Commencement Awards

The awards listed below will be presented at commencement this year.  The awards will be announced at the commencement ceremony and are subject to confirmation of final grades. Graduating students may only apply for these awards if they have signed up for commencement and must attend commencement to receive the award. Students may apply for more than one award if eligible. Award availability is subject to continued funding.

The application deadline for all commencement awards is 5 pm on May 14, 2021. We expect awardees will be selected and notified within 10 days of the deadline.

CUNY Baccalaureate Alumni Fund Awards

Thanks to the generosity of CUNY BA alumni, we expect one $250-$500 award will be given to an academically outstanding graduate who is going on to a Master’s or Ph.D. program at an accredited institution in the upcoming Fall semester.

The recipient of the Alumni Fund Award will be selected based upon consideration of: cumulative GPA and AOC GPA(s); a personal statement of no more than two double-spaced, typed pages; and proof of acceptance to an accredited graduate school program. If you do not yet have proof of acceptance, you may still apply, but proof will be needed by May 20, 2021. The personal statement should address the following:

  1.  How did your Area(s) of Concentration influence your choice of graduate study?
  2.  Discuss what your specific focus will be in your graduate program.
  3.  Where do you see your graduate studies leading you?

Include a cover page stating your name, email address, Area(s) of Concentration, and the graduate school and program you will be attending, . Submit your application by email to scholarships@cunyba.cuny.edu with “Commencement Award: CUNY BA Alumni Fund” in the subject line.

Professor Nan Bauer-Maglin Prize in Literary Studies

One $200 award will be made to a student who did exceptionally well in his/her Area of Concentration related to Literature/Literary Studies. This award is made possible by CUNY BA’s former Academic Director, Dr. Bauer-Maglin. Submit your application by email to scholarships@cunyba.cuny.edu with “Commencement Award: Bauer-Maglin, Literary Studies” in the subject line to be considered. Include the title of your AOC(s) and a brief (one paragraph) statement about your academic work in the email body.

Dan Daley Journalism Award

CUNY BA alumnus Dan Daley, journalist and author, has designated a $500 award to be given to a graduating student in journalism/communications. Submit your application by email to scholarships@cunyba.cuny.edu with “Commencement Award: Daley, Journalism” to be considered. Include the title of your AOC(s) and a brief statement about your academic work and career and/or graduate school plans in the email body.

Lesley F. Hughes Health Sciences Award

In honor of Lesley F. Hughes, CUNY BA alumna Dr. Stacey Simons has made this $250 award possible for a student who has completed an area of concentration in the health sciences and will continue in the health sciences in either graduate school or a career. Submit your application by email to scholarships@cunyba.cuny.edu with “Commencement Award: Hughes, Health Sciences” to be considered. Include the title of your AOC(s) and a brief statement about your academic work and immediate and long term career and/or graduate school plans.

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