Support the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Thank you for supporting CUNY SPS! Your support is deeply appreciated and will change students' lives. There are a number of ways you can support the School and make a difference:

Friends of CUNY SPS

Making an unrestricted gift to the Friends of CUNY SPS Fund enables the School to direct your support to areas of greatest need. (more) CUNY SPS remains committed to launching innovative, flexible programs that inspire our students and prepare them for an evolving marketplace. Unrestricted support helps CUNY SPS provide financial assistance for promising students, recruit and retain expert faculty, and offer unique, vital educational opportunities online and onsite at our dedicated campus.

Establish a Named Scholarship

Establishing a named scholarship helps the School increase access for current and prospective CUNY SPS students. For many aspiring students, the dream of a college degree is out of reach. The CUNY School of Professional Studies Foundation (CUNY SPS Foundation) exists to make those dreams a reality. The CUNY SPS Foundation provides scholarships that close the gap and alleviate the financial hurdles facing CUNY SPS students. Heroes in their own homes and communities who support their families and themselves, CUNY SPS students’ success motivates our ambitious mission: not just to make dream of a college degree come true, but to make it possible. You can create an endowed scholarship, create an annual scholarship, or support an existing scholarship fund:

Create an Endowed Scholarship

Creating an endowed scholarship enables donors to name a fund that will provide critical tuition support for CUNY SPS students in perpetuity. (more)

A named fund must reach at least $25,000 in order to be endowed.

You can establish a named scholarship endowment with a minimum gift of $10,000 and a commitment to grow the fund to $25,000 over three years through solicitations and/or subsequent gifts your own. Upon reaching $25,000, the fund will be permanently invested in the CUNY Investment Pool. The principal of endowed funds is never invaded and scholarship awards are made from earnings in accordance with CUNY Investment Pool spending guidelines.

The CUNY Investment Pool currently has a 4.5% annual spending policy (a fund with a balance of $25,000 would yield one $1,125 scholarship, two $560 scholarships, or three $375 scholarships). Awards will be made from the earnings of the fund, beginning one year after investment. The principal will remain intact and earnings above the 4.5% will be applied to the principal. Subsequent gifts to the scholarship are also applied to the principal. As the principal grows, so may the amount and/or number of awards.

If the fund does not reach the amount required to be fully endowed within three years of its inception, one-half of the amount in the fund will be deposited into the Founding Dean’s Scholarship Fund endowment. The remainder of the named fund will be administered as an annual scholarship to be awarded within a three-year period.

For more information and to establish a named scholarship endowment, please contact Jill Reinhardt, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at 646-664-8660 or via email at Jill.Reinhardt@cuny.edu.

Create an Annual Scholarship

With an initial gift of $1,500 and a commitment from the donor to provide the same amount annually for the next two years (for a minimum total commitment of $4,500 over three years), the CUNY SPS Foundation will establish a named, annual scholarship. (more)

The gift may be awarded for as many years as the funds are donated (no fewer than three years). The name associated with this fund will remain with the fund until such time as the fund is depleted or discontinued.

The initial amount of the gift (a minimum of $1,500) will be awarded or distributed after you make two payments on your pledge. The maximum amount of the award in any given year is the amount available in the fund at the time that the award is made.

For more information and to establish an annual named scholarship, please contact Jill Reinhardt, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, at 646-664-8660 or via email at Jill.Reinhardt@cuny.edu.

Support an Existing Fund

Thanks to a number of generous individuals, The CUNY SPS Foundation currently administers several named funds that benefit CUNY SPS students. Your support will strengthen these funds and preserve their intended legacies:

Founding Dean's Scholarship

The CUNY School of Professional Studies Founding Dean's Scholarship is open to all applicants enrolled in a CUNY SPS degree program on a part- or full-time basis. Scholarships of $500 for part-time students and $1,500 for full-time students will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. This scholarship can only be applied to student tuition costs. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Founding Dean's Scholarship Fund" from the drop down menu.

Applied Theatre Project Rwanda Fund

Project Rwanda: Drama and Theatre Education for Reconciliation and Development enables students in the M.A. in Applied Theatre program at CUNY SPS to travel to Rwanda and work directly with Rwandan teachers and students. Using theatre and drama strategies as educational tools, CUNY SPS students help promote unity and reconciliation, gain valuable professional skills, and forge lasting relationships. Detailed information about the program can be found here. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Applied Theatre Project Rwanda Fund" from the drop down menu.

The Bob Martin Memorial Scholarship

The Bob Martin Memorial Scholarship is open to any student with a 2.5 GPA or higher who is enrolled in a CUNY SPS online bachelor's degree program on a part- or full-time basis, and who is within 30 credits of completing the online degree. Scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. This scholarship can only be applied to student tuition costs. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Bob Martin Scholarship Fund" from the drop down menu.

The Stephen M. Rossen Memorial Scholarship

The Stephen M. Rossen Memorial Scholarship is open to any student who is enrolled in a CUNY SPS online degree program on a part- or full-time basis, and who is within 30 credits of completing the online degree. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded on the basis of need and academic merit. This scholarship can only be applied to student tuition costs. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Stephen M. Rossen Scholarship Fund" from the drop down menu.

The Timothy Meade Scholarship

The Timothy Meade Scholarship Fund is open to undergraduate students enrolled in the Disability Studies Program. Applicants can be enrolled in on a full-time or part-time basis. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. This scholarship can only be applied to student tuition costs. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Timothy Meade Scholarship Fund" from the drop down menu.

The Star Innovation Award

The Star Innovation Award is open to all CUNY SPS online degree students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who wish to establish a new business, civic, or cultural initiative. The Award can be used to support the costs associated with the development and implementation of a new endeavor designed by a student. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Star Innovation Fund" from the drop down menu.

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship is open to students applying to the M.A. in Labor Studies program or the B.A. in Urban and Community Studies program with a concentration in labor studies. Awards of up to $30,000 (graduate students) and up to $20,000 (undergraduate students) are available. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned 60 or more credits at a prior college with at least a 3.0 GPA, and graduate students must have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in their prior undergraduate level work. To make a gift in support of this fund, visit https://www.paybill.com/cuny/spsfoundation/ and select "Murphy Institute Scholarship Fund" from the drop down menu. Gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000!

For scholarship eligibility and application information, please visit:
http://sps.cuny.edu/financialaid/scholarships.html.