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Free Money for College is Available From a Variety of Sources

You may not be qualified for all of these scholarship opportunities but we bet you’re eligible for some of them! These scholarship awards are provided by individuals or organizations with no formal ties to NECC. Please note that scholarships marked with ** require a nomination from a NECC community member.

Hundreds of NECC alumni will tell you that reviewing this list is worth your time. With a little research, you’re certain to find other scholarship opportunities that are not included on this list. You can also get some advice on scholarships by contacting the Alumni Office.

General Scholarships Opportunities
General Scholarships Criteria Deadline Amount
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
Action Behavior Centers ABA Therapy Scholarship
  • U.S citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll full time.

June 30 for Fall

November 30 for Spring

$1000
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

 

May

$1000 High school senior applying for freshman year

$2000 College freshman applying for sophomore year

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test. For a list of the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. There is no application process. Students that are eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship will be notified in the fall of their senior year in high school. Recipients are eligible for an award of a non-need-based tuition waiver for state-supported undergraduate courses. Students are also required to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 for continued eligibility.
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 1 $500
Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship
  • 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 31 $6000
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 6 $500
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 1 $1000 per winner
American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship
  • 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 $1000
Apartment List Scholarship
  • 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 1

Spring March 1

$2500
Architecture, Drafting and Related Fields 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 on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.
April 1 $500
Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship
  • 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 31 $500
BabiesLounge Health and Fitness Scholarship
  • A minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll.
May 31 $500
Benjamin Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship
  • 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 4 Up to
$5,000
Bey & Associates Scholarship
  • Students can be attending or planning to attend any college or graduate school in the United States.
  • Applicants can be pursuing any degree.
  • All applicants must be attending or plan on attending for their first year.
  • As proof of your first year status, you will need to submit a digital copy of your acceptance letter – complete with the college letterhead from the college.
July 12 $1000
Bluepay Stem Scholarship
  • Applicant must be enrolled in STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Students must be high school graduates and may be asked to provide transcripts or proof of high school diploma.
  • Students must be permanent residents of the U. S.
August 15 $1000
Buford & Gonzalez Criminal Defense Scholarship
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A of 3.0
  • Full-time student
May 31 $2000
Burning Tree Academic Excellence College Scholarship
  • Full-time student
  • GPA at least 3.0
December 1 $1000
Anthony Castelli Attorney’s Veteran’s College Scholarship
  • 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 25 $500
CFF Foundation Education Award
  • You must be a US citizen studying in the USA.
  • You must be enrolled and taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Students of all majors are encouraged to apply
varies $1500
Choosy Traveler’s Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Scholarship is based on merit.
  • Open to U.S citizen in any field of study who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.
December 31 $1000

Cointame Scholarship

 

  • The scholarship is open to all the students who are currently enrolled in colleges, universities or high schools. Students of any stream/branch of education anywhere in the world are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must have a good academic record with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Applicants must submit a short 700- word original essay in English (presented in writing, or video or audio) on the Future Cryptocurrencies.
November 25 $1200
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
December 31 $1,000
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
April 16 $1,000

Community College Scholarship

 

Students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree. December 30 $5000

Computer Science and Computer Engineering 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 on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.
April 1 $1,000

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement 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 on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

 

April 1 $500
David Boren Study Abroad Scholarships
Website & Applications
  • 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
February 7 Up to
$20,000
for an
academic
year

Diversity Scholarship

 

  • Enrolled in an undergrad or graduate program.
  • Be a full-time student when applying for the scholarship.
April 30 $3000
Dolman Law Group Scholarship
  • 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.

