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Requirements and Instructions

Scholarship Application

Requirements and Instructions

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • Applicant must upload a photocopy of a Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s License
    • Student ID is not acceptable.
    • The address on the license must match the address on file at Ocean County College
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • If not currently enrolled, please complete an Ocean County College Application for Admission before applying for scholarships.
  • All applicants are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
    • Even if students are not eligible for federal financial aid (Pell Grant and loans).
  • A transcript of grades.
    • Unofficial copies are acceptable.
    • If 10 years or more have elapsed since the student’s most recent educational experience, please contact the foundation office at for information on how to complete this question on the application.
  • All applicants must provide an essay stating why they should receive a scholarship, keeping in mind, what distinguishes his/her needs from others and sets them apart and also how they will benefit from receipt.
    • Essay must be at least 250 words.

*Please note that some scholarships may require additional eligibility requirements.


  • Failure to comply with these guidelines and requirements will result in the rejection of the student’s application.
  • Submitting an application is in no way a guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded.


  • In most cases, The Foundation does not award scholarships to students receiving financial aid grants that fully fund their direct educational expenses (tuition & fees only). The amount of any scholarship will be determined after all federal and state grant aid has been deducted from the student’s direct educational expenses (tuition & fees only).
  • In most cases, NJ STARS students are not eligible for OCC Foundation scholarships unless they are a NJ STARS student taking more than 18 credits. The Foundation will consider paying for the additional credits for tuition only.

Scholarship Payment Information

  • Scholarships are applied to tuition & fees only.
  • Scholarship awards are paid directly to the student’s accounts at Ocean County College. Should a student have a balance, the scholarship will go directly to pay down the balance. If there are any remaining funds, the student will receive payment at the end of the semester.
  • Scholarship dollar amounts are contingent upon full-time enrollment. Any student taking less than 12 credits(exclude Nursing) will have their scholarship prorated unless otherwise noted by the donor.
  • After the first day of classes, any student dropping a course is at risk of having their scholarship prorated. Scholarship funds are not released until after the drop date. The student will be held responsible for any resulting balance.
  • The OCC Foundation reserves the right to deny future funding to any student who drops courses which they cannot be held accountable for or any student who fails to complete a course without dropping.

Fall Award Application

  • Application Opens: 5/30/24
  • Application Deadline: 08/16/24

Apply Here

Scholarship Appeal Application

To complete if you have been denied our general scholarship opportunity.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

 EduMed Medical and Healthcare Scholarships

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