NH Charitable Foundation Scholarships

Career Aid for Technical Students

Who is eligible? NH residents, demonstrated need, age 17-23, technical program
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: $100 to $3500
Application Deadline: June 16, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

Since 2002, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has underwritten a special program to assist New Hampshire students who are interested in a vocational or technical career. The Foundation will provide support to students who need additional training beyond high school to realize their goals.

The Career Aid for Technical Students (CATS) program is designed to help students who enroll in any accredited vocational or technical program that does NOT lead to a four-year Baccalaureate degree.

Candidates may be entering two- or three-year degree programs or other, shorter-term technical training programs that lead to an associate degree, a trade license or certification. For example, a candidate might be planning to attend a community college, vocational/technical school, trade school, or other short-term training program such as a tractor-trailer school or LNA training.

Citizens Bank Scholarship

Who is eligible? NH residents, demonstrated need, age 17-23, technical program
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: $500 to $3500
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

Students are selected to receive awards based on financial need, academic merit and other non-academic factors such as community service, school activities and work experience. Highest priority is given to students with the fewest financial resources.

Candidates are required to submit a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is the result of filling out the Free Federal Form (FAFSA), which determines what a particular family can reasonably afford for education or the expected family contribution. In addition, finalists will be asked to supply a copy of the financial aid package offered by the institution to be attended.

This is a competitive program. Typically, one award is made for every four applications received. Each year, approximately $1,000,000 is disbursed with each award ranging from $500 to $3,500. The average award is $1,800.

Dunkin' Donuts Scholarship

Who is eligible? NH residents, demonstrated need, pursuing hospitality or business careers
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: $2,500
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

New Hampshire’s Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are committed to supporting the educational aspirations of their customers. They created a scholarship program to honor local students who embody its mission to help those that serve others.

The scholarship program is open to any qualified New Hampshire student; however, Dunkin’ Donuts has a preference for those students interested in pursuing careers in business, hospitality or food service industries.

Scholarship applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Recipients will be chosen based on merit and financial need. Students with a grade point average of at least 3.25 and who demonstrate substantial volunteer or community service are given preference for funding. Other merit factors that will be evaluated include involvement in school activities and paid work experience.

In 2014, 10 scholarships, each in the amount of $2500, will be awarded to high school seniors throughout New Hampshire who are enrolling full-time at a post-secondary institution — whether at a four-year, two-year or community technical school. In addition, one $5,000 award will be made to a student enrolling in the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics (formerly Whittemore School) at the University of New Hampshire.

George N. Cate Scholarship Fund

Who is eligible? Strafford NH residents enrolled in 2 year or 4 year colleges.​
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: Various
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Application: Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org/scholarships

Use an online application. You need only fill out this application once and you will automatically be considered for all programs sharing the online application.

Medallion Fund Scholarship Program

Who is eligible? NH residents attending accredited vocational or technical program
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: Various
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application: Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

The Medallion Fund was created by a group of area businessmen who recognize that a skilled workforce is critical for expanding economic development. The goal of the fund is to assist individuals who are interested attending accredited vocational or technical programs for the purpose of improving their workforce skills, especially in areas of need in the state of New Hampshire.

Who Should Apply?
New Hampshire residents of any age who are enrolling in any accredited vocational or technical program that does NOT lead to a four-year baccalaureate or advanced degree.

For example, a candidate might be planning to attend a community college, vocational/technical school, trade school, apprenticeship, or other short-term training program such as automotive technology, tractor-trailer school, HVAC certification, or nursing assistant certification.

Monsignor Philip Kenney Scholarship

Who is eligible? NH residents, demonstrated need, Hispanic or ethnic minority
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: $500 to $2500
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

Monsignor Philip Kenney was born in Concord, N.H. He has served as a Catholic priest in this state for more than six decades. He has consistently fought for the rights of the underprivileged. He marched for civil rights for black Americans in the 1960s, fought for equal rights for women, worked to help those victimized in the El Salvador civil war, and demonstrated against American violence in Vietnam. In 1986, Msgr. Kenney used his receipt of Manchester’s Citizen of the Year Award as a springboard to establish this scholarship fund to benefit Hispanic and other ethnic minority students in New Hampshire. Since 1986, $170,000 has been awarded to 150 students.

Who Should Apply?
The Kenney Fund seeks to support a diverse minority population — but the first preference is for Hispanic youth. Both traditional college age students and adult students may apply. Students may be planning to attend a local community college or vocational/technical school, be enrolling in a four-year degree program or even studying part-time. Students must be in a degree program or in a recognized certification program. Graduate students are not eligible.

The selection committee will review the applicant’s financial need and merit factors such as academic work, involvement in school or community activities, and work experience.

This is a competitive program. Typically, out of 90 applications, less than 10 awards may be made. Awards range in size between $500 and $2,500 depending on a student’s individual circumstances. Although Kenney awards are not automatically renewable, the selection committee encourages students to reapply. As long as you are a New Hampshire resident enrolled in school, you may continue to apply for assistance.

Seacoast Scholars Program

Who is eligible? NH residents, demonstrated need, dependent, half-time or more
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: various
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and merit. There is no specific income limitation; however, preference is generally given to applicants with the highest financial need. Students are selected to receive awards based on academic achievement, involvement in school and community activities, and work experience. An appraisal of the applicant’s abilities made by a teacher, employer or community leader is also considered.

Who Should Apply?
Residents who plan to enroll full time in post-secondary programs and live in one of the following communities are eligible for this program:

New Hampshire: Barrington, Brentwood, Danville, Dover, Durham, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Farmington, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Madbury, Milton, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Rochester, Rollinsford, Rye, Sandown, Seabrook, Somersworth, South Hampton, Strafford, or Stratham

Maine: Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, North and South Berwick, or York

STEM Scholarships

Who is eligible? Students in programs leading to STEM careers
Sponsor: NH Charitable Foundation
Amounts: up to $5000
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Application: FAFSA - www.fafsa.gov and Foundation Application - www.nhcf.org

Students planning to study in any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines including advanced manufacturing are eligible to apply for scholarships through this new program. The Foundation will support students at any point in their undergraduate program as well as graduate study. However, we are most interested in supporting students pursuing two-year or certificate programs.

Who Should Apply?
Students pursuing studies in such fields as chemistry, computer science, engineering, geosciences, physics, astronomy or mathematics are eligible to apply for support. There are many career paths which fall into the STEM fields. See below for a partial list of STEM careers. Students may be planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college and may be traditional age student or an adult student.

Examples of STEM careers:

  • High School Chemistry, Physics or Math Teacher
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Video Game Designer
  • Automotive Technician
  • Industrial, Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineer
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Construction Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer