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Garden of Dreams Inspire Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Garden of Dreams Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

Applicants of the Garden of Dreams Scholarship Program must:

  • Be high school seniors, ages 17 – 21, at the time of application submission.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two year or four year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Have been recommended by, and have received the application link from one of Garden of Dreams Foundation’s 30 partner organizations.

    Children’s Aid, Children’s Village, Covenant House, enCourage Kids Foundation, Hackensack University Medical Center, Harlem Dowling, Hospital for Special Surgery, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk, Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York Edge, New York Presbyterian, NYC Department of Homeless Services, NYU Langone Medical Center, NYPD Widows and Children’s Fund (DEA/PBA), Police Athletic League NYC, Ronald McDonald House of New York, SCO Family of Services, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, Sunrise Day Camp, SCAN – Harbor, Incorporated, Uniformed Firefighters Association, WHEDco, Wounded Warrior Project, You Gotta Believe.

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) or can provide official documentation supporting learning needs.


Awards ranging from $10,000 up to $25,000 will be granted each year.

For students attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school, awards are renewable up to one year or until an associate’s degree or certificate is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent).

For students attending a four-year college or university, awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent).

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, participation in Garden of Dreams events, school and community activities, demonstrated leadership, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.

Applicants will be required to submit a 500 word (or less) essay on how the Garden of Dreams Foundation has made an impact in their lives.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America and the Garden of Dreams Foundation Board of Directors. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Garden of Dreams Foundation. Payments are made in equal installments on August 15 and December 15.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organization on organization letterhead.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!