Scholarships and Grants

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:

Outside Scholarships

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.

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Find 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.

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.

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  • 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 individuals taking their first Early Childhood Education College course or partial tuition for Early Childhood courses for all others who are eligible. 

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 Fragala or call (603) 767-6087.

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Network4Health’s vision is to enable all residents—regardless of income, race, ethnicity, language, ability, gender, or identity—to have access to affordable, high-quality, medical and behavioral health services that promote the highest possible level of wellness, and physical and mental health. As part of this vision, Network4Health is committed to funding workforce development in the area of behavioral health through a scholarship program.

The Network4Health Behavioral Health Scholarship Program aims to increase participation and matriculation in behavioral health-oriented degree programs at the UNH College of Professional Studies. Network4Health is working to increase the workforce in behavioral health jobs, and increase awareness of careers in human services and behavioral health.

  • Full-time: up to $1,250 per term
  • Part-time: up to $625 per term
  • Must be enrolled in one of the following degree programs: B.S. in Human Services, B.S. in Psychology, B.S. in Applied Studies – Human Services and Early Childhood Development, A.S. in Behavioral Sciences, M.S. in Human Services Administration 
  • Must reside or work in one of the following towns/cities: Atkinson, Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Chester, Danville, Deerfield, Derry, Goffstown, Hampstead, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester, New Boston, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, or Windham.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher, reviewed on a term by term basis
  • Must complete a FAFSA
  • Write a 250-300 word essay on the designated topic
  • Receipt of this scholarship is contingent on your continued enrollment. If you do not attend one of the awarded terms, you will forfeit your disbursement for that term. We cannot guarantee the availability of the scholarship for the remaining terms of the academic year
  • Scholarship is available for the  Summer 2023 session and Fall 2023 semester. 
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The Governor’s Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible high school graduates or recent high school graduates who meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible for a Federal Pell Grant
  • New Hampshire resident
  • Must be a first time college student
  • Continuous full time enrollment in a degree program (12 credits per semester  in fall and spring semesters with no time off other than summer off).
  • Not have been adjudicated or convicted or pled guilty or nolo contndere to any felonies or any second or subsequent alcohol or drug related offenses under the laws of this or any other state, or under the United States, except that an otherwise eligible person who has been adjudicated delinquent or has been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a second or subsequent alcohol or drug related misdemeanor offence shall be eligible or continue to be eligible for a scholarship after the expiration of one academic year from the date of adjudication, conviction, or plea.
  • Graduated from a New Hampshire high school or obtained a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate based on the HiSet tests no more than 3 years prior to his or her application for a scholarship.
  • Students with the NH Scholars designation will be eligible for $2,000 annually, others will be eligible for $1,000 for up to four years. NH Scholars must maintain a 2.5 GPA for annual renewal, all others must maintain a 2.0.
  • Awards are renewable based on the initial program enrollment. Students pursing a bachelor’s degree will have 4 years of eligibility while students pursing an associated degree will have 2 two years of eligibility. ‘
  • If the student loses the award for any reason, it will not be reinstated.
  • Awards are limited and not guaranteed to all eligible students.

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 $500 per semester and is only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a New Hampshire resident
  • Have a Pell grant eligible EFC
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program
  • Not have a prior bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Must not be a USNH employee using a tuition waiver
  • Amount may change based on enrollment status at the census date of each term
UNIQUE Allocation

The annual award is up to $750 per semester and is only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. Awards are based on available funding and the UNH College of Professional Studies 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 January 31
  • Must not be a USNH employee using a tuition waiver
  • Amount may change based on enrollment status at the census date of each term