Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program

Tips on Applying for MGSP


Award selection process is competitive and the award decisions are made by the participating schools.

The following tips will help you to determine which school(s) to apply to and how to increase your chances for receiving an award:

Read all instructions and review the Scholarship Offering Guide to make sure the school and program you are interested in participates in MGSP.

Complete the application form thoroughly and accurately. Don’t forget to add your name on the right side margin of the cover page.

Request a copy of your transcript (official copy not required) and any other pertinent documentation for your application. Check for accuracy and maintain for your records.

Meet all school and scholarship deadlines. Remember that deadlines to apply to the school for MGSP applicants may be different than the general school deadlines. Refer to the Scholarship Offering Guide for these deadlines.

Talk with a guidance counselor about the curriculum requirement and your goals to determine whether you meet the basic school requirements.

TYPE clearly and succinctly the MGSP essays and school personal statement: check grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and continuity of thoughts and ideas. Make sure they fall within the word count and page number requirements.

Have an impartial person with good writing skills review your application.


For further information, please contact: 

Mayor's Graduate Scholarship Program

NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services

One Centre Street, Room 2425

New York, New York 10007


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