OceanFirst Scholarship Program

“As a first-generation college student, I am very happy to be able to pursue a higher education and challenge myself. It means the world to me that I was able to receive financial help.” – Brookdale Community College Scholarship Recipient 

OceanFirst Foundation has a long-standing tradition of supporting higher education. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to local Colleges and Universities in the OceanFirst footprint for the purpose of awarding scholarships. In the eleven years of the OceanFirst Scholarship Program, more than $3 million has been awarded enabling more than 2,100 students from central and southern New Jersey to pursue their dream of higher education.

This year, we’ve awarded $330,000 to our partner schools – Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University, Ocean County College, Rowan College South Jersey – Cumberland Campus, Rowan University and Stockton University – to provide scholarships for direct educational expenses to students in any year of undergraduate study. OceanFirst Scholarship recipients at Community Colleges receive $1,000 awards and students attending private Universities receive $2,500 awards.

Each College/University evaluates all scholarship applications and selects recipients based on the College/University’s existing policies and procedures for awarding scholarships. Selection decisions are made completely independent of OceanFirst Foundation. Representatives from OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation, including all employees and board members, do not participate in the selection process.


Please check back in 2022. The deadline to apply for a 2021 Scholarship was July 1, 2021.  

Information for Grantseekers

If you or your organization is seeking a grant, you’ll want to determine if your project fits within our four core priority areas: Health and Wellness, Housing, Improving Quality of Life, and Youth Development and Education. Give us a call to chat about your ideas and we’ll guide you in the right direction to best strengthen our communities. Learn More