Scholarships are a form of gift aid that does not need to be repaid. 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. Please notify the Office of Financial Aid if you secure an outside scholarship.
Our Scholarships and Grants
We offer the following scholarships and grant opportunities to our students:
With so many scholarships out there, how do you know which 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.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the largest provider of publicly available scholarships in New Hampshire, awarding more than $6 million to more than 1,500 promising students each year.
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.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® New Hampshire (T.E.A.C.H. NH) provides comprehensive scholarships to enable early educators to take coursework leading to credentials and degrees by making it possible for them to afford both the time and expense of going to school.
Recipients enroll in courses at local colleges while working at least 30 hours per week. In exchange for receiving increased compensation, recipients also agree to remain at the sponsoring program for at least 6 months to 1 year following the completion of their scholarship contract. The commitment period will vary by the type of scholarship that is awarded.
T.E.A.C.H. NH offers four scholarship options for teachers and family child care providers in New Hampshire. Click on the links below to learn more about each Scholarship Model.
- Fastweb is the nation’s largest source of free local, national, and college-specific scholarships.
- Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion using College Board’s Scholarship Search.
- Search from more than 5,000 scholarship providers by using Peterson’s college scholarship search tool.
Funded by the Child Development Bureau, the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance Grant will cover the full tuition for up to two courses per term.
We will also assist you with your application and fees for your New Hampshire Early Childhood Credential application! The Early Childhood Career Mentor at the UNH College of Professional Studies 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 Nicole Fragalaor call (603) 767-6087.
Funded by the Child Development Bureau and the Head Start Foundation, the Preschool Development Grant will cover the full tuition for up to two eligible Early Childhood Education courses per term. Specific qualifications apply.
We will also assist you with your application and fees for your New Hampshire Early Childhood Credential application! The Early Childhood Career Mentor at the UNH College of Professional Studies is a staff member dedicated to students taking part in the Grant Program. For more information or assistance in applying for your credential, please email Nicole Fragala or call (603) 767-6087.
The Shaheen N. Michaels Scholarship was established to remember and celebrate the life of Shaheen N. Michaels by providing scholarship funds for academically promising students who intend a career in Law Enforcement. The scholarship provides financial assistance for tuition and books for students pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Recipient(s) will receive an award of up to $1000 based on availability of funds.
The Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment, sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation, is designed to provide students tuition assistance (up to $6,000) during the 2023-2024 academic year. These scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance to eligible “reentry” UNH College of Professional Studies Online (UNH CPS Online) 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 during their formal education and has not yet completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
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