Scholarships

More than half of students at Essex County College receive some sort of financial aid, both need-based and merit-based.

Dozens of scholarships in both categories are available to students attending ECC, for students of all kinds. Many scholarships are targeted to incoming freshman students, but there are other scholarships targeted to people from all walks of life.

In addition, some scholarships can continue to benefit students long after they graduate from ECC. We are New Jersey’s leading producer of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholars. Those scholars each receive $120,000 in scholarships to continue their education at the university level.

Summer 2018

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Types of Scholarships

There are dozens of public and private scholarships that can help you pay for your college education. Here are a few of the more common examples.

 

Student Life & Activities is accepting Scholarship Applications for Students that will be graduating in the Spring 2019 or Summer I 2019 semesters, as well as, for students that graduated in Summer II 2018 and Fall 2018. The scholarship deadline is April 5, 2019!

Scholarship Applications are available in the Dasher Student Center Room 101 at the Main Campus and in the Student Lounge at the West Essex Campus.

Please note the following:

  • You must submit a physical copy of your scholarship applications and all required documentation to Jamil Graham, Assistant Director of Student Life & Activities, in the Dasher Center Room 101A or Joe Ott, Program Coordinator, in the Student Lounge at the West Essex Campus.
  • If you are using the General Scholarship Application form, you must submit a copy of all required documentation for each scholarship you are applying for. Meaning, if you check off to apply for 5 scholarships, you must submit 5 copies of the application and all required documentation (i.e. essay, transcript).
  • Use your Essex County College student email address on the application.
  • Your unofficial transcript is what you should use for the purposes of these applications.
  • Letters of recommendation will not be accepted via email.

 

*Late submissions will not be accepted!

 

Academic Achievement Award

This scholarship is presented to graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement.

  • GPA drastically increased 6 consecutive semesters
  • Voluntary work in some capacity at Essex County College
  • Leadership development and role in dome club at Essex County College
  • Acceptance at a four-year college or university in the fall semester

 

Accounting Service Award

This scholarship is given by the Business Division of the College to outstanding graduates.

  • Must be an Accounting major

Administrative Association Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the Administrative Association of the College to outstanding graduates.

  • Has maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average
  • Has been accepted for admission to a four-year college or university
  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity, professional promise and leadership qualities/li>
  • Has been active in extracurricular activities for the past two years

 

Business Administration Award

  • Demonstrated academic promise
  • Made significant contributions to the college or community

 

Charles G. Lovallo – Community & Continuing Education Scholarship

  • The graduate must have been enrolled or participated in a Community and Continuing Education program
  • Demonstrated academic performance (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Completion of a 250 word essay, “How the Community and Continuing Education program/course contributed to my academic success.”
  • Acceptance into a four-year institution, professional school or employment following the awarding of an Associate degree
  • Applications for this scholarship can be obtained from the Community & Continuing Education department

 

Darlene Liggins Scholarship

The scholarship has been established by Peggy R. Urso-Savarese in memory of Darlene Liggins who attended Essex and became a successful marketing manager and director in both the communication and banking industries.

  • Female business major
  • Highest grade point average

 

Dean of Student Affairs Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to extraordinary student(s) who made the Dean’s List for all of the semesters the student(s) attended Essex County College.

 

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Health Technologies Scholarship

  • Science graduates who have exemplified academic achievement

 

Dora M. Campbell Counseling Award

  • Significantly contributed to the human welfare of others through his/her involvement with members of the Essex County College community
  • Must have demonstrated and directed his/her ability, interest, and involvement towards the improvement of human relations
  • Proof of acceptance into four year institution

 

Dr. Ladylease G. White Honors Program Award

Dr. Ladylease White is the founder of the Honors Program at Essex County College and has established this award to recognize and provide financial assistance to students who exemplify the ideals of the program. The funds must be used for educational materials at the four year institution.

  • Completed all the requirements for graduation
  • Demonstrated academic excellence with a 3.0 GPA or higher

 

Essex County College Alumni Association Scholarship

Alumni of the College donate funds to decrease the costs associated with attending a four year institution.

