Scholarships and Opportunities


School of Education Scholarships

Graduate Student Awards

Through the support of generous donors, the School of Education offers a number of scholarships to graduate students. To be considered for any of the scholarship awards available, students must complete the School of Education scholarship application form, upload the required essay, and must demonstrate financial need by submitting a FAFSA for the academic year.

School of Education Scholarships are one-time awards ranging from $500 – $1,500 for graduate students. Awardees are notified after the start of the semester. The following awards are available each semester:

Ellen Dempsey Memorial Education Scholarship Endowment

A scholarship for students who are teachers and are seeking advanced degrees in education. Students must demonstrate academic achievement and need of financial assistance.

Hilda Kirsch Scholarship

A book scholarship to be awarded annually to a student of the School of Education in the amount of $500 per year. This award has been designated for students accepted to Counseling programs.

Eva Kraus Scholarship

A scholarship for students who demonstrate financial need, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who are pursuing a career Early Childhood Education. Students accepted to Bilingual Early Childhood, Early Childhood Generalist, Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families, Early Childhood Development and Learning: Severe/Multiple Disabilities are eligible for this award.

Pearl Ehrlich Waisblatt Scholarship

An award in the amount of $1,500 for a student in a graduate teacher education program. The awardee shall not be the recipient of another large grant.

Application Deadlines


  • August 1


  • January 1


Newly Declared Undergraduate Student Awards

Through the support of generous donors, Wayne and Frances Knight Parrish, the School of Education offers 8 scholarships each fall to newly approved undergraduate education majors. No application is required. Awards are for a total of $10,000 and are awarded over 4 semesters.

External Scholarships

Visit the Higher Education Services Corporation and search for additional scholarships including the New York State (NYS) Masters in Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship and the New York State (NYS) Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program for graduate students.

Find scholarship awards that do not require proof of citizenship or permanent residency via the Immigrants Rising Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship list.

Apply for a TeachNY Classic Scholarship through the NYS Education Department. Any future educator applying to a first-time teacher certification program can apply for a $1,000 scholarship. The deadline is April 30, 2024.

The Human Services Career Advancement Scholarship (HSCAS) is offered by CUNY and the New York City Mayor’s Office for workers at eligible organizations that hold human services contracts with the City of New York. Human Services Career Advancement Scholarship (HSCAS) will cover a maximum of 50% of total tuition costs at a participating CUNY.

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents who are undergraduate students at a CUNY college can apply for a one-time scholarship award of $1,000. Apply for a NYCHA-CUNY Scholarship.

The Belle Zeller Scholarship Trust Fund provides scholarships to full-time CUNY undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

SPEDxchange awards a $1,000 scholarship to an undergrad or graduate student pursuing a degree in special education or a related field. The application deadline is November 15th and The winner will be announced on December 15th.

Each year, The Arc New York presents scholarships to individuals pursuing degrees in special education, physical or occupational therapy, or a field related to intellectual or other developmental disabilities. Learn more on The Arc New York website.

Scholarships specific to international students, can be found on the Hunter College International Students Office, scholarships and grants page.

External Opportunities

The New York City Department of Education offers a Paraprofessional to Teacher Pathway Graduate Reimbursement Program to eligible Paraprofessionals who are interested in pursuing a career as a teacher and matriculated in a graduate education program.

The Critical Language Scholarship allows any enrolled student to engage in an 8 to 10-week language immersion experience.

Adolescent Social Studies students may be eligible for a James Madison Graduate Fellowship.

School of Education Special Opportunities

In partnership with special organizations, the School of Education offers a number of special opportunity programs to support aspiring teachers and counselors. Learn more about the application requirements and program using the links below.