education beyond high school or preparatory school level. Applicants must be unmarried and under 23 years of age to be eligible. For more information, see:


    Golub Foundation Scholarships

    The Golub Foundation, the parent company of Price Chopper, offers nine different scholarships, ranging in value from $2,000 to $8,000. The different scholarships are for varying qualifications such as, demonstrated leadership, community service by minority students, pursuit of a career in education, being a Price Chopper Associate or a child/grand-child of one, pursuit of a two-year education, pursuit of a career in health care, or computers, or hospitality/tourism/culinary arts. To request information and applications, visit www2.pricechopper.com/scholarships or contact the Scholarship Administrator at their toll-free scholarship hotline: (877) 877-0870.

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund  

    Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for this scholarship:

    • Be of Hispanic Heritage: persons descended from Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American (excluding Belize ), South American (excluding Guyana , Suriname and French Guiana ), or other Spanish cultures
    • Be a US citizen OR legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
    • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
    • Be pursuing or plan to pursue your first undergraduate or graduate degree
    • Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Visit www.hsf.net for an application.

    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

    The mission of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The focus is on scholarships for outstanding individuals with financial need. The link below offers full descriptions of the scholarship programs and nomination procedures. http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/

    National Co-op Scholarship Program

    This national commission awards 175 merit scholarships of $5,000 each, for a total renewable value of $3,500,000. These merit co-op scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and community college transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of the NCCE Partner Colleges and Universities. For a list of participating schools and an application, visit www.co-op.edu.

    Ned Carter Scholarship

    These scholarships are available to people pursuing a community service career at a post-secondary school. Three $1,500 awards are available to high school seniors. The student must be related to or be a firefighter in an affiliated member organization of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York and must reside in New York State . Applications are available online at www.firedistnys.com.

    New York Water Environment Association Scholarships

    These scholarships are for students pursuing environmental studies. A total of four scholarships valued at $1,500 each are awarded to students who are children of NYWEA members or who are enrolled in a college or university with a NYWEA chapter. For additional information and application procedures, visit http://nywea.org/scholarship/

    New York Capital Regional Chapter of the American Marketing Association Scholarship-NYCRCAMA

    This scholarship augments the competition for the former Student Marketer of the Year Award. In order to be considered for the award, students develop a written marketing plan, which can be included in the student’s portfolio. Awards range from $500-$2,500. Please refer to http://www.nymarketing.org/membership/collegiate-relations.html for eligibility requirements and application procedures.

    NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps) Scholarship Program

    This program provides full tuition, fees, books, and cash allowances to students in over 140 colleges and universities. Visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.aspx for a list of participating colleges and an application.

    NYS Assoc. of Agricultural Fairs Scholarship

    The NYSAAF awards college scholarships to those students who apply and have good grades in high school or college, have good leadership and citizenship skills and come recommended by their local fair committees. Students interested in receiving one of the $1000 scholarships can find the application on www.nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm.

    NYSTAA Scholarship

    The NYSTAA Scholarship is a monetary award given to students graduating with an associate’s degree from a member two-year college and transferring to a member four-year institution, both in New York State . Several $500 and $1000 awards are available to students who have completed an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science from a two-year member college to which SCCC belongs. Applicants must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0, apply to and plan on attending a 4-year school, complete an application and present all required criteria. Detailed information and the link for an application can be found at www.nystaa.org.

    Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships

    Sponsored by the New York State Education Department, this award, up to $5000 per year, can be awarded to historically underrepresented minority and/or economically disadvantaged students planning to major in various professional careers (e.g. health fields, nursing, architecture, engineering, etc.). A Bulletin of Informationfor Candidates includes the application form and directions and is available through State Ed HEOP Department or by visiting the following link: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/home.html

    SEFCU and NYSCUL Scholarships

    Eligible candidates must be the primary member on a SEFCU account and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college for the first time. Applicants will be judged on academics, extracurricular activities, community/volunteer activities and quality of written essay. Call 518-464-5326 for an application.

    Sam Walton Community Scholarship

    The information for this scholarship is available online from November 2, through January 12th. More information, printable instructions and the link to apply for this and other Wal-Mart Foundation programs are found at www.walmartfoundation.org. The access code is SWCS, which must be used. This scholarship is a non-renewable $1,000 award for the first year of undergraduate study at an approved accredited college or university.

    Sammy Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award

    A $7500 college scholarship available to outstanding scholar athletes, judged on five criteria: academic performance (35%), athletic excellence (35%), leadership (15%), community service (10%), and milk experience (5%). Applications will only be accepted on-line at www.whymilk.com.

