Apply for a Scholarship

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the largest provider of publicly available scholarships in New Hampshire, awarding over $5 million to 1,700 promising students each year.

Because people cared

The 375 scholarship funds at the Foundation were created by generous donors who wanted 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.

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 Monday, February 1, 2016.

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, Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship Fund, 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 and Festival of Trees 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.

Statewide Student Aid Program
For students between the ages of 17 and 23 enrolling in a four-year degree program or graduate students of any age.
Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST
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Career Aid for Technical Students 
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.
Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST
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Adult Student Aid Program
For independent students, typically age 24 and older, looking to upgrade skills or work toward an undergraduate degree.
Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2016; Monday, August 15, 2016; Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST
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Winthrop L. & Bernice Perry Scholarship
For students of any age who live in Wilton, Lyndeborough or Milford and plan to attend a two- or four-year college.
Deadline: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST
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Neil and Louise Tillotson Scholarship
For students from Coos 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.
Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST
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The Medallion Fund 
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. 
Deadline: Rolling 
Learn more

Before you get started

Step 1: Prepare your application materials.
You will need to have the following on hand to apply:

  • The last 4 digits of your social security number
  • Prepared answers for one or more essay questions
  • An electronic copy of your confirmation page of your FAFSA report to upload
  • The names and emails of people who will submit a letter of recommendation
  • 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.


If you have any questions, contact the Student Aid Office at 1-800-464-6641 and press two.

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