College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
Career and Scholarship Center
Caryl Watkins, Director
DivisionĀ Of Student Affairs

Location: South Administration Bldg (1A), Room 105
Phone: 718.982.2300
Fax: 718.982.2308

Career and Scholarship Center
  CSI Scholarships

CUNY Prestigious Scholarships

Scholarship Information and Application in PDF

The scholarship program at the College of Staten Island recognizes academic excellence and college or community service. In addition to scholarships offered directly by the College, the CSI Foundation, and departments and associations of the College, memorial scholarships have been endowed through the generosity of many individuals and organizations who value higher education. Scholarships support, in varying ways, the education of the men and women of our community.  For more information see the menu below.

College of Staten Island Scholarship FAQ:

Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for the College of Staten Island scholarship, current students must:

  • Complete the application and provide all supporting documentation.
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Register for and successfully complete 12 or more credits for the fall term and the spring term. Demonstrate school and/or community service.
  • Prospective high school applicants must have an average of 90% or above.

To be eligible for the College of Staten Island scholarship, transfer students must:

  • Complete the application and provide all supporting documentation.
  • Transfer a minimum of 28 credits from previous college(s).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.25.
  • Pass the three CUNY Skills Assessment Tests in reading, writing, and mathematics.

The Macaulay Honors College is a rigorously challenging academic program for selected first-year students. To be eligible for a scholarship, Honors College students must:

  • Complete the Macaulay Honors College Application obtained from the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, North Administration Building (2A), Room 103, or from the Honors College Office, South Administration Building (1A), Room 206.
  • Contact the Honors College Office at 1.718.982.2222.

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How Do I Apply? Can I download the application?
You may download and print out an application in PDF format or visiting South Administration Building 1A, Room 105.

Submit a completed CSI Scholarship Application accompanied by all supporting documentation before 5:00pm, last business day in February.  Supporting documentation includes:

  • A personal essay of 500 words as outlined in the application.
  • A biographical profile of 250 words as outlined in the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation using the scholarship recommendation forms include in the application; one must be from a faculty member or teacher who knows you well; the second may also be from a faculty member/teacher or from someone who is familiar with you from a job, volunteer assignment, or community project you have undertaken. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.
  • Volunteer and community service can be supported by an attached certificate and/or a letter from the volunteer or community service coordinator on official stationery.

Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of the CSI Scholarship Application and all supporting materials. First-year and transfer students must request their own transcripts from colleges other than CSI. Official transcripts from CSI students will be requested by the Scholarship Office.

For further information, contact the Career and Scholarship Center at 1.718.982.2300.

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What is the Deadline?
Applications are to be submitted to the Career and Scholarship Center, South Administration Building 1A, Room 105 no later than 5:00PM, last business day in February.

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How is my application evaluated?
Completed applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Faculty Scholarship Committee. Applications will be scored on the quality of the essay, the two letters of recommendation, and documented community or college service. A student’s scored application and GPA determine the ranking, which then determines whether a student will receive a scholarship award. Competition for scholarships varies from year to year based on the number of applicants and is always rigorous.

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How Will I Be Notified?
Applicants will receive a scholarship award or non-award letter from the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet the donors of the awards at a formal ceremony.

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What if I Want to Study Abroad?
Scholarships and awards for study abroad are available through the Center for International Service. CSI students are also eligible for SIROCS (Scholarships for International Resume-Building Opportunities for CUNY Students), a program for undergraduate CUNY students participating in short-term (summer and winter intersession) study abroad programs or independently organized experiences abroad. Programs or independently organized experiences must take place in a cross-cultural setting (usually outside the United States) and have a minimum length of two weeks. The SIROCS Committee will also consider proposals for funding for appropriate fall semester programs and experiences. The College Consortium also offers scholarships for International Studies. Both types of awards must be used for participation in specially designated programs.

Students interested in study abroad programs should contact the Center for International Service directly at the following address:

Center for International Service
College of Staten Island, The City University of New York
North Administration Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
Telephone 1.718.982.2100

Completed applications for these scholarships should be returned to the Center for International Service.

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Non-Discrimination Policy
The College of Staten Island is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, alienage or citizenship, religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, veteran or marital status in its student admissions, employment, access to programs, and administration of educational policies.

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Fellowship & Scholarship Database
The Fellowship & Scholarship Database is available to CSI students who are seeking additional award opportunities. This database contains a multitude of information for various types of opportunities, ranging from local fellowships and scholarships to the most prestigious awards in the nation.  Students will find awards based on major/career field, demographic criteria such as heritage and gender, study abroad, overcoming the challenges associated with disabilities, military service, and more. The database also provides information on several fellowship programs that offer students wonderful career enhancing opportunities through internships, professional development and mentoring, as well as advice for building a strong background to be a competitive candidate. 

To access the database as a student, please claim your account on Symplicity, the Career & Scholarship Center’s software management system.  Claiming your student account can be done easily by visiting:

Faculty and Staff who would like to view the database can do so by registering for a Symplicity account at:  (Account approval may take up to two business days).

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