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.
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.
As of February 1, 2016 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.