  • Demonstrated scholastic achievement
  • Affirmed their commitment to continue their education through enrollment in a four-year institution Executive Dean of Student Services Scholarship

 

Essex County College Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship

Essex County College Foundation established this scholarship in 2017 donate funds to decrease the costs associated with attending a four year institution for students that have and will continue to Exceed Expectations and exemplify Essex County College’s greatness.

 

Criteria

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Acceptance letter from four year institution
  • Special letter of recommendation from Professor highlighting field of study.
  • Past community and college involvement
  • Willing and able to speak at Foundation events to promote Essex programs and donor philanthropy.

 

Essex County College Foundation Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Essex County College Foundation established this scholarship in 2017 donate funds to decrease the costs associated with attending a four year institution for students that have and will continue to Exceed Expectations and exemplify Essex County College’s greatness.

  • Established and maintained satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA or better)
  • Acceptance letter from four year institution
  • Special letter of recommendation from Professor highlighting field of study.
  • Past community and college involvement
  • Willing and able to speak at Foundation events to promote Essex programs and donor philanthropy.

 

Faculty Association Scholarship

Each year the Essex County College Faculty Association (ECCFA) provides scholarships on behalf of the Faculty to outstanding students.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Graduating student: The student must be certified eligible for graduation by his/her department and the college
  • Returning Faculty Scholars: The student must have complete 30 credits of non-developmental course work (courses numbered 100 or higher) required by his/her curriculum
  • The candidate represents in character and achievement those qualities which the ECCFA Scholarship Committee extols as an exemplary student worthy of public recognition.
  • Faculty testimony must state in writing that the candidate is a student who is not only an exemplary scholar, but also makes a contribution to the scholarly pursuits of other students

 

Fashion Entertainment Board Scholarship

  • Graduate who has been active in the Fashion Entertainment Club as well as other college and community activities
  • The recipient has to demonstrate the ability to succeed academically and plans to continue his/her education

 

Florence Wideman Bey Scholarship – E.O.F. Students Only

  • City Of Newark resident
  • Must be at least 35 years old
  • Active in extracurricular activities with the college
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities within the community
  • Has been accepted for admission to a four-year accredited college/university
  • Must be a female representative of the E.O.F. student population
  • Completed a full-time credit load each semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Maintained an cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • The student must submit a personal written assessment of how the E.O.F. program assisted you while attending Essex. (This assessment is in addition to the general essay requirement if you are applying for another scholarship.)

 

Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship

The NJ chapter has established the “Fellowman Heyward W. Robinson, Jr. Achievement Award” to provide financial assistance to males who are graduating from Essex County College.

  • Must be a male student
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Demonstrated community service
  • Proof of acceptance to a 4 year institution

 

Hispanic Heritage/Andres V. Cubero Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.

  • Must have a GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Demonstrated commitment and involvement to Essex County College and/or the community
  • A graduating student earning an Associate Degree
  • Must be a continuing student at a four-year college
  • An acceptance letter from a four-year college by September 1 of the awarded year

 

Hon. Patricia Juliano Memorial Scholarship

  • A single mother
  • Active involvement in civic advocacy or political causes
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or better

 

Humanities Division Award

  • Demonstrated outstanding ability in English
  • Must be a Liberal Arts major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Completed a minimum of four courses at the 101 level and above
  • Maintained an average of at least 3.5 within their major courses
  • Eligible to write an essay on a topic specified by the faculty and under the supervision of the department

 

John R. Wood Memorial Scholarship

Named in honor of the College’s first Acquisition Librarian, this scholarship is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated a sincere interest in humanitarian endeavors.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Proof of acceptance to an accredited institution
  • Completion of an essay on a topic to be announced by the library

 

Kandice Dickinson “Woman of Achievement Award”

The award is given to a single parent with two or more children.

  • Demonstrated community service
  • Acceptance to a four-year institution
  • Minority female
  • Permanent resident
  • Single, head of household
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

 

Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex – Irene Gibbons Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of the late Mrs. Irene Gibbons, former Director of Academic Programs at the West Essex Campus.

