Prestigious Scholarships

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CUNY Rhodes Scholars from left to right: David Bauer, Macaulay Honors College at City College, 2009, Eugene Shenderov, Brooklyn College, 2005, Zujaja Tauqeer, Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, 2011, Lisette Nieves, Brooklyn College, 1992, and Lev Sviridov, City College, 2005

The prestigious scholarships described here provide monetary awards and other types of assistance intended to support the graduate and undergraduate education of outstanding students. What these scholarships have in common is that they are recognized as among the most prestigious available and as such can have a dramatic, life-changing impact on the lives of the students who receive them. >>


Scholarships and Fellowships

Here are our descriptions of selected Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships with links to their own websites for more information.

Application Deadlines

Is the various scholarship information turning into one big mush in your brain? This section includes a listing of scholarship application deadlines.

CUNY Scholarship Recipients

Come take a look at all the CUNY Students who have won prestigious scholarships, and click on their names to read bios and news articles about them and their accomplishments.

College Contacts

This is a listing of initial contact persons in the CUNY colleges for those individuals interested in prestigious scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prestigious Scholarships News

Pride of the City 2014

Chantal Adlam

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Awards: W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Recipient, 2014

Seeking Cures in Medicinal Plants

Chantal Adlam (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2014) will work toward doctorate in chemistry with a full tuition waiver and a W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship to support her research.


Lauren Blachorsky

College: Queens College

Awards: Goldwater Scholarship, 2014

Understanding Neurons' Mysteries

Lauren Blachorsky, a Macaulay Honors College at Queens College junior, won a federally funded 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship as she pursues neuroscience.


Andre Braddy

College: Medgar Evers College

Awards: Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Personalizing Math Instruction

Andre Braddy (Medgar Evers College, 2012) won a rare Math for America Fellowship as he prepares to become a New York City public high school math teacher.


Bennett Callaghan

College: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Mind Play: How We Choose Candidates

Bennett Callaghan (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2012) examinds the interplay of socioeconomic status and participation in the political process with funding from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Yueting Chen

College: Queensborough Community College

Awards: Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, 2014; admissions to SUNY Stony Brook, 2014

CLIP, ASAP and Top Transfer Award

Yueting Chen (Queensborough Community College, 2014) will study biochemistry with a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.


William Cheung

College: CUNY Baccalaureate Degree

Awards: Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Developing a Philosophical Approach

William Cheung (CUNY BA, 2014) will research idealism and ethics in globalized, multicultural societies while on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.


Howie Chu

College: The City College of New York

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Powering Up for 21st Century

Howie Chu (City College, 2013) hopes to squeeze more life out of high-tech batteries with support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Matthew De Andrade

College: Queens College

Awards: Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Chasing Math's Mysteries

Matthew De Andrade (Queens College, 2014) intends to stretch the imaginations of New York City public high school students, thanks to a 2014 Math for America Fellowship.


Rebecca DelliCarpini

College: Hunter College

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Studying Scientists Who Study Primates

Rebecca DelliCarpini (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2013) heads to Madagascar with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to see how scientists produce knowledge.


Robert Fernandez

College: York College

Awards: sna, 2014

An Immigrant's Path to Science

Robert W. Fernandez (York College, 2013) is pursuing a doctorate at Yale University with support from a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.


Leah Fredman

College: Lehman College

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Exploring Roots of Fanaticism

Leah Fredman (Lehman College, 2012) will use National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to explore the theory of "identity fusion."


Simone Gordon

College: The City College of New York

Awards: Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Learning "From How We Teach"

Simone Gordon (City College, 2014) heads to Calcutta on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship as she prepares for a career in teaching, a goal since third grade.


Ariela Hazan

College: Hunter College

Awards: Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Plunging into Another Culture

Ariela Hazan (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2014) delays medical school to teach in Taiwan with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.


Ember Kane-Lee

College: Brooklyn College

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Wrestling with Gender Inequality

Ember Kane-Lee (Brooklyn College, 2013) will use her 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to explore gender inequality as women move into aggressive, male-dominated sports, as she did in high school.


Iskander Kapkayev

College: Brooklyn College

Awards: Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Preparing Kids for Calc

Iskander Kapkayev (Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, 2014), an immigrant from Uzbekistan, won a coveted Math for America Fellowship, which prepares students to become new York City public school math teachers.


Nicola Kriefall

College: Hunter College

Awards: Goldwater Scholarship, 2014

An Electrically Charged Fish Story

Nicola Gabriele Kriefall, a Hunter College junior, won a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship as she examines the behavior of weakly electric fish, envisioning a career in marine biology and neuroscience.


Andrew Marcus

College: Hunter College

Awards: New York City Urban Fellows Program, 2014

Making NYC a Better Place

Andrew Marcus (Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, 2014) brings a scientific sensibility to his New York City Urban Fellowship.


Jason Martinez

College: The City College of New York

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Keeping Fire from Traveling

Jason Martinez (City College, 2013) won a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship to study into how smarter building design can keep fire from spreading.


Cristina Mihailescu

College: LaGuardia Community College

Awards: Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, 2014

Seeking Global Solutions

Cristina Mihailescu (LaGuardia Community College, 2014) will use her Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship to approach economics with an international viewpoint.


Melody Mills

College: Baruch College

Awards: Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2014

Saving Lima's Street Girls

Melody Mills (Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, 2014) will use her Fulbright Scholarship to study a social program's impact on homeless Peruvian girls.


Aniqua Rahman

College: The City College of New York

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Stopping Cancer in its Tracks

Aniqua Rahman (City College, 2013) explores the spread of cancer; she won a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Danny Ramos

College: Hunter College

Awards: Math for America Fellowship, 2014

Teaching from Experience

Danny Ramos (Hunter College, 2014), the son of Mexican immigrants, intends to channel his childhood as he uses a Math for America Fellowship to become a New York City public school math teacher.


Barukh Rohde

College: Hunter College

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014

Attacking Killer Bacterium with Sex

Barukh Rohde (Hunter College, 2014) seeks to kill a disease-carrying insect that is damaging citrus crops with his National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


2014 Grad a Musical Révélation

Hanifah Walidah (CUNY BA, 2014), already known as a trans-Atlantic musician, filmmaker and social activist, sought grounding in a not-quite-traditional education.


Reilly Wilson

College: CUNY Graduate Center

Awards: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013

Children, Playgrounds and Civil War

Reilly Bergin Wilson, entering the CUNY Graduate Center in Fall 2014, will study how children interact with the built environment after the Bosnian civil war with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Jin-Xiang Yu

College: Queens College

Awards: Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, 2014

Elite Opera Program Hers for a Song

Jin-Xiang Yu (Queens College, 2014), raised in Japan by parents of Chinese and Russian backgrounds, is CUNY's first winner of a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award (up to $50,000 a year for three years of study). The Yale School of Music's esteemed opera performance master's program, which accepts only eight students a year, also granted her a full scholarship.

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