Scholarships for DCC Students

The Dutchess Community College Foundation is proud to award more than 250 scholarships totaling more than $440,000 each year. These scholarships are made possible by generous donors who wish to support the educational pursuits of hard-working students who show academic promise and drive.

Scholarships are awarded to students who are continuing at DCC in the fall, as well as to those who are graduating and transferring to another college to pursue a bachelor’s degree.


General Information about Continuing, Special and Graduate Scholarships

Each scholarship has specific criteria that the student must meet in order to be eligible. Please read each description carefully before applying, as you may submit an application for up to three scholarships only. If you are recommended for more than one scholarship, you will receive the one with the largest cash award. Money will be applied to the recipient’s fall tuition and fees, unless otherwise noted.

Applications must be submitted online by March 10, 2017. While not every application requires an essay, it is highly recommended that you write one to allow the selection committee to learn more about you and why you believe you should receive the award. Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants selected to receive a scholarship will be notified, by letter in early May.

Please note that in order to apply for any of these scholarships:

  • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

  • You must be matriculated (enrolled in) a degree or certificate program.

  • You must not have earned a previous degree or certificate from DCC or another institution of higher learning.

  • You are required to attend the Scholarship Lunch & Awards Ceremony the afternoon of Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

  • You are required to write a thank you note to show your appreciation to the scholarship donor.

  • Failure to meet all of the requirements will result in a forfeit of your award.

When reading the specific scholarship guidelines, the following definitions will help you determine if you are eligible to apply:

  • Full-time students are those who are taking 12 or more credit hours per semester.

  • Part-time students are those who are taking fewer than 12 credits per semester.

  • A non-traditional student is defined as being at least 23 years old at the time of application.

  • A returning, continuing or second-year student is one who has earned 24 or more credits and is returning to DCC in fall 2017.

  • A graduating student is one who is receiving an A.A. A.S., A.A.S. or certificate from DCC in May 2017 and is transferring to another college’s bachelor’s degree program.


Scholarships for Continuing (Returning) Students

Students who are continuing at DCC in fall 2017, and who will have completed 24 credits by the end of the spring 2017 semester may be eligible to apply for Department-Specific scholarships and Special scholarships. Conklin Scholars and other students already receiving tuition scholarships are not eligible to apply for scholarships for continuing students.

  • Department-Specific scholarship applications are for students pursuing specific fields of study and are reviewed by departmental faculty who recommend recipients to the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Special scholarships are more general, typically involving criteria related to community service, particular area of interest, organization membership, town/city residency or other requirement. These applications are reviewed and awarded by a committee that is led by the Office of the Dean of Students.


I am continuing at DCC in fall 2017 and would like to see the Department-Specific or Special scholarships available.


Scholarships for Graduating Students

If you are graduating from DCC in May 2017 and continuing studies at a four-year college, you may apply for Graduate Scholarships. These awards are sent directly to the school to which you are transferring, to help defray your tuition and fees.


I am graduating from DCC in spring 2017 and transferring to another college to pursue a bachelor’s degree. I would like to see the Graduate scholarships available.