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External Scholarship Opportunities

As a service to our students, we have compiled this list of “outside” scholarship opportunities available. This list should be used as a starting point to encourage students to research additional funding opportunities.  Learn more at the links below or by contacting the Alumni Office at 978-556-3621.

Please note: Some important scholarships notated in the table with ** REQUIRE AN NECC NOMINATION. Read the information below.

External: General Scholarships | Transfer Scholarships | Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

General Scholarships Opportunities
General ScholarshipsCriteriaDeadline


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship


Student will need to submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of the website.June$1,000

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship


  • Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession
  • Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Native North American, Pacific Islander
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 emphasis on math or actuarial courses
  • Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600



$1000 High school senior applying for freshman year

$2000 College freshman applying for sophomore year

Advanced Direct Security Scholarship


  • Currently enrolled at college or be enrolling in the upcoming semester.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • Interested students should write a 400-600 word essay, on what type of business security innovations they envision for the future. They should include how these future security technologies will protect businesses physically and online.

 August 1st


Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Is currently enrolled as a full-time college student in the United States.
  • Has completed at least one full academic year of college with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Is pursuing a degree related to science, technology, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Has clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals.

 December 31st


Dr. Almas Adams Scholarship

Website & application

  • Applicants must provide evidence of community service activities in an under-served community setting. Service activities my include activism, outreach, or peer counseling in tobacco prevention or control
  • Applicants must submit documentation of financial need (SAR) report
  • Student s pursuing a course of study in public health, communications, social work, education, liberal arts or a related field will be considered eligible.
  • Applicant must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 for the most recent academic year.
  • Student must be a U.S. resident or a permanent legal resident of the U.S.

 April 30th


AES Engineering Scholarship



The belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluated the essays that are submitted. 

 October 6th


Allied Van Lines Scholarship


  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled or enrolling as full time student of accredited college within the U.S. for completion of undergraduate degree in Logistics or equivalent field.
  • Limit of 1 entry per contestant

September 1st

 $1000 per winner

American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Applicant must have a disability.
  • Applicant must be enrolled FULL TIME as an undergraduate student in program in college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree, or enrolled PART TIME or FULL TIME in a graduate school, pursuing a post graduate degree. (Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered.)
  • Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health.
  • Applicant must be US citizen or legal resident lining in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university. 

November 15


Apartment List Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. resident
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible

 Winter December 1st

Spring March 1st


Architecture, Drafting and Related Fields Scholarship

Website & Application


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  •  Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

 April 1st


Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Be attending college/university no later than January.
  • Be attending college or university on a full-time or part-time basis by January.
  • Have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater during their last academic year.
  • Be a resident of the U.S. or Canada.

August 31st


Benjamin Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

Website & applications


  • Be receiving Pell Grant
  • Be applying to or have been accepted to a study abroad program starting between July-October 2013
  • Be traveling a minimum of 4 weeks to a country that is not Cuba or not on the U.S. Travel Warning List
March 4thUp to

Buford & Gonzalez Criminal Defense Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Must have a minimum G.P.A of 3.0
  • Full-time student
May 31st$2000

Burning Tree Academic Excellence College Scholarship


  • Full-time student
  • GPA at least 3.0
December 1st$1000

Anthony Castelli Attorney’s Veteran’s College Scholarship

Website & application

  • A current military veteran or honorably discharged veteran or parent, sibling, child or grandchild of a current or honorably discharged veteran.
  • Include the military veteran’s associated with the request for scholarship, DD-214 or if not available, a sworn affidavit attesting to the name, branch of service, years served and honorable discharge or current military enlistment of the veteran.
May 25th$500
College Is Power (CIP) Scholarship
  • Be a student over 17 years old
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Submit a completed application by the deadline
May 31st
Up to
Community Action Gerald Goldman Memorial Scholarship
  • Resident of Haverhill, Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury or West Newbury
  • Essay about how you made a difference in your community and/or how you embody the giving spirit of Community Action’s Gerald Goldman (see website)
  • Letter of recommendation
March 20th$1,000

Community College Scholarship

Website & application

Students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.December 5th$2500

Computer Science and Computer Engineering Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.
April 1st$1,000

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a Minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.


