The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is committed to supporting people from communities who directly experience the consequences of injustice and discrimination every day of their lives. In partnership with UNCF, the Foundation has developed The Pierre and Tana Matisse Scholarship program to provide need-based scholarships to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous undergraduate students in or from New York City, NY attending any accredited four-year institution or two-year community college in the United States.
- Be Black, Latinx, or Indigenous.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Reside in, or be a permanent resident of, one of the five boroughs of New York City, NY (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island).
- Be currently classified as a college undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior).
- Be currently enrolled full-time at any accredited U.S. 4-year institution or 2-year community college.
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a demonstrated unmet financial need.
Application Must Include:
- An official or unofficial current academic transcript.
- A 1-page essay (see application for details).
- One letter of recommendation (must not be a friend or relative of the applicant).
- Indigenous applicants must upload verification of tribal affiliation to their application.
Letter of Recommendation Troubleshooting
Applicants invite recommenders to submit Letters of Recommendation during the application process. If a recommender does not receive the automated instructions via email, applicants should download the How to Write a Reference Without an Invitation Code document, found on the right side of this page, and email it to their recommender.
Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be notified of scholarship decisions by April 30, 2021. Please contact Brandi Williams with questions about this scholarship that have not been answered above.