Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program ~ Tips on Applying for MGSP


Participating MGSP schools are interested in awarding NYC government employees with graduate scholarships; however, awards are competitive.

The following tips will help you to determine which school(s) to apply to and how to increase your chances for receiving an award:

  • Read all instructions and review the Scholarship Offering Guide for a school(s) which matches your interest and personal needs before completing materials.
  • Complete the application form thoroughly and accurately.
  • Meet all school and scholarship deadlines.
  • Attend an Open House at a participating school(s).
  • Talk with a guidance counselor about the curriculum requirement and your goals to determine whether you meet the basic school requirements.
  • Request a copy of your transcript (official copy not required) and any other pertinent documentation for your application. Check for accuracy and maintain for your records.
  • TYPE clearly and succinctly the MGSP essays and school personal statement: check grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and continuity of thoughts and ideas
  • Have an impartial person with good writing skills review your application.

The quality of your application will be an important consideration in the selection process.

For further information, please contact:

Cheryl Rafra, Director
Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program
NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
One Centre Street, Room 1340
New York, New York 10007
(212)-669-4163
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