New Transfer Students

New Transfer Students

To support the learning experiences of our academically talented incoming transfer students, the following scholarships are available.



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 New Transfer Students

Deadline for Fall 2019  - April 30, 2019


To learn more about these scholarships, please call to set up an appointment with Michael Scaduto, Associate Director, 212-237-8872, Room 607 BMW,

Computer Science and Forensic Science Scholarship 

Undergraduate students pursuing Computer Information Systems, Forensic Science or Cell and Molecular Biology 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:

Eligibility: To be eligible for a scholarship a student must:

  • Officially declare a major in computer science or forensic science
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident


For Entering Transfer students:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • 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.

Kevin Maher Memorial Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a new transfer student with a GPA of 3.0 who can document proof of public service.

To apply, you must submit a 500-word essay. In your essay, please describe what events and/or issues led you to pursue a career in public service and how you hope your studies will better prepare you to excel. Two letters of recommendation are also required.


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 GPA of 2.8 or better and 24 or more cumulative earned credits


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.

Transfer Student Scholarship

If you have earned at least 45 credits and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 at your previous institution(s), you may be eligible for the Transfer Student Scholarship of $1,000.

To apply, you will need to complete  a 500-word essay and submit two letters of recommendation. In your essay, please discuss the following:

  • Why you chose to transfer to John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • What aspects of John Jay's curriculum you liked
  • What your professional aspirations are

You must also submit a student copy of your transcript(s) from each college previously attended with this application.