    School Systems Federal Credit Union

    There are several scholarship opportunities at the following link: www.school-systems.com/ .

    SCCC’s Foundation Second Chance Scholarship

    This scholarship is for educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students who are matriculated in a vocational/technically-oriented program. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 per semester and $1,000 to $3,000 per year. Eligible candidates must have attained a GPA of 2.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need. Applications are available in the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Development, Elston Hall, Room 223.

    Soroptimist Women’s Scholarship

    The Soroptimist Club is soliciting applicants for the above award/scholarship. Since 1972, Soroptimist has been helping women everywhere improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families and are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skill training program or an undergraduate degree program. An application (which includes essay and references) can be obtained at Elston Hall, Room 223 or the Financial Aid Office.

    Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund

    As part of the Talbot’s Charitable Foundation, this scholarship awards $100,000 in scholarships to women determined to finally get that college degree. Five women will each be awarded $10,000 scholarships, and 50 women will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. Only applicants seeking a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago. Eligibility requirements and application procedures can be found at http://www.talbots.com/

    Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards

    These awards are sponsored by The Microsoft Corporation and League for Innovation and are available to two outstanding community college technology students. The winners of these awards will be determined through an international search of nominations from the

    League for Innovation Member Colleges. These $5,000 awards, plus copies of Microsoft software programs, will be presented to two students with special talent and interest in a technology career and who also demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Winners are designated as Microsoft Student Technology Champion and Student Developer Champion. The Student

    Developer Champion award will be presented to a student with a career focus of software development. Interested students must be nominated by a community college faculty or staff member. Nomination forms are available at: http://www.league.org/league/competitions/tob.cfm

    A 500-word letter of recommendation must accompany the nomination form.

    Eligible students must be:

    • Currently enrolled in a League for Innovation member institution
    • Pursuing a career in technology
    • In need of financial assistance to further an education

    Please note: One nomination for Student Technology Champion and one nomination for Student Developer Champion will be accepted from each League member institution. In multicollege districts, each separate college accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations is allowed one nominee for each student award (Student Technology Champion and Student Developer Champion). Single, multicampus community colleges accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations are allowed one nominee for each student award.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Wendy Neil
    League for Innovation
    Director, Membership Services
    4505 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste 250
    Phoenix , AZ 85048
    480-705-8200 x 234

    Two/Ten International Footwear Foundation Scholarship

    Awards in excess of $20,000 are available to deserving students in Fulton and Montgomery counties who are affiliated with the footwear, leather or allied industries (i.e. companies that do at least 50% of their business in footwear, or the applicant or their parent must work in a specific footwear division). Awards are based on financial need, academic ability and personal promise. Preliminary applications must be submitted to the sponsoring organization. Students need to contact the Two/Ten Foundation’s Scholarship Department at 1466 Main St. Waltham , MA 02451 , or call 1-800-FIND-210 x1503 or visit www.twoten.org to learn more about eligibility requirements and application procedures.

    Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description
    Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship


    Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Scholarships

    WCR seeks to represent and advance women in all parts of the food and service industry. Many incredible scholarship and internship opportunities exist that are designed to enhance the professional growth of female culinary students. Scholarship applicants must be a member of WCR. A membership application can be obtained by visiting www.womenchefs.org. Questions regarding the scholarship process can be directed to Amy Wathen, WCR Scholarship Program Coordinator, 877-927-7787, email: awathen@hqtrs.com. For additional information about WCR, please contact WCR Headquarters at 502-581-0300/wcr@hqtrs.com or visit the WCR Web site at www.womenchefs.org.

    Zonta Scholarships

    Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships

    Eligible candidates must be women who are pursuing an undergraduate business degree and who demonstrate outstanding potential in their field. Candidates must also be eligible to enter the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program at an accredited university or college. Students must also demonstrate intent to complete a program in business and show outstanding achievement in business-related subjects, as recorded on the official university/college transcript. The scholarship award of $5,000 may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any university, college or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees. Please visit www.zonta.org for additional information and an application.

    Young Women in Public Affairs Awards

    Eligible students must be between the ages of 16-20 and be applying to a university or college for the first time. District award recipients receive $500 from the Zonta International Foundation YWPA Fund. Districts may choose to add to this award. International award recipients are selected from District Recipients and receive a $1,000 award. Applilcation Process: The YWPA Awards Program operates at the Club, District, and International levels of Zonta International, and is managed by Zonta members. To apply, please visit www.zonta.org to contact the Zonta Club nearest you or E-mail your name and contact information to the YWPA coordinator.