April 1st$500
David Boren Study Abroad Scholarships
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a H.S. graduate or hold a GED & currently enrolled at an accredited college
  • Be applying to study abroad (but not in W. Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand)
  • Preference to students studying culture & language for a full year abroad
  • NOMINATION – contact PACE for details
Feb. 9thUp to
for an

Dolman Law Group Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the academic year.
  • Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution.
  • For applicant’s under 18, you must have permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Must apply for the contest via email and provide your name, address, and the name of the institution you are attending or plan to attend.


March 15$1100

Drugnews Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • Have completed at least 15 hours of undergraduate course work towards their degree.
  • Write an essay and publish the essay on your personal university web page.

 Spring December 31st

Summer April 30th

Fall July 31st

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
  • Be a legal resident of MA & a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Meet financial eligibility requirements
  • Be in an ECE, Elementary Education, Psychology, Sociology, or education-related program
  • Be an ECE for at least 1 year at a licensed MA Dept EEC facility
  • Agree to continue working as an ECE after graduation
variesUp to
or $4,500
at a
4-year school

Farar & Lewis Scholarship

Website & Application


  • Must be enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.A
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
August 5th$500

Fathom Fountains Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Student who plan to attend college or a university or those who are already enrolled and will be attending an additional year of education.
August 1st$2000

Gagne, Scherer & Associates, LLC Scholarship

Website & application

  • Be currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in a college or university and provide the name of the institution you will be attending.
  • Be 18 years of age or have permission from your parents to enter if you are under 18 (please provide your date of birth on the application).
  • Provide your name, phone number, address, email address with you application entry.
July 17th$1200
Garden Club Federation Scholarships
  • Be majoring in Biology, conservation, environmental studies, or related field (see website for full details)
  • Be a resident of Massachusetts
  • Have a B average (3.0)
  • Good character
  • Financial need

March 1st

Gen & Kelly Tannabe Student Scholarship
  • Be a U.S. resident
  • Submit a complete application, including a short essay of 250 words or less
July 31st
& January 1st 

Giva Corporate Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Currently attending a college or university degree program either full or part-time.


June 1st and December 1stVaries

 HENAAC Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities.
  • Applicants must be Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related majors.
  • Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Recipients must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
  • Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community.


April 30th$500 to $10,000

HigherVisibility Marketing Scholarship

Website & Application

  • U.S. Citizen (permanent resident)
  • Enrolled (or enrolling) as full time student of accredited college/university within the U.S. for completion of undergraduate degree in Marketing. Journalism, or equivalent field.
  • Limit of one entry per contestant
  • Employees and professional affiliates of HigherVisibility (and their immediate families are not eligible.
September 1st$1000 per winner
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships
    There are several HSF scholarships with specific requirements, but GENERALLY, HSF requires:
  • Be a Hispanic student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Completed application, including FAFSA information
  • Be enrolled or plan to enroll as a full-time student
  • Visit the HSF website for specific information!
Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship
  • Be female & at least 35 years old Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled in a degree program
  • Qualify as low-income per government guidelines (see website)
March 1stvaries

Just Home Medical Health Care Leaders Scholarship

Website & Application

  • The Winner must be enrolled in an accredited US school By Spring. 
  • The Winner must be in some type of health care program, whether they’re studying to be a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist or medical technician.
  • The winner cannot be an employee or relative of JustHomeMedical.com.
  • Funds will be sent directly to the winner’s school.


Dec.  31st


Up to $1,000

Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund

Website & Application

  • Must be currently enrolled at an accredited college, or university in the U.S.
  • Aged sixteen years or older
  • Open to all college, and university students with a mobility disability who use a wheelchair, or other mobility devices on a regular basis. 
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • Standard 8.5 in. x11 in. sheet of paper to submit your entry if you are mailing in your submission.

 September 1st


Legal Leaders Scholarship

Website & Application


Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their juris doctorate in any concentration of the law.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Must demonstrate admissions and plans to enroll, or proof of current enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA
August 15th$1,000

Lexington Law Scholarship

website & application

  • Full-time student
  • GPA at least 2.5
February 28th$5,000 for two semesters

Liberal Arts and General Studies Scholarship

Website & Application


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.


