Incoming Freshmen

Incoming Freshmen

John Jay offers a number of scholarships and special programs to support the learning experiences of our academically talented incoming freshmen. A student can apply for these opportunities once they have been officially accepted to the College. The Office of Scholarships will also be in contact with you regarding any scholarships and/or special opportunities for which you are eligible.



The College is in the process of implementing a new online scholarship application.  In the interim, please follow the instructions below.

To apply for a John Jay College scholarship, please submit your essay(s) to  Two letters of recommendation are also required.  The letters should be sent directly from the recommenders to

Scholarships for Entering First Year Students

Deadline for Fall 2019  -  April 30, 2019



Special Programs

Please note that our special programs have varying requirements, deadlines, and generally require a separate application process.


To learn more about these scholarships, please contact Michael Scaduto, Associate Director, 212-237-8872, Room 607 BMW,

APPLE Corps (Academic Preparation Program for Law Enforcement), a partnership between John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and the New York Police Department, provides students with academic, professional, and financial support during their first two years of undergraduate study.

Coordinated by John Jay College, APPLE Corps will select 100 students each year as they begin degree programs at the six CUNY Justice Academy community colleges or at John Jay College. As part of the APPLE Corps program, each student will participate in summer academic and internship experiences led by distinguished faculty and administrators, in support of student's aspiration to achieve careers in law enforcement or public service. To support academic progress and degree completion, students will receive a generous stipend, in excess of $15,000 distributed during two years of the program, as long as they remain fully enrolled in APPLE Corps and in good academic standing.


  • Receive admission for the fall  term as a first-time, first-year student at John Jay College or a CUNY Justice Academy partner campus
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Be a resident of New York City
  • Enroll at John Jay College or CUNY Justice Academy partner campus as a full-time student and for the duration of their program of study
  • Prepare to complete all requirements for APPLE Corps, as well as their associate or bachelor degree program requirement
  • Submit the FASFA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid) and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) applications in order to receive financial aid


For more information, and to submit an application, please visit our website  or contact with questions.

The Sebastiano “Sabby” Crecco Memorial Scholarship was founded in memory of Sabby Crecco (1990-2009) by his family and friends. Sabby attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he was a freshman studying criminal justice. He was passionate about extreme sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, dirt bikes and rally racing cars and was described by his family as an “adrenaline junkie.”

Like her brother, Samantha Crecco, a John Jay student and alumna, has a great passion for Criminal Justice.  She received her BA in Criminal Justice in 2013 and is currently pursuing her MA in Criminal Justice.  The Crecco Family has graciously established this scholarship to honor Sabby’s memory here at John Jay. 

The scholarship is awarded an entering first-year student at John Jay College who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related major. Applicants should have an interest or be involved in an activity widely considered an “extreme sport” (otherwise known as action or adventure sport).

Amount: $1,000


  • Have a high school average of 80 or better
  • Strong SAT or ACT scores
  • Interest/participation in extreme sports

Application Process:

  • A 300-word essay, discussing how the skills and experiences of extreme sporting have influenced your personal and professional development.
  • Two letters of recommendation


Computer Science and Forensic Science Scholarship

Undergraduate students pursuing Computer Information Systems or Forensic Science are eligible to apply for a special scholarship opportunity.  This program was made possible by the Department of Science and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  Funding is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Scholarships are based on financial need.  The maximum award amount is $5,000 per academic year for freshmen and $7,500 each year after.  Scholarships are renewable yearly, depending on academic performance, continued financial need, and availability of funds.  To determine financial need, please file for financial aid at:


To be eligible for a scholarship a student must:

  • Officially declare a major in computer science, forensic science, or cell and molecular biology
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident


For Entering First-Year students:

  • Have a high school average of 80 or better
  • Strong SAT or ACT scores
  • Strong grades in mathematics and science courses

In an essay of 300 words or less, please discuss your reason(s) for studying computer science or forensic science and future career aspirations.

The Hecht Scholarship

The Hecht Scholarship was established through a generous gift to the University from Imre and Vera Hecht. It is awarded to an entering freshman with a strong academic background, community or volunteer service, musical abilities, and financial need. Eligible students must have a minimum 90 high school average and a minimum combined SAT score of 1100 in Mathematics and Critical Reading. The scholarship provides $2,500 each year ($1,250 per semester) and is renewable up to 3 years if the student maintains a GPA of 3.0 and full-time academic status.


Justice Scholarship

The Justice Scholarship, one of John Jay College’s most prestigious awards, was established by Princeton University in 2002 in memory of the many John Jay educated law enforcement and fire department heroes who died in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. 

