ICFNJ Student Scholarship Information

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Scholarships make it possible for many deserving students to attend an independent institution of higher education. The scholarship programs listed below are administered through partnerships between ICFNJ and the donors who sponsor them. They are available only to undergraduate students studying at ICFNJ member institutions.  Scholarship awards are sent directly to the member institutions to be applied toward the student's cost of attendance.

       
All elements of the scholarship application are carefully screened during the selection process.  See tips for completing your application.   

Scholarship applications and supporting documents can be sent electronically to ypanella@njcolleges.org or via regular mail to ICFNJ, 797 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901 or via fax to 908-277-0851.  If you have any problems accessing the application form or reference letter, please contact Yvette Panella at ypanella@njcolleges.org.

ICFNJ Administered Competitive Scholarships
All scholarships will be awarded for 2016-17 academic year.  Funding for scholarships noted as pending has been requested.  The information provided for pending scholarships reflects prior year requirements and is subject to change.  Pending scholarship information is provided as an example of the types of scholarships administered through ICFNJ but is not a guarantee of future funding.


Name Amount Deadline
Partners for Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship $5,000 Closed
BD Scholarship for Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare $3,000 Closed
Capital One Bank "Reach for the Stars" Scholarship for successful transfer students from Community College $2,500 Ongoing
PNC - Barry Gillman Humanitarian Scholarship $5,000 10/14/16
PSEG Scholarship for Advancing STEM Majors $5,000 Closed
Novartis Science Scholarship $3,000 Closed
CohnReznick Accounting Scholarship $2,000 9/30/16
Celgene's Sol J. Barer Scholarship for Life Sciences $2,500 8/31/16
C.R. Bard Foundation Nursing Scholarship $2,500 Closed
Novo Nordisk Scholars Program $4,000 9/30/16
Martin R. Sullivan Memorial/ PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship $2,500  Closed
Kings Super Markets, Inc. Independent
College Fund Scholarship
 Up to $1,000 Closed
     

Scholarships with no deadline notation indicate the scholarship was offered during the prior academic year.  This information is provided as a reference of the type of scholarships ICFNJ hopes to offer during the current academic year.  No applications are currently being accepted for any scholarships without a deadline. 


PARTNERS FOR HEALTH FOUNDATION NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

Partners for Health Foundation introduced 
this scholarship to assist the 15 communities it serves become healther and better places to live by supporting the student retention, educational attainment and academic achievement of nursing student at Bloomfield College and Caldwell University.

For Students Enrolled at: Bloomfield College and Caldwell Univeristy

Scholarship Amount:  $5,000

Number of Annual Awards:  5 

Eligibility Requirements:
  •  be enrolled as a full-time student at either Bloomfield College or Caldwell University;
  • be a junior or senior nursing major;
  • possess minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale;
  • be pursing a career in the health industry.
Additional Requirements:  Students must add to their personal statement a descriptoin of their commitment for supporting healthy communities and promoting healthier lifestyles.  Statement should also note career goals and where the student would like to work.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who are contributing to communities served by the Partners for Health Foundation.

Deadline:  CLOSED
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BD SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS PURSUING CAREERS IN HEALTHCARE
Through this scholarship BD supports students who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to a career in the healthcare industry. 

For Students Enrolled at: Centenary College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Princeton University, Rider University,
                                                    Saint Peter's University, Stevens Institute of Technology

Scholarship Amount: $3,000

Number of Annual Awards: 7 (one scholarship available at each member institution noted above)

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled full-time at one of ICFNJ member colleges or universities noted;
  • be entering junior or senior year;
  • possess a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale; and
  • demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the the healthcare industry.
  • Financial needs (as confirmed by Financial Aid Office) may be considered in candidate selection.
Additional Requirment: Applicants must provide in the personal statement an indication of how they anticipate being part of the healthcare industry and the way in which their college degree will assist in achieving career goals.  Personal statement may be up to 500 words to allow incorporation of these added elements.

Deadline: 
CLOSED
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CAPITAL ONE BANK "REACH FOR THE STARS" SCHOLARSHIP

The "Reach for the Stars" Scholarship represents Capital One Bank's commitment to helping students with a financial need reach their academic goals.  Created to assist NJ STARS II students from low to moderate income families pursue a Liberal Arts or Business undergraduate degree the award is applied toward the cost of attendance for transfer students.  (Scholarship is renewable for a second year if candidate continues to meet scholarship criteria.)

For Students Enrolled at: Any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left).

