The Children's Aid Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to Children's Aid Schools, Centers, affiliated programs and high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend a post-secondary pathway (College or Career). Each year, Children's Aid provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Adolescence Division sites to have access to funding for up to four-years.
Each award is intended to cover a portion of the student's educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. Awards vary by individual. Awards
A Minimum number of awards, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, will be granted each year.
For students attending a two-year college or vocational-technical schools, awards are renewable up to two year or until they complete their associate's degree or certification is earned. This is based on a satisfactory performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale).
For students attending a four-year college or university, awards are renewable up to four years or until a bachelor's degree is earned. This is based on a satisfactory performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale).
For students attending a CUNY college, an award will be given based on your financial aid package. This award will be kept in your student expense account to be used towards education expenses (ie. tuition, laptop, transportation, books, and other expense approved by the College and Career Access and Success program). The student must put in their request first in order for their request to be processed.
Awards are for undergraduate study only. Eligibility
Applicants to the Children's Aid Scholarship Program must:
- Be a high school senior, ages 17-21, at the time of application submission.
- Intend to enroll in a post-secondary pathway full-time for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.
- Be currently attending or participating in one of the following Children's Aid Community Centers, Schools, or Affiliated Programs:
- Bronx Career and College Preparatory School
- Child Welfare and Family Services
- Curtis High School
- Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
- Frederick Douglas Academy III
- Dunlevy Milbank Center
- Hope Leadership Academy
Start by clicking on the Apply link at the bottom of this page.
- During the application process, you may leave the site prior to submission by clicking on the Save my progress and resume later button on the top right corner of the page.
- Once all application requirements are satisfied, the "Submit button" will be located at the bottom of the Review Application page.
- Carefully review your entire application before clicking the "Submit button".
- Applications are evaluated on the information submitted, please answer all questions as completely as possible.
- Applications must be submitted electronically by the application deadline in order for your application to be processed.
- After the application is successfully submitted, no further additions or changes can be made. You will no longer have access to your application account or data.
- Children's Aid will email acknowledgment of receipt of all submitted applications.
As part of your application, you must also upload the following documents:
- An official High School transcript.
- A signed letter of recommendation
- A copy of your FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or your FAFSA package if received
Your application must be submitted on or before January 6th , 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Selection ProcessScholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic ability and achievement, short answer and essay, financial need, school and community extracurricular activities, and leadership.Applicants will be required to submit two short answer questions and an essay.
The selection of recipients is made by the Scholarship Committee. Notification
Applicants will be notified on February 6, 2023.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship checks will be sent to your institution in August and December. Your awarded amount will be split between the Fall and Spring semester. Guidelines
Recipients selected into the Scholarship Program are REQUIRED to submit the following documents:
- Thank You Letter
- Signed Contract
- Attend Summer Bridge
- Student Profile before the start of each FALL semester
- Enrollment Verification Form for the FALL and SPRING semester
- Academic Advisement Form for the FALL and SPRING semester
- Unofficial or Official Transcript at the end of the FALL and SPRING semester
- Essay at the end of the FALL and SPRING SEMESTER
- Submit their Financial Aid Award Letter for the following academic year.
Students are REQUIRED to:
- Be enrolled in a two-year, four-year, or trade/vocational institution as a Full-Time student (with the exception of IEP students who will be enrolled Part-time)
- Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
- Submit the required documents every semester (see above)
- Do monthly check ins with the College and Career Success staff
- Keep an open line of communication throughout the program
- Attend occasional celebrations and events
RevisionsChildren's Aid reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the programQuestions? Contact us:
- Ongoing one-on-one support from the College and Career Success staff. This includes academic, personal, financial aid, and career support.
- Information about workshops, networking events, and internships with different industries for Career Exploration.