Current Undergraduate Students

Current Undergraduate Students

To help support the learning experiences of our academically talented current undergraduate students, John Jay offers many scholarship opportunities:

Current Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2016

Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

 

Support for Professional Conferences

Rolling Deadline; please submit an application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the professional conference that you plan on attending.

 

Research Opportunities

Application Deadlines: 
Fall 2015 - October 9 and November 6
Spring 2016 - March 11 and April 15 

 

Study Abroad Opportunities

Summer 2016/Fall 2016

 

Other Resources for Study Abroad​

 

Future Opportunities

Scholarships that have already been awarded for the academic year or will be awarded for next academic year

How to Apply for Scholarships

To apply for John Jay Scholarships, you must complete the new online John Jay College General Scholarship Application. A short personal statement (250 words or less) is also required. The personal statement is an autobiographical statement. It should provide the committee with an overview of who you are.  You can explore your educational and/or personal background, or share a meaningful story about yourself.

Once your general application and personal statement are completed, you will see a list or scholarships for which you may be eligible.  An essay or letter of self-nomination is required for each scholarship.  Generally, two letters of recommendation are also required.

Recommendation letters can come from any professional references (employers, current or previous professors, mentors, advisors, community service organizers, etc.).  The letters should attest to why they believe you are a strong candidate for the scholarship.

Scholarship Descriptions

Dr. Katherine Arnoldi - Teenage Parenthood Scholarship 

This $500 scholarship is intended to support a student who is currently or was a teenage parent (up to 19 years of age) when they began studying at John Jay College.

In an essay of 250 words, please discuss the following:

  • Why you chose to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Any obstacles you have experienced as a teenage parent
  • Your professional aspirations

To apply, you must submit:

 

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce that applications for the Myrna Dolores Ilari Bain Scholarship are now being accepted.  One winner will secure a scholarship in the amount of $1200 to study abroad.  Your study abroad program should explore a topic and/or region related to African Diaspora studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, or social justice.  The scholarship will be presented to the undergraduate whose work best reflects the spirit of the teachings of Myrna Dolores Ilari Bain.

The scholarship is created in memory of and in recognition to educator Myrna Dolores Ilari Bain’ life long contribution to the field of academic scholarship and community development in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

ABOUT MYRNA DOLORES ILARI BAIN

Professor Myrna Bain began her life long career as an educator in 1971 by teaching at the College of New Rochelle and then for eighteen years in the Black and Puerto Rican Studies Department at Hunter College, the City University of New York.  Over this period, Professor Bain made major contributions to the development of the African Diaspora Literature curriculum and the expansion of the Women’s Studies Program.  During this period, Professor Bain received a Fulbright-Hays Research Scholarship in Anthropology that enabled her to receive a Master of Cultural Anthropology in 1985.  In conjunction with obtaining this degree, Professor Bain continued to develop a number of academic courses in African Caribbean literature; African American folklore, history and literature and African American film while pursuing a PhD in Anthropology.  In 2000, Professor Bain joined the African American Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York and at New York City Technical College, The City University of New York.

Throughout this time, Professor Bain inspired both students and colleagues to aspire to higher levels of academic excellence and scholarship.  Although Professor Bain did not achieve her goal of obtaining a doctorate degree, her energy and commitment to scholarship both national and international, her special skills in mentoring and fostering growth in students, her peers and all others whose lives she touched provided the basis for the success of countless others.  The Myrna Dolores Ilari Bain Scholarship Award will be awarded to a worthy student majoring in African Diaspora studies:  Social Justice, English, International Criminal Justice, Sociology, Political Science, Gender Politics, History or Anthropology.  This scholarship will be offered on a yearly basis.

Eligibility:                 

  • Must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0.

  • Must be a matriculated full-time student.

  • Must be a John Jay College of Criminal Justice student who has earned a minimum of 30 credits by the date of study abroad program.

  • Interest in pursuing a career or further studies in African Diaspora studies, or including Social Justice, English, International Criminal Justice, International Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Gender Politics, History or Anthropology.

  • Financial need, determined through filing a FAFSA.     

