Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program

The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.

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The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1972 by the Massachusetts State Legislature to recruit students in the 10th and 11th grades whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to attain educational goals. The students that are selected for this program must have overcome major adversity in their lives (i.e. physical or mental abuse, catastrophic illness, etc.). Obstacles may be mental, physical, geographic or societal.

Massachusetts students who demonstrate academic promise and desire to attend post-secondary institutions may receive up to 50%  of their calculated need at the college of their choice within the continental United States.

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Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for a Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration.
  • Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Exhibit difficult personal circumstances, high financial need, and strong academic promise to continue education beyond the secondary level.
  • Be enrolled in a public or private secondary school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Award Amounts

Scholarship awards vary and are based on educational cost, including tuition, room, board, required fees, books and transportation.

How to Apply

Eligible students who are in the 10th or 11th grades of high school must be nominated by a school or qualified community agency or organization. Nominated students must also complete and submit the current year application form.

2019 Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Application

For more information, contact the DHE’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070.

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