About the Scholarship

This scholarship program is recognized and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education that was established for taking forward the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The main motive behind setting up this scholarship program is to provide financing for students who demonstrate the need for financial assistance and those who especially are from rural areas.

A student can benefit from this scholarship in various ways. Paying for their education without being to repay is one of the biggest things that a student can expect from this funding program. The department wants to award all the eligible students who are really determined and are always behind their academic dreams.

Application Procedure

  • A student must complete the scholarship application form to be considered for this award. The institution that a student attends may nominate 5 best student to receive the scholarship amount.

  • Nominations are submitted by the Financial Aid Director as a package to the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance by the specified return date annually established.

  • The nomination package submitted by the institution must include a completed application, a supporting statement from each student, along with the appropriate and official transcripts and certification from the Financial Aid Director.

  • He/she must fill and submit the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine the financial need and determine what their family can pay for the education.

Award Process

  • Student Financial Assistance Committee will get together to review and examine the scholarship applicants and finalize those who will receive the scholarship amount at the end.

  • Candidates are selected based on the certificate from the institution, recommendation letters, application, and a student's background.

  • All the institution nominating students will be notified once the list of final students receiving the award is been prepared.

Award Amount and Deadline

The scholarship award amount varies each academic year to five deserving candidates. A student can make use of their award amount to pay for their tuition, room, board, or any other educational expenses.

All the applicants are advised to submit their documents to the concerned department on or before the date fixed. For any further assistance relating to the deadlines, a student can contact the support department of the MDHE.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate should at least be one year permanent legal resident of Massachusetts before the academic year starts.

  • He/she should be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen under Title IV regulations to be eligible to receive the scholarship award.

  • An applicant should have been in fulfillment with Selective Service Registration.

  • Candidates need not apply if they have any non-payment of federal or state student loans at any institution or be obliged to any kind of refund for any previous financial aid received.

  • Should have completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at a qualified and recognized institution and be registered full-time (minimum 12 credits or equivalent) in a certificate.

  • In accord, federal standards and institutions candidates should have to keep up an acceptable academic development.

  • A student must be maintaining satisfactory academic records according to institutional standards, with at least an annual review.