The Anne Duncan Somsen Memorial Fund (Scholarship for New Students Only)

In memory of her mother, CUNY Baccalaureate alumna Pennell Somsen (B.A., 2015) established The Anne Duncan Somsen Memorial Fund to offer financial assistance to students who are entering CUNY BA for the first time and who are the first in their families to pursue a college education.


To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Be in good standing (not on academic probation).

Award Details

No award amount will exceed $500.


Applications are accepted between September 7th and October 8th for the Fall semester, and between January 31st and March 1st for the Spring semester. They are reviewed and notifications of awards are sent out late in the Fall and Spring semesters. To submit an application, please complete the form below. Make sure your responses are substantial and well thought out and proofread before submitting your application. Please note the character limits outlined on the form. You are encouraged to compose your responses in a separate document and copy and paste them into the online form. Applicants are required to obtain a letter of recommendation, which should be submitted by the recommender to by the application deadline. If you are also applying for other awards in this application cycle one recommendation can be used for all of your applications.

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