This $2,000 annual scholarship is awarded to entering freshmen who are committed to academic excellence and to public service.  The purpose of the Justice Scholarship Program is to develop undergraduate researchers, practitioners, and scholars in the areas of public service and criminal justice. 

The Justice Scholarship is renewable for up to three years as long as you maintain full-time status and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and provide evidence of continued commitment to community service or public service.  An additional $1,000 award is available for graduate school if you develop original research under the supervision of a faculty member.


  • 90 HS average or better
  • 1200 or better on SAT (Reading and Math)
  • Documented proof of community/public service


NECO - First in Family Scholarship

With roots from 130 nations, forty-seven percent of John Jay College students are considered “first-generation;” the first in their family to pursue a college education.  First-generation college students often face unique personal, cultural, academic, and financial challenges.  Their parents and other family members may not have the knowledge or life experiences to properly guide them through the college process.  Due to these challenges, first-generation students are more likely to not complete a college degree than other students. 

In light of the great diversity and perseverance of the John Jay College student population, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), has graciously founded the NECO – First in Family Scholarship.   The scholarship was created in recognition of the challenges faced by first-generation students and families.  It provides financial support to foster “first in family” student success.

The scholarship provides up to $2,500 per year to two, first-generation college students at John Jay College.  The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years. 

Amount: Up to $2,500 per year


  • First-generation college student, defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree at a four-year college/university
  • Demonstrate financial need, determined through a completed FAFSA
  • Have a minimum HS Average of 80 or better, SAT (Verbal and Math) 1100 or better


To apply, you must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 500-word essay (topic below):

    • Please describe your experiences as a first-generation college student, any challenges that you have faced, and how this has shaped your future academic and professional aspirations.

Pauley Perrette Forensic Science Scholarship

Pauley Perrette is an American actress, best known for starring as Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series, NCIS. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Perrette lived throughout the Southern United States. Before her acting career took off in the late 1990s, she attended Valdosta State University in Georgia, where she studied Criminal Justice, and later moved to New York City to study at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Through her generous donation, Ms. Perrette created this 4-year scholarship to support entering undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the Forensic Sciences.

Recipients will automatically receive the scholarship over a four year period as long as they demonstrate continued financial need, are majoring in Forensic Science, and remain in good standing.

Award Amount: Up to $7,500 annually, renewable for four years


  • Entering undergraduate student
  • Majoring in Forensic Science
  • Have a high school average of 80 or better, strong SAT or ACT scores, strong grades in mathematics and science courses
  • Member of an underrepresented population
  • Demonstrated financial need, determined through a completed FAFSA


Application Process:

  • In an essay of 500 words, please describe why you chose to major in Forensic Science and how pursuing this degree will allow you to achieve your personal and professional goals
  • Two (2) letter of recommendation


Macaulay Honors College at John Jay College

An outstanding academic record coupled with the ability to lead and achieve at the highest levels distinguish a William E. Macaulay Honors College student. Macaulay students at John Jay are selected from among the most highly competitive applicants to the City University of New York. In recognition of their achievements, they are hailed as University Scholars when they enter the program. Each student receives a full four-year tuition scholarship, a state-of-the-art laptop computer, and an Opportunities Fund of $7500, which can be used toward study abroad, internships and other academically enriching experiences. In addition, the Macaulay’s Cultural Passport provides students with special admission to New York City's historical landmarks and artistic and cultural institutions.

For further information on the Macaulay Honors Program at John Jay College, please contact Mrs. L. McNickle at:

John Jay Honors Program

The Honors Program is an innovative, theme-based program that brings students together to excel academically. Working closely with faculty and peers in an ongoing learning community, students explore the idea of the common good in a sequence of enriched, challenging interdisciplinary courses that use New York City as a laboratory for learning. The program emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and ethical decision-making with attention to global concerns, community responsibility and civic engagement.

For further information on the Honors Program, please contact Mrs. L. McNickle at:

New York State HESC (Higher Education Services Corporation) Scholarships

New York State residents may be eligible for a variety of scholarships to help pay for college. HESC offers the following scholarship opportunities to new and continuing students:

  • Excelsior Scholarship
  • Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships
  • Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships
  • Military Service Recognition Scholarship
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
  • NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship
  • NYS Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Workers
  • NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • NYS Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship (Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services)
  • NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
  • NYS Aid to Native Americans
  • NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
  • Veterans Tuition Awards


Further information concerning HESC Scholarships can be found here