The program is pleased to offer the following scholarships, subject to the availability of funding.

These scholarships, funded by a variety of donors, are exclusively for students enrolled in the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who meet the basic eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for these scholarships, as well as scholarships and awards available at their CUNY home colleges and through external organizations.

Unfortunately, The City University of New York is prohibited from awarding scholarship funds of any nature directly to undocumented students. Undocumented students should investigate the availability of TheDream.US Scholarships.  We are happy to work with students to identify external scholarships and funding sources for which they may be eligible.

Newly admitted students who want to apply for any of these scholarships are encouraged to submit their Area of Concentration form(s) by the scholarship application deadline. Students with 100 or more credits must have a graduation audit before the scholarship application deadline.

Prior to submitting your application, we highly recommend that you review your CUNY BA transcript to be sure it is up-to-date. Instructions for how to do that online are here:

The next application cycle will open in August 2018.


The Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship

Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowships are funded through a donation by Mr. Thomas W. Smith to recognize academic excellence. Awards are disbursed in October and February. Subject to maintenance of good academic standing, awards are renewable until the recipient completes all degree contract credits.

In order to be eligible, at the time of application students must:

  • Have at least 45 credits completed;
  • Have at least 6 CUNY credits in progress as a CUNY BA student;
  • Have at least 6 credits remaining to complete the CUNY BA degree;
  • Have no incompletes on their record without valid explanation and documentation;
  • Be in good standing (not on academic probation).

Because the Smith Fellowship recognizes academic excellence, attention is given to the applicant’s GPA and to the seriousness of the applicant’s academic interests and plans. International students may apply.

Typically, 25 awards are given each year. Awards of $2,715 per semester are made to full-time students (minimum 12 credits per semester) and $1,380-$2,070 per semester to part-time students (6-11 credits per semester).

Please note: Macaulay Honors/CUNY BA students can apply for this Fellowship. If awarded, however, and you also apply for and receive 5th year funding from Macaulay, the Smith Fellowship will not extend to cover your 5th year of college but will, instead, terminate when you reach 120 credits.

Recipients must: take at least six credits each semester following the award; attend an orientation and awards ceremony for their fellowship cohort; submit a report each semester to be considered for renewal; and have a graduate audit when they reach 100 credits. Please be advised that CUNY Baccalaureate reserves the right to scale back or terminate a recipient’s funding if it is determined that the student is taking excessive elective credits.

Smith Fellows who wish to receive funding during a term in which they are studying abroad must comply with the CUNY International Travel Guidelines. There are two primary requirements: 1) that students sign and submit a notarized copy of the travel waiver (pages 30-33) and 2) that they provide proof of purchase of the CUNY CISI travel insurance policy. Fellows should contact Kate McPherson to coordinate this documentation as far in advance of their time abroad as possible.

The Dina Arjani Scholarship for Students Planning Careers in Teaching/Education

This scholarship is made possible by CUNY BA alumna Kayhan Irani and her family in memory of Ms. Irani’s grandmother. It is for CUNY Baccalaureate students preparing for careers as teachers. Students planning traditional classroom teaching careers will be considered first, but students planning nontraditional careers in teaching or education are also encouraged to apply. U.S. citizen status is not an eligibility criterion. Applicants may be part- or full-time students. Overall GPA must be 2.8 or higher.

One scholarship of at least $1000 will be awarded during the spring semester. This is a one-time award; previous recipients may not re-apply.

The Memorial Scholarship for Students in Social Work, Human Services, Health or Education

For CUNY BA students studying, working in, or preparing for careers in health, human services, social welfare or education. This scholarship is made possible by Mary Beth and Richard Ketchum in memory of their parents. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply. Applicants may be part- or full-time students. Overall GPA must be 2.8 or higher. Up to five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded in the Fall and Spring semester. This is a one-time award; previous recipients may not re-apply. 

The Sheila and Helena O’Donoghue Award

This award is for a current CUNY BA female, international student, who is working toward social justice.  One $250 award will be made. Applicants should write a statement about their experience related to social justice, and show proof of their international student status. This is a one-time award; previous recipients may not re-apply.

Applicants should write a brief statement about their work or their experience pursuing a just and equitable world -be it through their academic concentrations, community or on a larger scale- and include a copy of their valid SEVIS I-20 Form and a letter from their international student advisor validating their status. Please mail, fax, or email these documents to Regina Matthews.

The S. Suthiana Impact Award

Steven Suthiana, B.S. 2009, (Psychology of Human Sexuality) is an alumnus of CUNY BA and a former Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow. Mr. Suthiana has designated a $500 award for a current CUNY BA student whose degree focuses on LGBTQ Studies or who is otherwise working to advance LGBTQ causes. This is a one-time award; previous recipients may not re-apply.

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

In memory of her mother Pennell Somsen, CUNY Baccalaureate alumna (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. (No Award amount will exceed $500.00)

The Barbara Sproul Scholarship

In honor of Religious Studies Professor and CUNY BA faculty mentor, Barbara Sproul, a scholarship has been established for CUNY BA students, who are pursuing religious studies directly or an interdisciplinary field that includes religious studies.

Applicants may be part- or full-time students. Up to five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded in the Fall semester. This is a one-time award; previous recipients may not re-apply.


The Dora and Seymour Rosen Memorial Scholarship

The Dora and Seymour Rosen Memorial Scholarship is made possible by Professor Barry Rosen in memory of his parents, graduates of CUNY BA .  It is for CUNY BA students whose area of interest focuses on business or Jewish studies. Applicants may be part- or full-time students. Overall GPA must be 2.8 or higher.

One scholarship of at least $750.00 will be awarded during the Spring and Fall semester. This is a one-time award; previous recipients may not re-apply.

The Hearst Opportunities Fund

This fund is made possible through the generosity of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to enhance students’ experiences by supporting various academic pursuits and projects.

The Hearst Opportunities Fund will offer financial support to CUNY BA students to help defray the expenses for a variety of academic undertakings such as study abroad, independent projects, attendance at conferences, and other pertinent activities.

Applications will be accepted and evaluated as they are received.  Students may apply more than once, however, funding will typically not exceed $1,000 in total per student.

As part of your application you must  provide proof of acceptance, or registration confirmation for the study abroad program,* internship or conference for which you are seeking funding.

*If your application is for any type of international experience, please FIRST contact Kate McPherson to ensure compliance with CUNY’s International Travel Guidelines as this documentation is required prior to being considered for funding.

For consideration, applicants must submit a 500-word statement describing their academic goals in CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies and explaining the need for, and amount of, financial support requested.

Please address your scholarship application to the attention of the Scholarships Coordinator, Regina Matthews. For inquiries contact Regina Matthews or 212-817-8223.

Contact Regina Matthews at with questions. All scholarships listed here are available subject to continued funding.