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FAQs - Resident Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions for the
NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship and the Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship


ELIGIBILITY

  1. The following students are not eligible to apply for the NYCHA-CUNY or Regina. A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarships:
  2. Can past scholarship recipients re-apply?
  3. Can I apply for both the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship and the Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship?
  4. Am I eligible to apply if I live in a NYCHA development, but my name is not on the lease?
  5. Am I eligible to apply if I meet the criteria, but do not live in a NYCHA development?
  6. Are part-time students eligible to apply?
  7. Are NYCHA employees eligible to apply?
  8. Why aren’t NYCHA residents who attend state or private colleges eligible to apply?


APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. When is the application due?
  2. How can I submit my application?
  3. If I applied for the scholarship in the past do I need to resubmit all of the required documents?
  4. How will I know when my application has been received?
  5. When will I be notified about whether I have won the scholarship?

AWARD

  1. How much is the scholarship worth?
  2. How many scholarships is NYCHA awarding?
  3. Is the scholarship renewable?
  4. Can I use this scholarship to pay for graduate school?



ELIGIBILITY

1. The following students are not eligible to apply for the NYCHA-CUNY or Regina. A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarships:
  • Graduating high school seniors
  • College freshman/first year students with fewer than 24 credits at time of application
  • Graduating college seniors with no additional credits/classes to take beyond summer 2014 towards attainment of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Section 8 recipients residing in private/non-NYCHA housing
  • Students who do not have a verifiable disability are not eligible to apply for the Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship.

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2. Can past scholarship recipients re-apply?

Yes. Past scholarship recipients are encouraged to re-apply.


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3. Can I apply for both the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship and the Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship?

No. The Regina A. Figueroa Memorial Scholarship is for residents/students with disabilities. If you have a verifiable disability and meet all of the eligibility criteria, please apply for this scholarship only. If you meet all of the eligibility criteria for the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship and do not have a disability, please apply for that scholarship only.


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4. Am I eligible to apply if I live in a NYCHA development, but my name is not on the lease?

No. To be eligible for consideration of a scholarship, all applicants must be authorized NYCHA residents, who are listed on the lease. Authorized residency will be verified by NYCHA.


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5. Am I eligible to apply if I meet the criteria, but do not live in a NYCHA development/property?

No. To be eligible for consideration of the scholarship, all applicants must be authorized NYCHA residents, who are listed on the lease. Authorized residency will be verified by NYCHA.


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6. Are part-time students eligible to apply?

No. To be eligible for consideration of the scholarship, all applicants must be full-time enrolled students at a CUNY college.


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7. Are NYCHA employees eligible to apply?

Yes. NYCHA employees, who are also authorized NYCHA residents are eligible to apply if they meet all of the criteria. Authorized residency will be verified by NYCHA.


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8. Why aren’t NYCHA residents who attend state or private colleges eligible to apply?
At this time, NYCHA has a partnership with The City University of New York only, to fund scholarships for NYCHA residents who are enrolled full-time at CUNY colleges. In the future we may pursue partnerships with state or private entities that would allow us to expand our scholarship offerings.


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APPLICATION PROCESS

1. When is the application due?
All completed applications must be received by NYCHA no later than June 30, 2014.

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2. How can I submit my application?

Completed applications and supporting documents can be submitted to NYCHA via email or postal mail. Please see the application instructions for the appropriate address.


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4. If I applied for the scholarship in the past do I need to resubmit all of the required documents?

Yes. Even if you applied for the scholarship in the past, you must submit current copies of the required documents.


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5. How will I know when my application has been received?

All applicants will receive a confirmation email or phone call once applications have been received and reviewed.


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6. When will I be notified about whether I have won the scholarship?

All scholarship applicants, including scholarship recipients will receive notification by August 2014.


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AWARD

1. How much is the scholarship worth?
The scholarships are valued at $1,000.

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2. How many scholarships is NYCHA awarding?

NYCHA strives to award a minimum of 10 scholarships annually. The total number of awards varies each year based on available funding.


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3. Is the scholarship renewable?

No. The scholarship award is a one-time grant. All applicants are encouraged to re-apply annually.


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4. Can I use this scholarship to pay for graduate school?

No. Eligible applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors with additional credits/classes to take beyond their senior year of undergraduate studies.


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Last updated: 05/15/2014