April 1st$500

Lift Parts Express Scholarship


  • Students must be between the ages of 16-21
  • Student must be attending school in the fall semester Students must write an essay on years topic
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above.
  • Male and Female students are both eligible.
  • Must be a US or Canadian Resident.
June 30th$500

LM Scholarship Program

Website and Application

  • Currently enrolled or expects to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years in length or greater) by September.
  • A student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A student must be a US resident or a Canadian resident and must also attend a school in Canada or the US. 
May 31st$500
Loyola University Chicago Vietnam Center Scholarships
  • Be interested in studying abroad in Vietnam for the Fall 2013 semester at LUC’s Vietnam Center
  • Have 30+ credits completed & a 2.75+ GPA by fall 2014 Be Pell Grant recipient OR be in a TRiO Program (PACE!)
  • Coordinate financial aid/transferring of credits through NECC Study Aboard coordinator
  • Submit a complete application (online)
  • Agree to shoot video & help recruit students to the Vietnam Center upon returning from your trip
April 18th$5,000

Maple Leaf Dentistry Scholarship

Website & Scholarship

  •  Must be attending school at the undergraduate level in the fall and be enrolled in any year.
  • Must have contributed at least 100 hours of volunteer work over the last 2 calendar years.
  • Must possess a GPA of 3.0 or higher in his/her last academic year
May 30th$500
Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association (MEOA) Scholarship
  • Nomination from MEOA member (PACE staff)
  • Completed application, including letter of recommendation & essay
  • Meet federal guideline for low income and/or be a first generation college student
  • Copy of financial award letter from the college you plan to attend in Fall 2013
Due to PACE no later than May 20th$750
Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship Program
  • Be enrolled in a designated high need field (STEM, health, accounting, & more! – see website for full list)
  • Be attending a community college or public university in MA
  • Complete the FAFSA for the current year
  • Complete the online application
Jan. 15thUp to $4,000/year at a community college or $6500/year at a 4-year college

Massachusetts Hospital Association Insurance Agency Scholarship

MHA Application

PACE students visit PACE for an application!

  • Be in a health major such as Rad tech, Lab Science, or Respiratory Therapy (NOT available to Nursing majors)
  • Completed application
  • Be willing to sign an agreement to work in MA upon completion of your degree for at least 2 years
  • Financial need and most recent income tax form

April 4th


The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship


  • Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program.
  • Scholarship is offered nationwide to United States citizens.
  • Students must be in academic “Good Standing” and have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.

March 31st for Fall Semester

December 1st for the Spring Semester


The Mhelp Video  Scholarship



  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident of the U.S.
  • Over the age of 13
  • Must be enrolled as a high school senior, or a student enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate college program.


December 15th$1,500

Mission Creek Orthodontics Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Be attending college or university no later than December.
  • Be attending college or University on a full-time basis of December.
  • Submit an answer to the essay question no later than 11:59 PM on May 15.
May 15th$500
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program
  • Committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral or social science research & be willing to work at NIH
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for the current academic year
  • Have exceptional financial need
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Agree to complete two NIH service requirements including a summer internship and employment at NIH after graduation
March 3rdUp to
per year
New England College Council Scholarships
  • Must have completed at least thirty hours of credit toward his or her associate degree by the end of the spring 2015 semester. A least half of those credits must have been earned at the current member institution.
  • Must be returning to his or her current college for the fall 2015 Semester.
  • Student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.
  • Completed application, including letter of recommendation and personal essay
May 15th$750

Odenza Marketing  Scholarship


  • Be between the ages of 16 and 25 on September 30th 2015
  • Submit answers to the essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the September 30th 2015, Have at least one full year of post-secondary studies remaining at the time of the award. (Current High School Students are also eligible.)
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Be a citizen of the United States or Canada.


