Matt Faucher of Berlin, NH, Neil and Louise Tillotson scholarship recipient. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Matt Faucher of Berlin, NH, Neil and Louise Tillotson scholarship recipient. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

On the road to a degree and a career

Matt Faucher of Berlin is earning an associate degree in IT with help from a Foundation scholarship. New Hampshire's "dual admission" program means all of his credits will transfer toward a bachelor's degree at one of the state's public universities

Matt Faucher comes from a family of five in Berlin. He worked all through high school, and during summers. For a while, he thought college was probably out of financial reach. A scholarship from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund helped put Matt on the road to a degree and a career.

This spring, he will earn his associate degree in information technology from White Mountains Community College — and then go on for a bachelor’s. He is in a “dual admission” program, which means his credits from WMCC will transfer to a New Hampshire public college or university and count directly toward his bachelor’s, which he will be able to complete in two years. He’s leaning toward a career in cyber security.

“College was something I thought I would never really be able to do,” Matt said, “but between the Pell Grant and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and what I was able to save during high school, that made it possible. I really just want to say ‘thank you.’”