Open menu button Close menu button

Fellowships & Scholarships

Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is a three-year program that provides unprecedented opportunities to remarkable students to further their personal, professional, and cultural potential, including paid summer internships and other unique professional experiences in NYC, the U.S. and abroad. JK Watson Fellows receive annual funding over three years of $6,000, $7,500 and $8,500, an additional $2,000 Discovery Fund for further professional development exploration, guided mentorship by experienced staff, the opportunity to build relationships with a cohort of close-knit peers, and a series of unique cultural events and seminars that build skills and complement the fellowship experience. The CSI campus deadline to apply is January 30, 2023.

If you are interested in applying for the JK Watson Fellowship, please contact Michele Callahan at or 718.982.2332. Interested students may also watch a pre-recorded version of a recently held JK Watson Fellowship information session.

America Needs You Fellowship

The America Needs You Fellowship is an intensive two-year program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students attending a CUNY school. Students must be in their first year of college to be eligible to apply. The program offers students career development workshops, access to internships, and stipends totaling $2,000. All Fellows are matched one-on-one with a successful and motivated professional “Mentor Coach” dedicated to their personal and professional growth. The final application deadline is April 4, 2023. For further information and assistance with your application, please contact Michele Callahan at or 718.982.2332.

CSI Scholarship Program

The scholarship program at the College of Staten Island recognizes academic excellence and college / 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 our community.  For more information see Frequently Asked Questions below:

Contact Information

Michele Callahan

Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor

Building 1A, Room 210C
Email Michele Callahan

College of Staten Island Scholarship FAQ


Am I Eligible?
CSI Scholarships are for matriculated students only.  Macaulay Honors College students are not eligible to apply to the CSI Scholarship program.

Incoming Freshmen

  • Maintain a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or 85% average (with some exceptions).
  • Applicants may be full-time or part-time students. Full-time status is given preference for the majority of CSI Scholarships. 
  • Meet the CUNY proficiency requirements in English and math.

Continuing Students

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (with some exceptions).
  • Applicants may be full-time or part-time students. Full-time status is given preference for the majority of CSI Scholarships. 
  • Meet the CUNY proficiency requirements in English and math.

Transfer Students

  • Transfer a minimum of 24 credits from previous college(s).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 3.0 (with some exceptions).
  • Applicants may be full-time or part-time students. Full-time status is given preference for the majority of CSI Scholarships.
  • Meet the CUNY proficiency requirements in English and math.

Graduate Students

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (with some exceptions).
  • Applicants may be full-time or part-time students. A course load of at least six credits is given preference for the majority of graduate-level CSI Scholarships.   

Back to top

How do I apply?

The CSI Scholarship Program application is currently open.  Application and Information.

  • A current résumé/curriculum vitae
  • A personal essay consisting of a maximum of 500 words as outlined in the application.
  • A biographical profile consisting of a maximum of 250 words as outlined in the application.
  • One letter of recommendation, which must either be from a faculty member or teacher who knows you well, or from someone who is familiar with you from a job, internship, volunteer assignment, community project, etc. Recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted.
  • Although not mandatory, 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 either ensure that their transcripts from high school/previous colleges have been submitted to the Office of Admissions, or submit a copy of their previous transcripts with their application. Continuing students at CSI do not need to submit a transcript; the Office of Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities will access the transcripts of continuing CSI students via CUNYfirst.

For further information, contact Michele Callahan, Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor, at 718.982.2332 or

Back to top

What is the Deadline?
For the 2023-2024 application cycle, the deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 5:00pm EST

Back to top

How is my application evaluated?
Completed applications will be evaluated and rated by the Faculty Review Committee. Applications are scored using a combination of academic merit and College/community service, while also taking into consideration financial need and other aspects of the student's background. Competition for scholarships varies from year to year, based on the number of applicants and is always rigourous.  

Back to top

How will I be notified?
Applicants will receive a scholarship award or non-award letter from the Division of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs via email. By applying for a CSI Scholarship, recipients agree to write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) of the awards and attend a scholarship ceremony/reception upon invitation either virtually or in-person based on current protocols during the pandemic. Recipients also agree to authorize access to their educational records.

Back to top

What if I want to study abroad?

Scholarships and awards for study abroad are available through the Center for Global Engagement at the College of Staten Island. The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), through which CSI is a partnering institution, also provides scholarships for specially designated study abroad programs. CCIS award amounts vary. For more information on scholarships and financing study abroad, visit the CCIS website.

Students interested in study abroad programs should visit the Center for Global Engagement:

A listing of scholarships offered through the Center for Global Engagement may be found on our study abroad financial aid and scholarships page. Scholarship awards are available for semester, summer, and winter study abroad programs, and typically range up to $4,000.

Awards are for matriculated CSI students only.

Applications for these particular scholarships can be obtainedvia the Center's webpage.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

External Fellowships and Scholarships
External fellowships and scholarships offer many opportunities, ranging from local fellowships and scholarships to the most prestigious in the nation. Students may apply for awards based on major/career field and demographic criteria, among other qualifications. Several fellowship programs offer wonderful career enhancing opportunities through internships, professional development, and mentoring. To learn more, please contact Michele Callahan, Fellowship & Scholarship Advisor, at 718.982.2332 or