Post-Secondary Planning

Financial Aid & Scholarships

School counselors connect student and families to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.  Following are additional scholarship opportunities, search engines, and financial aid resources.

new! Live Out Loud Scholarships

LiveOut Loud will award three hardworking LGBT graduating high school seniors with college scholarships for $10,000 in recognition of their leadership, courage, and achievement. Scholarships will be awarded at Live Out Loud's Spring Gala on April 25, 2016.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016. For further details, please see this flyer. The application is available here. For questions, please contact

new! 2016 Morris and Eve Brown Foundation Award

The Morris and Eve Brown Foundation will be presenting several awards of  $2,000.  To be eligible, a candidate must:    
  • Be a high school senior graduating from a New York City public school.
  • Have demonstrated excellence in the field of language.
  • Begin college level studies in the Fall of 2016 majoring in language (either English or foreign).

Applications must be submitted by mail and must include:

  • A copy of the student's high school transcript;
  • Student’s social security number; and 
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from English and/or Foreign Language teachers. Please note the foundation can only process letters written in English. Also note that letters of recommendations should  ONLY be from faculty who teach in the fields of English Language Arts or Foreign Language).
  • Optional: Students may also include a piece of their own writing for review. However, only compositions written in English will be reviewed since trustees are not able to evaluate items written in other languages.
Additional information is available here.  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2016.  For questions, please contact Paul S. Sibener, Esq. at

2016 Charles Robertson Scholarship

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Charles Robertson Scholarship.   To be eligible, a candidate must be a high school senior scheduled to graduate from a Brooklyn public high school this June.

Charles E. Robertson was President of the School Board of the Borough of Brooklyn from 1899 to 1902. As stipulated in his will established in 1937, Charles E. Robertson’s Estate awards a scholarship to one male graduate and one female graduate from a Brooklyn public high school each year,“…not merely on the basis of scholarship, but of equal importance, character, and deportment.”  Please note this scholarship is a one time award estimated at $400 given to each recipient.

Applications must be submitted by mail and must include:

1.     The completed application form
2.     Copy of most recent high school transcript
3.     Nomination letter (from the school principal, counselor, or teacher)
4.     Student personal statement essay (Typed, double-spaced and between 250-500 words), responding to the following question:  If you had to write an autobiography, what would the title be and why? 

Further information is available in the application package.  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2016.  For questions, please contact Margarita Suero-Duran.

new! 2016 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholarship Awards Program

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Awards Program. NPRDP’s mission is to empower the Puerto Rican community through promoting culture, education, scholarships, and civic engagement. To this end, a Scholarship Awards Program was established.  NPRDP will award thirty $2,000 scholarships to exceptional Puerto Rican youth who are making a difference in their community.

To be eligible, a candidate must:
  • be of Puerto Rican descent
  • currently be a senior in high school
  • have at least a 3.0 (approximately 85) Grade Point Average (GPA)
The application is available here.  The deadline for application submissions is January 22, 2016.  Additional information on the scholarship is available here.  For questions, please contact

American Association of Blacks in Energy - New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (AABE-NYMAC) - provides scholarships and mentors to minority youth pursuing careers in the areas of math, science and technology

College Connections Project at the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center - provides college application fee waivers to low-income adults age 19 and over.  The application fee waivers can be used to pay the application fees to CUNY ($65/$70) and to SUNY Empire State College ($50).  Information is available by calling 212-961-5853. 

Cooke Scholarships - are designed to support high-performing students with financial need starting as early as middle school, going through high school, college, and beyond. Addition information is available here.

new! TheDream.US - The City University of New York (CUNY) is excited to partner with TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for DREAMers across the nation.  DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates at CUNY and who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approval could be eligible for college scholarships of up to $25,000 to help cover tuition for two-year or four-year degrees.

new! FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them) is now available in English and Spanish. The Center for New York City Affairs has published an updated edition of its popular guide for high school students who are applying to college and beginning their all-important quest for financial aid. Limited numbers of free print copies are available while supplies last. Order copies here. 

FinAid - offers a listing of scholarship search databases.

HESC (New York State Higher Education Services Corporation) - provides comprehensive information on financial aid processes and other college & career planning resources.  High School Counselors & College Advisors check out newsletter items and how to join the HESC Counselor Connection here.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship Program - facilitates a scholarship application process each September.  Eligible high school seniors are also encouraged to check (here) for partner scholarship applications.

Point Foundation Scholarships are open to Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial help for undergraduate or graduate school. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development training with fellow Point Scholars. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement and financial need. Attention is also paid to students who have lost the financial and social support of their families and/or communities as a result of revealing their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible to apply for Point Foundation’s multiyear scholarship. Point’s application process opens online November 1, 2014 and applications may be submitted until late January, 2015 (please check online for exact deadline).  Applications are only accepted online here. 

U.S. Department of Education - provides Federal Student Aid resources including the FAFSA application.