Massachusetts State Financial Aid Programs

Grants

Foster Child Grant
MASSGrant
Massachusetts Gilbert Matching Student Grant
Massachusetts Cash Grant
Massachusetts Part-Time Grant
Massachusetts Public Service Grant
Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant

Scholarships

Agnes M. Lindsay Scholarship
Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship
Early Childhood Educators Scholarship
Highy Demand Scholarship Program
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
One Family Inc. Scholarship Program
Paul Tsongas Scholarship
Shorelight Global Scholarship Program

Tuition Waivers

Career Advancement Program Tuition Waiver
Categorical Tuition Waiver
Collaborative Teachers Tuition Waiver
Commonwealth Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tuition Waiver
DCF Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program
DCF Adopted Children Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program
Graduate Tuition Waiver
High Technology Scholar/Intern Tuition Waiver
Incentive Program For Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver
MASSTransfer Tuition Waiver Program
MEFA Prepaid Tuition Program Tuition Waiver
Need Based Tuition Waiver
September 11, 2001 Tragedy Tuition Waiver
Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition Waiver
UMASS Exchange Program Tuition Waiver
Valedictorian Program Tuition Waiver
Washington Center Program Tuition Waiver

Loans

Massachusetts No Interest Loan

Tuition Reimbursement (Post-Graduation)

Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – Various Due Dates

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – Various Due Dates

UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.

We also manage a variety of scholarship programs, such as the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship and the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program.

Each of these programs—as well as dozens of other internships, fellowships and faculty development opportunities—comes with its own eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

Learn more.

Keep in mind that many UNCF scholarships require that you apply for financial aid. The best way to do so is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, click here.

Varsity Tutors Monthly Scholarship Contests

Varsity Tutors Monthly Scholarship Contests

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can click Varsity.

James J. McCarriston Swampscott Rotary Trade – DUE DATE – None; Available Year-Round

James J. McCarriston Swampscott Rotary Trade – DUE DATE – None; Available Year-Round

The Swampscott Rotary Club, in conjunction with Peter and Joyce McCarriston, is offering financial aid (a scholarship) to North Shore residents from ages 17 to 28 for training in a trade, such as plumbing, heating and air conditioning, carpentry, electrical, masonry, architectural and/or general contracting. This scholarship is available to residents of Swampscott, Salem, Marblehead, Lynn, and surrounding towns. The value of the scholarship will be determined by the courses being taken and will be available to cover courses, books, certification and licensing classes. Funds may be available to help fund a work-study program if a suitable one can be arranged. For an application, click McCarriston

High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots

Are you a high school student interested in drones? Or are you a high school educator who’s passionate about STEM education and inspiring your students to get more involved in sUAS (small unmanned aerial systems)?

These days there are literally hundreds of different jobs you can do as a drone pilot—from working as an aerial cinematographer who uses high quality camera drones, to doing aerial inspections for mining or construction companies, to doing forestry surveys for conservation efforts, to helping farmers grow crops more efficiently, all the way to racing FPV drones.

It really is incredible all of the different ways people are using drones in professional settings. As drones become cheaper and technology continues to improve, the possibilities for different kinds of work in the drone industry have grown like crazy, and there is now a strong job market for certified drone pilots. And aside from work, flying a drone is just plain fun!

To support high school students interested in furthering their STEM studies and preparing for their future by becoming a certified drone pilot, Drone Pilot Ground School is offering a scholarship just for high school students, to help them study for the test required to get a Remote Pilot Certificate—called the Part 107 test—which is a requirement for working as a drone pilot in the United States.

The scholarship provides free, unlimited access to Drone Pilot Ground School’s remote test prep course to help drone pilots pass the FAA’s Part 107 exam (the course usually costs $299).

In addition, the first 100 students to be selected will have their testing fee paid for by Drone Pilot Ground School (the test usually costs $150).

Start your scholarship application right now, or read on to learn more.

About the Scholarship

The goal of the scholarship is to support high school students who are serious about becoming a certified drone pilot by helping them prepare for the FAA’s Part 107 test. The Part 107 test covers everything you need to know to fly a drone commercially in the U.S. In case you’re wondering, the minimum age required to be a commercial drone pilot is 16.

An additional goal is to help further the use of drones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. Drones have been used in the classroom in a variety of STEM settings over the last several years, and we’re excited for the possibilities drones present when it comes to helping students become passionate about STEM subjects.

Who’s Eligible?

Eligible students must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be currently enrolled in high school
  • Live in the U.S.

How Many Students Can Apply?

There are an unlimited number of scholarships available, but only the first 100 students accepted will also have their Part 107 testing fee covered.

What Is the Deadline?

There is no deadline—applicants will be accepted on a rolling, case-by-case basis.

About Drone Pilot Ground School

Drone Pilot Ground School is UAV Coach’s flagship remote course. The course was designed to help drone pilots prepare for the FAA’s Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test (also known as the Part 107 test) to gain an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate.

Over 7,000 commercial drone pilots from companies like Intel, NBC, and GoPro have been trained by Drone Pilot Ground School, and over 99% of Drone Pilot Ground School students pass the Part 107 test on their first try.

