About the Scholarship

In order to provide financial assistance to residents of New Hampshire who became homeless during their school life and wish to pursue postsecondary education with good academic standing, the NH Coalition to End Homelessness foundation established the Hope Starts Here Scholarship in 2009.

Students who wish to pursue higher education and a successful career are relieved of the financial burden by providing them the scholarship amount.


Hope Starts Here Scholarship Awards

The scholarship amount and the number of awards vary every year depending on the decisions made by the scholarship committee of the organization and the number of applicants.


Hope Starts Here Scholarship Application Requirements

The applicant must be eligible based on the following criteria in order to receive the scholarship:

  • The applicant must be 21 years old before the application deadline.

  • The applicant must be residing in the state of New Hampshire.

  • The applicant must be pursuing postsecondary education at an accredited university or college.

  • The applicant must have been homeless or became homeless while pursuing school.

The applicant must submit important documents such as follows:

  • The application form, completed with the correct details, available on the official website of the organization.

  • A 500-1000 words essay based on the topics prompted.

  • An official school transcript.

  • A letter from a prominent individual in the society confirming the homeless status of the student.

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor describing the achievements and qualifications of the applicant.


Hope Starts Here Scholarship Application Deadline

The application form and related documents must be submitted the scholarship of the organization before 1st May. The application process will commence on 1st January. Any application received past the deadline will be considered invalid. The scholarship recipients will be informed in September.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be 21 or less of age.

  • The applicant must be a permanent resident or a legal nonresident of the state of New Hampshire.

  • The applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited university, college or any other educational institution of the state.

  • The applicant must be shelterless or has been homeless at any time during the high school tenure.