  • This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student’s academic career.                               

Applicants must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application

  • An estimated budget (including travel expenses).

  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a John Jay faculty member).

  • A 400 word essay describing your dedication to the community; your need for support, how this study abroad experience will fit into your goals and future professional aspirations in some aspect of African Diaspora studies; and why these issues are important to you. Also, please describe your involvement in community service and with relevant social justice issues.

Gary Boccia Memorial Scholarship

The Gary Boccia Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one Forensic Science major (part-time or full-time) who has completed a minimum of 60 credits and has earned at least a 3.0 GPA in the amount of $500. To be considered, you must have completed or be currently enrolled in an internship with an accredited Forensic Science laboratory.

To apply, you must submit:

 

Roger H. Davis Memorial Scholarship

The Roger H. Davis Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Roger H. Davis, a gay activist who participated in the historic New York City Stonewall Uprising – a series of police raids against gay people who patronized a bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969. The spontaneous rebellion quickly became an important, symbolic moment in U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social movement organizing. The Stonewall Uprising is often credited as the inspiration for hundreds of LGBT pride events held around the world today. As a participant in the uprising, Roger Davis was an outspoken, determined, and courageous young man who strongly believed in the rights of LGBT people. He was born in 1951 in NYC, and passed away in 1992 after courageously battling AIDS.

This award is created by the family and friends of Roger Davis in order to recognize significant activism or research around issues of importance to LGBT social movement organizing. In honoring the generous spirit that Roger Davis embodied, this award aims to recognize fierce advocates for LGBT justice with a minimum award of $500 to one student each academic year.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • Have completed at least 12 credits at John Jay College
  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program as a full-time student
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

To apply, you must submit:

  • John Jay College General Scholarship Application(with personal statement and two letters of recommendation)
  • A 500-word essay describing your role as a fierce advocate for LGBT justice. Please specify relevant LGBT activist and/or scholarly engagement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Nancy Flynn Scholarship

The Nancy Flynn Scholarship is awarded to one female student who is at least 25 years of age and has resumed her education after at least five years away from high school or college.  The scholarship amount is $500.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • Have earned between 16 and 61 credits
  • Have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA
  • Be female

To apply, you must submit:

  • John Jay College General Scholarship Application(with personal statement and two letters of recommendation)
  • A 400-word essay covering the importance of a college education and your future career aspirations in the criminal justice field

 

Matthew Goldstein Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

The Goldstein Scholarship’s purpose is to support the persistence and graduation of CUNY students who must take reduced course loads as reasonable accommodations for their disabilities.

CUNY offers these scholarships in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Matthew Goldstein, whose career at our University is a testament to the core values of meaningful access and opportunity in higher education for all otherwise qualified students. Indeed, Chancellor Goldstein’s work has been keenly focused upon extending affordable, accessible and above all, excellent higher education opportunities to groups of students that have historically been underrepresented at CUNY, particularly those with disabilities.

Students considered for the Goldstein Scholarships must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate student, enrolled in a degree program
  • Must be in good academic standing, i.e. a grade-point average of 2.0 or better
  • Must be registered with a campus Office of Disability Resources & Services
  • Must be certified as eligible to participate in the “ADA TAP” program by a campus Financial Aid Office’s TAP Certifying Official
  • Must complete a Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Application by the application deadline.

In order to compete for a 2014 -15 Goldstein Scholarship, please complete the attached scholarship application and submit it to the Office of Accessibility Services, Room L.66 NB, DEADLINE TBA. The Office of Accessibility Services is also available to answer questions about scholarship eligibility and provide reasonable accommodations in completing the scholarship application.

HI-TECH PREP Mathematics Scholarship

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The HI-TECH PREP Mathematics Scholarship was established by Professor Emerita Lily E. Christ and her husband Dr. Duane M. Christ.  The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage, motivate, interest and reward students in taking additional mathematics courses at John Jay College.  The scholarship amount is $1,000 to award the recipient for taking the additional mathematics course beyond the 6 credits at John Jay College. Each year a minimum of 2 scholarships will be awarded, one in the fall and one in the spring semester. This scholarship is renewable.

