Westchester Community College Foundation Scholarship Office

The new Excelsior Scholarship grants free tuition for eligible students from households with income less than $100,000. The maximum household income maximum rises over the next few years. Starting in fall 2018, the maximum household income goes up to $110,000, and in fall 2019, it goes up to $125,000. For now, if you are an eligible student and come from a household with income less than $100,000, and you plan to attend college full-time starting this fall, we’ve got you covered! Click here for details and a scholarship application (due July 21).


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Emergency Aid Program

The Westchester Community College Foundation Office awards scholarships to new, incoming students, continuing students, and graduating students. For detailed information on the scholarship application process, or to request an application form, call the Westchester Community College Foundation Scholarship Office at 914-606-6442.

Many scholarships are available on an ongoing basis, however some change each semester. The Practical Guide to the Scholarship & Awards Program lists many that may or may not be available to you in the semesters to come. Continue to check here for updates.

Office Hours and Location
The Westchester Community College Foundation Scholarship Office is located in room 242 of the library.

Mondays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Contact the office by phone at 914-606-6442. Students may also email questions to

For information on establishing a scholarship fund, please visit Giving to the college/Scholarships.

Application Deadlines
The PRIORITY DEADLINE for ALL scholarship applications (for new, continuing, graduating/transferring students, etc.) is:

  •  March 1 for Fall applications
  • September 25 for Spring applications.

Note: New, incoming freshman may apply up until April 15 for the upcoming Fall semester.

Current Westchester Community College students who apply: a) after March 1, but before April 1 (Fall); or b) after September 25, but before October 15 (Spring), will be considered for scholarships as funds are available. We will accept applications up until the final deadlines, but we encourage all students to apply by the priority deadline!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do you define new/incoming, graduating, and continuing students?
    A new student is someone who has no prior academic record at Westchester Community College .

    • Recent high school graduates (including those who graduate June) should first fill out an application for Admissions with the Admission office.
    • Graduating students are those students who graduate in August, December or May. Students who will graduate by August 2013, or who plan to transfer to another institution without obtaining a Westchester Community College degree or certificate should contact the Foundation Scholarship office to discuss eligibility requirements.Continuing students are those students who are currently enrolled in a program at Westchester Community College , and who plan to continue their education at Westchester Community College for at least one more semester (fall, spring or summer) with a minimum of six (6) credits.
  2. Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
    Unless otherwise noted in the scholarship description, there is no minimum GPA requirement. While academic performance is given the most weight when making scholarship decisions, other factors such as need and service to the College or community are also taken into consideration.
  3. How do I apply for scholarships from four-year institutions?
    Several four-year colleges have earmarked funds specifically for Westchester Community College transfer students. In order to apply for these scholarships, students must have applied to, and been accepted at, the four-year institution. (For more information, please contact the Scholarship Office.) In addition, most four-year institutions offer general transfer scholarships to students who have been accepted at their institutions. Students should contact the institutions directly with questions they may have about these general scholarships.
  4. What should I include in my Personal Statement?
    The Personal Statement is a reflection of you. It is your opportunity to write something about yourself that may not be obvious from your application or transcript. Since there is no personal interview, you should use the personal statement as a means to present yourself to the scholarship committee.
  5. Should I apply for specific awards as described in the College catalog?
    No. One application will allow you to be considered for all awards for which you qualify. However, if you believe one of the awards described in the catalog particularly suits your interests or qualifications, you should point that out in your personal statement.
  6. Do you adhere firmly to the application deadline?
    Yes. Due to funding limitations, late applications will be considered as funds become available. It has been our experience that this rarely, if ever, happens.
  7. I received a scholarship, but I have not received a check yet. What should I do?
    Scholarship awards are generally applied to charges for tuition and fees. Students are required to pay the remaining balance if the award does not cover the entire bill. If you have already paid your bill, you may use your scholarship funds for books and supplies. If this is the case, you should go to the Business (Bursar’s) office and complete a “Request for Release of Funds” form. A check will be made available to you approximately eight weeks after the start of the semester.