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Talent & Special Scholarships

Special scholarships are offered to students who have demonstrated exceptional talents and/or leadership in their high school or community.

Due to the competitive nature of these scholarships, you will have to interview or audition, and submit additional application materials. Once awarded, these scholarships are offered for four years, as long as you maintain academic eligibility, in addition to the specific conditions of the scholarship. 

  • Athletic Scholarships

    For students recruited to participate on one of Manhattan College’s Division I athletic teams, there is the possibility of an athletic scholarship.

    • These students must be deemed admissible by our traditional academic standards.

    • Athletic scholarships and their amounts are determined exclusively by the Athletic Department.

    • These scholarships are renewable, subject to a student remaining academically eligible, and in accordance with specific conditions determined by the Athletic Department.
  • Performing Arts Scholarship

    The Performing Arts Scholarship is available to talented students who have been accepted into the freshman class and demonstrate exceptional ability in the area of instrumental or vocal music. Auditions are required to be considered for a Performing Arts Scholarship. 

    Consideration and Continued Eligibility Criteria:

    • You must be able to read music and have experience in choir, orchestral, band or chamber music settings.

    • You must perform a video audition and send to a panel of performing arts faculty. 

    • You must submit the application form below.
    • Scholarship awards are contingent upon you enrolling in a minimum of two performing arts ensembles. Awards are dispensed each semester, and are renewable upon satisfactory evaluation by the ensemble director and the coordinator for performing arts. Criteria such as punctuality, attendance, leadership skills and progressive musical development, as well as remaining in good academic standing are critical to successful evaluation.

    • The award is $2,000 per year and will renew annually each year (for a maximum of four years), so long as the student maintains satisfactory participation in the College ensembles. 

    Audition Guidelines:

    • You must prepare two musical selections of contrasting styles and/or periods.

    • Instrumental students will be required to play a two-octave major and minor scale chosen by the panel.

    • Vocalists should be prepared to sing one of the musical selections in a language other than English.

    • Both vocalists and instrumentalists will be given a short selection to sight-read.

    For more information, please contact Andrew Bauer, director of performing arts, at or 718-862-7254.

    Apply for a Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Jasper Dancers and Cheerleaders
    The Manhattan College Jasper Dancers are a Division 1 College Dance Team that compete both locally and nationally in the styles of Jazz and Hip Hop. The Jasper Dancers are 2019 National Champions in the NDA Division 1 Hip Hop category, and are looking forward to defending their title in 2021. Additionally, the team performs at all home men’s and women’s basketball games, and are active members of the Jasper community. For tryout information, please email their Head Coach -
    The Manhattan Cheer team performs at all home men's and women's basketball games, along with a number of ancillary events, both on and off campus, throughout the year. They also travel annually to the MAAC basketball championships in Atlantic City. For tryout information, please email their Head Coach -

  • Lasallian Ambassador Award
    Named after John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Educators and Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, this scholarship is awarded by the Admissions Office to a select number of accepted students from Lasallian high schools who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishment and significant leadership both in their school and the wider community, and who also wish to continue in that spirit at Manhattan College through service as a Lasallian Ambassador.

    Consideration and Continued Eligibility Criteria:

    Students at Manhattan College who are awarded the Lasallian Ambassador scholarship are expected to pro-actively seek opportunities to be Ambassadors of the Lasallian heritage among their peers by being actively involved in a variety of academic, athletic, and student clubs and organizations while also sharing and deepening their understanding of the value and significance of the Lasallian educational heritage. Specifically, Lasallian Ambassadors

    • Meet on a regular basis individually and as a group with the Lasallian Ambassador Graduate Assistant in order to study and deepen their own understanding of aspects of the historical and contemporary Lasallian heritage
    • Share their understanding of the Lasallian heritage and its contemporary expression as informed by the global Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Lasallian Volunteer program among their peers and the wider community at Manhattan College through formal and informal means, such as social media, peer engagement, and presentations.
    • Share information about the diversity of Lasallian educational opportunities, and especially promote those associated with the One-La Salle agreement that facilitates significant study abroad opportunities among the 64 Lasallian colleges and universities across the globe.
    • Serve as mentors for exchange students who come to Manhattan College from other Lasallian colleges and universities through the One-La Salle agreement.
    • Share their experience of Lasallian education at Manhattan College with students and staff at their high school.

    How to apply:

    • Students who are interested in applying for this award must be accepted into Manhattan College as freshmen by January 15.
    • Applicants will be awarded by the Office of Admissions to students that attend a Lasallian high school (or who have attended a Lasallian middle school).
    • Recipients will be required to give service as a Lasallian Ambassador at Manhattan College in coordination with the Office of Mission.
  • Quadrangle Scholarship

    See what it’s like to work in a real newsroom at The Quadrangle, where students can take on a number of roles related to the production of the college newspaper. The Quadrangle is Manhattan College’s weekly student newspaper, published by our students for the campus community since 1924. To apply, please submit, via e-mail, a letter expressing your interest in the award and outlining your skills and qualifications, along with no more than two samples of your work to:

    Dr. Thom Gencarelli, Chair,
    Communication Department (e-mail address:

    Also, please make sure you include your complete contact information, including a phone number and e-mail address, so that we can contact you if you are a finalist. The scholarship committee will review all applications and schedule an interview with the finalists during Orientation for deposited students on the following days 6/6, 6/13, and 6/20 after 6pm. The scholarship recipients will then be notifed of the decision once the review is completed.