You are qualified to apply if you:

  • Are a full-time or part-time matriculated student,
  • Are in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA),
  • Have taken at least 6 mathematics credits at John Jay College, and
  • Are currently taking a mathematics course.

To apply, you must submit:

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; and
  • A 250-word essay explaining your interest in mathematics and/or how it can add to your field of study, in your career, or life in general.

 

If you are an undergraduate international student who has completed 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.35, you may be eligible for an international student scholarship of $2,000.  This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student’s academic career.   

In an essay of 250 words, please discuss the following:

  • Why you chose to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • A course or experience that has inspired you
  • Your future academic and professional aspirations 
  • How you expect to use your education either in your country of origin or in the United States
     

    To apply, you must submit:

 

Jay Walk Scholarship

Through the generous gifts of our alumni, friends, faculty, and staff to the Jay Walk, we are proud to offer the Jay Walk Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
Criteria:

  • Senior (90 plus credits), anticipated date of Graduation Fall 2015/Winter 2016/Spring 2016
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Good academic standing (2.0 and above GPA)

Essay:
In an essay of 400 words, please explore how you overcame an extraordinary obstacle in your life and how this scholarship will help to ensure that you graduate.

Examples of an extraordinary obstacle include but are not limited to:

  • A traumatic life event
  • A disability
  • Financial difficulties
  • Formerly incarcerated
  • A language barrier
  • Educational achievements

To apply, you must submit:

 

Judge Judith Kaye - Pioneer of Justice Scholarship

The Judge Judith S. Kaye: Pioneer of Justice Scholarship is an endowed scholarship created with the generosity from Mr. Tony Kushner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright in recognition of the tireless leadership and groundbreaking efforts of retired Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, New York Court of Appeals.

A true trailblazer, Kaye was the first female appointed to the NY Court of Appeals, the first woman to serve as Chief Judge, and the longest serving chief judge in New York State’s history.

A preeminent jurist and scholar, Judge Kaye has been at the forefront of many criminal justice reforms and innovations.  Her work includes pivotal decisions concerning legal process, capital punishment, women’s right, juvenile justice, and gay rights.  Her work was central in creating the Center for Court Innovation.

Both Judge Kaye and Mr. Kushner received honorary degrees at the College’s June 2011 commencement exercises.

Description
The Honorable Judith S. Kaye: Pioneer of Justice Scholarship is awarded annually to a senior undergraduate student who has made a significant impact on society through community service and social justice.  The scholarship covers full-time, undergraduate in-state tuition and fees for up to two semesters.

Eligibility
To be considered, a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student
  • Have completed at least 90 credits
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service and social justice
  • Plan to continue to provide community service during their last year of study
  • Demonstrate financial need, determined through a completed 2016/17 FAFSA

 

Application process:
To apply, students must submit a John Jay College General Scholarship Application, letter of self-nomination (maximum of 300 words), and letter of recommendation by the designated deadline. The letter should detail how you believe you have made a significant and positive impact through service, any current activities, and your future goal and aspirations.  One letter of recommendation from a supervisor affiliated with your community service organization is required. 

Captain Edward Leuchs Scholarship 

The Captain Edward Leuchs Scholarship is awarded to one full-time student with a minimum 3.2 GPA in the amount of $1,000.  Eligible applicants must be from a developing nation and plan to pursue a career in law enforcement or public service.
To apply, you must submit:

In an essay of 250 words, please discuss one of the following topics:

Topic 1 - What differences have you observed in the way you live and study between your nation of origin and the United States?  How have you negotiated or handled these differences.  Explain and provide examples.

Topic 2 - Compare and contrast the system of justice in your nation of origin with that of the United States.  What are the key differences?  Are there any practices common to both nations?

MBJ Scholarship for Students with Disabilities 

Through a generous donation from MBJ Food Services, the College is proud to offer the MBJ Scholarship for Students with Disabilities in the amount of $1,000.

Criteria: 

  • Matriculated student, enrolled at least part time
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Applicants must be registered with the Office of Accessibility Services

There is no minimum or maximum number of required credits.