Scholarship Amount: $2,500

Number of Annual Awards: 4-6

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled full-time at an ICFNJ member college or university;
  • be entering junior year as a transfer student (NJ STARS II scholarship recipients will be given priority consideration);
  • possess a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • be majoring in a Liberal Arts or Business degree program;
  • be a NJ resident from Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset or Union County;
  • qualify as a low to moderate income family with a demonstrated financial need (Family is 80% or less of the AMI for the NJ town in which they reside - please confirm with Financial Aid Office).
Deadline:  ONGOING
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PNC - BARRY GILLMAN HUMANITARIAN SCHOLARSHIP

The PNC - Barry Gillman Humanitarian Scholarship recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to serving the community through volunteer service.  The Barry Gillman Humanitarian Scholarship honors the compassion and spirit of volunteerism embodied by the late Barry Gillman by encouraging undergraduate students to continue in their humanitarian work while attending college.

For Students Enrolled at: Any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left).

Scholarship Amount: $5,000

Number of Annual Awards: 2

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled full-time at an ICFNJ member college or university;
  • be entering junior or senior year;
  • possess a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • must be actively engaged in a volunteer service project;
  • must demonstrate the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service as evidenced in their personal statement, resume and letters of recommendation;
  • preference will be given to those students with plans to pursue a career in the legal profession.
Additional Requirement: Please note that all applicants must submit a brief essay describing their humanitarian, community and/or volunteer service.

Deadline:  10/14/16
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PSEG SCHOLARSHIP FOR ADVANCING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH MAJORS


PSEG introduced this award to support exceptional students who share in their commitment to building environmental stewardship and developing meaningful sustainability initiatives.  While enhancing the educational and learning opportuntiies in areas of importance to PSEG - science (environmental), technology, engineering and math, the scholarship contributes to an educated citizenry for New Jersey which supports the economic and cultural development of local communities and neighborhoods. 

For students Enrolled at:  Any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left):

Scholarship Amount:  $2,500

Number of Awards:  4

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at any ICFNJ member institution;
  • be seeking a degree in a STEM major (priority will be given to Engineering Majors);
  • be entering junior or senior year;
  • possess a minimum cululative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale;
  • demonstrate a commitment to the environment (special consideration will be given to student engaged in global warming and climate change initiatives, conservation and community greening.)
Deadline:  CLOSED
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NOVARTIS SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Novartis Science Scholarship recognizes and rewards undergraduate science majors engaged in research at ICFNJ's member colleges and universities by awarding $3,000 scholarships to qualifying students.


For Students Enrolled at:  Any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left).

Scholarship Amount:  $3,000

Number of Annual Awards:  8

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled full-time at an ICFNJ member college or university;
  • be entering junior or senior year;
  • be majoring in a science field;
  • possess a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.5 or better;
  • be conducting or planning to conduct independent scientific research.
Additional Requirement:  All Novartis Science Scholarship applicants must submit a brief explanation of a scientific research porject being conducted or to be conducted in the coming academic year.  Applicants' independent research will be given special consideration in the review process.

Deadline:  CLOSED
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COHNREZNICK ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP

The CohnReznick Scholarship recognizes and rewards high achieving students preparing for careers in public accounting.  CohnReznick seeks to support candiates who align with its mission to provide forward thinking solutions, service that exceeds expectations, and creates opportunity, value and truste for their clients, people and the community.
Scholarship Amount:  $2,000

Number of Annual Awards:  3

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at an ICFNJ member college or university;
  • be majoring in Accounting with a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in public accounting including a commitment and plan for attaining 150 credit hours);
  • must at least be entering junior year during award period; and
  • possess a minimum cunulative GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale.
  • Candidates should be engaged as a leader, or otherwise demonstrate leadership abilities, potential or qualities, through academic work, special project activities and/or other extracurricular experiences.
Additional Requirement:
Applicants must provide in the personal statement how they anticipate fulfilling the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam.  Personal statement may be up to 500 words to allow incorporation of this element. Deadline:  9/30/16
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C.R. BARD FOUNDATION NURSING SCHOLARSHIP 
The C. R. Bard Foundation Nursing Scholarship recognizes outstanding nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, and extracurricular activities and who are planning careers in the health industry.

For Students Enrolled at:  Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, College of Saint Elizabeth, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University, Saint Peter’s University or Seton Hall University

Scholarship Amount:
  $2,500

Number of Annual Awards:  10

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be entering at least the second semester of your sophomore year, or the second semester of the second year of your nursing program;
  • be enrolled full time;
  • possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by your financial aid director;
  • be interested in pursuing a career in the health industry;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
Deadline:  CLOSED
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NOVO NORDISK SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Novo Nordisk Scholarship recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence while inspiring them to consider careers in research, education and treatment of diabetes or hemophilia and bleeding disorders.

For Students Enrolled at:  Any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left).