September 30th$500
One Family Scholars Program
  • Be sponsored by a participating community organization (for full list visit website)
  • Single, head-of-household with dependent children under 18
  • MA resident & income-eligible (see website)
  • Be enrolled in an accredited program an plan to use your degree to enter a family-sustaining career
  • Visit website for details
Application opens June 1stvaries
Pearson Prize for Higher Education
  • Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a cumulative GPA or 2.5 or above
  • Be currently enrolled an pursuing a degree full -time at an accredited career college, two -year college, or university (graduate students are not eligible to apply)
  • Have at least one full year of college completed and 30 or more credits accumulated by the availability date of the scholarship application
  • Have at least one full year (two semesters) of college remaining after you would be named a Pearson Prize Fellow, and you are not currently entering in graduate school
April 19th$1,000

The Penny Hoarder Scholarship

Website & appliction

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university and have an active class schedule.
  • In 150 words, tell us the most unique or interesting thing you’ve ever done to make or save extra money.
  • Submit an application with all required fields completed.

Fall deadline October 1st

Spring deadline February 1st


The Pensters Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Current high school/College/University student. 

 May 31


The Peter Leeds Stock Trading Scholarship

Website & application

  • Must have a high school diploma at time of application.
  • Must be an American or Canadian citizen
  • Will be 18 years during the fall semester. you may apply if you are 17, but the scholarship will not be paid until you turn 18.
  • Must be a full-time student who is attending or planning to attend an accredited university within the United States or Canada for the fall semester.
  • Student will be required to provide proof of enrollment in order to claim the scholarship prize.

October 1st


Peter Pasula Mortgage Solutions

Study Habits Scholarship

Website & Application


  • Must be attending a College or University in Fall semester.
  • Must complete the application form including the essay prior to the deadline.
April 1st$500

The Plastic Place Green Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Incoming students for fall of 2015, who are US Citizens.
  • The scholarship will be payable to the winners college/university (in the US).
  • Winners are not based on financial need.
  • Home schooled students may apply as long as academic level is equivalent to that of their peers.
  • Scholarship awarded to students with an average SAT score of 1070 and average GPA of 3.5 or above
July 1st$1500

Quirk Law Firm First Generation College Scholarship

Website & Scholarship

  • Applicant’s parents must not have completed any high school education.
  • A transcript with counselor or school representative signature must be submitted for consideration.
December 30$2000

Quirk Law Firm Foster Child Scholarship

Website & Scholarship

  • Must currently be placed or have been placed in foster care (placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a state-certified caregiver/foster parent). Proof of placement in foster care is required. 
  • A transcript with counselor or school representative signature must be submitted for consideration.
December 30$2000

Rand Marketing Web Design Scholarship

Website & Application

Each applicant must submit an essay of 250 words or more which includes:

  • Applicant’s name, address, phone number and the college, university or institute of attendance in August
  • A description of what inspired the applicant to pursue a career in the design industry, why the applicant chose his or her particular college, university or institute to pursue a career in design and how the applicant expects his or her education to enhance their design creativity and career goals
  • An original sketch created by the applicant of any inspired design (image can be computer generated, scanned or mailed in).
  • Optional: The applicant may also submit his or her original design on Rand Marketing Facebook page


August 31st$1000

Regan Center Scholarship

Website & application

All undergraduate and graduate students of ASEAN ancestry currently enrolled in or intending to enroll in an accredited college or university for the 2016 academic year.

December 31st$1500

RN to BSN Scholarship

Website & application

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicant must be currently attending a college or university, or will be attending in the fall.
July 31st$500

Savvy Home Store Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited US college or university.
  • Considered in academic “Good Standing” at their current institution (not facing suspension or under academic probation)
  • Studying interior design or other related field.
  • Required minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
February 28th$600

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

Website & Scholarship

  •  The Annual Scholarship award is for five students enrolled in an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. The student must intend on pursuing a career that involves working with senior citizens. The applicant must be attending classes at an accredited college or university at the time of the spring deadline.
  • Employees of A Place for Mom and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must complete a letter of introduction and an essay that is between 500 and 900 words on a selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement.
  • Scholarship will be awarded to five students who write the most compelling essay in each of five categories as judged by an outside panel of senior living professionals.
April 15$1000

