Scholarship and Fund


The Scholarship and Emergency Fund are in honor of Melquain Anderson’s legacy. They are meant to help students struggling with academics, finances, and living through their time in college. John Jay students can apply for the Scholarship or Emergency Fund on the College website. Other students can apply for the scholarship through materials listed here. If you have questions, please email us at


MJAF is accepting entries for their fall scholarships.

Scholarships of $500.00 are being offered to those whose life has been personally affected by gun violence 


1. Must be in college and able to provide transcript as well as current semester schedule.

2. Submit a 500 word essay explaining how gun violence has affected your life.

3. Submissions must be received by September 24 , 2021. No LATE entries will be accepted.



Emergency Fund

Academic Standing

  • Students can be entering or continuing undergraduate Sociology majors
  • Students can be part-time or full-time at John Jay College
  • The Emergency Fund is specifically for students not in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.0 or under. Students not in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.0 or under, are especially encouraged to apply.

The Emergency Fund can cover the following expenses:

  • homelessness due to loss of housing;
  • travel for illness or death in the immediate family;
  • overdue utility bills;
  • temporary loss of job due to medical problems or care obligations;
  • medical appointments and procedures not covered by insurance;
  • food and transportation needs;
  • loss of textbooks, clothing, computers due to theft or damage;
  • and loss of childcare.

The Fund does NOT cover legal representation, more than one emergency, or non-essential expenses.


Students must submit

  1. completed application, with a personal statement;
  2. an email of a recommendation from a faculty or staff memeber; and
  3.  a copy of their FAFSA.

Apply here for the Scholarship or Emergency Fund

Our Scholarship Recipients


Armani Coward, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Janiya Davis, Clark Atlanta University

Patricia Griffith, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Xavier Hardy, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Bryanna Simons, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Camryn Singleton, Claflin University

Genesis Zuniga, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Rashawn Christopher, New York City College of Technology

Kaitlynn Gaston, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Diamond Muller, SUNY Fredonia

Josue Petion, SUNY Fredonia

Solamon Quigley, SUNY Fredonia

Dalia Turner, Fairleigh Dickinson University