Undergraduate Scholarships

Learn about the many ways you can finance your education.

The College of Westchester is committed to providing broad access to higher education. Each year CW offers over $1.5 million in merit-based scholarships and need-based grants as an investment in the future of our students and the future of our community.

CW scholarships are based on academic achievement and designed to bring bright, motivated students to the CW Campus. However, you don't have to be a straight-A student to earn a scholarship. If you have a good high school or college grade point average, you may qualify for one of many CW scholarship programs.

To find out more about CW's Scholarships, call our Admissions Counselors today at 855.403.7722 or 914.559.2398 or email admissions@cw.edu. Or complete the Scholarship Information form below to determine your possible scholarship awards.

Scholarship Information

HS Scholarships

At The College of Westchester (CW), we are committed to helping you explore the many ways to make college affordable. Our helpful financial assistance counselors are available to meet with you and your parents to explain the financial aid process and to describe the various programs available to finance your education.

This program provides tuition scholarship funds to accepted first time freshman students based on both academic merit and financial need. The CW Empower Award applies to tuition charges not covered by Federal Pell and SEOG grants, New York State TAP and ETA grants or other outside grant funding. Eligible students must have earned a Regents high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 80% or higher and possess a Federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) index of 500 or lower in each award year. Students must be eligible for both Federal Pell and NYS TAP grants. (Residents outside of NY are not eligible) All other charges such as textbooks, fees, other non-tuition expenses such as lab items are not covered by the scholarship and are the responsibility of the student. Other academic and financial eligibility requirements apply and are detailed in The CW Empower Award Statement of Understanding and Agreement.

The College does not guarantee that all students who meet the eligibility requirements will be granted this awarded. For each entering freshman class, the College may limit the number of scholarships offered and/or may allocate scholarships by major, entering semester or total awards per year. Students who are awarded the scholarship in their freshman year will continue to receive the scholarship in subsequent years, unless they lose eligibility as described in The CW Empower Award Statement of Understanding and Agreement. The College of Westchester reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time with notice. At the time of any discontinuation, current, active students in the program will be grandfathered and not be affected as long as they continue to meet the original requirements of the program.

The College of Westchester will award scholarships ranging up to $24,000 for an Associate Degree program. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are accepted to begin studies at The College of Westchester in the fall immediately following high school graduation. Scholarships are awarded based on prior academic performance, future potential and financial need may be considered. Students may not use this scholarship with any other College of Westchester scholarship. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic semester in order to receive subsequent awards.

Students who have graduated from high school with an 80% or better cumulative grade average or who have completed a minimum of at least 24 credits at a prior college with a 3.0 or better GPA evidenced by an official transcript may be awarded up to $5,000 per year. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic term/semester in order to receive subsequent awards.

This grant is awarded at the discretion of the Achievement Award Committee which carefully considers a student’s academic promise and their financial need. Award amounts range up to $8,000 per year. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic term/semester in order to receive subsequent awards.

The College of Westchester will award scholarships ranging up to $44,000 for a Bachelor’s Degree program. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who are accepted to begin studies at CW in the fall immediately following high school graduation. Scholarships are awarded based on prior academic performance and future potential. Financial need may also be considered. Students may not use this scholarship with any other College of Westchester scholarship. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic semester in order to receive subsequent awards.

Bachelor’s Achievement Scholarships range up to $15,000. Scholarship awards may be based on prior academic performance, future potential and financial need. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic term/semester in order to receive subsequent awards.

Students who have received an approved outside scholarship are eligible to have their awards matched by The College of Westchester. Each matching scholarship may not exceed $2,000 per year. If the approved outside scholarship is awarded each year, the matching scholarship will be credited to the student’s account in the same year. If the approved outside scholarship is awarded in the first year only, the matching scholarship will be matched in the student’s second year.

CW makes available a number of institutional grants for new and continuing students. Grants are awarded based on financial need. Special consideration is given to students in critical need of assistance to continue studies. Up to $5,000 may be awarded. Students must re-apply each year. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic term/semester in order to receive subsequent awards.

The College offers grants to students enrolled in certain programs who are nearing the completion of their studies. These CW Program Grants are designed to reward students’ persistence in their courses of study and help them reduce their student loan debt. Additional information on this grant is available from the office of Student Financial Assistance.

In tribute to his fine work and tremendous support of the college, the CW Charitable Foundation Board established The Mayor Joe Delfino Scholarship. Granted annually, the successful recipient must be a White Plains High School student or graduate who is planning to attend or who is attending CW. They must embody Mayor Joe’s spirit of giving. The guidance office at White Plains High School will assist in choosing the recipient.

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation (CWCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization which awards scholarships to students who demonstrate academic promise. The Foundation annually invites CW students to submit application for consideration.

For full disclosure on Scholarships, see college catalog.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the main form that a student is required to complete to be considered for student assistance from any of the Federal Title IV, HEA programs.