Shorelight Global Scholarship Program

Website & Application

  • A permanent legal resident of Massachusetts
  • A US citizen, or eligible non-citizen
  • A current student in good academic standings (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA), who has completed an Associate Degree or a minimum of four academic semesters (full-time) as of Fall 2015 at a Massachusetts community college.
  • A student who has not earned a prior undergraduate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  • Agrees to complete the admissions process for Bath Spa University’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship and is able to provide documentation upon request.
  • Agree to be available to participate in all activities and programs related to the scholarship program.
  • Able to provide documentation of ability to travel and live internationally (i.e., valid US Passport and United Kingdom student Visa).

April 1st

Tuition for two years: $50,000

Housing for two years: $22,000

Additional living costs: $11,000

Air fare from Boston:$2,500

Small Business Success Student Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Must be U.S. citizen or resident of the U.S.
  • Enrolled full-time for fall semester.
March 31st$1500

Smart Home Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be accepted to and/or attending a full-time higher education program at an accredited institution of learning.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of 3.1 GPA based on the previous year’s academic performance.
December 31st$1000

Sterling Law Offices, SC. Scholarship

Website & Scholarship

  • Must be a resident of the United States.
  • Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four or two years college or trade school.
  • Students must hold a Minimum GPA of 3.0.
December 31st$1000
Super College Scholarship
  • Submit a completed application online
April 30th$1,000

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship

Spring Semester

Website & Application

  • Any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled at an accredited college or university for the 2015 Spring Semester.
  • Candidates must have a declared major of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related life science field. 
December 29th

Two $10,000 scholarships

Four $5000 scholarships

Udall Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Be committed to a career in environmental studies OR Native American tribal policy/healthcare
  • Have at least 30 college level credits
  • Plan to attend college full-time 
  • Have a GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Secure an institutional nomination (see PACE)
no later
Feb 15th
Up to

Undergraduate Distance Learning Scholarship

Website & Scholarship

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must be enrolled (or accepted) in an accredited college or university and planning on continuing the next year.
  • Graduating high school seniors who meet the above mentioned criteria may apply.
  • Must have a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours still to be completed.
  • Must consent to provide a digital photograph of self and quote for display of Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.
April 1st$500
United Negro College Fund
  • Criteria varies by scholarship, visit the website!!
  • UNCF is an organization seeking to be a national advocate for students of African American and minority backgrounds
  • It administers 400 scholarship and internship programs geared towards making college affordable for students from low- and moderate-income families

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Website & Application

  • A current active-duty service member.
  • Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Spouse of a service member of veteran.
  • Surviving spouse or child of a fallen service member.
  • Child of a service member or veteran.


March 15th through April 30th


Sept. 15th through October 31st

Vital Impact Scholarships
(formerly Massachusetts Educational Foundation Scholarships)
  • Female, MA resident, age 35 or older
  • Be committed to making a career change
  • Be enrolled in a degree program.
  • Use scholarship within 1 year of award.
May 31thUp to $1,000

Ronald D Weiss Scholarship

Website & Application

  • Be currently enrolled in a college or university or planning to enroll as a freshman for the academic year.
  • Be in good academic standing with your current educational institution.
  • If under 18, have the permission of your parent or guardian to apply.
April 15$2500
Women’s Opportunity AwardEligible applicants are women who:
  • Provide the primary financial support for her dependents (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program
  • Are motivated to achieve their educational and career goals
  • Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries or territories
  • Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award; are not a Soroptimist member, employee of Soroptimist or immediate family of either
December 1stvaries
up to

Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award

Website & application

  • Over the past 2 years a student must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work.
  • Over the past 2 years a student must have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or greater.
  • A student must be under the age of 21 years of age on the day of the deadline.
  • A student must submit an essay on this year’s topic

Zip Conferencing Scholarship

Website & application

  • Student must be enrolled at a 2 year, 4 year, graduate level or certification program for business or communication related studies.
  • All entries must be a minimum of 500 and maximum of 1000 words. Diagrams, Schematics, illustrations and photographs may include as supporting documents.
June 30th$2500

