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