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Joshua Williams of Grafton is on his way to becoming an electrician with help from a Foundation scholarship. Read more.

Joshua Williams of Grafton is on his way to becoming an electrician with help from a Foundation scholarship. 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 $7 million to more than 1,600 promising students each year.

Because people cared

The 451 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 certificates, licensing programs, apprenticeships, two- and four-year degree programs and graduate school.

Explore scholarship opportunities

Please see below for types of programs covered, and 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.

  • Certificate, license or other industry-recognized credential

    Deadline: Open enrollment through December 15, 2023, 5:00 pm Eastern 

    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 commitment to their educational program both financially and otherwise.

    Medallion Fund Scholarship
    Students applying for a Medallion Fund Scholarship should apply online through Scholarship Source.

    Award decisions
    Applicants will be notified of the results within six weeks after submission.

    Apply now

  • Two-year or associate degree program

    Deadline: Open enrollment through December 15, 2023, 5:00 pm Eastern 

    If you are attending one of New Hampshire’s Community Colleges, you should also apply for scholarship aid through the Community College System’s award portal.

    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.

    Preference is given to students who have previously received funding and successfully completed prior educational work or for students entering high-demand professions, including but not limited to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields: computer science, advanced manufacturing, clinical health care, engineering, engineering technology, graphic design (CAD), etc. 

    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 the expected 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. Applicants will be notified of the results within six weeks after submission.

    The above information can also be found in our one-page flyer.

    Apply now

  • Four-year or bachelor's degree program

    Deadlines:
    For students under the age of 24 enrolling in a four-year degree program:

    • Residents of Milford, Lyndeborough, and Wilton: Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 5:00 pm Eastern
    • All other students: Friday, April 14, 2023, 5:00 pm Eastern

    For students over the age of 24; or for students who are younger than 24 and married, have a child, have served in the military or are emancipated, applications are accepted on open enrollment through December 15, 2023, 5:00 pm Eastern. 

    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 the expected 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 five applications received. Each year, approximately $3 million is disbursed with each award ranging from $250 to $7,500. The average award is $4,600.

    The above information can also be found in our one-page flyer.

    Apply now

  • Master's, Ph.D. or other advanced degree program

    Deadline: For students of any age enrolling in a master’s, Ph.D. or other advanced degree programs, including MD, DD or JD, the deadline is Friday, April 14, 2023, 5:00pm Eastern. 

    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 the expected 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
    The Foundation funds very few students pursuing graduate studies. Our priority is to fund undergraduate education, so this program is very competitive. We do, however, have funding for students who plan to enroll in medical school.

    Apply now

  • Renew your scholarship award

    Deadline
    Many of our scholarships are renewable for each year that a student is in school. After you receive a letter notifying you that your scholarship award is renewable please submit renewal materials before Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 5:00 pm Eastern.

    Apply for a renewal award

  • Additional resources

    Read our suggested resources for financial aid outside of the Foundation that you can take advantage of to help finance your post-secondary education.

Before you get started

Step 1

Prepare your application materials.

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

  1. Prepared answers for one or more essay questions
  2. An electronic copy of your confirmation page of your FAFSA report to upload
  3. The names and emails of people who will submit a letter of recommendation
  4. 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. (View step-by-step instructions on how to create a ScholarshipSource account.)

For additional ScholarshipSource account assistance, please review our instructions on how to reset your ScholarshipSource password, and how to retrieve your ScholarshipSource username.

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

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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  • Hilary Miskoe
  • Director of Student Aid
  • Jessica Kierstead
  • Student Aid Officer
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  • Seana McDuffie
  • Program and Student Aid Officer
  • Lindsey Shaffer
  • Community Impact Associate, Student Aid