Apply to be a Kaplan Scholar

Kaplan Leadership Program 2024 Recruitment
Apply to be a part of the Kaplan Leadership Program’s 18th Cohort APPLICATION! The application closes on May 3rd, 2024.



1. Enrollment Status:

  • Currently enrolled full-time in an associate's degree program at one of the following schools:
    • Borough of Manhattan Community College,
    • Bronx Community College,
    • Guttman Community College,
    • Hostos Community College,
    • Hudson County Community College,
    • Kingsborough Community College,
    • LaGuardia Community College,
    • Queensborough Community College,
    • UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ
    • Westchester Community College.

2. Academic Criteria

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed 24 of 35 non-remedial credits by the end of your current Spring semester.
  • Graduating with an associate’s degree either December 2024 or Spring 2025.

3. Citizenship and Financial Aid:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Qualify for federal financial aid.

4. Future Educational Plans:

  • Committed to transferring to a bachelor's program immediately upon completion of Associate's Degree (for Cohort 18, bachelor’s program would begin Fall 2025).

5. Special Situations:

  • If you will have earned more than 30 credits towards your associate’s degree by the end of this Spring semester, but meet all other eligibility requirements, please email us ( to discuss your unique situation.



  • Ensure all application materials are submitted before the application deadline!
  • The application includes questions related to your educational history and your financial situation, as well as a short-response section. 
  • We also require two letters of recommendation: one academic and one professional. We recommend contacting your references as soon as possible so they have time to complete your letter of recommendation. Your application will not be considered complete (and therefore will not be reviewed) until the letters of recommendation are submitted.
  • The application typically takes 2-5 hours to complete. You can save the application and come back to it as many times as you need to complete it, as long as you submit before the deadline. 

Overall application process:

  • Throughout this process, the KEF will communicate with applicants via email to update them about where they are in the process and if anything is missing from their application. Please make sure you check your email regularly!
  • After applications are reviewed, the KEF will contact applicants to let them know if they will move on to the next stage: the virtual group interview.
  • After the group interview, finalists will move on to virtual individual interviews.
  • Those who pass the individual interviews will make up KLP Cohort 18!
  • These interviews are an essential part of the application process. 

The Kaplan Leadership Program is a time-intensive program. Please refer to the ‘Program Benefits’ page of our website (under ‘Our Program’) to understand everything that the KLP provides. Please see below a description of the required programming for all KLP Scholars:

  • The exact date of orientation is TBD but will be in September/October 2024.
  • After orientation, KLP Scholars work intensively with the program through June 2025 – and the relationship and KEF support continues while Scholars are in their bachelor’s program (and beyond!).
  • During the intensive first year, KLP Scholars meet every Friday (mostly virtually) from 10am - 4pm.
  • There is a January intensive session where Scholars meet Monday-Friday from 10am - 4pm for 3 weeks during winter break (mostly virtually). This is when the majority of their transfer applications are completed.
  • Including the mandatory meeting times, Scholars spend 12-20 hours per week on their transfer applications and KLP-related leadership activities.
  • We know these commitments may seem intimidating – but we outline them here so that you can see what is necessary to invest in successfully transferring to a competitive four-year institution. We will be with you every step of the way, and we encourage you to embark on this journey with enthusiasm and dedication!


  • The KLP application portal
  • For questions related to the application or help filling it out, please attend our weekly KLP Application Office Hours. We host office hours every Wednesday from 1 - 2 pm EST in this Zoom room (
  • Reach out to the KLP Champion on your campus for support. KLP Champions are familiar with our application and are ready to help you! Scroll down to find their contact information for your school.
  • Review the KLP Application Guide for more information about the application and how to stand out as a KLP candidate.
  • Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn to see updates about the recruitment process and application tips.
  • Contact us at
  • We look forward to meeting you and addressing any questions you may have during the weekly KLP office hours.


Below you'll find the contact information for campus staff who can help with the KLP application process.                                                                                                                                                   


Borough of Manhattan Community College

Sussie Gyamfi, Scholarship Coordinator

Bronx Community College

Tiffany Dubon, Student Life Specialist, Office of Student Life, Advisor, BCC Student Government

Manny Lopez, Associate Dean for Student Development

Guttman Community College

Cristina Di Meo Career Center Director

Hostos Community College

Berkis Cruz-Eusebio, ASAP Career & Employment Specialist

Marina Esquilin, Student Development Professional

Sara Rodberg, ASAP Advisor

Jason Libfeld, Student Leadership Coordinator

Hudson County Community College

Angela Tuzzo, Associate Director for Student Life and Leadership, Student Center

Jennifer Valcarcel, Director of Transfer Pathways

Veronica Gerosimo, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Leadership

Theodore Lai, Advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Kingsborough Community College

Kamili Posey, Director, Honors Program

Juliana Dorcelus, Transfer Manager

Nympha Pierre, Career & Employment Specialist, ASAP

Paula Risolo, Academic Advisor

LaGuardia Community College

Noam Scheindlin, Phd, Honors Program, Co-director

Rocio Rosado, Career Employment Specialist

Josie Bergin Ko, College Assistant

Julianne Salazar, Director, College Discovery

Queensborough Community College

Stephen Atkins, ASAP Career & Employment Specialist

Renee Rhodd, Director of Educational Partnerships

Brian Mitra, VP of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Annette Lazaro, Confidential Executive Coordinator

Francesa Berrouët, CSTEP Director

UCNJ Union College of Union County, NJ

Bernard Polnariev, Phd, Vice President for Administrative Services

Dr. Nicole Cippoletti, Dean of the Scotch Plains and Virtual Campus

Westchester Community College

Robin Graff, Coordinator of Transfer Services

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