When it came time for college, Harrison knew that his family would need help with the bills. Foundation donors who have established scholarship funds stepped up. Read more.

When it came time for college, Harrison knew that his family would need help with the bills. Foundation donors who have established scholarship funds stepped up. Read more.

Apply for a scholarship

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the largest provider of publicly available scholarships in New Hampshire, awarding more than $5 million to 1,500 promising students each year.

Because people cared

The 375 scholarship funds at the Foundation were created by generous donors who wanted to help the next generation of New Hampshire students reach their full potential.

Promise + need = scholarship

We are committed to finding and funding the most promising students with the greatest financial need. Scholarships are awarded to students for professional certificate programs, licensure, two-and-four year undergraduate degrees, professional certificate programs and graduate schools.

Our students


Brandon Bisson is studying to keep his community safe

Young firefighter wants to help those close to home

A promising future

Foundation scholarships help Paige Libbey prepare for a STEM career in New Hampshire

Scholarships to a great student who needed them

Harrison Durfee plans to give back — and help the next generation of New Hampshire’s kids

Explore scholarship opportunities

Apply using ScholarshipSource, our single, online application. Students are matched automatically with all scholarship opportunities for which they qualify. Many awards are renewable for each year that a student is in school.

The online application will be available beginning Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 

  • Statewide Student Aid Program

    Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern

    For students between the ages of 17 and 23 enrolling in a four-year degree program or graduate students of any age.

    Selection criteria
    Students are selected to receive awards based on financial need, academic merit and other non-academic factors such as community service, school activities and work experience. Highest priority is given to students with the fewest financial resources.

    Determining financial need
    Candidates are required to submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is the result of filling out the Free Federal Form (FAFSA), which determines what a particular family can reasonably afford for education or theexpected family contribution. In addition, finalists will be asked to supply a copy of the financial aid package offered by the institution to be attended.

    Award availability
    This is a competitive program. Typically, one award is made for every four applications received. Each year, approximately $3,000,000 is disbursed with each award ranging from $250 to $10,000. The average award is $4,600.

    Apply now

    All of the Foundation’s scholarship programs (with the exception of The Medallion Fund) are managed through a single, online application.

    This application covers all scholarship funds managed by the Foundation, including:

    George N. Cate Scholarship Fund Program
    Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Program
    Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarship
    Walter M. and Eleanor D. Furlow Scholarship
    Frank and Olive Gilman Foundation Scholarship
    Monsignor Philip Kenney Scholarship
    Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship
    Seacoast Scholars Program
    Carl T. Witherell Technical Student Awards
    Doris L. Benz Trust Scholarship
    Nottingham Women’s Club Scholarship

    Please note: The Foundation no longer administers the Fisher Cats Foundation Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. Please visit the Fisher Cats’ website to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply.

    As of April 2016, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation no longer administers the Festival of Trees Scholarship. Please call the Urban Forestry Center at 603-431-6774 to obtain an application or to learn more.  

  • Career Aid for Technical Students

    Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern

    For students between the ages 17 and 23 who have completed high school or earned a GED and plan to attend a two-year or other short-term training program.

    Selection criteria
    Academic excellence is not a factor in selecting candidates for awards; however, we do expect students to demonstrate reasonable achievement and a commitment to their chosen field of study.

    Determining financial need
    Candidates are required to submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is the result of filling out the Free Federal Form (FAFSA), which determines what a particular family can reasonably afford for education or theexpected family contribution. In addition, finalists will be asked to supply a copy of the financial aid package offered by the institution to be attended.

    Award decisions
    Awards will range from $100 to $3,500 depending on financial need.

    Apply now

    All of the Foundation’s scholarship programs (with the exception of The Medallion Fund) are managed through a single, online application.

    This application covers all scholarship funds managed by the Foundation, including:

    George N. Cate Scholarship Fund Program
    Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Program
    Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarship
    Walter M. and Eleanor D. Furlow Scholarship
    Frank and Olive Gilman Foundation Scholarship
    Monsignor Philip Kenney Scholarship
    Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship
    Seacoast Scholars Program
    Carl T. Witherell Technical Student Awards
    Doris L. Benz Trust Scholarship
    Nottingham Women’s Club Scholarship

    Please note: The Foundation no longer administers the Fisher Cats Foundation Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. Please visit the Fisher Cats’ website to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply.

    As of April 2016, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation no longer administers the Festival of Trees Scholarship. Please call the Urban Forestry Center at 603-431-6774 to obtain an application or to learn more.  

  • Adult Student Aid Program

    Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017; Tuesday, August 15, 2017; Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern.

    For independent students, typically age 24 and older, looking to upgrade skills or work toward an undergraduate degree.

    Selection criteria
    Preference for funding is given in the following order to: (1) students who have previously received funding through this program and have successfully completed prior educational work; (2) students with the least amount of higher education or training, but who are poised to take advantage of an educational opportunity; and (3) students who are single parents. Funding for graduate study is not available through this program.

    Award availability
    Awards typically range from $100 to $500 per application period, depending on the cost of individual educational program. The maximum award over three terms is $1,500. Occasionally, a larger award may be made to meet an extraordinary circumstance.

    Apply now

    All of the Foundation’s scholarship programs (with the exception of The Medallion Fund) are managed through a single, online application.

