New York City council Merit scholarship

The New York City Council Merit Scholarship rewards New York City high school graduates who have proven their ability to succeed academically while they were in high school. The scholarship is effective beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year and students may receive $700 per year ($350 per semester).  Actual Scholarship amounts are subject to change and contingent upon funding for each academic year.

Application Form

There is no separate application for the scholarship. Students are automatically considered for the award when they apply for admission to CUNY.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be a Resident of New York City
  • Graduate from a New York City high school with at least an 80(C) College Academic Average (CAA) average
  • Pass at least twelve college preparatory courses in high school
  • Enroll at a CUNY college as a full-time student within one year of graduating from high school
  • Register as a full-time student each semester (except summer) and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Attend CUNY before attending any other post secondary institution
  • Students must graduate high school beginning June 2014

Pursuit and Progress

  • You must maintain continuous full-time (12 credits) enrollment within the City University of New York system
  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students pursuing an associate’s degree may receive the NYC Council Merit Scholarship for a maximum of six semesters. Those seeking a bachelor’s degree are limited to eight semesters of eligibility
  • The award is not restored once it has been lost

Jonas E. Salk Scholarship

Scholarship for NYCHA Residents Attending CUNY