The 2014 scholarship application is now closed. Finalists selected for an interview will be notified May 7th/8th.

Thank you and good luck to all the applicants!

Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be born outside the United States or have two parents born outside the United States
  • Must be a graduating senior at a high school in the five boroughs of New York City
  • Must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2014-2015

Application Materials

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Official high school transcript
  • Copy of SAT or ACT score report
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays

Selection Criteria and Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. A committee will review applications and select a group of finalists for interviews.

January 15, 2014:             Applications open online
March 25, 2014 :              Application materials due (ALL materials listed above)
May 3-4,  2014 :               Finalists notified
May 10/11 & 17/18 :         Interviews for Finalists
May 20, 2014:                   Scholarship Recipients notified

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:59 PM EST.

Scholarship Conditions

Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution in equal installments over a two or four year period, depending on the type of institution. Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship awards:

  • Enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university
  • Remain in good standing and maintain a 2.5 grade point average
  • Submit progress reports to Ascend Educational Fund every semester
  • Participate in mentoring provided by Ascend Educational Fund

Additional Information
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