Scholarships are a form of gift aid that does not require repayment. They are awarded based on criteria specified by the donating agency, organization, or individual. When searching for outside scholarships (scholarships not affiliated with a particular college), contact the organization to determine application deadlines, criteria, and eligibility.

We strongly advise you to search for scholarships throughout your academic career at Granite State College. Please notify the Office of Financial Aid if you do secure an outside scholarship.

Our Scholarships and Grants

We offer the following scholarships and grant opportunities to our students:

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 is designed to provide tuition assistance to eligible “reentry” students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree at Granite State College. 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. We select at least 25 recipients per year and awards may not exceed $3,000 per recipient or $50,000 total per year. Preference is given to newly matriculated students and returning award recipients. To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a cumulative gap in your education of five years or more
  • Be an undergraduate student pursuing your first baccalaureate degree and NOT be taking classes exclusively online
  • 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 an undergraduate degree
  • Preference is given to newly matriculated students and returning students
  • Submit application, essay, and references during the open application period that ends July 14, 2017

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The UNIQUE programs provide increased, equal access and choice for deserving, high-need New Hampshire residents seeking the benefits of postsecondary education at a New Hampshire institution.

UNIQUE Endowment

The annual award is up to $1,000. Awards are based on available funding and Granite State College cannot guarantee every eligible student will receive a UNIQUE Endowment Scholarship. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a NH resident
  • Have a Pell grant eligible EFC
  • Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program
  • Not have a prior bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Have the application process completed by filing the FAFSA before the deadline of December 31
  • Must not be a USNH employee using a tuition waiver

UNIQUE Allocation

The annual award is up to $700. Awards are based on available funding and Granite State College cannot guarantee every eligible student will receive a UNIQUE Allocation Scholarship. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a New Hampshire resident
  • Have a 0 EFC
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate program
  • Not have a prior bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Have the application process completed by filing the FAFSA before the deadline of December 31
  • Must not be a USNH employee using a tuition waiver
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, you 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.

We will also assist you with your application and fees for your New Hampshire 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 email Karyn Yeatman or call 603-303-3863.

We are proud to fund the Mount Washington Valley Scholarship , which is available for the 2016-2017 academic year. This scholarship covers the cost of one 4-credit course (tuition and registration/academic fees). To be eligible, you must be:

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Granite State College
  • Current senior, graduate, or GED recipient from one of the following high schools: Carroll Academy, Eagle Academy, Fryeburg Academy, Kennett High School, or The Community School. Preference is given to first-time freshman students. Deadline to apply is June 1.

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Outside Scholarships

With so many scholarships out there, how do you know which ones are legitimate? Below you’ll find trusted scholarship programs and several scholarship search engines that have helped our students. We also encourage you to read these helpful scholarship tips. Always research a scholarship opportunity thoroughly before providing any personal information.

Visit NH93.com for a variety of local, New Hampshire scholarship opportunities.
Every state operates a vocational rehabilitation program to assist people with a variety of disabilities to return to productive activity. In certain cases, a vocational rehabilitation agency will assist disabled students to meet their college expenses. New Hampshire residents may find more information at the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Non-New Hampshire residents should contact their state agency for more information.

Alpha Sigma Lambda aims 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.
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