Scholarship Amount:
  $4,000

Number of Annual Awards:  5

Eligibility Requirements:  All recipients must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • be enrolled full time at an ICFNJ member institution;
  • be entering junior or senior year;
  • special consideration will be given to nursing, nutrition and life science majors;
  • possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • demonstrate a history of work or life experience with a diabetic population or population with hemophilia or bleeding disorders;
  • be interested in pursuing a career in the health industry (show a commitment to continued work in the care, education, treatment or research of diabetes or hemophilia and bleeding disorders);
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by your financial aid director;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.
Additional Requirement:  All applicants must submit an additional statement articulating their interest in pursuing a career that would impact patients, research or medical field in the area of diabetes or hemophilia and/or blood disorders.

Deadline:  9/30/16
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PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS MARTIN R. SULLIVAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACCOUNTING
The scholarship was created in memory of the late Martin R. Sullivan, a partner at Coopers & Lybrand, who had an interest in accounting education at New Jersey’s independent colleges and in the preparation of students entering the accounting profession. The scholarship assists high achieving students to prepare for careers in public accounting.

For Students Enrolled at:  Fairleigh Dickinson University, Monmouth University or Seton Hall University

Scholarship Amount:  Varies (typically $2,500)

Number of Annual Awards:  Varies

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be entering your junior or senior year;
  • possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale;
  • be majoring in accounting;
  • demonstrate superior academic performance and promise for a career in public accounting.
Additional Requirement:  Applicants must also provide a separate explanation as to their commitment to and plans for attaining the 150 credit hour requirement.
           
Deadline: 
CLOSED
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KINGS SUPER MARKETS, INC. INDEPENDENT COLLEGE FUND SCHOLARSHIP
The Kings Super Markets, Inc. Independent College Fund Scholarship provides an opportunity for Kings' associates and their children who wish to attend any one of the private college or universities in New Jersey to receive financial assistance. The competitive scholarship program is part of an incentive to attract and retain associates.  The scholarship emphasizes the importance of family by assisting the children of Kings' associates in the pursuit of their educational goals.

For Students Enrolled at: any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left).

Scholarship Amount:
up to $1,000

Number of Annual Awards: Varies

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled in no fewer than two courses each academic term;
  • demonstrate continued progress toward earning an associate, bachelor or graduate degree;
  • be a Kings associate or dependent of a Kings associate:
  •         - eligible associates must plan to work at least 500 hours between September 1 and Auguat 31 of the following year
  •         - children of associates must have a parent or legal guardian currently employed by Kings on a continuous full-time or part-time basis with at least for at least five years employment in good standing
  • and have made a significant contribution to work, school and/or community.
Deadline:  CLOSED
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CELGENE'S SOL J. BARER SCHOLARSHIP IN LIFE SCIENCES
      

Named in honor of Celgene's former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Sol J. Barer Scholarship in Life Sciences assists high achieving students to prepare for careers in the Life Sciences.      

For Students Enrolled at: any ICFNJ member college or university (see list at top left).

Scholarship Amount:
$2,500

Number of Annual Awards: 5

Eligibility Requirements:
  • be enrolled as a full-time student at any ICFNJ member institution;
  • be entering either junior or senior year;
  • be majoring in one of the life sciences;
  • possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on 4.0 scale;
  • demonstrate superior academic performance and promise for a career in life sciences.
Deadline8/31/16
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Tips for Completing the ICFNJ Scholarship Application.

Application Form:
This document creates the first impression of you.  Complete it as neatly as possible.  Do not leave any blanks.  If there is a question that does not apply to you, simply respond with "not applicable," or "n/a."

Personal Statement:
Here you can share the unique attributes that make you the right choice for a scholarship.  The word count is limited requiring you to be thoughtful and concise.  The review committee understands the value of college education.  They want to understand the value it offers you specifically and the reasons you are a strong candidate.  

When possible include an example that illustrates your point.  Rather than "I am a strong leader" share a success story "I orchestrated a community outreach program with four peers to address hunger in Camden" or "I led a group of peers through two discovery projects as part of a larger independent research program."

Transcript:
ICFNJ does accept unofficial copies of transcripts.  Please make sure it is an unofficial transcript from your college not just a printed listing of your courses and grades.  An official transcript must come from the college to ICFNJ directly. An unofficial transcript can be obtained by you and included with your application.  It should contain all the same information as the official transcript.

Reference Letter:
Select the author of your reference carefully.  Given that scholarships are provided to asist students in their pursuit of a college degree, the most impactful letters tend to come from professors familiar with you and your academic work.

Resume:
Your resume provides a complete picture of you - academics, work and community.  Be sure to note your accomplishments and experiences.  If applicable, include your impact at the workplace or on a project.  Dates are important include them.
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