NYUSPS Undergraduate Students

Dean's Undergraduate Scholars Program

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Dean’s Undergraduate Scholars Program recognizes outstanding students within the School of Professional Studies community by awarding a $10,000 scholarship. Identifying the need among NYUSPS students, the School established this annual merit-based scholarship to reward exemplary academic achievement, outstanding service, and committed involvement in the SPS community. The Dean’s Scholars are required to serve as SPS Ambassadors, attend regular meetings with the Dean, and participate as mentors to high school students in the NYUSPS High School Academy Aspire Program, a college preparatory program for students in the New York/Tri-State area who will be first-generation college students. All Dean’s Scholars are required to be physically present and available to participate in Dean’s Scholars’ events on the NYUSPS campus in New York City over the course of the full academic year (including 8 Saturdays), in addition to evenings during one week in August preceding the academic year.

If selected as a Dean’s Scholar, you will:

  • Receive a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 for Fall 2022; $5,000 for Spring 2023)
  • Join a distinguished group of students representing SPS
  • Make a difference by mentoring a high school student who will be a first generation college student in the NYUSPS High School Academy Aspire Program
  • Be honored with a custom graduation stole and will sit on stage at the SPS graduation ceremony (if you are a Dean’s Scholar the year you graduate)
  • Benefit from the unique relationships you will forge with the Office of the Dean and with the School's leadership

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full- or part-time NYUSPS undergraduate student (domestic and international)
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • 48 credits completed at time of application (at least 16 credits completed and 2 semesters enrolled at NYUSPS)
  • Enrolled in both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters (students graduating in December 2022 are not eligible)
  • Must be able to participate in the regular Dean’s Scholars meetings and Aspire Program Weekend Workshops (dates to be released in Spring 2022)

*Some eligibility requirements are subject to change. Please see the application--to be released in Spring 2022--for final eligibility requirements.

A quote from a current Dean's Undergraduate Scholar“Being a part of the most prestigious and rigorous programs at SPS allow you to differentiate yourself by making a lasting difference in the world. As a Dean’s Scholar and an ASPIRE mentor, you become a source of support and friendship to hard-working high school students, and you get the amazing opportunity to walk alongside them throughout their path to college. Seeing your guidance turn into successful results is extremely rewarding and once again reminds me of who I am as a Dean’s Scholar; a person who is able to impact others.”

Scholarship Amount



  • Undergraduate Student
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • 48 credits completed at time of application (at least 16 credits completed and 2 semesters enrolled at NYUSPS)
  • Must be enrolled Full or Part-Time for both Fall and Spring

Application Requirements

2 Essays


Department Signature

To verify good academic standing

Letters of Recommendation

2 letters required

Service Component

Become a mentor to students in the Aspire Program

Official Transcript


Current Resume



Finalists will be required to attend an in-person interview


NYUSPS Dean's Office

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Dean’s Scholars application open?

Why are Dean’s Scholars required to be enrolled for a full academic year?

Are application eligibility requirements flexible?

I will meet the credit requirement after the application deadline. Am I still eligible to apply?

Why are Spring students who are full-time ineligible for the Dean’s Scholars program?

Are only NYU SPS students eligible to apply to this program?

How many SPS students are accepted into the Dean’s Scholars Program?

Why are new SPS students not eligible for this program (first semester or sooner)?