What is the submission deadline?

The Deadline is Friday, June 25, 2021 click (here) to access teh application.

How can I find out the status of my application?

If the online portion of your application has not been completed, email notifications will be sent out to you as the deadline nears. If supplemental materials (references, high school transcripts, or award letters) are outstanding, you will receive emails from the Kaplan Educational Foundation notifying you about which pieces are missing.

When will I know if I am selected for the Kaplan Leadership Program?

Offers of acceptance will be delivered by the end of November 2020.

Can I still apply if I don't have a 3.5 GPA?

Yes, the minimum GPA to qualify for the Kaplan Leadership Program is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA is lower, there will be an option to provide an explanation on the application.

What if I have a GED instead of a high school diploma? Can I still apply?

Yes, students with a GED are more than welcome to apply for the program. We will need you to upload a copy of your GED diploma and scores to your application.

What does the application process entail?

The process begins with submission of the application and all of the supporting documentation requested. A number of finalists will be selected for interviews after which an fourteenth cohort will be selected for the Program.

What is a Student Aid Report (SAR)?

A SAR is the document produced by the Department of Education based on the information provided in your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). SARs can be obtained by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and/or the financial aid office at your school.

What is an award letter?

Award letters are a summary of all academic expenses and financial aid received for a given academic year. You can obtain an award letter from your school's financial office.

Where should I mail, fax, or email my documents?

Please email all supplemental application materials you are unable to upload to the online application system: info@kaplanedfoundation.org.

How can I get help with my application?

If you are having difficulties with your application or just want assistance, please see your campus Champion. You may also email KEFat info@kaplanedfoundation.org.

How long is the program?

The multi-year program is designed to provide financial and academic support and encouragement for students through the completion of a bachelor's degree. Students will actively participate in the program for a minimum of three years and maximum of four (in some rare cases five) years. However, the connection to the Foundation and your fellow Kaplan Scholars will last a lifetime.

How much are the scholarships?

KEF provides financial support to help you reach your goals, including:

  • Scholarship funding of up to $3,000 per year toward the completion of your associate's degree
  • Receive a Living Stipend of up to $500 a month
  • Receive a new laptop
  • Get the full cost of your transfer applications covered (est. value of $1,000)
  • Qualify to receive funding to cover your transportation and moving costs to your 4-year school

After you transfer, you would be eligible for need-based grants.

Can part-time students apply?

Yes. As long as they have completed 24 non-remedial college credits at a New York City area associate's degree program. If you are graduating at the end of the Spring 2021 semester, you can still apply.

Do I have to reapply to the program each year?

No. Once accepted (and assuming you continue to successfully meet all program requirements), you remain in the Kaplan Leadership Program until you have completed your bachelor's degree.

What are the requirements to remain in the program?

  • Work closely and cooperatively with fellow Scholars, the Foundation's Director of Academic Advising and Student Development and program staff
  • Participate actively in all program activities
  • Maintain your current level of academic excellence
  • Maintain academic integrity
  • Display consistent personal growth as a leader

Who are acceptable references?

The best references can provide detailed insight into what makes you a good candidate for the Kaplan Leadership Program. Limit references to high school teachers or college professors who have taught you within the last two years, current or former employers, people who have observed your community involvement, or other people who have known you for more than six months.

The Kaplan Leadership Program requires each student to submit two references. One reference must be written by a high school teacher or college professor who has taught you in the last two years and one by someone who knows you in a work, internship or volunteer context. Please do not submit more than 2 references.

What will I receive in each year of the program?

  • Assistance identifying, applying and selecting a bachelor's degree program upon acceptance
  • Personal, academic and career coaching
  • Financial support
  • Specialized tutoring as needed, including SAT and TOEFL exam preparation
  • Access to and assistance identifying and applying for other scholarships
  • Ongoing training designed to help you succeed

Are Kaplan scholars restricted to applying to specific transfer schools, programs or majors?