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Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Transfer ScholarshipCriteriaDeadlineAmount
**Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in EducationThe purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today’s terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
  • Be a community college student planning to graduate & transfer to a 4-year college.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Have interest in pursuing a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering (Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Secure an official nomination from NECC(PACE students should See PACE for more information about this.)
Jan. 22Up to $7,500
Boston University Metropolitan College Community Scholar Program
  • Applied for admission to BU Metropolitan College
  • Complete Associate’s degree from NECC
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Pursuing a major offered by BU’s Metropolitan College only – Scholarship not applicable for students intending to pursue daytime classes at BU
June 15 August 1, and December 150% of
for up to
12 credits
a semester
**Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
For directions on how to apply contact Lis Espinoza 

Outstanding students who will be transferring from NECC are encouraged to apply for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship.
  • Cumulative GPA 3.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Significant community service
Oct 25th 
**Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 60 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.
  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
  • Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.50 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Have significant unmet financial need.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
  • Secure an official nomination from NECC
October Through December 
Lesley University Community College & Transfer Merit Scholarships
(For use at Lesley College OR The Art Institute of Boston)
No separate application
  • More than one scholarship available, see the website for details!
  • Accepted for admission to Lesley College OR the Art Institute of Boston.
  • Students applying to the evening/Adult Learning Division are not eligible
variesUp to $13,000/year for up to 2 years
New England Transfer Association Scholarship
  • Receive an associate’s degree by the end of Spring semester (30 credits must be from NECC)
  • Plan to transfer to a NETA-affiliated 4-year college or university
  • Have a 3.25 cumulative GPA
Due to PACE for nomination no later than March $1000
Northern Essex Community College Professional Association (NECCPA) Scholarship
Application not yet available.
  • Graduating from NECC by June 30
  • Represent the best product of NECC education, as judged by the committee
  • Completed 42 credits at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Work sample, noted by an NECC instructor
  • Completed application including 1 letter of recommendation & essay on your NECC experience
1 p.m.
April 17
**UMASS Boston
Foster Furcolo Scholarship
For use at UMass Boston ONLY.  This scholarship was established to honor Foster Furcolo, who served as governor of Massachusetts from 1957 to 1960. He was instrumental in the creation of the system of public community colleges in the Commonwealth. Award is a waiver of all tuition and fees at UMass Boston for up to 2 years.
  • Completed associate’s degree
  • Have a cumulative GPA of least a 3.5 GPA
  • Must be a Massachusetts resident
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Admitted to UMASS Boston as a must be a first time,  full-time student enrolling for fall semester immediately following graduate from the community college
  • Must graduate from your community college in the spring preceding fall entrance at UMass Boston
  • Not available to applicants from community colleges graduating in the winter term
  • Nominated students may not have attended UMass Boston in the past
  • Institutional nomination (PACE students please contact PACE for information.)
May 1st,100%
& fees
for up
to 2 yrs
University of Massachusetts Amherst Community College Academic Honors Scholarship
Visit the PACE office or Advising for an application!
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application
  • 45 community college credits completed
  • Applied to UMA as a day student for Fall
  • Complete Associate’s degree prior to transfer
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Additional scholarship awards may be available for qualified first-generation college students!
April 15$2,500
per year
for part
for 2 yrs
University of Massachusetts LOWELL
Transfer Scholarship
No separate application required.
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Transferring to UML as a day student for Fall
  • U.S. citizen or legal resident

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PTK is a nationally recognized honor society for community college students. To be eligible to join, you must have a GPA of 3.5+ and at least 12 college level credits completed. For information about joining the NECC Chapter of PTK, contact Professor Andrew Morse at amorse@necc.mass.edu.

PHI THETA KAPPA General Scholarships
General Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships
In addition to the scholarships listed below, PTK administers a number of scholarships using a common application. PTK Members may use the common application to apply for multiple scholarships at the same time. The Fall Common Application opens on October 1 and closes December 1. The Spring Common Application opens on February 1 and closes on April 1. It is critical for PTK members to complete the common application each semester in order to maximize scholarship eligibility. For more information, visit: www.ptk.org/become-a-member/scholarships

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Below are the colleges in MA & NH that are known to offer specific scholarships to PTK students. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in transferring to a college not listed here, please contact them directly to inquire about any PTK scholarships that may be available.

