Luci and Zach in front of res halls Luciana Sena, '15, and Zach Barnes, '16


Those eligible for the USA Scholarship are scholars who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class. These students must have earned a NYS Regents high school diploma from a school in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, or Allegany counties. Alternatively, these students may have earned a PA college preparation track academic diploma from a high school in Warren, Forest, Potter, McKean, Elk, or Cameron counties in northwest Pennsylvania, or from a school in Corry or North East, Pennsylvania.


The USA Scholarship covers the full cost of up to four semesters of New York State resident tuition at JCC – minus any TAP, PELL, or PHEAA grants or JCC tuition waivers – for students who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class.


To apply for the USA Scholarship, these top scholars must complete their JCC application and their FAFSA no later than March 1. There is no separate scholarship application required. In order to maintain eligibility for the scholarship once accepted at JCC, USA Scholars must enroll in and complete at least 12 credits each semester with a 3.0 semester and cumulative GPA.

Unified Student Assistance Scholarship

JCC's Flagship Scholarship Program

Top scholars choose Jamestown Community College because they know we value academic excellence as much as they do. For these students, the USA Scholarship is the cornerstone of their JCC experience, a springboard to a successful future, and an important part of their personal story.

The USA Scholarship, now in its 35th year of encouraging the best and brightest to choose JCC as the starting point for their higher education, is an integral part of JCC.

As USA Scholars currently attending JCC, Zach Barnes, ’16, and Luciana Sena, ’15, know firsthand the importance of the USA Scholarship. Luciana told us that it made her education possible, enabling her to earn a degree in 2014 and come back to earn a second. And for Zach, whose mother is an alumna of our nursing program, the USA Scholarship “sealed the deal” when he was selecting a college.

Our alumni USA Scholars have gone on to do amazing things with their lives and careers.

Take Chris Ecker, ’08, for example. After graduating from JCC, he pursued a Ph.D. in microbiology at Ohio State University and was researching the genetic regulation of toxin biosynthesis in a cyanobacteria that’s responsible for causing harmful algal blooms.

Or Maria Sena, ’14. She has already presented breast cancer chemotherapy research at the Immunology 2014 conference, the premier global conference for immunologists.

Support the USA Scholarship

These are only a few examples of the heights our USA Scholars can reach. There are more – many more. Since the USA Scholarship’s inception in 1979, JCC has distributed $6 million to more than 3,000 students. And with the support of donors like you, we can continue connecting top scholars to their goals. Find out how you can make an online gift in support of the USA Scholarship.

Interested in helping JCC in another area? Learn more about how you can support JCC and about the Annual Campaign for JCC.

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