The Providence College Club of New York awards a four-year, full tuition scholarship to a student who attends high school in the greater metropolitan area of New York*. The scholarship committee takes a variety of factors into consideration when selecting a recipient including financial need (the student must properly complete the College’s required financial aid forms in a timely manner), strong academic performance, significant leadership in extracurricular activities and a deep interest in attending Providence College. There is no application for this scholarship; students who meet the criteria and are selected as candidates will be contacted directly by the PCCNY Scholarship Review Committee by early April. These candidates will be expected to participate in an interview with the committee. Additional materials, including an activity/leadership resume, or writing sample may be requested by the committee. For more information, please visit the alumni site.
* New York (Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties), Connecticut (Fairfield County), and New Jersey (Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Mercer, Union, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Morris, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon Counties)
Information in this section is also available in a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) format. Visit our Publication Section to view or print the Endowed/Donor & Outside Scholarship FAQ in PDF format.
The internet has become the primary resource for searching for scholarships. However, don’t waste your time or money on fee-based scholarship matching services. You won't get any better information than you can get from using the free websites or search engines that are available. Most often these websites will require you to create a user name, password and profile in order to search their databases. Visit our Online Tools section to view a list of
free scholarship search engines.
Each scholarship you find will most likely have different deadlines and application requirements. Prime months for scholarship deadlines are January through April for awards starting the following fall semester. Keep in mind many scholarships are only awarded once a year, so missing a deadline can mean missing out until the next cycle. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.
Outside Scholarships (including tuition benefits) are considered need-based and your original aid offer may need to be adjusted if the receipt of the outside scholarship exceeds your calculated federal need or current eligibility. Outside scholarships will always be applied against your unmet need first. If it is necessary to adjust your aid the change or reduction in your award will begin with monies that are least beneficial to you. Your loans will be reduced or reallocated first, followed by work study and then institutional assistance if necessary. You will receive an email communication from the Office of Financial Aid outlining any changes made to your offer of assistance due to the receipt of an outside resource. Please note, outside scholarships do not replace the family contribution
Your outside scholarships may not appear on your current offer of assistance if we have yet to be notified. Most often you will receive notification of outside scholarships before we will. Therefore, if you expect to receive an outside scholarship you
must notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing or by using the
Award Letter Response Form.
If you send us a copy of your outside scholarship notification letter we can add the amount as a pending payment on your billing statement specific to the semester it will be applied to. The letter must include the total amount of the scholarship as well as how the money is going to be distributed to Providence College (i.e. all in one semester or split over both semesters). Please keep in mind that Providence College does not have any control on the timeliness of payments from outside agencies. Students and parents are responsible for any balance on their bill if the proceeds from an outside scholarship do not arrive before late fees are assessed each semester and you did not provide us with a copy of the scholarship notification letter.
If the group or agency giving you the scholarship sends the check directly to you, you must bring or mail it to the Student Accounts Office located in Room 400 in Harkins Hall. Most often checks are made out to the student and Providence College and therefore you are required to endorse the check before it can be applied as payment to your account.
Be sure to watch out for Scams! Scholarships that sound too good to be true usually are. Learn how to recognize and protect yourself from the most common scholarship scams - if you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam!
Make sure you begin your search early! Gather application materials early and give yourself plenty of time to complete each step. Most often scholarship applications can be as involved as your admissions applications. Some scholarship applications require essays, recommendations or even resumes.
Make Copies of all your work! Never send your only copies of paperwork to anyone. Keep copies of everything and anything you send! It would be heartbreaking to re-write an essay you spent a lot of time and effort on because it was lost in the mail.
Send a thank you note! If you are selected for a scholarship that is funded by a specific group or individual, consider sending a thank you note.