The hunt for scholarships can feel like it’s taking over your junior and senior years of high school. With essays to write, auditions and try-outs to consider, and choosing which scholarships to actually apply for, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
So, if you live in Massachusetts, we’re doing some of the leg work for you. Here are 7 scholarships for students in Massachusetts.
Amount: Up to but not exceeding the amount of tuition and fees for the given award period
Deadline: Contact your aid office
This need-based grant is offered to students who have been permanent residents of Massachusetts for at least one year. The grant works with the need-based tuition waiver program and covers any additional charges and mandatory fees that students encounter. Students must be able to prove financial need through participation in the free/reduced lunch program and other need-based programs.
Deadline: March 31, 2020
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts offers over 130 scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students in certain parts of western Massachusetts. Each scholarship has different requirements, but students only need to fill out one application. Along with the application, students must submit their transcripts, file their FAFSA, and submit their Student Aid Report.
Deadline: April 1
Students interested in a career in print or broadcast journalism should consider applying for the Valley Press Club Scholarship. The group gives 5, $1,000 scholarships annually. Qualifying students must be high school seniors who reside in Western Massachusetts or Northern Connecticut and demonstrate writing aptitude.
Deadline: April 1
Students looking to study civil engineering, environmental engineering, or business management at a four-year institution are encouraged to apply for the NEWWA Francis X. Crowley Scholarship. Applicants must either already be enrolled or accepted into a program in one of the areas listed above to be eligible.
Deadline: September 10, 2020 (Opens April 2020)
New England residents with an interest in Horticulture should apply for this scholarship. Applicants must have at least a 2.25 GPA and be in either their second year of a two-year degree or third year of a four-year degree.
Although applicants must reside in one of the 6 New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), they are not required to be enrolled at an institution in those states.
Students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher and competitive scores on their college entrance exams (ACT/SAT) may be awarded the Paul Tsongas Scholarship. A tuition waiver awarded to Massachusetts students who have been residents of the state for at least one year.
Recipients of the award who keep a GPA of at least 3.3 are eligible to receive the waiver each year for 4 years.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
If you’re a student who has worked on a golf course in Massachusetts for at least two years, then you qualify for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship. This renewable award ranges from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the student’s financial need and how many students submitted an application.
To apply, students must fill out an application, send in their transcripts, submit three letters of recommendation (one from your club advisor, an Ouimet chairman or member, and a guidance counselor/college advisor), and provide an official copy of their SAT or ACT scores.