In 2008, the Suffolk Community College Foundation received the largest gift in its history. Given by an anonymous donor, the scholarship contribution was expressly directed toward supporting women and members of Suffolk County's diverse populations in order to help them achieve their highest academic, personal, and professional potential through the benefit of higher education. Thanks to additional contributions from community-based organizations and funding from the County, the Foundation is able to extend the opportunity to apply for this scholarship to all residents of Suffolk County.
As a result, a select number of Suffolk County residents who meet the scholarship's eligibility requirements and complete the application process, will receive scholarships that enable them to benefit from the College's mission:
"To promote intellectual discovery, physical development, social and ethical awareness, and economic opportunities for all through an education that transforms lives, builds communities and improves society."
For the 2019 funding cycle, approximately 15 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester. The maximum annual award may be as much as $6,000. Get There From Here Scholarship funds will be allocated toward tuition and fees first. Any remaining funds will be allocated toward textbooks and supplies. Textbook and supply allocations are administered as a bookstore credit. Any unspent funds remaining at the end of each semester will be returned to the Foundation.
Scholarship award amounts can fluctuate from year to year based upon a number of factors, including student enrollment status, total amount of the student's financial aid package and other scholarships received. Once selected as a Get There From Here Scholar, the amount of the Get There From Here Scholarship will be recalculated each semester.