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Excelsior and NYS Aid Spring 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Excelsior Scholarship & Paying for College in New York State

Spring 2017

Sources of Financial Aid

  • Federal government
  • New York State
  • Colleges – Institutional aid
  • Other sources
    • Businesses
    • Foundations
    • Clubs/Organizations


Ascend Educational Fund Awards Scholarship

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be born outside the United States or have two parents born outside the United States
  • Must be a graduating senior at a high school in the five boroughs of New York City
  • Must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2015-2016

Application Materials

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Official high school transcript
  • Copy of SAT or ACT score report
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays

Selection Criteria and Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. A committee will review applications and select a group of finalists for interviews.

December 1, 2015: Applications open online

  • December 1, 2015 – Application opens online
  • January 30, 2016 – Online scholarship application closes
  • March 28, 2016 @ 7 pm – Reader Orientation
  • March 28, 2016 – Reader system opens
  • March 28 – April 28, 2016 – Application review period
  • April 28, 2016 – Reader system closes & all scores are due by 5pm EST
  • Review finalists from May 3 – 16, 2016
  • Select finalists May 17 /18, 2016
  • Finalists notified May 19-21, 2016

Applications must be submitted by the Saturday, January 30, 2015 11:59 PM EST deadline

Scholarship Conditions

Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution in equal installments over a two or four year period, depending on the type of institution. Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship awards:

  • Enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university
  • Remain in good standing and maintain a 2.5 grade point average
  • Submit progress reports to Ascend Educational Fund every semester
  • Participate in mentoring provided by Ascend Educational Fund

Additional Information

Questions can be directed to

JP Morgan Smart Start Scholarship

Thursday, May 12, 2016

JP Morgan Smart Start Scholarship – Happy and honored to post this amazing and informative video about the JP Morgan Smart Start Scholarship – recorded live at Kweller Prep’s Money for College workshop May 9th 2016. Kweller Prep serves Forest Hills, Queens, New York City (NYC) and surrounding areas. Kweller Prep is a learning incubator designed to get you where you want to go. Email us at