Scholarship Opportunities for Women

Are you a woman who is seeking assistance to help pay for college? Please see below for an overview of the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award, the Women’s Forum Education Award, and the World of Women Staten Island, Inc. Scholarship.

The Office of Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities can help you with the entire application process for any of these scholarships. For assistance or further information, please contact Michele Callahan, Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor, at michele.callahan@csi.cuny.edu or 718.982.2332.

Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award gives women the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Soroptimist seeks to aid women who have faced extreme economic and personal hardships.

Eligibility:

  • You must provide the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents (you must be paying more than half the bills to support your household). Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings, and/or parents.
  • You must be an undergraduate student who will still be attending college during the 2017-2018 academic year (you can be a freshman, sophomore, or junior).
  • Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, international students, or undocumented students. Students who are not U.S. citizens must either have a Social Security number or a U.S. Taxpayer Identification number.
  • You must have financial need.
  • Applicants cannot have completed a graduate degree and cannot have previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist scholarship.
  • Applicants cannot be a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas, or immediate family member of either.

Award: The program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where award amounts typically range from $1,000 to $1,500. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

More information is available on their Website.

Special Note: Applications may be downloaded from the Soroptimist Website, however, do not submit your application via this Website, as it will not be evaluated. Since the program begins at the local club level, you must first submit your application to either Michele Callahan, Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor (michele.callahan@csi.cuny.edu), or Catherine Putkowski-O’Brien, Chairperson of the Staten Island Soroptimist Chapter (cobrienlcsw@msn.com). Recommendation writers should submit their letters directly to either Michele Callahan or Catherine Putkowski-O’Brien.

 

Women’s Forum Education Award

The Women’s Forum Education Fund provides awards to help women pursue educational goals and enhance their capacities to provide leadership and supportive service to their communities and beyond. The Award recognizes extraordinary and often heroic effort in overcoming adversity and the most daunting odds in order to achieve one’s educational goals. Applicants must demonstrate noteworthy promise of resilience in the face of challenges, as well as a commitment to helping others.

Eligibility:

  • You must be at least 35 years old by Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
  • You must reside in NYC.
  • You must have completed at least 12 credits in good standing, and be pursuing your first undergraduate degree.
  • You must have attended a college in NYC for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, and be enrolled for at least sixcredits (at least three credits per semester) for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
  • You must still have at least nine credits left to graduate after June 2017 (seniors who will be graduating in June 2017 are not eligible).
  • You must have a story of overcoming hardship to pursue your education.

Award: $10,000

Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

More information is available on their Website.

 

World of Women Staten Island, Inc. Scholarship 

World of Women, S.I., Inc., is a non-profit Staten Island community service organization dedicated to providing assistance to women and children in need. World of Women’s programs include family assistance, advocacy through education, and domestic violence and teen pregnancy prevention.

Eligibility:

  • You must be at least 25 years old.
  • You must be a Staten Island resident for at least one year from the application deadline and provide proof of residency such as a utility bill, rent receipt, etc. (You must be a Staten Island resident since at least Feb. 13, 2016.)
  • You must provide a letter from the Registrar verifying that you are enrolled at CSI (part-time or full-time status is acceptable)
  • Although both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply, the organization gives preference to women who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

More information is available on their Website.