PHI THETA KAPPA Transfer Scholarships
Massachusetts PTK Transfer ScholarshipsCriteriaDeadlineAmount
American International College (Springfield)
  • A letter from a PTK advisor verifying you are in good academic standing
  • An overall 3.3 or higher GPA
  • Minimum of 30 credits earned at the PTK college
Contact college: 800-242-3142Up to $10,000
Boston University
  • Members of PTK & nominated by their chapter advisor
  • Outstanding leaders who have demonstrated academic excellence
  • Must enroll as juniors at Boston University with a minimum of 60 transferable credits
March 1st50% tuition for up to 2 years
Clark University (Worcester)
  1. PTK Scholarship
    • PTK member with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
    • Be transferring to Clark with a minimum of 45 credits
  2. PTK All-USA Scholarship
    • PTK Member nominated to the PTK/All-USA Academic Team
    • Minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA
    • Transferring to Clark with an associate’s degree (or a minimum of 60 credits)
April 1Up to $15,000
Elms College (Chicopee)
  • Members of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Renewable for up to 3 years
Contact college: 413-594-2761Up to $10,000
Harvard University Extension School (Cambridge)
  • PTK Member planning to enroll in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree for Fall
  • Complete 3 pre-admission courses with a B or higher
  • Earned Associate in Arts degree
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Successfully complete application & interview process
Fall June 1
Spring October 1
Approx. $3000 for pre-admission courses + 50% tuition in future courses
Lesley University (Cambridge)
  • PTK Member with an earned Associate’s degree
Contact college: (617) 868-9600Up to $14,000
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley)
  • Call Mount Holyoke for more information: 413-538-2023
Northeastern University (Boston)
  • PTK member with at least 32 transferable credits
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Recommendation of PTK advisor
May 1Up to $5,000
Regis College (Weston)
  • PTK Member with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must plan to enroll full-time at Regis College
Contact college: 781-768-7000Up to $6,000
Smith College (Northampton)
  • Female PTK Member selected for recommendation by Smith College’s Office of Admission (Smith is an all female school)
  • No separate application, eligibility determined at time of admission
February 1Up to $5,000
Suffolk University (Boston)
  • PTK advisor nomination
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.3
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Contact Suffolk for more information 617-573-8460
April 1$1000
UMASS Lowell Transfer Scholarship
  • Combined GPA of 3.50 or better
  • In-state residency required
  • At least 24 earned transfer credits from most recent institution to be considered
  • Application not required, recipients chosen based on academic strength of applicant pool and fund availability at the time of admission
  • Award amount prorated for part-time students
VariesUp to $1000/year
Western New England College (Springfield)
  • Enroll immediately following graduation from NECC
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • U.S. citizen
  • Cannot have a previously earned bachelor’s degree
Contact college: 413-782-1321Up to $10,000/year
Wheelock College (Boston)Contact Wheelock for more information: 617-879-2000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Enroll at WPI full-time
  • Cannot have a previously earned bachelor’s degree
  • Based on NECC transcript, recommendations, leadership and community
April 15$10,000

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New Hampshire PTK College ScholarshipsCriteriaDeadlineAmount
Colby-Sawyer College (New London)Contact Colby-Sawyer for more information: (800) 272-1015
Franklin Pierce University (Rindge)Contact Franklin Pierce for more information: (603) 899-4180
Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester)
  • Enroll at SNHU either as a commuter or on-campus student
  • Graduate from NECC with a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Enroll as full-time undergraduate DAY students at SNHU
May 15,Up to $7,000

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**Note for scholarships that require an NECC Nomination

All deadlines represent internal deadlines. Please contact Lindsey Mayo regarding nomination process for one of these scholarships.

Phone: 978-556-3621
Email: lmayo@necc.mass.edu

Scholarship contact information for assistance applying or more information.