Honors and Awards

BMCC encourages excellence in academic pursuits and community service by offering the following monetary awards and distinctions.

See each award for information about how to qualify.

Borough of Manhattan Community College Fund, Inc. Scholarships

A commemorative scholarship in honor of the late A. Alexander Morrisey, who was Director of Community Relations at BMCC, is awarded each year by the English Department for excellence in journalism.

The Billie Ehrenberg Award for general excellence in English is a commemorative award in honor of the late Billie Ehrenberg, assistant professor of the English Department.

The Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs places students with a semester Grade-Point Average of 3.3 or better on the Dean’s List. At the end of the semester, you must meet the following qualifications to be a recipient of this honor (no Dean’s List certificates are awarded for courses taken during the Summer Session):

  • You must be matriculated.
  • You must be registered in credit-bearing courses only
  • Students registered in remedial courses are not eligible for Dean’s List.
  • Full-time students must complete 12 or more credits in one semester with a passing grade for each course taken.
  • Part-time students must complete 12 or more credits in two consecutive semesters with a passing grade for each course taken.
  • Student's receiving grades of INC, W, WU, WN, or PEN are not eligible for Dean's List.

The Dean of Academic Affairs presents this award to the full-time student graduating "With High Distinction" (the highest cumulative Grade-Point Average).

This award is presented by the Dean of Students to the student deemed to have outstanding citizenship and dedication to the College community.

Each academic department of the College presents awards and honors to graduates who have exhibited significant achievements in their studies.

The Black Faculty and Staff Association of BMCC, in honor of its past presidents, Dr. Aaron Benjamin (former member of the Modern Languages Department) and Dr. Ellsworth Janifer (former chairperson of the Music and Art Department), presents Commemorative Scholarship Awards to graduating students.

The awards are in the following categories:

  • Ideals of Ellsworth Janifer/Aaron Benjamin, Academic Excellence
  • Contribution to the College Community
  • Contribution to the Black Community

Students who graduate with a cumulative 3.30 GPA or better are designated as Graduating With Honor.

The Honors Program at BMCC provides eligible students with academic challenges beyond the normal parameters of a course's requirements. Qualified students, working in close conjunction with a faculty member, on an honors Committee approved project, extend their knowledge of the theoretical or practical aspects of the course and develop or enhance their writing, critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills.

The requirements to complete an Honors project are as follows: a GPA of at least 3.2; 12 credits completed at BMCC and no remediation left to do (this is so that a student’s time to complete both project and requirements is sufficient).

The Honors project is done with a professor in whose class the student is enrolled and goes beyond the normal class assignments, and thus represents scholarship as the acquisition of knowledge (there is no monetary scholarship in the program). The work is completed during one semester only and if the student successfully completes the project, an H is placed on his/her transcript after the course grade with an explanation attached.

Submission of the contract and accompanying paperwork is due by the end of the fourth week of the semester. The best practice for contract information is to contact Professor Carol Wasserman in the Modern Language department, S601M, telephone (212) 220-8116, or Professor Matthew Geddis in the Science department N699G, telephone (212) 220-1316, or in person so that we may walk student and faculty mentor through the successful completion of the work.

The mentor will then present the contract to the committee (the Honors Committee comprises one representative from each academic department) and the student will complete all work for submission and presentation before final exams.

Since this is intensive study, no student can do more than one contract per semester and one mentor may only work with one student per semester. This will ensure timely completion of each project. And yes, both the students and the faculty should feel “Honored to Participate.”

For further information about the Honors Program, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (212) 220-8320.

The Josh Wolfson Accounting Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time Accounting graduate from Borough of Manhattan Community College.

The scholarship, named in honor of professor Josh Wolfson of the Accounting department, is awarded in recognition of academic achievement and excellence in accounting.

A commemorative award in honor of Louis and Caroline Salit is presented for Excellence in French.

This commemorative award, in honor of Martin B. Dworkis, the first President of BMCC, is presented to the athlete with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average.

The President of the College presents this award to the full-time student who has exhibited qualities of leadership, academic excellence and popularity among the students and faculty.

The Roger B. Dooley Award for creative writing is a commemorative award in honor of the late Roger B. Dooley, the first chairperson and long-standing member of BMCC¿s English Department.

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