Student scholarships, awards and special programs

Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers special scholarships to a select group of high school seniors who earn high academic scores on MCAS tests or have shown extraordinary academic achievement, leadership qualities, and a commitment to service and government.  These include the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships, the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award, the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship, and more.  

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Scholarship, grant, internship and networking opportunities for students

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National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)–a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

National Achievement Scholarship Program

The National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit® Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and meeting other published requirements for participation. The two annual programs are conducted concurrently but operated and funded separately.

Pell grants

Federal Pell grants are need-based and, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. The amount depends on financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Academic Competitiveness and National SMART Grants

The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (National SMART Grant) Programs were enacted to meet the growing need for improved math and science instruction,

Massachusetts Educational Rewards Grant Program

The Massachusetts Educational Rewards Grant Program is helping adults with lower skills and/or limited English proficiency earn postsecondary credentials that open doors to family-supporting jobs.

Part-Time Grant Program

In Massachusetts, as in some other states, the number of part-time students has grown due to demographic and economic conditions. More adults now find themselves needing to return to the classroom on a less than full-time basis. The continuous increase in college costs is also requiring more students to consider part-time programs. The Commonwealth recognizes these needs and has established the Part-Time Grant Program in response. Learn more here.

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate or bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant)

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who plan to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts: YoungArts program

The YoungArts program, sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, encourages and recognizes artistic excellence in the literary, visual and performing arts, including dance, cinematic arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Learn more here.

City of Boston Scholarship Fund

This site provides information on the City of Boston Scholarship Fund. Since its establishment in 1994, the City of Boston Scholarship Fund has grown, thanks to the generous contributions of Boston taxpayers, and many others who have attended scholarship fundraisers. These contributions have made a difference in the lives of scores of Boston students. Each year, a group of outstanding Boston students are awarded scholarships to begin their college careers. Recipients are assured of on-going support, provided they maintain strong grades.

MCCA Hospitality Scholarship

The purpose of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Scholarship is to encourage professional development within the visitor and hospitality industry. Four scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors or college students who are permanent residents of Massachusetts, and are graduating from accredited high schools or are enrolled in hospitality industry majors at two– or four-year accredited higher education institutions.

Thomas J. Butler Memorial, Donna Rauseo Memorial, and Diversity Community Outreach Scholarships

Massport offers several scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The Thomas J. Butler Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who resides in South Boston. The Donna Rauseo Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a young woman from East Boston. All Boston Public School graduating seniors interested in pursuing a degree in aviation, business administration, accounting, architecture, engineering, finance, or human resources are eligible to apply for the Diversity Community Outreach Scholarship.

Financial aid information and tools from the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)

Learn about various grant, scholarship, tuition waiver and loan programs available to help finance higher education.