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The Columbia/CUNY Health Careers Scholarship

Provided By: Columbia/CUNY Health Careers Scholarship
Deadline: Ongoing
Type of Award: Prestigious Internship
Amount: Unspecified
Awards Available: Unspecified
Website: Click here to go to the scholarship website


The Columbia/CUNY Health Careers Scholarship Awards Program, newly renamed The Stanley E. Michels Health Careers Scholarship, was established in 1995 to increase the number of low-income north Manhattan residents who wanted careers in the medical field.  The program provides up to $12,500 in financial support for CUNY students who successfully complete its medical laboratory technology, radiological technology, and occupational and physical therapy programs.  The Stanley E. Michels Health Careers Scholarship award will help students who because of economic hardship are unable to complete the New York State required 1,500 hours of unpaid clinical internship as a prerequisite to becoming a certified allied health worker.

Columbia University has committed to provide a much needed $1 million in grant funds over a ten year period to sustain the program as part of its community benefits package for the Manhattanville expansion project.  These funds will underwrite scholarships for residents of Community Districts 9 & 12 (West Harlem/Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights-Inwood).   CUNY has been awarded a $136,000 grant from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) extending the program to CUNY students who reside in Community Districts 10 and 11 (Central and East Harlem).

Who is eligible to apply?

Up to 12 awards, each with a maximum amount of $12,500 will be made to assist students who reside in north Manhattan to complete up to 1,500 required hours of internship in a health-related career.

  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Applicants must be residents of the Washington Heights-Inwood or Harlem communities in north Manhattan (Community Districts 9-12).
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiological technology or medical laboratory technology program at an accredited college, training program or hospital-based program.
  • Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average as verified by an official transcript from the college or training program.
  • Applicants must be in the final stage of program completion and approved by the college program to pursue the clinical hours requirement as verified by a letter from the program director/coordinator.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need as verified by a letter from the program director/coordinator, department chairperson or the college's director of financial aid.
  • Applicants must obtain two letters of recommendation from faculty who have taught him/her and that attests to the worthiness of the applicant, his/her commitment to the field, etc.  These letters cannot be from the program director/coordinator.

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete the application form and submit it to the address on the form.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all items (i.e. application, official transcript, recommendation letters, and proof of address and citizenship/residency status) are submitted.

For more information go to the scholarship website or contact Arthur Braddy III, CUNY Division of Student Affairs at Arthur.braddy@cuny.edu

For more information please visit the website and for assistance with this or any scholarship, contact Yvonne Erazo, the Scholarship Coordinator by telephone at (718) 289-5903, by email at yvonne.erazo@bcc.cuny.edu, or stop by the Scholarship Office located in Colston Hall, room 528.

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