Scholarship Program

Academic year 2019-2020 is now closed!

What is new in the CEF scholarship program this year?

Due to the great success achieved by our scholarship program over the past 15 years awarding more than $600,000 to over 400 students, and due to the desire to sustain this important program in the face of challenges in fundraising, the Circassian Education Foundation (“CEF”) has made several changes this year. These include:

  1. The number of awarded scholarships will be limited to the following:
    • One (1) Platinum level scholarship of $2,000 for the applicant with the top combined scores of essay and GPA.
    • One (1) Gold level scholarship of $1,500 for the applicant with the second top combined scores of essay and GPA.
    • One (1) Silver level scholarship of $1,250 for the applicant with the top GPA score of students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes.
    • One (1) Silver level scholarship of $1,250 for the applicant with the top SAT score of students in the freshman class.
    • Twenty (20) bronze level scholarship of $1,000 for the applicants with the top combined scores of essay and either GPA (for sophomores, junior and seniors) or SAT (for freshmen).
    • One (1) top university scholarship will be $2,500 for the applicant enrolled in one of the top 20 universities in America. This will be awarded once per year. If more than one applicant applies in a given year, the applicant with the highest GPA will be awarded. Additional applicants will be assigned to the general pool of regular scholarships.
  2. There will be a total of twenty-five (25) awarded scholarships, as set forth above. Notwithstanding this section, the Board of Directors of the CEF, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to revise the number of scholarships or suspend the scholarship program altogether at any time for any reason, including but not limited to the amounts of scholarship funds raised throughout the year. By submitting an application, you acknowledge and agree that the CEF shall not be responsible for any fees, losses or damages incurred by you in connection with your scholarship application.


There are 2 specific purposes for the scholarship program:

  1. The establishment of an incentive to excel in academic performance; and
  2. The pursuit of higher education.

Target population

Circassian college students pursuing higher college education.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Circassian college students registered, as full-time students, in the academic year 2019-2020 in freshman, sophomore, junior and senior college levels.
  2. Enrollment in an accredited college or university in the USA.
  3. US citizen or permanent resident. However, international students may be eligible on a case by case basis. The Foundation may award limited scholarships to international Circassian students based upon the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  4. Students who receive, in aggregate, full financial aid or a full scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year from sources other than the CEF will be disqualified. The CEF has the right to ask the student to obtain an official letter from the college or university clarifying their financial status.

This year's Scholarship program deadline (midnight of November 16, 2019) will not be extended and no exceptions will be made. The CEF shall not be responsible for any late submissions that result from the malfunctioning of the CEF website, the CEF scholarship portal, or delays resulting from any other technical or procedural difficulties arising in connection with any application, either caused by the CEF, its agents or any third parties.



Each applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. Fill out an online Scholarship application form
  2. Submit an online essay of a minimum of 500 words.
  3. The essay topic must be any one of the following choices:

    1. What one person, event, or circumstance has inspired you to pursue a higher level of education? For example, feel free to reflect on the wisdom of a mentor, a school teacher, a hero, or an inspirational book. Please tell us your story.
    2. What do you feel is the most serious problem confronting your community today? What actions would you take to help alleviate some of these problems?
    3. Explain the importance of your major in today’s society. Why did you choose this particular major? What are the most important issues your field is facing today? Where do you think your subject will be like in the next 10 years?

    The essays will be scored blindly by the CEF scholarship essay judges. The scores will be ranked. In addition to receiving higher level scholarships, summaries of the proposed projects of the top essays will be presented at the CEF gala dinner in January 2020. Furthermore, the CEF Board of Directors will give serious consideration to the implementation of the top essays as real projects in the future.

    An essay less than the 500 words will be automatically disqualified from the scholarship and no exceptions will be made.

  4. Mail original documents of test scores from testing organizations (unofficial documents will not be accepted) - Freshman level students must submit official SAT score reports mailed directly from The College Board to the CEF. Sophomore, junior and senior level students must submit official GPA scores mailed directly from the college or university to the CEF (unofficial documents will not be accepted). All official and original documents must be mailed to the Circassian Education Foundation P.O. Box 2276, Wayne, NJ 07470. This requirement applies to all applicants.
  5. Submit proof of full-time enrollment in an accredited college or university in the USA for the academic year 2019-2020. Official Transcripts from the university or college must be mailed to the Circassian Education Foundation P.O. Box 2276, Wayne, NJ 07470.
  6. The number of times students can apply for this scholarship is as follows. County college students (normally a 2-year college) are limited to three (3) years (i.e., three (3) attempts); and four-year college students are limited to five (5) years (i.e., five (5) attempts).
  7. Incomplete applications will be ineligible. If all the above items are not met, your application will be incomplete and thus ineligible for a scholarship (i.e., you will not receive a scholarship). EXCEPT FOR THE SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS SPECIFIED HEREIN, APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE REVISED, AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED PAST THE NOVEMBER 16, 2019 DEADLINE.
  8. On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the CEF will hold a scholarship orientation meeting at the CBA at 11:00 a.m. for all applicants attending a New Jersey university or college. ALL SUCH IN-STATE APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND; FAILURE TO ATTEND WILL DISQUALIFY STUDENTS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP AND NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR ANY REASON. Students attending a school outside of New Jersey are not required to attend.
  9. Each scholarship recipient is required to sell at least two (2) tickets for the scholarship awards gala. Tickets can be obtained from Board members.

*** Failure to comply with and meet any of the above requirements will disqualify you from receiving a scholarship for this year and no exceptions will be made for any reason. ***

Scholarship dinner

The annual scholarship awards dinner will be held at the

Time: 6:00PM
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Location: The Tides Estate, 1245 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508

At the dinner, the scholarship awards will be announced. Each winner will receive an acknowledgment certificate from the CEF and a check in the amount of the award. The scholarship award will be payable to the college or university in which the student is registered.

Scholarship winners must attend the scholarship award gala dinner and ceremony. Failure to attend the scholarship award gala dinner and ceremony will result in forfeiture of scholarship. Out-of-state students are encouraged but not required to attend.

Fund raising

The CEF is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Donations may be tax deductible. Donations of any amount are encouraged.


The online scholarship application deadline is November 16, 2019. All applicants must provide all supporting original and official documents (i.e., proof of enrollment, transcripts and SAT score reports) to the CEF's P.O. Box or by hand delivery to one of the Directors no later than November 23, 2019, otherwise you will be disqualified from this year’s scholarship program. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS if you, your college/university or The College Board delivers these documents after the deadline date of November 23, 2019. We strongly suggest that you continually check with your college or university and CEF emails that there are not missing documents for your chances in obtaining a scholarship this year.