 

December 29 $1100

Dronethusiast Women In Science Environmental Scholarship

 

  • Currently enrolled as a High School or College student.
  • Must Demonstrate need for Financial Assistance.
December 1 $500
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
varies Up to
$2,250
at NECC
or $4,500
at a
4-year school
The Einstein Academic Scholarship
  • Proof of full-time enrollment at any 4 year college or university in the US
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • Current copy of college or university student ID
  • Completed essay in Microsoft Word or PDF format
December 1 $1000

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Scholarship

 

  • Graduating with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution for the spring term 2017 through the spring term 2018.
  • Full-time student
  • Pursuing a career in a health related field for the two full semesters leading up to your graduation date.
May 6 $7500
Annual GameAuthority Scholarship
  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.
  • Students attending online universities are welcome to apply.
April 15 $1000
Game Development Scholarship Program
  • You should be either a citizen or a permanent resident of the USA or Canada
  • You should be enrolled or planning to enroll with an accredited university/college for a full-time course in game development
  • Minimum GPA achieved should be 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • You should be currently pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer engineering computer science with includes either one of them – B.Tech, M.Tech, M.S. in IT
May 15 $1000
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 1 varies
Gen & Kelly Tannabe Student Scholarship
  • Be a U.S. resident
  • Submit a complete application, including a short essay of 250 words or less
July 31
& January 1
$1,000

Giva Corporate Scholarship

 

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

 

June 1 and December 1 Varies
The Gerald Goldman Memorial Scholarship

No income requirement. Students residing in the following Massachusetts cities and towns are eligible to apply: Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury

  • Applicants must supply proof of their enrollment in a full-time college program and/or demonstrate in writing their acceptance in a college program.
  • In addition, applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor, and complete a 200-500 word essay. Essays should demonstrate how education will further the principles of Gerald Goldman in their life and how they plan to advance these principles using their education.
May 1st $1000

HENAAC Scholarship

 

  • 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 30 $500 to $10,000

HigherVisibility Marketing Scholarship

 

  • 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 1 $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!
varies varies
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 1 varies

Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund

 

  • 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 1 $500

Legal Leaders Scholarship

 

 

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 15 $1,000

Liberal Arts and General Studies 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 on Education-Portal.com if notified as the award winner by the selection committee.

 

April 1 $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 30 $500

LM Scholarship Program

 

  • 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 31 $500
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

$4,000

Mission Creek Orthodontics Scholarship

 

  • 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 15 $500

Monica’s Health Magazine Scholarship

 

  • Must be enrolled in a graduate, or an undergraduate program, or be a high school senior who credited university or college.
August 30 $2500
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 3 Up to
$20,000
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 15 $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 30 $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 1 varies

OppU Achievers Scholarship

 

  • Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
  • Posses a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.

September 30

December 31

June 30

$2500
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 19 $1,000

The Pensters Scholarship

 

  • Current high school/College/University student.
May 31 $1000

Quirk Law Firm First Generation College 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

 

  • 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

Rapid Seedbox Scholarship

 

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of disbursement
  • Must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Australia
  • Must be enrolled in an academic program in a Computer Engineering related field.
June 30 for the Fall Scholarship and November 30 for the Spring Scholarship $1000

The Realty Medics Scholarship

 

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
  • Student 18 years old or older.
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded
See web page for dates $1500

Regan Center Scholarship

 

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 31 $1500

RN to BSN Scholarship

 

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

Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarship

 

  • High School Senior.
  • Childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Successfully managing diabetes with proper medication, exercise and diet.
  • Commitment of participation in athletics by actively participating on an organized team.
  • United States Citizen
  • Completion of application with supporting documentation and endorsements.
April 15 Up to $10,000

Senior Care Innovation 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

Small Business Success Student Scholarship

 

  • Must be U.S. citizen or resident of the U.S.
  • Enrolled full-time for fall semester.
March 31 $1500
Super College Scholarship
  • Submit a completed application online
April 30 $1,000

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship

 

  • 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 29

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)
Notify
PACE
no later
than
March 15
Up to
$5,000

UNCF / KOCH Scholars

 

  • African-American Undergraduate student
  • 2.7 GPA
  • High school Senior or College Freshman
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Interest in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economics
May 14 Up to $5000

Undergraduate Distance Learning 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 14 $500

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

 

  • 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.

