The state of New Hampshire covers only an area of 9,304 sq. miles, but it is home to a handful of high-quality and prestigious colleges and universities. This also means New Hampshire has some top-notch college financial aid opportunities.

Unlike many other states, New Hampshire does not have a giant list of public individual scholarships, grants and other awards for college-bound students; there are some individual private awards though.

While New Hampshire itself does not provide its students with financial aid opportunities, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF) does. The NHCF is the state’s largest provider of publicly available scholarships. Typically, around 1,700 students receive scholarship money annually from the NHCF, totaling over $5 million in aid.

How to Apply for NHCF Scholarships

The NHCF streamlines the process of applying for its scholarships, so it is very easy for students to throw their figurative hats in the scholarship ring.

A student simply needs to create an account via the NHCF’s “ScholarshipSource” website. The student can then submit one singular application and they will be automatically matched to all the available scholarship opportunities for which they qualify.

Some scholarships will need additional application materials, but the student will be notified if additional documents are needed.

There are 4 scholarship programs funded by the NHCF and they each have their own eligibility requirements.

The 4-Year/Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship Program

This scholarship is just for students who are enrolled in a 4-year bachelor’s degree program. There is just one award given out for every 5 applications received. Usually, approximately $3 million in total funds are disbursed to students across New Hampshire. The awards vary between $250 to $7,500, though the average award is usually $4,600.

The program is very competitive, though the NHCF tries its best to award as many awards as possible to students who have the fewest number of financial resources available to them.

Recipients are selected for the scholarship program based on their financial need, academic merit, community service involvement, school activities and work experience.

The 2-Year/Associate Degree Scholarship Program

This scholarship is just for students who are enrolled in a 2-year or associate degree program at a New Hampshire community college. The award range for the scholarship can be anywhere from $100 to $3,500 depending on a student’s financial need.

To be eligible for the program, a student only needs to demonstrate reasonable academic achievement; the student does not have to be an academic all-star to apply. The student does need to show a commitment to graduating in their field of study though.

The funds from this program are open to all eligible students, but preference is given to those students who have previously received funding and have successfully completed prior educational work or for students entering high-demand fields such as science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), computer science, advanced manufacturing, clinical healthcare, engineering technology, graphic design and CAD.

Recipients of this scholarship award will be notified 6 weeks after their application submission if they have been chosen to receive funds.

Medallion Fund Scholarship

The Medallion Fund Scholarship is for students 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, electrical construction, machining and more.

A student must have a clear vision for how their education in one of these fields will help them achieve or improve their employment and/or career goals. Plus, they must have little or no previous education or training in their field of choice.

Recipients of this scholarship award will be notified 6 weeks after their application submission if they have been chosen to receive funds.

Master’s Ph.D. or Other Advanced Degree Scholarship Program

This scholarship program is the most competitive of the 4 programs because the funds are extremely limited since the NHCF like to focus more on providing funds for undergraduate education.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be working towards their Ph.D, MD, DD or JD. They must also demonstrate a financial need for funding, academic merit, community service involvement, school activities and work experience. Preference is also given to students who have the fewest number of financial resources available to them.

Christa McAuliffe Memorial Scholarship

The Christa McAuliffe Memorial Scholarship is a private scholarship sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Hampshire and is not affiliated with the NHCF.

This program is in honor of the Concord, NH native who was a teacher and astronaut who tragically passed in the Challenger Space Shuttle accident in 1986.

To be eligible for this program, a student must:

  • Be a New Hampshire resident for at least the 3 previous years prior to applying,
  • Be a New Hampshire high school student or recent New Hampshire high school graduate entering their first year of higher education,
  • Earn at least a “B”-average in 11th and 12th grade,
  • Be accepted at an accredited 4-year United States college, and
  • Submit a letter of recommendation, application essay, high school transcript and resume.

There is only one award handed out annually for the program and it can be worth up to $2,000.

Raymond K. Conley Memorial Scholarship

The Raymond K. Conley Memorial Scholarship is another private scholarship sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Hampshire, geared toward students majoring in physical or mental rehabilitation fields. This scholarship is not affiliated with the NHCF.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a New Hampshire resident for at least 3 years prior to applying;
  • Submit official high school transcript for at least their junior and senior years;
  • Maintain a minimum 3.00 high school GPA;
  • Gain admission into an accredited 2-year or 4-year United States college as a full-time, incoming freshman;
  • Select a major in physical rehabilitation, mental rehabilitation, rehabilitation science, psychology, occupational therapy or a music therapy to improve people’s well-being; and
  • Submit a resume, educational background, all in- and out-of-school activities and 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, principals, prominent community members, etc. as part of the student’s application.

One award is handed out annually to one recipient for up to $2,000.

Major New Hampshire Colleges and Universities

The Granite State is home to some high-quality and prestigious colleges and universities such as:

  • Dartmouth College in Hanover (private school),
  • Franklin Pierce University in Rindge (private school),
  • Granite State College in Concord (public school)
  • Keene State College in Keene (public school),
  • Plymouth State University in Plymouth (public school),
  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester (private school),
  • University of New Hampshire in Durham (public school), and
  • University of New Hampshire School or Law in Concord (public law school).

While New Hampshire may be one of the smaller states in the country and is well-known for mining granite, sand, gravel and garnet, the college financial aid programs from the NHCF can leave a lasting impact on many of the state’s students for a lifetime.