Post-Secondary Planning

Financial Aid & Scholarships

School counselors connect student and families to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is delighted to present the following two scholarship opportunities: 

2015 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 2015 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 15, 2015.  For questions, please contact Paul S. Sibener, Esq. at

2015 Charles Robertson Scholarship

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling is currently accepting applications for the 2015 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 (see attached)
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 (here).  Submitted applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2015.  For questions, please contact Margarita Suero-Duran.

The following scholarship opportunity is also available: - 2015 Design My Future Contest

      NYC College Line launched a new scholarship contest this month.  The 2015 Design My Future Contest scholarship is open to current NYC high school and college students.  To apply, students are prompted, "If you could take a picture, draw an  image or create a painting of who you are and where you want to be after college, what would that look like?"  A flyer is available here.  

Following are additional scholarship opportunities, search engines, and financial aid resources.

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

Charles Robertson Scholarship Award - recognizes one male graduating student and one female graduating student from a Brooklyn public high school. Schools are encouraged to submit applications for up to two eligible candidates. For further information, please contact Margarita Suero-Duran at

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 here or by calling 212-961-5853. 

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Scholarships - offers scholarship programs.  To identify your Member of Congress, click here.  Read this flyer for guidelines and see this application.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - offers scholarship programs. 

CUNY is pleased to announce an important partnership 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.  Further details are available here.  To help promote the scholarship, posters are available in EnglishChinese, Korean, and Spanish.

FAFSA Information for School Counselors is an online source of federal student aid information to help students and families plan and prepare for college and careers.  A key guide, Completing the FAFSA, is offered.

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.

Kaarme - is a scholarship search tool.

History Channel's National Civil War Student Challenge - is an online quiz competition offering high school students the opportunity to win up to $15,000 in college scholarship.

New York Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Scholarship - The application will be available available to high school seniors in January. 

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. 

Scholarships A-Z - features an alphabetical listing of scholarships. - is a website dedicated to Student Financial Aid Awareness Month, which provides questions and answers about FAFSA completion, tips and tools, engaging videos.

Syracuse University School of Architecture - provides full scholarships for African-American Students -10 full scholarships for African-American men and women interested in studying architecture. Contact Mark Robbins, Dean, School of Architecture at 315-443-2256.

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