Granite State College Wins Statewide Community Spirit Award

Granite State College is honored with the 2017 Spirit of New Hampshire Award from Volunteer NH.

In a ceremony held on November 7, 2017, Granite State College was honored with the Spirit of New Hampshire Award from Volunteer NH, one of the organization’s highest honors. The award ceremony at the Capitol Center for the Arts celebrates the impact that a volunteer—and the organizations that support volunteers—has on life in the state. Through this recognition, Volunteer NH celebrates the accomplishments of an organization or person that exemplifies the spirit of giving back to state of New Hampshire residents.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Granite State College, the New Hampshire location for a national organization that offers educational programs to residents 50 and older. Since 2004, the College has hosted OLLI classes, providing free volunteer meeting/event spaces, offices, computer workstations, free parking, marketing, and financial services. In 2017, OLLI had more than 6,200 class attendees across the state of New Hampshire.

“Thanks to Granite State’s strong support, we are able to offer some of the lowest member and class fees in the country,” said Jane Fletcher, OLLI program director. “Members, volunteers, and staff are appreciative of our Granite State College home, as we simply would not be able to do what we do without it.”

As one of four public institutions within the University System of New Hampshire, Granite State College services a statewide student population with affordable tuition, 100% online degree programs, locations across New Hampshire, and flexible opportunities for transfer students. As the leading public provider for online degree programs in NH, Granite State College has once again garnered national praise for its “Best Online Degree Programs” from U.S. News and World Report in 2017. For more information, please visit

Pictured (L-R):
Gretchen Berger-Wabuti, Executive Director of Volunteer NH; Mark Rubinstein, President of Granite State College;
and Gregg Stephens, Chair of Volunteer NH.