  • 30 or more college credits earned at West Essex Campus
  • College GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Proof of transfer to a four-year university
  • Participation in volunteer activities in community/church/school

 

The Leaguers, Inc. Award

The award is to provide access to higher education for needy and deserving African American students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed academically.

  • Demonstrate academic promise and performance. (Minimum GPA of 3.20)
  • African-American male or female
  • S citizenship or permanent resident
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated community involvement
  • Proof of acceptance into a four-year institution
  • New Jersey resident

 

Drs. Mary B. and Reynold E. Burch Scholarship Fund

  • Graduating minority African-American student
  • Accepted at a four-year college, university or professional school to pursue the arts or allied health
  • A prospective applicant should demonstrate exceptional acumen, talent, skill and potential in the arts or allied health fields.

 

Dr. Matilda Akinyemi-Oloba Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been established at Essex County College by the Akinyemi Family of Newark, NJ in memory of their beloved sister, daughter and mother, Dr. Matilda Akinyemi-Oloba. Dr. Akinyemi practiced medicine with the highest level of compassion and care. The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial support to Essex County College students who are majoring in Biology/Pre-Medicine or other healthcare related disciplines and plan to transfer to a four-year institution, with the desire to pursue medicine after completion of their undergraduate degree.

 

METCS Scholarship

  • Student must complete at least MTH 122 at Essex County College
  • Student must have taken a minimum of 16 college-level credits in Math at Essex County College
  • Math GPPA of 3.0 or better in courses taken at Essex County College
  • In the event of ties, the overall GPA of courses taken at Essex County College is considered

 

Phi Theta Kappa

  • Member of the Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year college students

 

Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1979 by the President of the College. Its purpose is to provide access to higher education for needy and deserving students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community or college involvement, hold F-1 visa status, or served in the Armed forces.

  • Must include acceptance letter to a four institution with application

 

Sidney Johnson/ Arthur Williams Award For Science

The Alpha Phi Alpha, Lambda Chapter, located in Newark, NJ established the annual award in 1982.

  • Restricted to minority students majoring in either Biology, Engineering, Nursing and/or related science programs
  • Demonstrated academic promise and performance. (Minimum GPA of 3.20)
  • Involved in extracurricular activities while in attendance at the college
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • Participation in commencement exercises
  • Interview by Alpha Phi Alpha

 

Social Work Student Association Scholarship

  • Has been an active a member of the Social Work Student Association
  • Who is completing a degree with either a Human & Social Services or a Social Sciences major
  • Has attained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

 

Student Government Association Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduate who has been involved in community service and plans to continue their education at a four-year institution.

 

West Essex Advisory Board Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students involved in community service and who will attend a 4-year institution.

  • Demonstrated academic promise and performance
  • Eligible student with highest GPA ranking graduating from the West Essex Campus of Essex County College
  • Completed 30 or more credits at the West Essex Campus toward an Associate degree
  • Proof of acceptance into a four-year institution of higher education
  • S. citizenship
  • Demonstrated service to school and/or community

 

William Blades/ESL Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding student who began their academic career at Essex County College by enrolling in ESL courses.

 

Xiomara Torres Legacy

This scholarship, for E.O.F. students only, was established by the E.O.F. Department in honor of beloved Professor Xiomara Torres who was the Director of the E.O.F.

  • A typed essay not to exceed 300 words on the following topics: Describe how one can achieve academic excellence and contribute towards student life and activities; or How has Essex County College affected your outlook on life
  • Completed a full-time credit load each semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Maintained an cumulative GPA of 3.0

The following are grant and scholarship opportunities available. Click the links below for application criteria.

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HACU Member Advisories are a service of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

This national scholarship provides $40,000 annually to two-year college graduates looking to continue their education at the nation’s top universities.

This scholarship is awarded annually to reward the top students in the country for their high achievements. ECC has produced 14 Cooke scholars, more than any other institution in New Jersey.