To apply, students must submit:

Please discuss a challenge that you have overcome at John Jay College.  How will this scholarship help with your studies?  What are your professional and personal aspirations?

 

Winning a basketball scholarship changed the course of James Malone’s life, just as winning an academic scholarship changed the life of his wife, Rubie. Through the James and Rubie Malone Scholarship, two former vice presidents of John Jay College would like to give other students the same opportunities they had to reach their potential.

James Malone attended the University of Akron and went on to become director of John Jay’s SEEK Program, the dean of students and ultimately, vice president for administrative affairs. Rubie Malone, attended Clark College — now Clark Atlanta University, then went to the Hunter School of Social Work for a master’s degree and to Columbia University for a doctorate, retired in 2009 as assistant vice president for strategic planning.

As a testament to their belief in the John Jay College mission, “Educating for Justice,” and their desire to leave a lasting legacy, the James and Rubie Malone Scholarship was established.  It is awarded annually to a sophomore student in good standing who demonstrates need, merit, and a commitment to community service. The scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, will be used to help defray the cost of the first semester of the student’s sophomore year. The recipients will be selected by the College’s Scholarship Committee based on:

  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative grade point average
  • Community service in and outside the College
  • Financial need as demonstrated by little or no family contribution (determined through FAFSA)

 
To apply, students must submit:

  • John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references (i.e. professor, advisor, counselor, mentor, community leader, employer)
  • A 300-word essay exploring your need for the scholarship, the importance of a college education, and your future academic and professional aspirations.

 

The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship

Through the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, you are encouraged to:

  • Pursue a career or further studies in the legal field
  • Engage in political and legal activism
  • Strive for academic excellence
  • Foster an awareness of the issues poor and minority people in the Criminal Justice System face

To be eligible for consideration, you will need have completed at least 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.4. In addition, you must have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one ethnic studies course or law course concentrating on the plight of minorities or disadvantaged people in the criminal justice system (Eligible courses available on Application Supplement). 

This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student's academic career. Full-time students receive $1,000 scholarships and part-time students receive $500 scholarships.

To apply, you must submit:

 

A. Brean Murray Memorial Scholarship

The A. Brean Murray Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a truly remarkable member of the John Jay College community. Mr. Murray was raised as an orphan in Ireland and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. A self-made man, Mr. Murray put himself through college at Villanova University by selling sandwiches to fellow students.

He went on to serve in the U.S. military as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and was also assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

A. Brean Murray enjoyed many successes throughout his professional career at such companies as IBM, Cogan, Berlind, Weill and Levitt, where he worked as a partner. Mr. Murray also served as an Official at the American Stock Exchange, as a Director of the Doral Financial Corporation, and as CEO of Brean Murray & Co., which he founded in 1973.

Mr. Murray served as a Board member of the John Jay College Foundation and led fundraising efforts to establish the McCabe Fellowship. Together with his wife, Bettina Murray (Professor of Communication Skills and Board Member of the John Jay Foundation), he established a scholarship fund to provide disadvantaged students with an opportunity to attend a Summer Program at Columbia University.

In recognition of his commitment to immigrant students, the A. Brean Murray Memorial Scholarship will support an international student or student who recently immigrated to the U.S. in pursuit of a Baccalaureate Degree at John Jay College.

Amount:

  • $4,000 per academic year ($2,000 per semester)
  • Renewable if student maintains full-time status and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better

Criteria:

  • Must be a matriculated full-time student
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Earned 60 credits or better
  • Recently immigrated to the United States (students born in Puerto Rico are eligible to apply) or on an F-1 Student Visa

To apply, you must submit:

NECO - NYPD Officers Ramos and Liu Memorial Scholarship

Through the generosity of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), this scholarship was created  in memory of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu who were murdered while protecting and serving the citizens of New York.  It honors their legacy of selflessly protecting this City by providing support to current NYPD officers to complete their baccalaureate degree at John Jay College.  Through supporting officers who are committed to the values of community, the importance of diversity, and the necessity of healing, this scholarship contributes towards the future leadership of the NYPD and New York City.

