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 to undocumented students. Undocumented students should investigate the availability of Dream Fellowships, coordinated by the New York Immigration Coalition: 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 January 2016 and will have a deadline of February 2016

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.

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 Harriet Brows Scholarship for Social Change

For CUNY BA students who have demonstrated action toward social change (beyond just the college campus). This scholarship was created by alumna Diane Brows in memory of her mother. Work in social change might include: delivering business, skill development or educational training to youth or adults; the advancement of economic development in poor communities; study or work in cross-cultural understanding and/or peace, human rights, refugee affairs, sustainable land use and environmental issues, etc.  U.S. citizen status is not an eligibility criterion. Applicants may be part- or full-time students. This is a one time award; previous recipients may not re-apply

Five scholarships in the amount of at least $500 are awarded in the spring semester.

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. 

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.

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