Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire





Granite State College Scholarships

There are many scholarship opportunities for students to take advantage of in order to keep their education costs to a minimum. Granite State College offers the following scholarships and grant opportunities to our students:

Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment Program

The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, supports higher education and the arts and provides scholarships to selected institutions nationally.

The Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment Fund, sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation, is designed to provide tuition assistance to eligible “reentry” Granite State College students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. A “reentry student” is a person who has experienced a cumulative gap of five or more years from their formal education and has not completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

Granite State College will select at least 25 recipients per year and awards may not exceed $2000 per recipient or $50,000 total per year. Preference will be given to newly matriculated students or returning award recipients. To be eligible, the student must:

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five years or more
  • Be an undergraduate student pursuing his/her first baccalaureate degree and NOT be enrolled in an online degree program
  • Ideally be between the ages of 25-50 and anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time
  • Demonstrate financial need, not necessarily identified on the FAFSA
  • Show academic promise and commitment to obtaining their undergraduate degree
  • Preference will be given to newly matriculated students or returning students
  • Must submit application, essay and references during the open application period that ends August 20, 2014.

The application process for this scholarship begins annually in June. Application and recommendation forms can be found here.

Unique Endowment Allocation Program

The UNIQUE Endowment Program provides increased, equal access and choice for deserving, high-need New Hampshire residents seeking the benefits of postsecondary education at a New Hampshire institution. The annual award is $1000 for full time students and $500 for half-time students. Awards are based on available funding and Granite State College cannot guarantee every eligible student will receive a Unique Endowment Scholarship. Preference is given to first-time freshman and prior recipients. To be eligible, the student must:

Alumni Association Scholarship

The Alumni Scholarship Fund provides up to ten $1,000 merit scholarships to deserving students every year. Our scholarship fund provides this support based on academic merit. The Alumni Association Board selects qualified recipients through an application process. To be considered for an Alumni Merit Scholarship, Granite State College students:

If you or someone you know is interested, go to Merit Scholarships to apply.

Outside Scholarship Programs and Resources

New Hampshire Charitable Fund
New Hampshire residents pursuing undergraduate or graduate study at approved institutions of post secondary education are eligible to apply for grants and scholarships from this fund. The adult student aid program is designed specifically for adults returning to school to upgrade skills for employment or career advancement while the statewide student aid program is designed for the traditional student in a four year baccalaureate program.

College Equals Opportunity (CEO)
The CEO program awards scholarships each year to NH resident college students who have demonstrated academic achievement and outstanding leadership abilities.

Dollars for Scholars
Dollars for Scholars is the nation’s largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization. Since its founding, Scholarship America has distributed more than two billion dollars across the country through various programs including Dollars for Scholars.

Margaret McNamara Fund Grant Program
The MMMF provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries. Eligible recipients must be from an approved deloping nation and studying in a degree program at a US Institution with a career goal of improving the lives of women in developing nations. 

New Hampshire PTA Award
Each year, the New Hampshire PTA awards a scholarship to three students from four area colleges. The following eligibility requirements apply: Must be a resident of New Hampshire; must be in their junior, senior or graduate year; and must be in a degree program leading to a career in education.

NHHELCO’s Take It To The Bank Scholarship
The NHHEAF Network Organizations provide students and families with expert advice needed to assist in the college planning process. The Take it to the Bank Scholarship is one more way to encourage and support students. Enter to win the $1,000 drawing today!

The Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarship
Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship will be awarded to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students. GMS will select 1000 talented students to receive a good-though-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship
Alpha Sigma Lambda's aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Alpha Sigma Lambda is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student's career encouraging many students to continue toward and to earn their degrees.


Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant
Funded by the Child Development Bureau, the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant will cover the full tuition for individuals taking their first Early Childhood Education College course or partial tuition for Early Childhood courses for all others who are eligible. To be eligible, students must be currently employed in a New Hampshire Licensed child care center or a family based child care program for a minimum of 25 hours per week providing direct care to children and directors need to be employed a minimum of 30 hours per week.

GSC will also assist you with your application and fees for your NH Early Childhood Credential application! The Early Childhood Career Mentor at Granite State College is a staff member dedicated to students taking part in the Tuition Assistance Program. For more information or assistance in applying for your Credential, please contact Karyn Yeatman at or 603-303-3863.

Online Scholarship Search Engines

With so many scholarships out there, how do you know which ones are legitimate? These helpful scholarship tips can assist you in finding legitimate scholarships. Always research a scholarship opportunity thoroughly before providing any personal information. Online scholarship search engines may be utilized to assist in finding legitimate scholarships programs.

Fastweb Scholarship Search
Fastweb is the nation’s largest source of free local, national, and college-specific scholarships.

NH93 Scholarship Search
NH93 Scholarship Superhighway provides an effective way for students to search for local scholarships without poring over stacks of scholarship flyers and multiple scholarship sites.

College Board Scholarship Search
This online tool helps students locate scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match education level, talents and background.

Peterson’s Scholarship Search
No matter who you are, there’s money to help you pay for college. Get started and find need and merit based scholarships to help you pay for college.

Fastaid Scholarship Search
The world’s largest and oldest Private-Sector scholarships, graduate scholarships, worldwide scholarships, fellowships, grants and Fee undergraduate college scholarship database.