Two scholarships are awarded each year in honor of Officers Ramos and Liu.

Amount: Up to $2,500 per semester to cover 6 part-­time credits for 6 semesters total (36 credits total)*

Requirements:

  • Be a current officer with the NYPD
  • Complete the NYPD Leadership Program**
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Finalists will be selected by the College Scholarship Committee
  • Recipients must maintain a GPA to be renewed each semester
  • Recipients are expected to work with the NYPD after graduation

 

To apply, you must submit:

 

*Part-­time students pay per credit. This scholarship will cover up to 6 credits ($2,500) a semester, for 6 semesters. If used to the maximum value, an Officer will gain 36 credits, thus giving them the total credits to graduate with a Bachelors Degree of at least 120 credits.

**The NYPD Leadership Program at John Jay College is 12-­credit program available for undergraduate and graduate students interested in earning their degrees at John Jay. Each semester, between 225 – 250 NYPD Officers are enrolled. Officers who complete the program graduate with approximately 92 total credits (60 credits for Pre-­NYPD Academy, 30 credits for NYPD Training Academy, 12 credits for NYPD Leadership Program).

William Pace Scholarship (United States Department of Treasury)

The William Pace Scholarship is awarded to one full-time student with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and at least 28 credits completed at John Jay College. Eligible candidates must a dependent of a U.S. Treasury Department employee. The scholarship amount is $1,000.

To apply, you must submit:

  • A complete  John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A 500-word essay covering the importance of a college education and your future career aspirations in the criminal justice field
  • Verification of parent's employment at U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Proof of dependency (copy of parent's most recent tax return)

There in no deadline for this scholarship. Please contact Michael Scaduto directly if you qualify.

Maria I. Ramirez Memorial Scholarship

This $1,600 scholarship is awarded to a female student who both works and attends school full-time pursuing a bachelor's degree.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

Have completed at least 12 credits at John Jay College Be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program full-time

To apply, you must submit:

  • A 500-word essay covering the importance of a college education and your future career aspirations in the criminal justice field.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Be female

 

Rising Sophomore Scholarship

If you have completed 15-29 credits and a minimum GPA of 3.5, you may be eligible for the Rising Sophomore Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student's academic career.

In an essay of 300 words, please describe your first-year experience at John Jay College and your future aspirations.

To apply, you must submit:

Rising Star Fellowship

The John Jay Rising Star Fellowship is a faculty--supported initiative for aspiring undergraduate students who show great promise. The Rising Star Fellowship provides funds to support students in any of the following three activities:

  • An unpaid internship
  • Study abroad
  • Research assistantship

 

Each year up to three fellowships may be granted in the amount of $3,000 per fellowship.

Interested students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed a minimum of 15 credits at John Jay College by date of application
  • GPA of 3.0 and above

 

Documented offer to participate in the relevant opportunity:

  • Unpaid internship (summer or semester-long)
  • Study abroad program (International Studies)
  • Research assistantship (summer or semester-long)
    Note: Financial need may be considered

 

To apply, the student must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A 300-word essay that describes how the unpaid internship, study abroad opportunity or research assistantship will be significant to you personally and professionally, and/or enable you to accomplish your future goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must come from faculty at John Jay College or a previous college that you may have attended.
  • A 2016/2017 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

 

Litza Schlanger Scholarship 

The Litza Schlanger Scholarship is named in honor of Litza Schlanger who immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1938. After her arrival, she lived in New Jersey and attended Patterson High School. One of Litza's high school teachers became her mentor and encouraged her to go onto college. Litza went on to attend college at Grinnell College in Iowa.  This teacher believed in Litza so much that she supported her financially throughout her studies.  Litza's son, Mr. Jeff Schlanger, wants to carry on this tradition by offering a generous scholarship at John Jay College.

The Litza Schlanger Scholarship is awarded to one full-time student with a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Eligible applicants must be an immigrant to the United States and have an interest in law enforcement.  The scholarship provides the cost of full-time, in-state tuition and fees for the 2013/2014 academic year, includes a textbook and supply stipend, and offers an additional $1,000 stipend intended to encourage the recipient to pursue an internship opportunity.
Eligibility

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least 30 earned credits
  • An undergraduate student with at least one full-time academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) remaining
  • Immigrated to the United States
  • Financial Need, determined through a 2015/16 FAFSA

Essay
In a 400-word essay,  please describe your reasons for immigrating to the United States, your interest in studying at John Jay College and your future aspirations in law enforcement.

Apply at: John Jay College General Scholarship Application

Alfred Siegel Scholarship

The Alfred Siegel Scholarship honors the life and legacy of Alfred Siegel, the former deputy director of the Center for Court Innovation, who passed away in 2014.  Over the course of his career, which, in addition to the 15 years he spent at the Center for Court Innovation, included service at the New York City Department of Probation and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Alfred made significant contributions to the field of justice reform.

Created in partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the goal of The Alfred Siegel Scholarship is to encourage and support students, including those with previous involvement in the justice system and/or the child welfare system, in reaching their higher education goals. The scholarship will be given to a current or prospective John Jay student to help them defray tuition costs in the amount of $2,000.

Recipients of The Alfred Siegel Scholarship will share some of the qualities that were at the center of Alfred Siegel’s work throughout his lifetime – kindness, personal integrity, and devotion to public service. 

Award Amount: $2,000

Eligibility:

  • Open to all undergraduate students in good academic standing
  • Participation in community service is encouraged
  • Prior connection with the Center for Court Innovation or one of its projects preferred
  • Preference will be given to students who have overcome substantial hardships, such as involvement in the criminal justice or child welfare systems

To apply, you must submit:

  • John Jay College General Scholarship Application (with personal statement and two letters of recommendation)
  • Two 200 word essays discussing the following:  
    -  The most significant obstacle you had to overcome on your path to higher education.  
    -  Your commitment to public service and how this scholarship will allow you to achieve your personal and professional goals. 
  • Additionally, if you have a direct connection with the Center for Court Innovation – e.g. as a client, a program participant, or an intern – please include a statement describe that connection.

 

Dr. Patricia M. Sinatra Memorial Scholarship

Created in honor of Dr. Patricia M. Sinatra’s life-long dedication to John Jay College, this $1,000 scholarship is offered to a student who exemplifies her commitment to education and service to the community.

A valued alumna, Dr. Patricia M. Sinatra began her John Jay journey as a freshman in 1972.  She would earn a bachelor of science in only 3 years.  She continued her studies at Hunter College, earning a Master of Science in Ed, focusing on counseling and guidance.  While raising a family and working tirelessly at John Jay College, Patricia went on to Fordham University to further her education.  In 1995, she completed her PhD in Educational Psychology and went on to teach in Fordham’s Graduate School of Education for over a decade. 

Dr. Sinatra dedicated her life to providing access to education.  Over a career spanning nearly 40 years, Dr. Sinatra was responsible for the creation and development of numerous programs at John Jay College.  She directed the Office of Freshman Programs and Scholarship Services which oversaw First Year Advisement and Peer Mentoring, the Distinguished Freshman Program, New Student Orientation, College Now, Basic Skills, Scholarship Services, and the John Jay Honors Program.  Dr. Sinatra also worked closely with the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.  She personally mentored countless students, many of whom would go on to work in higher education. 

In 2010, Dr. Sinatra made the difficult decision to leave John Jay College due to a personal battle with cancer.  She officially retired in August 2014.  With her loving family by her side, she passed away in December 2014.         

Founded in her loving memory, the Dr. Patricia M. Sinatra Memorial Scholarship is funded through the generous support of her family, friends, and colleagues.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA
  • Minimum 60 earned credits
  • Dedication to the John Jay community

 

To apply:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional affiliated with your service or contribution to the John Jay College Community
  • A 400-word essay describing your commitment to serving your fellow student at John Jay College and how this will contribute to your academic and professional success

Elbert Stillwaggon Memorial Scholarship (Fire Science and Fire/Emergency Services Majors)

Through a generous gift from the New York Propane Gas Association , two $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester) are available for Fire Science and Fire and Emergency Services majors at John Jay College.

