• Foundation Scholarships
     

  • Frequently Asked Questions

     

  •  1. What are Foundation Scholarships?

    LaGuardia Community College Foundation scholarship helps students who are facing financial obstacles pay for college expenses. The Foundation has a number of scholarships available, ranging from $500 to $5,000, which are made possible by contributions from generous donors--individuals, businesses, organizations, and associations both public and private.

     

     2. Who is eligible for a scholarship?
    • Full- time students in good academic standing
    • Part- time students with 45 credits or more
    • International and undocumented students are eligible to apply

     

     3. How do I apply for a scholarship?

    You can apply for a Foundation scholarship through the online application, which is available at www.laguardia.edu/scholarships; select Apply Now.

     

     4. What do I need to apply for a scholarship?
     5. When are the scholarship applications due?

    Priority will be given to applications submitted between May 1– Aug. 31 for the upcoming academic year. Thereafter, applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the fall and spring semesters, if there are additional funds available. Students needing financial assistance are encouraged to apply.

     

     6. After submitting my scholarship application, how do I know if it was actually received?

    After you hit the "submit" button on your application, a confirmation message will be sent via your student email and My LaGuardia to inform you that your application was received. You will also receive periodic updates on your application status.

     

     7. How can I check my scholarship status?

    You will receive scholarship status updates via your student email and My LaGuardia. You will be notified within three (3) weeks regarding your eligibility.

     

     8. Do I have to complete a scholarship application for each scholarship available?

    No, by completing one scholarship application you will apply for all Foundation scholarships available for the academic year.

     

     9. Are there any other requirements to receive scholarship funds?

    Scholarship recipients will be required to attend a scholarship orientation and submit a thank you letter to their donor. Students may also be asked to attend Foundation events, and participate in College and Foundation marketing efforts. Recipients will be notified in advance.

     

     10. Do I need to write a thank you letter?

    Yes, students are strongly encouraged to express their appreciation to the scholarship donor/s by sending a thank you note or letter. Expressing gratitude to donors for their interest and support of education is an important part of receiving a scholarship. Scholarship recipients should email their thank you letter in Word format to FoundationScholarship@lagcc.cuny.edu. Get tips on how to write your Thank You letter  

     

     11. What are the conditions regarding the use of scholarship funds?

    You must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress towards a degree and show financial need. Scholarship funds may be used only for tuition, books, and fees associated with your education.

     

     12. How are scholarship awards determined?

    Scholarships awards are determined based on financial need, G.P.A and academic excellence, College or community service, or extracurricular achievement. More than half of all accepted students receive scholarships. LaGuardia reserves the right to decline scholarship awards for any reason.

     

     13. When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

    After applying, you will be notified within three (3) weeks regarding your eligibility. Letters of notification are sent via student email and My LaGuardia to all applicants whether or not they receive a scholarship. Once you receive your award letter, you will have five (5) business days to accept/decline the award.

     

     14. What are the requirements to keep my award?

    Scholarship recipients are required to meet the following conditions to remain eligible for their award:

    •  Be full-time or part-time students (45 credits or more) at LaGuardia Community College
    • Complete a FAFSA application (International and undocumented students are not required to complete the FAFSA application)
    • Show financial need
    • Register for classes at LaGuardia Community College
    • Be in good academic standing
    • Participate in College or community service
       
     15. I plan on dropping a course this semester, will my scholarship be affected?

    Attendance is a requirement for receiving and maintaining your award. Failure to attend classes could result in the loss of your scholarship.

     

     16. I do not qualify for federal or state financial aid, should I still apply for a Foundation scholarship?

    Yes, scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need, but may or may not qualify for federal or state financial aid. International and undocumented students are not required to complete the FAFSA application.

     

     17. I am enrolled as a part-time student. Can I still qualify for a scholarship?

    Yes, Foundation scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students. Some scholarships are designated specifically for part-time students. Part-time is defined as less than 12 credit hours per semester.

     

     18. Can I apply for a scholarship if I am working toward a certificate and not a degree?

    Yes. There are Foundation scholarships available for full-time and part-time matriculated students—working toward a degree, as well as continuing education students.

     

     19. Do I need to be a United States citizen to apply?

    No, international students as well as eligible non-citizens who are permanent residents of the United States are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

     

     20. Do I need to apply for financial aid in order to qualify?

    Yes, you can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid/ FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. International students are not eligible for FAFSA and do not have to apply.

     

     21. How much money is usually awarded?

    Scholarship awards range from approximately $500 to $5,000 per academic year.

     

     22. If I receive financial aid or help from other sources, can I still qualify for a Foundation scholarship?

    Yes, you can and should apply for both federal and state financial aid, and scholarships.

     

     23. If I applied for a scholarship last year, can I still apply this year?

    Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however priority is given to students who apply from May 1 – August 31 for the upcoming academic year. Students needing financial assistance are encouraged to apply.

     

     24. If I received a scholarship last year, do I need to reapply?

    Yes, scholarship applications are kept on file for one academic year. You must reapply to qualify for the following year. Students who receive a Spring into Action scholarship are not required to reapply. Their scholarship will be automatically renewed if they maintain eligibility.

     

     25. Are all scholarships renewable?

    No, only Spring into Action scholarships are renewable. You will be notified if your scholarship is automatically renewed for the following academic year.

     

     26. I am not an honor student. Will I still be considered for a scholarship?

    Yes, many scholarships do not require a specific G.P.A. The Foundation requires that all applicants must meet or exceed LaGuardia academic requirements for good standing . 

     

     27. If I decide not to go to LaGuardia this year, can I save the scholarship for the following year?

    No, scholarships are awarded for the current academic year. You must reapply to be considered for a scholarship for the following year.

     

     28. Can I receive more than one scholarship?

    The Foundation strives to award scholarships to as many students as possible. Students selected for a scholarship may only receive one award per academic year. Students may still receive funds from external awards.

     

     29. If I am awarded a scholarship, does the money come directly to me?

    If you have been awarded a scholarship, the amount will be credited directly to your tuition. If your award does not cover your entire tuition, please subtract your pending award amount from the amount you owe and pay the balance by the tuition due date. (You will not be dropped from your registered classes before your award is applied to your tuition.) If your award exceeds the amount of your tuition, a refund check will be issued to you after the College has verified that you attended your classes and met scholarship requirements (See question 14).

     

     30. What if I graduate during the current academic year?

    If you graduate during the current academic year or if the funds become unavailable, the Foundation reserves the right to withdraw this award.

     

     31. How do I apply for emergency funds?

    You can complete an emergency funds application in the Foundation office in room E508.

     

     32. Who can I contact if I have a question about the scholarship process?

    For more information, you can call 718-482-6069; email FoundationScholarship@lagcc.cuny.edu, or submit your questions via the Student Help online form.

     

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