Baruch College Fund (BCF) Scholarship Program
The Baruch College Fund (BCF) offers a number of privately
endowed or restricted scholarship funds administered by the Office
of Financial Aid. BCF Scholarships are funded by generous
gifts from alumni, friends, corporations and nonprofit foundations.
The BCF distributes over $1 million in scholarships to more than
350 students each year. These scholarships are designed
to reward, encourage, and assist the student in pursuing academic
excellence and leadership roles.
All students are considered for BCF Scholarships, although
academic excellence is an important factor. Students must have
earned at least 24 credits at Baruch College in order to qualify.
BCF scholarships are awarded to students who have shown a
high level of academic performance. Scholarships are also awarded
based on financial need, and some are based on specific criteria
such as high school attended, special skills or abilities. Academics,
financial need, leadership positions, campus or community activities,
and work experience are all taken into account during the selection
process for the scholarship recipient. To be eligible for
these scholarships you must complete the online scholarship application,
providing us with additional information about yourself. To increase
your chances of receiving a scholarship, we encourage ALL students
to fill out the online
External Scholarship Opportunities
You may be eligible for a specific scholarship or grant from
an outside organization. Some sources to explore are employers,
unions, professional organizations, community and special interest
groups. Usually these are one-time awards given to high
school graduates who have received them on the basis of academic
achievement, though some have other criteria and some are renewable.
If you are receiving outside scholarships in addition to federal
sources of aid, you are required (by federal law) to report these
scholarships to the Office of Financial Aid.
External Fellowship Opportunities
Fellowships enable individuals to pursue study in their fields
or to introduce them to related fields. Although not consistently
defined, some sponsors place their emphasis on contribution to
the individual’s own scholarly development. A fellowship
often advances, synthesizes, or enlarges the applicant’s
special area of interest. Or, it may enable the recipient to
study in a different area which will extend his or her competence.
Fellowships are similar to scholarships that you may have
received as an undergraduate; with the exception that, unlike
undergraduate scholarships, the majority of graduate students
receive fellowship support at various times during their graduate
student career. Fellowships are awards or grants that you do
not have to pay back and are intended to attract highly qualified
students to graduate programs. These fellowships typically
provide payment of College fees, tuition, and/or a stipend for
A number of external agencies, foundations, or other entities
offer external fellowships or grants that are offered to an individual
student by an external organization or agency for study at the
College the student attends. These fellowships are awards or
grants that the student does not have to pay back. Continuing
and entering graduate students at Baruch are strongly encouraged
to individually apply to these fellowship programs. Most
external fellowships or grants are based on academic merit, although
there may be some fellowship awards that are intended for certain
people like children of veterans, people studying in a certain
field of study, students with financial need, etc.
Over 100 awards have been established by alumni and friends of
the College and various school departments to recognize graduating
students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement
or have contributed significantly to student life in some way.