finding scholarships for college

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone.  Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another.  And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free.  It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you.  While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier.  This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week.  Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

When we at College Coach realized that the first installment of our new Scholarship Spotlight series was due to be published on September 11th, we knew we couldn’t ignore that date that is filled with such poignancy for all who lived through the events of 15 years ago.  In reverence to those most affected by the tragedies of September 11, 2001, we highlight below a scholarship available to survivors and dependents of victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Scholarship:  NYS Word Trade Center Memorial Scholarship

Awarding Organization:  Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the New York state student financial aid agency

Amount:  Covers up to four years of undergraduate study, including tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and transportation up to the average cost of State University of New York’s (SUNY) colleges.  The award amount for the 2015/16 school year was capped at $22,487 for students living on-campus and $15,037 for students living off-campus or commuting from home.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  No limit.  All eligible applicants will receive funding.

Eligible Students:  Permanently disabled survivors, and children, spouses, and other financial dependents of deceased or permanently disabled victims, of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 or the subsequent rescue and recovery efforts.  This includes those injured or killed at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, or on any of the hijacked flights.

Eligible College(s):  Any accredited college, public or private, in the state of New York

How to Apply:  Complete the NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Supplement.  Once eligibility has been confirmed, NY residents must complete a FAFSA and TAP application (instructions available at  Non-NY residents must contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship and Grant Payment Application.

Deadline:  June 30th


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Shannon Vasconcelos
Shannon Vasconcelos is a college finance expert at College Coach. Before joining College Coach, she was a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Tufts University and Boston University.