GBCC Scholarships & Grants

Distinguished Leaders Scholarships

Who is eligible? New students in Spring 2015 and Fall 2015, with demonstrated need
Sponsor: Great Bay Community College
Amounts: up to $2000 in 2014-15, renewable
Application Deadline: May 31, 2015 for Fall 2015; December 31, 2015 for Spring 2016​
Application: To apply, complete the FAFSA online and the Distinguished Leaders Scholarship Application.

The Distinguished Leaders Scholarships were established in 2013 to honor local citizens who exemplify leadership, inspiration and support for their communities. The honorees for 2013 include Jackie Eastwood, Craig Brady, and PixelMEDIA. The scholarships are generously supported by Great Bay's Distinguished Donors.

The Distinguished Leaders Scholarships are for new students, beginning in the spring or fall semesters. Awards are up to $4000 over two years: $1000 per semester for full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester), and $500 per semester for part-time enrollment (6 to 11 credits per semester). Renewal for the second year requires a Grade Point Average of 2,0 or better in the first year.

Governor Walter Peterson Scholarships

Who is eligible? New students in Fall 2013, with demonstrated need
Sponsor: Great Bay Community College
Amounts: up to $2000 in 2013-2014, renewable
Application Deadline: ** not accepting additional applications at this time**
Application:  To apply, complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

The Governor Walter Peterson Scholarships were established in 2013 to honor New Hampshire's former Governor (1969 to 1973). Governor Peterson, a strong supporter of higher education in New Hampshire, recognized the importance of both access and affordability to a quality higher education for all of the state's residents. The scholarships are generously supported by Great Bay's Education Partners.

The scholarships are for new students, beginning in the fall of 2013. Awards are up to $4000 over two years: $1000 per semester for full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester), and $500 per semester for part-time enrollment (6 to 11 credits per semester).

NH Valedictorian Scholarship

Who is eligible? NH high school Valedictorians, up to 15 months after graduation
Sponsor: Community College System of NH
Amounts: full tuition for one year
Application Deadline: rolling - 2 weeks before term start
Application: NH Valedictorian Scholarship Application

The New Hampshire Valedictorian Scholarship is a one-year full-tuition scholarship, granted to the designated Valedictorian at any New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)-accredited high school. The designation as Valedictorian must be based on the student's cumulative grade point average, and the student must enroll as a matriculated student at Great Bay Community College within fifteen months of high school graduation. Please see Admissions for further information.

New Hampshire Scholars Tuition Waiver

Who is eligible? New students who have completed the NH Scholars Core Course of Study, Matriculated, in at least 6 credits at GBCC
Sponsor: Great Bay Community College
Amounts: $500 IN 1314
Application Deadline: rolling – 2 weeks before term start
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov, NH Scholars Application, available from the Financial Aid Office

The NH Scholars Tuition Waiver is available to students who have completed the NH Scholars Core Course of Study at a participating NH Scholars high school.

Star Scholarships

Who is eligible? Students that have completed at least 6 GBCC credits and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. 
Sponsor: Great Bay Student Government Association
Amounts: $600 in 2015-16​
Application Deadline: April 17, 2015​
Application: Star Scholarship Application

The STAR Scholarship is an innovative scholarship program funded by the Great Bay Community College Student Government Association.  The program is designed to create scholarships that recognize deserving GBCC students who exhibit outstanding potential.  Scholarships may vary year to year.  Applications are available February 1 each year and are accepted through the stated deadline.  Winners are announced at the Student Leadership Banquet in May.  For more information contact the Student Government Association at gbsga@ccsnh.edu.

Unique Endowed Scholarships

Who is eligible? Students with demonstrated need and high GPAs
Sponsor: State of New Hampshire
Amounts: $1000 in 2014-15
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov

Funds from the State of New Hampshire UNIQUE College Tuition Savings Plan are given to students with both significant demonstrated financial need, and very high grade point averages.

Emerson and Ruth McCourt Scholarships

Who is eligible? Senior students with demonstrated need, in engineering or health professions
Sponsor: McCourt Charitable Trust
Amounts: $1050 to $1100 in 2014-15​
Application Deadline: December 31, 2015 for 2015-16​
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov

Students who have completed at least 31 credits at Great Bay, who are in the Liberal Arts Engineering, Nursing or other health related programs, and who have significant demonstrated financial need, are considered for the McCourt Scholarship. The funds, which vary from year-to-year, are generously supported by the Emerson and Ruth McCourt Charitable Trust.

