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Hagedorn Scholarship for First Generation College Students in Urban and Environmental Studies

Meet the Winners

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 Stephen Oslufemi.  Finding myself in a generation that is faced with a lot of political, social, and religious controversies, I decided to declare a major in Urban Studies. Urban Studies has helped me understand the manner in which societies are governed and the forces behind them. It helped me dig deep into histories that shaped my society, and as a result prepared me for challenges and difficult situations. Urban studies has help me developed leadership skills which are currently useful to me as a youth leader of a non-profit organization.  After my undergraduate degree, I planned to pursue my master degree in Public Administration. Meanwhile, I will continue to volunteer in public services, and participate in community affairs. Someday, I plan to head a larger organization or develop a non-profit organization that will help voice the need of the poor/less privilege. I have the vision of helping not only my community, but the nation at large.

AmirKAmir Khafagy.  My name is Amir Khafagy and I’m a Egyptian- Puerto Rican American who is a proud student of Queens College. I am the first in my family to attend college and I will be the first in my family to graduate college. This is a big personal achievement for me because for much of my academic career I wasn’t always the best student I could have been. Studying and juggling multiple low wage jobs in order to support my self has proven to very difficult. My commitment to social justice has given my the proper motivation I needed to make school my number one priority. I believe that my major in Urban Studies can prepare me for the challenge of improving working peoples lives in any way I could. I have always wanted to be able to make the fight against inequality, racism, poverty and exploitation central to my life. By studying the historical causes of many of the social and urban issues that we find in our world today we then can begin to develop permanent solutions to these problems, such as finding a way of eliminating poverty in our life time. After graduating I would hope to be part or create a organization that would help make poor and working class people believe that what might seem impossible today can truly be possible tomorrow.

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 Hagedorn Scholarships for First Generation College Students !

  • The Department of Urban Studies awards scholarships of $1,500/year to Urban and Environmental Studies Undergraduate Majors who are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college in the United States
    • Students whose parents attended college in a country other than the United States ARE eligible for this award.
    • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree and have junior standing or higher
    • Applicants must have already declared an Urban or Environmental Studies major.
    • Download the Scholarship Application for further instructions.



Course Enhancement Grants for Experiential Learning Activities   (NEW)!

  • These grants support course-specific activities foster an experiential learning environment, up to $500/semester.  
  • All full and part time instructors are eligible to apply.
  • Deadlines are the 3rd Monday in FEB. @ 5pm! There will be absolutely no exceptions to these deadlines.
  • Download the Experiential Learning Course Enhancement Application for further instructions.

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