Successful scholarship applicants will demonstrate serious intent to study for and pass the FAA Part 107 exam by providing thorough, thoughtful answers to the three questions asked, as well as securing a strong letter of recommendation. Answers that only contain a few sentences and appear hastily written/have spelling and grammar errors will likely not result in a successful outcome.

Get started on your scholarship application now.

Questions? Email us at support[at]dronepilotgroundschool[dot]com.

Massachusetts Moving to College Housing Scholarship

Scholarship Name: Massachusetts Moving to College Housing Scholarship

Status: OPEN

Posted Date: June 9, 2020

Due Date: No Deadline But Students Should Submit ASAP

This scholarship is intended for graduating seniors who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness and despite all that are determined to continue their education.

The Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses are working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Commission for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth to conduct a pilot program to address student housing insecurity and homelessness. Students accepted into the program from high school will be eligible for on-campus housing and meal plans, as well as academic and social services during the academic year. Applicants may be asked to complete a new application each year. Twenty (20) students from Fitchburg, Framingham, Lynn and North Adams will be accepted into the program, and each student will receive scholarship money worth $10,000.

Applicants may enroll at either a community college or a state university participating in the program; those attending a community college would live at the nearest participating state university campus and commute to classes at the community college, and/or take classes online.  Campuses participating in the Moving to College program include: Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Salem State University.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must be Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) income eligible. Guidelines can be found at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html (HCV uses 50% AMI)
  • Applicants must meet HUD’s definition of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth or have recently aged out of foster care and meet HUD’s criteria of an independent student
  • Applicant must maintain full-time enrollment (12 or more credits) in a degree-seeking program and maintain passing grades in order to be eligible for a renewed scholarship.
  • Applicants must agree to work with a case manager to 1) develop a summer plan including a paid job, internship and/or academic coursework, and 2) to create a transition plan to secure permanent housing post-graduation.
  • There is no GPA requirement. However, students must maintain  good academic and behavioral standing as defined by the campuses where they are registered and (if different) reside.

There is currently no deadline to submit the application, but interested students should submit the application ASAP.

For an application, click MA Moving to College Housing Scholarship – Student Application

Completed applications and supporting documents must be sent in ONE email to Sarah.E.Slautterback@mass.gov

If you need assistance, please contact your guidance counselor by email.

Gerondelis Foundation

Scholarship Name: Gerondelis Foundation

Status: OPEN

Posted Date: June 8, 2020

Due Date: October 1, 2020

For the 30th consecutive year the members and directors of the Gerondelis Foundation, Inc. will grant college scholarships to first-year college students in the amount of up to $5,000.00 each, depending on the number of qualified applicants.
  • The applicant must:
  1. Reside or attend school in Essex County and be a member of the 2020 graduating class of any public or private high school;
  2. Rank in the upper fifteen percent of his or her class or have achieved a combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score of at least 1200 on the SAT I test; or a composite score of 27 on the ACT;
  3. Officially be admitted to a four year college or university; and
  4. Be of at least one-half Greek lineage.

For an application, click Gerondelis Foundation

From Breed to Beyond

Scholarship Name: From Breed to Beyond

Status: CLOSED

Posted Date: May 19, 2020

Due Date: June 1, 2020

Former Breed students are invited to apply for two $500 scholarships to help them defray the cost of their continuing education. Please complete the application and attach an official copy of your transcript. To read the Cover Letter, click Breed to Beyond Cover Letter. For an application, click Breed to Beyond Application. For the teacher evaluation, click Breed to Beyond Teacher Evaluation.

  1. This scholarship is ONLY for former Breed Middle School students.
  2. Read the Cover Letter
  3. Complete the Application
  4. Email the Teacher Evaluation to a teacher that you believe will complete the application positively for you. Then, ask the teacher to email the evaluation back to you.
  5. Ask your guidance counselor to email a transcript to you.
  6. In ONE email, send the Application, Teacher Evaluation and Transcript to Ms. Waldron at waldronw@lynnschools.org

Lynn English Class of 1966 

Scholarship Name: Lynn English Class of 1966 

Status: CLOSED

Posted Date: May 4, 2020

Due Date: 12:00 PM, May 15, 2020

Eligibility:

  • top 40% of the graduating class
  • attended Lynn English for a minimum three years
  • accepted to an accredited two or four year institution of higher learning
  • participated in athletic, extracurricular or community service endeavors

For an application, click Class of 1966 ( WORD ) Class of 1966 ( PDF )

Italian Community Center of Greater Lynn, Inc.

Scholarship Name: Italian Community Center of Greater Lynn, Inc.

Status: CLOSED – Nothing Yet Provided for 2019-2020

Posted Date: May 3, 2019

Due Date: June 15, 2019

Several of the scholarships are membership scholarships, and they will be awarded to the sons, daughters, or grandchildren of members of the Italian Community Center of Italo-American parentage who were members in the year 1993. Other scholarships will be given to a boy or girl of Italo-American parentage who lives in the following communities: Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Peabody, Saugus and Swampscott. The scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors of proven merit and scholastic achievement and who have been or will be accepted to a four year accredited college or university or to a three year accredited school of nursing.

For an application, click Italian Community Center