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Scholarships

Who is eligible? Students in the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Program
Sponsor: Great Bay Community College
Amounts: $30 to $5600 in 2014-15
Application Deadline: rolling - 2 weeks before term start
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov

These scholarships were established in 2013 with generous funding from Albany International Corporation and Safran Aerospace Composites, and provide assistance to Great Bay students in the Advanced Composites Manufacturing(ACM)Program at the Advanced Technology and Academic Center(ATAC)in Rochester.

Pell Grants

Who is eligible? Students with significant demonstrated need
Sponsor: US Department of Education
Amounts: $295 to $5730 in 2014-15
Application Deadline: rolling - 2 weeks before term start
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov

The Pell Grant is a federal grant for students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The Pell Grant does not have to be paid back. To receive a Pell Grant, the student must meet all the eligibility requirements, and must be an undergraduate who has not earned a bachelor's degree. If a student receiving a Pell Grant withdraws from college before completing 60% of the semester, the student may be responsible for repaying monies to The College and/or the Federal Government.

Pell Grants are prorated, based on a student's actual enrollment each semester. Pell Grants are subject to a Lifetime Eligibility limit of the equivalent of twelve (12) full-time semesters. Students who have met or exceeded this limit are not eligible to receive additional Pell Grants.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Who is eligible? Students with significant demonstrated need
Sponsor: US Department of Education
Amounts: $133 to $400 in 2013-14
Application Deadline: rolling - 2 weeks before term start while funds available
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is for students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The SEOG does not have to be paid back. To receive an SEOG, a student must meet all the eligibility requirements, and be an undergraduate who has not earned a bachelor's degree. Limited funds are available and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). Awards range from $100 to $1,000 per year. If a student receiving a SEOG withdraws from college before completing 60% of the semester, the student may be responsible for repaying monies to The College and/or the Federal Government.

Tech Ed/Flex Ed Scholarships

Who is eligible? Returning students enrolled fall 2014, significant demonstrated need, high GPAs
Sponsor: Community College System of NH
Amounts: $500 in 2014
Application Deadline: May 1, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov

Funds from the State of New Hampshire TechEd/FlexEd program are given to students with both significant demonstrated financial need, and very high grade point averages.

Project Success Tuition Awards

Who is eligible? Project Success members (single parent program) with demonstrated need
Sponsor: US Department of Education
Amounts: $325 to $1533 in 2014-15
Application Deadline: rolling - 2 weeks before term start
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Project Success application. Email jmancini@ccsnh.edu for an application

Members of the Project Success Single Parent Program may apply for assistance with tuition expenses.

Perkins Book Grants

Who is eligible? Project Success members (single parent program) with demonstrated need
Sponsor: US Department of Education
Amounts: textbook expenses
Application Deadline: rolling - 2 weeks before term start
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Project Success application. Email jmancini@ccsnh.edu for an application

Members of the Project Success Single Parent Program may apply for assistance with textbook expenses.

Perkins Nontraditional/Gender Equity Scholarships

Who is eligible? Students in Programs nontraditional for their gender
Sponsor: US Department of Education/Carl D. Perkins (CTEA)
Amounts: $200 - $500
Application Deadline: Fall: September 30 Spring: January 31
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Nontraditional Scholarship Application. Email jmancini@ccsnh.edu for additional information

This grant is awarded to men and women who are matriculated in degree programs determined to be nontraditional for their gender. The purpose of this grant is to increase the percentage of students enrolled and retained in these programs that prepare them for high-skill and high-wage, or high demand occupations underrepresented for their gender. Please see the specific listing of eligible programs listed on the scholarship application.

Non-Credit Program Scholarship

Who is eligible? Students with demonstrated need enrolling in non-credit courses through the Business & Training Center
Sponsor: Great Bay Community College Distinguished Donors​
Amounts: Up to one-half of course tuition through 2015, renewable based on availability of funds
Application Deadline: Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 25 and Dec 23, 2015
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Non-Credit Scholarship Application

Acceptance to CNC production, Medical Assistant Training & Project SEARCH is required for those programs.  Applications can be mailed, faxed, emailed or dropped off at the Business & Training Center.  Questions can be directed to GreatBayBTC@ccsnh.edu