No. Our goal is to help you get into and succeed in the best school and program for you. You can apply to private or public colleges and universities anywhere in the United States, and you can choose any major you want. We want to help you get wherever your career dreams take you!

What is the level of financial need required to be eligible?

Currently, any student eligible to receive any amount of Federal and/or State financial aid is eligible for our program.

Is there an age requirement to be in the program?

No, students of all ages are eligible.

How many college credits do I need to have to be eligible for the program?

Students who have already earned at least 24  non-remedial college-level credits by the application deadline date are eligible to apply.  Typically, we work with students that have about a year left in their Associate's degree. If you are graduating at the end of the Fall 2020 semester  - and meet all the other eligibility requirements - you are encouraged to apply.

Am I eligible to apply if I am in a bachelor's program?

No, students currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program are not eligible for this program. This program is designed to assist students who are currently enrolled in associate's degree programs and planning to complete a bachelor's degree.

Are students enrolled in any associate's degree in the United States eligible?

At this time we are only accepting applicants enrolled in associate's degree programs in the New York City area. We hope to expand the program to other areas in the future.

Any pointers for preparing for interviews?

Keep in mind that the best preparation is thinking through your past accomplishments and preparing to articulate them. Be prepared to talk about the qualities that allowed you to perform well in a given situation or a time when you put a certain skill to work. The best way to accomplish this is to use the three-step STAR process or 1. Situation or Task 2. Action 3. Result or Outcome.

For example, you might recount a time when communication within your work group had broken down (situation). To resolve the problem, you organized informal lunch meetings for people to discuss relevant issues (action). Morale then improved, as did the lines of communication (result). Using this three step STAR process is a powerful way for you to frame your experiences and accomplishments for the interviewer.

Is there a campus representative I could speak to at my school?

The following provides the location on each campus where students can pick up program brochures and applications and receive help with their application. If your college is not listed and you meet the Program's eligibility requirements please contact the Foundation's office,


On-Campus Location

Contact Name(s)

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Scholarship Office Room S-343

Sussie Gyamfi
Scholarship Coordinator

Bronx Community College

Loew Hall
Room 428

Roscoe Brown Student Center Room 302-303

Yvonne Erazo-Davila
Scholarship Coordinator

Tiffany Dubon
Student Life Specialist


College of Staten Island

Career and Scholarship Center Room 1A-105

Michele Galati                     Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor                                   718.982.2301     Michele.Galati@csi.cuny.edu

Stella & Charles Guttman Community College

Office of Partnerships and Community Engagement

Room 407A

Tiffany Bailey
Academic Internship Specialist

Patricia Jean 
Senior Career Advisor

Hostos Community College

Student Life              D-102C

Student Development
Room C-392

Eric Morales
Scholarship Coordinator

Jason Libfeld
Student Leadership Coordinator

Hudson County Community College

Center for Academic and Student Success
A Building
2nd Floor

Duane Williams
Assistant Director, Advisement & Counseling

Kingsborough Community College

Career Development/Transfer Office
Room C102

Melissa Merced
Transfer Services Coordinator

LaGuardia Community College



ASAP Office
Room B-235

Jose Plasencia
Associate Director of Transfer Services

Rocio Rosado
Career Employment Specialist

Medgar Evers College

Room 2015-T

Jeffrey Sigler
Director, Freshman Year Program

NYC College of Technology

Placement Office
Room N602B

Scholarships and Residency Office
Room NG 09

Adrian Griffin
Director of Placement

Olliver Davis
Scholarship Director

Queensborough Community College

Transfer Resource Center

Transfer Resource Center A-214


ASAP Office
W Building


Renee Rhodd
Director of Articulation, Transfer and Educational Partnerships

Susan Madera
Transfer Manager

Stephen Atkins
ASAP Student Career Senior Advisor

Westchester Community College

Scholarship Office
Library Room 242

Sandra Ramsay
Scholarship Manager