    This application covers all scholarship funds managed by the Foundation, including:

    George N. Cate Scholarship Fund Program
    Dunkin’ Donuts Scholarship Program
    Mary Felicia Falzarano Scholarship
    Walter M. and Eleanor D. Furlow Scholarship
    Frank and Olive Gilman Foundation Scholarship
    Monsignor Philip Kenney Scholarship
    Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship
    Seacoast Scholars Program
    Carl T. Witherell Technical Student Awards
    Doris L. Benz Trust Scholarship
    Nottingham Women’s Club Scholarship

    Please note: The Foundation no longer administers the Fisher Cats Foundation Scholar-Athlete Scholarship. Please visit the Fisher Cats’ website to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply.

    As of April 2016, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation no longer administers the Festival of Trees Scholarship. Please call the Urban Forestry Center at 603-431-6774 to obtain an application or to learn more.  

     

  • Winthrop L. & Bernice Perry Scholarship

    Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern.

    For students of any age who live in Wilton, Lyndeborough or Milford and plan to attend a two- or four-year college.

    Selection criteria
    Students must be motivated and demonstrate potential for success in their chosen field. Other factors used to evaluate candidates will include: involvement in school and community life, voluntary service, exceptional commitment to an activity or endeavor, and financial need. However, first preference in choosing recipients is given to those students who are residents of Wilton and have attended a local public or private high school.

    Award availability
    In 2017, it is anticipated that approximately $45,000 will be available for a limited number of awards. It is the intention of the fund to make few awards of significant size rather than many smaller awards.

    Award decisions
    A small number of finalists may be invited for a face-to-face interview in Wilton, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017. Candidates must reserve this date. No other date will be scheduled for interviews. Final award decisions are made in April.

    Special requirement
    This application requires two letters of recommendation and finalists must provide financial aid packages from the school they are considering attending.

    Apply now

  • The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern

    For students from Coös County, New Hampshire and surrounding border communities in northeast Essex County, Vermont who plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or advanced certificate program. Awards will not be made for graduate study.

    Selection criteria
    Students interested in applying should meet the following criteria:

    • Show the greatest potential for successfully completing their post-secondary education and whose financial situation might otherwise prevent them from doing so;
    • Be enrolled or accepted into a two-year or four-year post-secondary degree or advanced certificate institution; and,
    • Plan to pursue early childhood studies or have identified an area of study in a field that holds strong potential for economic and career advancement such as teaching, welding, advanced manufacturing, business, information technology, electronic engineering, etc.
    • Demonstrate reasonable academic performance and a commitment to their chosen field of study.

    Determining financial need
    Candidates are required to submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is the result of filling out the Free Federal Form (FAFSA), which determines what a particular family can reasonably afford for education or theexpected family contribution.

    Award availability
    The Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund is interested in supporting students throughout their academic career up to a four-year Bachelor’s degree. Each award will increase each year of academic completion and can be renewed. There is no set amount for an award.

    Students are expected to complete a two-year degree within two consecutive years and a four-year degree within four consecutive years. To remain eligible for continued scholarship funding, students must make sufficient academic progress to complete within the time frame above. Scholarships will generally range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year depending on financial need and will be tied to academic progress.

    Apply now

  • The Medallion Fund

    Deadline: Rolling

    For students of any age who are pursuing short-term vocational or technical studies in fields such as automotive technology, plumbing, heating, construction, advanced manufacturing, computer repair, licensed nursing assistant, etc.

    Selection criteria
    The selection committee gives preference to the following:

    • Applicants whose fields are in the traditional manufacturing trade sector such as plumbing, electrical, construction, machining, etc.
    • Applicants who have a clear vision for how their education will help them achieve or improve their employment and career goals.
    • Applicants who have had little or no other educational or training opportunities.
    • Applicants who have made a financial commitment to their educational program both financially and otherwise.

    Apply Now

    Students applying for a Medallion Fund Scholarship will use a PDF application and not apply through Scholarship Source.

    Students should print out and complete the application and mail it to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation at 37 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH, ATTN: Student Aid. 

     

  • Renew your scholarship award

    Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Many of our scholarships are renewable for each year that a student is in school. If you received a letter notifying you that your scholarship award is renewable please complete this form by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

    Apply for a renewal award

Before you get started

Step 1

Prepare your application materials.

You will need to have the following on hand to apply:

  1. The last 4 digits of your social security number
  2. Prepared answers for one or more essay questions
  3. An electronic copy of your confirmation page of your FAFSA report to upload
  4. The names and emails of people who will submit a letter of recommendation
  5. An electronic copy of the most recent cumulative transcript to upload (unofficial is okay)

Step 2

Log in or create a new profile on ScholarshipSource.

Simply go to ScholarshipSource and sign in or click on “First time users create an account” to create an account.

Step 3

Complete and submit the online application.

It should take you about an hour to complete the online application. Once you start the application, you can save your work and come back to it later. Please submit your completed application by the due dates listed above.

Step 4

Notification of scholarship award.

You will be notified by email and/or mail if you have been awarded a scholarship within 8 weeks of the scholarship submission deadline.

Step 5

Write a note of thanks.

We encourage you to write a letter thanking the donor for your scholarship. Please send your thank-you note to the Foundation and we’ll make sure that it is forwarded along to the donor.

 

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  • Judy Burrows
  • Director of Student Aid
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  • Hilary DeAngelis
  • Student Aid Manager
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  • Jessica Kierstead
  • Senior Community Impact Associate