Requirements:

  • Enrolled as a Fire Science or Fire and Emergency Services major
  • Sophomore standing
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

To apply, student must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 300-word essay exploring your need for the scholarship, your experiences as a Fire Science or Fire and Emergency Services major, and your commitment to the field of fire protection and prevention

 

Upper Division Scholarship

If you have completed at least 45 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.35, you may be eligible for an Upper Division Scholarship of $2,000. This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student’s academic career.

To apply, you must submit:

In an essay of 500 words, please describe: 

  • Why you chose to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • A course or experience that has inspired you
  • Your future academic and professional aspirations

 

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

If you are an undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and 60 earned credits, you may be eligible for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. This scholarship may be awarded only once in a student's academic career.

In a 500-word essay, please describe your research project for a lay audience. Please be sure that your essay responds to the following issues:

  • Includes your hypothesis and methodology
  • Is your research independent and/or part of a larger project? If so, explain.
  • What single aspect of the whole research experience do you (expect to) find most exciting?
  • How does (or doesn't) it further your long-term research goals or career plans?
  • Does it have any larger significance outside of your own academic life? Explain.

To apply, you must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A 500-word essay (topic above)
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervising faculty member
  • A research budget, if applicable
  • Proof of IRB Approval must be included if required to conduct research

 

Cheryl Williams Student Presentation Scholarship

The Cheryl Williams Student Presentation Scholarship supports students interested in presenting at professional conferences up to $1,000.

Professor Williams, a valued member of the Psychology Department, was known for her outstanding dedication and commitment to her students.

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Cheryl rushed to aide survivors as a grief counselor at Ground Zero.  Comforting and counseling countless individuals, Cheryl worked tirelessly in the midst of the chaos and debris without a mask or other form of protection.  Tragically, Cheryl developed an aggressive form of lung cancer that eventually claimed her life.

Cheryl loved the students of John Jay and created this fund to ensure that learning and growth would be provided for them in the future.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A short abstract of the presentation (1 – 2 pages)
  • A copy of your faculty approved paper or research
  • One letter of nomination/recommendation (must be from a John Jay faculty member)
  • Proof of participation in a conference (i.e. preliminary program)
  • An estimated budget (including travel expenses)

Applications can also be submitted retroactively, after you have participated in a conference.

If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000.  Rolling Deadline; please submit an application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the professional conference that you plan on attending.

Young Scholars Award

Are you interested in presenting your research at a conference but lack the appropriate funding? The Young Scholars Award promotes student participation at scholarly conferences.
Interested undergraduate and graduate students must submit:

  • A complete John Jay College General Scholarship Application
  • A short abstract of the presentation (1 – 2 pages)
  • A copy of your faculty approved paper or research
  • One letter of nomination/recommendation (must be from a John Jay faculty member)
  • Proof of participation in a conference (i.e. preliminary program)
  • An estimated budget (including travel expenses)

Applications can also be submitted retroactively, after you have participated in a conference.

If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000.
Rolling Deadline; please submit an application at least 6-8 weeks prior to the professional conference that you plan on attending.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Abroad Scholarship

Have you been approved for a study abroad opportunity, but require further financial support? The Study Abroad Scholarship promotes student participation in international studies. If approved by the Scholarship Committee, students can receive up to a maximum of $1,000.

Interested students must meet the following criteria:

  • Sophomore and above standing (30 plus credits) by date of program
  • GPA of 3.0 and above
  • Participation in an approved study abroad program (International Studies)

Applicants must submit:

 

Future Scholarship Opportunities

Alumni Endowed Scholarship (2017/2018)

The Alumni Association Board of John Jay College is proud to offer a scholarship to one student completing his or her sophomore year. This scholarship is given to support the student's continued study at the College.
Any student completing his/her sophomore year with a GPA of 3.2 or better can apply.

To apply, you must submit:

Finalists selected by the College's Scholarship Committee will be required to attend a personal interview with the Alumni Association Board.

 

To learn more about any of the above scholarships and the application process, please contact Michael Scaduto, Scholarship Coordinator, 212-237-8872, Room 1280N, mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu .