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Scholarships, Grants and Awards




 Retiree Scholarships  College Now Awards  Special Programs  Leonard and Louise Riggio Scholarships  New York State Scholarships  Maritime Scholarships  General Scholarships  PHI BETA KAPPA Non-KCC Scholarship Opportunities


There are numerous scholarships available which can supplement the funding for your education. Currently enrolled Kingsborough students can explore the academic, performance, prestigious, emergency and merit scholarship offerings available through our database. Explore the featured scholarships below or explore the scholarship database to find the right opportunity for you. Each scholarship is unique and criteria may require further information including personal statements, GPA requirements, financial aid filings, to name a few. Complete the Scholarship Intake Form HERE to start the process!

Retiree Scholarships

Funded by the Kingsborough Retirees and administered by the Retiree Group Committee, an annual scholarship is awarded in the spring to one or two current students, based on need, academic achievement and community involvement. The scholarship is awarded to students who meet the following criteria: * GPA of 3.0 or above; *12-35 credits after winter of the given academic year; *Has strong financial need. NOTE: Students in the ASAP program are not eligible to apply, nor are those who have been awarded scholarship valued at more than $500 from Kingsborough or an outside agency Currently enrolled as a full-time student with the intention of enrolling at Kingsborough in the fall Active involvement in one or more of the college's co-curricular activities A deep appreciation for KCC and able to express it verbally and in a well-written essay. Student must meet CUNY regulations and guidelines as it pertains to receiving financial support. Read More

Special Programs

Kingsborough has many programs which aid students in attaining and completing a college education. Information about the programs can be found at their respective websites, whose links can be found on the KCC Student Resource page, located here under "Special Programs." Information about a wealth of other services, such as tutoring and counseling, can be found on that web page as well. For information about other programs, refer to the Student Handbook found here. Such programs include College Now, College Discovery, ASAP, COPE, Men's Resource Center, and Opening Doors. These programs provide a range of student support services: Metro Cards, funding for books, tutoring, mentoring, etc. There are a number of financial aid opportunities that are offered specifically to students pursuing a degree in education. Such opportunities may include scholarships, grants, or loan-forgiveness programs. Provided below are links to some programs that have supported many students in their pursuits in education.  Read More

The Leonard and Louise Riggio Scholarship

Kingsborough Community College received a $1 million gift to establish the Class of 2019 “Leonard and Louise Riggio Scholarship Fund” from Barnes and Noble, Inc. Founder and Chairman Leonard Riggio, who served as the keynote speaker for the College’s 54th Commencement Exercises in June. The “Leonard and Louise Riggio Scholarship Fund” will provide full tuition for 100 recent high school graduates who are beginning studies this fall at Kingsborough. Moved by Kingsborough’s graduates, Mr. Riggio announced his commitment to providing scholarships to100 Kingsborough students who were in need of financial support, and that he would be giving the scholarships in the name of the 2019 Graduating Class. Requirements High school graduates who graduated in current year Enroll as a full-time matriculated student First-time freshmen Commit to complete their associates degrees at KCC Filed a FAFSA,TAP and do not qualify for any financial aid Pay in-state tuition To remain eligible... Read More

New York State Scholarships

New York State Scholarships Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship: provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence, New York on February 12, 2009. This program will help families who lost loved ones cover the cost of attending college in New York State. Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships: provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of American Airlines Flight 587's crash in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens, New York on the morning of November 12, 2001. In the spirit of the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, this program will help the 266 families who lost loved ones cover the cost of attending college in New York State. MERIT/MSRS Scholarships: provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States... Read More

General Scholarships

The Kingsborough Community College Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) established in 1982, exists solely to benefit Kingsborough Community College. Funds are used to provide student scholarships, support faculty development and scholarship, enrich the student learning experience, and build the college's endowment for future generations. The KCC Foundation offers a variety of scholarships year-round for eligible students in need of direct financial assistance. Once a student has established a GPA of 2.0 or better, they may apply for scholarship assistance, which can be used towards tuition, textbooks, transportation and other expenses related to their college attendance. A student must have remaining financial need in order to obtain a KCC grant. Remaining need is confirmed by completing a FAFSA form or by meeting with the coordinator of the Access Resource Center Office. Download Application or Read More

Emergency Scholarships

As of June 1st, 2020, Emergency Funds are once again available to qualifying KCC students. To be considered for an Emergency Grant, you must fill out the Emergency Scholarship Application and provide credible documentation as proof of your emergency. Once you provide these materials, your application will be reviewed by the Committee for Emergency Scholarships.
Important: if you have already received a Petrie Emergency Grant or KCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant in the current semester, you are not eligible to receive an additional emergency grant at this time. Click here to read more. Please click here to apply for Student Emergency Funds.


The Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York is offering scholarships to students who are graduating in Spring 2020 from NYC community colleges and will be transferring to four-year colleges to continue their studies for bachelor’s degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. This year Phi Beta Kappa will be offering two scholarships, each for $2000.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
1. Candidates must submit an official copy of their transcripts through Fall 2019/Winter 2020.
2. Along with their contact information (name, street address, email, phone number), candidates must submit a 250-500 word essay explaining their academic or professional goals. They may want to talk about their personal and academic background and interests and needs as these relate to those goals. As an organization focused on the liberal arts and sciences, we exclude candidates who are enrolling in college for purely technical studies. Nonetheless, ,we have considered or given awards to candidates in engineering, nursing, teaching and social work as well as other fields where those candidates have demonstrated via their essays, coursework or recommendations an investment in learning, breadth of interests, or skills consonant with our espoused values. Read More