Spring

March 15th through April 30

Fall

Sept. 15 through October 31

$2000
Visual Art Scholarship
  • Completed high school or secondary education
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses after high school or secondary education
  • Achieved CGPA of at least 3.9 scale
  • Should be permanent resident or citizen of USA or Canada
  • Should be 18 years of age while applying
  • should not be a college dropout
  • Should be a regular student
  • There should be no gap between bachelors and masters degree
May 31 $1000

Web Adaptive Scholarship

Website

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the preceding semester where applicable.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must have declared a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field.
  • Must be a member of the LGBTQ community.
  • Prior winners of the scholarship are not eligible to apply for the award in subsequent years.
  • The full amount of the scholarship must be applied towards tuition, books, training materials, and/or other costs directly associated with the recipient’s education within 12 months of receiving the award.
March 31 $1000

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 Award
Website & Application

Eligible 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 15 varies
up to
$10,000

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
April $500

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 30 $2500


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Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Transfer Scholarship Criteria Deadline Amount
**Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education
Website & application

The 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. 22 Up to $7,500

Boston University Metropolitan College Community Scholar Program

Website

  • 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 1 50% of
tuition
for up to
12 credits
a semester
**Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
For directions on how to apply contact Lis Espinoza
espinoza@necc.mass.edu

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
Website & application

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 $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 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, 2016, 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.
October 25, 2016  
Lesley University Community College & Transfer Merit Scholarships
(For use at Lesley College OR The Art Institute of Boston)No separate application
Website
  • 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
varies Up to $13,000/year for up to 2 years
New England Transfer Association Scholarship
(NETA)
Website
  • 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
$1000
**UMASS Boston
Foster Furcolo Scholarship
WebsiteComplete the scholarship application online. (Link opens in a new window.)
(Requires Nomination)

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.)
Internal deadline for candidates who want to apply is March 30, 2018. 100%
UMASS
Boston
tuition
& 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
(pro-rated
for part
time)
for 2 yrs
University of Massachusetts LOWELL
Transfer Scholarship
No separate application required.
Website
  • 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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PHI THETA KAPPA TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS

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: PTK 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 Scholarships Criteria Deadline Amount
American International College (Springfield)
Website
  • 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: 800-242-3142 Up to $10,000
Boston University
Website
  • 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 1st 50% tuition for up to 2 years
Clark University (Worcester)
Website
  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 1 Up to $15,000
Elms College (Chicopee)
Website
  • Members of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Renewable for up to 3 years
Contact college: 413-594-2761 Up to $10,000
Harvard University Extension School (Cambridge)
Website
  • 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) 868-9600 Up to $14,000
Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley)
Website
  • Call Mount Holyoke for more information: 413-538-2023
Regis College (Weston)
Website
  • PTK Member with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must plan to enroll full-time at Regis College
Contact college: 781-768-7000 Up to $6,000
Smith College (Northampton)
Website
  • 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 1 Up to $5,000
Suffolk University (Boston)
Website
  • 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
Website
  • 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
Varies Up to $1000/year
Western New England College (Springfield)
Website
  • Enroll immediately following graduation from NECC
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • U.S. citizen
  • Cannot have a previously earned bachelor’s degree
Contact college: 413-782-1321 Up to $10,000/year
Wheelock College (Boston)
Website
Contact Wheelock for more information: 617-879-2000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Website
  • 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 Scholarships Criteria Deadline Amount
Colby-Sawyer College (New London)
Website
Contact Colby-Sawyer for more information: (800) 272-1015
Franklin Pierce University (Rindge)
Website
Contact Franklin Pierce for more information: (603) 899-4180

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Scholarships

DACA Scholarship Opportunities
DACA Scholarships Criteria Deadline Amount

Scholarship America

Website

  • Have received a high school diploma or equivalent from a U.S. school.
  • Be planning to complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by the end of the current academic year.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore-year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent resident (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).
2017-18 Dream Award applications are now closed. Please refer to website regarding 2018-19 application. Amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Website

  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students.
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students.
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year).
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA).
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable).
  • All majors and graduate fields accepted.
  • Emphasis on STEM majors.
March 30th Amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

The Dream.US Scholarship

Website

Please refer to National Scholarship Application Guidelines (PDF). March 8th Award will cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of our Partner Colleges.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Website

For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test. For a list of the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. There is no application process. Students that are eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship will be notified in the fall of their senior year in high school. Recipients are eligible for an award of a non-need-based tuition waiver for state-supported undergraduate courses. Students are also required to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 for continued eligibility.

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**Note for scholarships that require an NECC Nomination

All deadlines represent internal deadlines.

Questions?

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